Monday, July 1, 2019

The Pump House - A must visit Pub in JP Nagar, Bengaluru!

A few years back, going to a Pub for me was like Friday night party with friends and options were really less that time. Now Pub culture has boomed like anything and every corner you will find one. If there is craft beer available at the Pub which I visit, then I won't bother checking the bar menu for other options. Recently I have been to 'The Pump House' at JP Nagar and had a lovely afternoon.

So what's special about this place? - I liked every corner of this Pub. They have great ambience, well maintained green spots everywhere and lovely vibes. Spread across three levels, TPH is one of the finest pubs I have visited in town. They have 6 house beers on tap (Including a seasonal beer) and my most favorite was 'Tropical Stout with Coffee' with ABV 6.6% and IBU 24. After a long journey to this Pub, a glass of chilled beer was much needed.

You will be surprisingly confused to see their food menu with dishes from all around the world and Chef Cris has got magic in his hands. Almost everything he suggested us were so damn good. I liked the crunchy Muesli Chat (which I never had before), the classic Chicken Satay with Peanut sauce, Egg Truffle Pakoda, Tandoori Jhinga (Prawns), and Murgh Malai Tikka. The DIY Nachos platter was comparatively better than the Mezzeh platter. The Beef Pepper Fry was so AMAZINGGG.

For the Main course, my friend and I tried their Kung Pao Chicken and instead of Jasmine rice, we opted for Veg fried rice. The Veg fried rice was so flavorful and mildly spicy with Sichuan peppercorns in it. The Kung Pao chicken was too sweet for my liking.

After trying appetizers and main course, there was no room for desserts, so I settled with a glass of cocktail - Cocoberry Bomb. While taking the order the staff clearly told me that cocktail will be too sweet for my liking but I really loved the flavors and I didn't miss the desserts.

On a Tuesday afternoon, we saw this place so packed and do I have to mention anything more? Do visit TPH and I am sure you will have a great time too, just like me. A meal for two would be INR 1500/-  approximately (with alcohol).
The Pump House
#607, 15th Cross
JP Nagar 1st Phase
Bengaluru - 560078
For reservations, contact - 096061 27666

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Friday, June 21, 2019

Cantan - Chinese Bar House at Lavelle Road, Bengaluru must be your destination for interesting Chinese dishes, like never before!

When the rhythm of food and passion for cooking sync well, great restaurants by super talented Chefs are born. To make my statement more clear, I suggest my readers to visit the newly opened restaurant in town - 'Cantan - Chinese Bar House' by Olive group. After the successful ventures like The Fatty Bao and Olive Beach, AD Singh -Founder of Olive Group and his restaurant partners - Chef Manu Chandra and Chetan Rampal along with the Executive Chef Prashanth has created this magical restaurant which mainly focuses on Guangzhou, Hunan, Shanghai and Sichuan region delicacies. Located on the busy streets of Lavelle Road, this restaurant is for people who love Chinese hot pots and fresh flavors.

I visited Cantan a month ago and had the most delightful experience in recent times. The decor and the positive vibes of this restaurant will surely give a break from the ol' style Chinese restaurants in town. I can chillax there for hours just by sipping their wonderful cocktails. From the bar menu, I loved the 'Star of Cantan', a Vodka based drink with watermelon, basil leaves and beer. Another favorite was Cantan XO, a 'Gin and Tonic drink with in-house made salted plum shrub and oolong tea syrup', a must try drink which was suggested by the team.

Cantan's food menu is quite extensive and impressive. They have an interesting set menu for corporate luncheons with an exclusive 12 seater private dining area. If you love dim sums, hot pots, Shaokao, cold plates and foodgasmic desserts, then Cantan must be your next visit restaurant. If 'Peking style Pork Spare Ribs' was so heavenly indulgence, then earthy tasted 'Wood ear Mushroom Salad', made me realize that I am still on the earth. The 'Yunnan crossing the Bridge Noodles' served with hot chicken broth and 10 toppings on the side was easily one of the best soups I had in Bengaluru.

From the Dim Sums menu, I enjoyed every bit of the 'Lotus Root and Asparagus Puff', 'Shrimp and Water chestnut dim sum', and 'Spinach and fish rolls with Black bean sauce'.

My craving for good fried rice come to a halt after having Cantan's 'Raw Mango and Prawns fried rice' and 'Edamame and Asparagus rice'. Their selection of beef dishes is also quite unique and interesting.

I was very curious to try their desserts as most of the Pan Asian restaurants in town still haven't explored the range of popular Chinese desserts. Cantan won my heart with the classic 'Chinese Egg Custard tarts', and 'Spiced Carrot cake served with a quenelle of Walnut Ice cream'. I have made my mind; on my next visit, I am not gonna share the luscious, melt-in-the-mouth 'Milk Chocolate and Hazelnut Tart' with anyone. They serve this dessert with Sichuan Pepper Ice cream.

Just like Cantan's amazing food, I love the eco-friendly and colorful cutleries they have used. The staffs were very helpful and courteous. I really had a great time and planning to visit again soon for fulfilling my cravings.

A meal for two would be INR 1600 + taxes (without alcohol) and INR 2800 + taxes (with alcohol). Do visit this new restaurant and let me know your experience.
Cantan - Chinese Bar House
Level 1 & 2, #24/4
Opp Harley Davidson Showroom
Lavelle Road, Bengaluru
For reservations, contact - 080 48669269/ 48669267

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Monday, May 20, 2019

New menu at OKI, Bengaluru!

When you visit a restaurant which you were planning to dine since long time, the excitement level will be double. Recently I have been to OKI restaurant at K'hattan (Kammanahalli) to check out their new menu. OKI specializes in Pan Asian, mainly Korean, Japanese, Thai and Malaysian along with other cuisines like European. This cute little place has an interesting menu which makes this one of the popular restaurants in that area. The staffs at OKI is helpful and polite. 

Summer afternoons are incomplete without chilled beverages. So soon after reaching the restaurant, I ordered a Chilli Mango mocktail which tasted good.

They have a lovely selection of salads and we really enjoyed the bold flavours from the 'Burmese Tealeaf Salad with roasted nuts and lentils' and also the #instafriendly 'Duck and peach salad with mix berry olive dressing'.

From the small eats menu, 'Garlic bread with smoked Salmon dill pate topped with roe', 'Crostini with Peach berry sauce and Feta', 'Tofu, bacon and scallion fritters with sweet chilli sauce', and 'Gimbap prawns with mustard sauce' were simply amazing. I will surely go back for these.

For the main course, I had 'Grilled Tiger Prawns with sauteed veggies in creamy lemon caper sauce'. This dish had execellent flavors except the fact that I don't really enjoy frozen prawns in any dish.

Every group will have that one or two foodies who can't end their meal without desserts. So we shared one 'Peach Cinnamon apple crepes with Orange butter sauce'. This was vanished in no time. Fruits and spices (especially cinnamon) are match made in heaven. Isn't it ?

Overall I enjoyed a wonderful lunch at OKI and would visit again for great food and good service. If you get a visa for K' hattan, then do visit this lovely restaurant for a great meal.
#403, Mariappa Road
Bengaluru - 560043
For reservations, contact - 09945191701
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