Friday, March 16, 2018

Check out this new casual dining restaurant in Koramangala - Market Table

I found a gem kind of place recently – Market Table at Koramangala 5th Block. Located near Chianti and Bon South, it’s a beautiful Café which is less than a month old. Market Table name is inspired by the European Market culture. The use of wood for furniture and other interior elements is the main highlight of this place. They’ve done it brilliantly and once you sit back and relax, you won’t feel like leaving this place. They serve only organic food, yeah you heard it right. A former Chef and now Director of Market Table, Mr.Nirmal carefully sources the ingredients. Even the chicken they serve is antibiotic free. And the most interesting part is that you will be surprised to see their reasonably priced menu for a prime location like Koramangala. Their menu consists of European, Mediterranean, and Oriental cuisines.


My friend and I started our lunch with a soup – Cilantro Chicken soup. With a burst of flavors, the soup was really good and it was a great start to our lunch.


Wheat Chia Rolls –Mini wheat Chia rolls filled with Jalapenos, sweet corn, Insalata, grilled cheese, choice of your filling (veggies/Cajun Chicken/BBQ Shrimps) and served with salsa. I liked the veg and shrimp rolls most. Do I need to mention that Spinach infused wheat roll is healthy to the core? These are great post-workout snack options.

M.T Start-Up Chicken – Oven roasted Chicken Thigh with Barbeque sauce, dipping sauce, and salads. When you try this starter, you will realize the difference with regular chicken we have and antibiotic free chicken (free range chicken). This was literally a platter full of happiness. I loved the barbeque flavors.


Golden Vitality – The turmeric drink was more like a detox drink. Nowadays everyone knows about the health benefits of Turmeric and this drink can be a perfect summer cooler.

Popeye’s Virtue at me – A Watermelon drink with apple ice and cucumber was another favorite in our table. These drinks go well with the main course dishes.

If you don’t like health drinks then go for banana-yogurt based smoothies like Strawberry Confection and Berry Punch. Healthy drinks with no added sugar. They use maple syrup for smoothies.

Main course

I must say, it’s hard to find any place which is a treat for your palate. I love every dishes I tried at the Market Table. Every item we tried was cooked to perfection and MT team has done a great job.

Mt Signature lamb – Thin slices of grilled Lamb with lettuce, mixed peppers, jalapenos, cherry tomatoes, grilled onions served with in-house special dressing. They served it with Red rice and if you miss Indian food, then this can be a great option. The generous topping of feta chunks will give a different feeling altogether.

Grilled Asian Spiced Bowl – A flavorful one bowl meal with Prawns, lettuce, veggies, orange wedges, and peppers tossed in Thai dressing. Prawns lacked a bit of flavor from the dressing. But combined with other ingredients, this one was my favorite dish of the day.

Mexican Street bowl – This tasty bowl was made with Chicken, lettuce, cherry tomatoes, avocado, pineapple chunks, Cajun lemon dressing and Quinoa as an add-on. My friend was so happy to get her daily dose of Quinoa.


Vanilla Yogurt with mixed berries Truffle – Though flavors were amazing the texture of this frozen yogurt could have been better I felt. With mixed berry Truffles and crumbs, the combo was heavenly. I love the way they presented the dessert with edible flowers.

They believe in using fresh ingredients, olive oil, and zero refined sugar at the Market Table; so one can have a guilt-free meal. We had so many dishes and yet while leaving we were not feeling heavy at all and that may be because of the healthy salad servings and carefully handpicked fresh ingredients they use. Overall my experience at this new all-day dining place was lovely and I will surely go back soon. A meal for two would be ₹600/- (approximately).
Market Table
#10, 1st A cross Road
Koramangala 5th Block
For reservations, contact - 080 25523213

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Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Courtyard Marriott Hebbal - Did you know about this newest destination in Bengaluru?

Recently, few of us (bloggers) got a chance to experience the newly launched Courtyard by Marriott at Hebbal, Bengaluru. This is the 15th Marriott Hotel in India. Situated near the busiest Outer Ring road, this new Courtyard Marriot is a blessing for residents and corporate people from in and around Hebbal -North Bengaluru area. From lobby area to different floors, this Hotel has been thoughtfully designed. The hotel has 188 rooms with Deluxe rooms (102), Executive rooms (77), Junior suites (6), Executive Suites (2), and Presidential suite (1). Every floor has a surprise element and most of the rooms overlook the beautiful Lumbini gardens (Nagawara lake). The intricate art installations inspired from the elements which we use on day-to-day basis were so quirky.

While relaxing in ‘Glazed’ (Café next to lobby) they served me a flavored ice tea which was much needed after the long journey. This is the place to quickly go for a short grub if you are running out of time. With soft instrumental music playing in the background, Glazed has that relaxed ambiance feel to it.

One of the senior staffs, Mr.Boris gave us a brief description of the hotel and took us to the top floor. Oh boy! That visual from the top floor was amazing. The look of the infinity pool simply merges with the surroundings. Though it was too sunny, I just felt like spending time there itself for the entire day by grabbing a drink.

After having a raspberry mocktail near the pool area we just geared up for a cocktail therapy session by Mr.Murali Appaji at their executive lounge – B’lore 45. The Mixologist explained each and every concoction they served us.

We tried the following drinks –

1. Concoction 45 - With smooth, spicy and sharp base notes, this drink was made of Ballentine Whisky, Havana Rum, Aperol, in-house special orange and passion fruit syrup, and a hint of special vermouth.
2. B’Lore Sing back – A pomegranate infused drink with Tanqueray Gin, fresh herbs like ginger, rosemary, saffron along with Pineapple juice, bitters, raspberry, rose syrup and lemon juice. This was my favorite cocktail of the day.
3. Mango and passion fruit colada – After two beautiful cocktails, it was time for some interesting mocktails. Often people tend to screw up the mango-coconut flavored drinks by using an extra dose of coconut extracts. But at Marriott, they made this drink with perfection and I just loved it. A very tropical drink made of mango puree, passion fruit puree, fresh pineapple and coconut cream.
4. Berry elderflower – A very aromatic and smooth drink made of Rosemary, mixed berries, apple juice, lemon juice, sparkling water and star ingredient, elderflower syrup.

In between the cocktail session, it was pleasure meeting and having a quick chat with Courtyard Marriott’s General Manager, Mr. Shiv Bose, who took time from his busy schedule. He told us about the upcoming Rooftop lounge – Nazara.

By now we all were too hungry and we hit their All-day dining restaurant called The Hebbal Café. The buffet is their specialty and without thinking much we stood in the queue with our white plates.
Marriott food can never go wrong and it is always a pleasure eating food in any of the Marriott property. They maintain high-quality standards and you get the best service.

From starters to desserts, it was an ocean of food and I don’t think anyone can try the entire spread. I selected the stuffs which were visually appealing and also my kinda food. The one dish we all liked to the core was their signature Seabass dish. They have equal spreads for veg and non-veg counters. I started off with some yummy tikkas and appetizers, and then later moved on to salads, DIY Mediterranean platter, Penne pasta, a plateful of kickass Jennifer appam with special Chicken curry, main course, and exotic desserts. Dal served with the main course was delightful. It was like Dal Bhukara. Before leaving the restaurant the Executive Chef Mr. Gaurav Anand took feedback and suggestions from us. I enjoyed the buffet lunch thoroughly.

For desserts, I tried the Linzer Torte, some chocolate balls, coconut laddu, rose laddu and coffee crème brulée. Pastry Chef Divya’s creations were amazing and it’s hard to select which one was my favorite. Their special Choco lava cake was indeed a special one. The oozing chocolate with chocolate cake and crumbs made it chocogasmic.

What is more interesting is the price factor. The buffet is priced at ₹999 for lunch and ₹1111 for dinner, inclusive of taxes. Overall I enjoyed my day at this new Courtyard Marriott property and will surely visit soon with my family.
Courtyard by Marriott
#2/55, Outer Ring Road
Bengaluru - 560045
For reservations, contact - +91 8884494062

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Sunday, February 25, 2018

Plan a day by doing Yoga/ any workout followed by a healthy and hearty meal at Enerjuvate Studio & Cafe, Koramangala

Have you ever felt like going to a Cafe and spend some relaxed time on one of those off days? I have and in Bangalore, there are enough cafes which are good for spending time; either for work or fun time with your pals. Health Studio trend is catching up fast and benefits include you can work out, practice yoga, read books, work or just have some healthy grub and you will be sorted for the entire day. Last year, when I visited Enerjuvate Studio & Cafe in Jayanagar, it was totally a new experience for me which I enjoyed to the core. They are now open in Koramangala as well. Perhaps I liked the studio space in Koramangala than Jayanagar outlet. Inside the studio is having a peaceful atmosphere.

Enerjuvate Cafe is run by two amazing ladies - Darshana and Sunayna. Their belief is to serve art on a plate, which begins with appealing your eyes and a sense of aroma ending up in melting your mouth that you and your body both enjoy and relish.

Recently, a group of us had a dynamic yoga session followed by a healthy lunch at Enerjuvate. Yoga session was performed under the guidance of ‘Blogger and Yoga expert’ - Carolyn Theresa. Carolyn was really helpful throughout the session. She carefully guided each one of us.

After the yoga session, it was time to indulge in some good food. This time whatever I tried was totally different from my previous experience. Darshana and Sunayna are masterchefs when it comes to healthy food. We tried so many dishes from the menu as part of our tasting and they served us small portions to get the most benefit of each dish.

The following were my favorites:


Almond milk thandai

Lemongrass basil lime water
Carrot ginger ale


I liked the Burmese Khao Suey than Tibetan Thupka. Tibetan Thupka had starch from the in-house prepared noodles and made it thicker and grainy. Khao Suey was good with all the right ingredients and flavors.

Salads and starters

We tried six different dishes from the menu and I liked the Cucumber boats, Thai DIY Paan ( Miang Kham), Momos platter and beetroot orange walnut medley. The Thai DIY Paan was fun making. With a generous amount of fried peanuts, coconut slices, lemon wedges, ginger, fried coconut, red chillies, onions, and Tamarind – Jaggery chutney to wrap in a lettuce leaf to form a one bite wrap.  If you visit Enerjuvate Studio, then don’t forget to try their Potato Wedges platter with Grilled Potato, sweet Potato served with Beetroot Hummus and a salsa dip.


They have a variety of pizzas at this Cafe. Last time they amazed me with their Pizza made of vegan sauce which is not so common in Bangalore restaurants or cafes’. This time it was pizza made of Amaranth crust. They don’t use all purpose flour or sugar in their recipes. Enerjuvate special pizza had roasted garlic, chunks of sundried tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, crumbled feta and a fresh topping of rocket leaves. Sometimes veg food can also be interesting than non-veg food. I realize this every time I visit Enerjuvate.

Main course

From their hearty meals menu, I liked the Sizzling Enchiladas made of maize flour tortilla with beans and veggie filling. They served a spicy dip with this.


I am a dessert lover and always indulge in high calorie, unhealthy desserts. For a change, I had a platter full of healthy desserts which all of us uniquely said ‘Wow’ especially for the Chocolate Chia cup. Darshana’s secret recipe with gourmet products made it divine. Other desserts like Pineapple cranberry cake, Choco mint ganache tart, and Banana peanut crunch were also great in taste.

These two ladies are doing a tremendous job. From recipes to seeing that satisfying smile on their customers face, they make sure that their personal attention is reached everywhere. Overall this was a relaxing session for me and I should start practicing some of the Yogasanas to burn the calories I gain through food events. Enerjuvate Studio frequently conducts interesting events and workshops. Get updates on their events - click here
Enerjuvate Studio & Cafe
#82, 7th Cross Road
KHB Block
Koramangala 4th Block
For reservations, contact -  080 48148585

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