Wednesday, January 11, 2017

A nouvelle dining experience at Grasshopper, Bengaluru


Away from the city’s hullabaloo, a candle light dinner with your beau in a romantic place will be any girl’s dream. I had a similar dining experience recently at Grasshopper, Bengaluru. This place was on my wishlist since ages. Every time for special occasions like birthday and anniversary I will consider this place and end up going to somewhere close-by. This time I made my mind as I wanted to say goodbye to the year 2016 in a special way.

Last week of the year will be so much fun and I always explore a new place for creating wonderful memories. If you ask me whether I dined at a five star, I would say my experience was nothing less than dining at a posh restaurant. Grasshopper, located in Bannerghatta road (close to the famous Meenakshi temple) is a beautiful luxury dining place with a limited number of seats. So if you want to celebrate your special day, make sure you make a booking well in advance.

The beautifully set stone and wooden tables with enchanting bouquets, candle light, spotless tablecloths, standard servewares and soothing soul music in the background will be the first few things you notice once you enter this beautiful restaurant. The first appearance of this place will make you will feel like you’ve been transported to a heaven. With a European culture influence, this place is run by a couple for 13+ years and they serve an amazing European food here. At the time of booking, Grasshopper people will take your dietary preference to assure a wonderful dining experience.

Every Chef is an artist whether he/she a home chef or Michelin star chef. At Grasshopper you will see Chef's magical touch in every dish which comes in front of you. I completely forgot about the tiresome journey I had when I took the first sip of Ginger - Lemon Cooler. It was an instant energy booster.

They also served freshly baked assorted breads with balsamic vinegar and olive oil.
We started our dinner with a Chicken liver Pate with micro herbs and caramelized onions. Though I am not a liver lover, I quite liked balanced taste from the wonderfully plated pate with the crunchiness from the pine nuts, strong flavors from micro herbs (marjoram and thyme) along with the soft caramelized onion. It was indeed a great start.

They allow guests to carry wine and we took a bottle of Sula Sauvignon Blanc with us for our special dinner. Bangalore winter night and European food, a glass of good brand wine is a must to best enjoy the meal.

Prawns with ginger, sesame, and seaweed combo was a spot-on dish. The succulent prawn was coated in oozing sauce which tasted like a butter- garlic sauce and it had intense flavors from the seaweed. We just felt like we needed more and then came the next dish - Smoked duck breast, with butter beans, plum sauce, and garnished with nasturtium leaves.

The festival season special duck meat served was delicious to the core. With the butter beans and Plum sauce combination, it was like a match made in heaven. By now I loved the choice of carefully handpicked micro herbs they used in every dish.

As we were ‘pure non-vegetarians’, we were least expecting anything veg in our plates. To our surprise, they served a beautiful Orange salad with black olives, walnuts, oregano and mixed greens. I love citrusy salads and added nuts will make me happy. For me, this salad was more garden fresh and extremely tasty one.

Next on the menu was Sea bass with tarragon, capers, and sun-dried tomatoes which had distinguished flavors from each ingredient. This dish had Tarragon herb which complimented well with mildly flavored Sea bass fish. We had enough time in chit chatting and enjoying every bite we took as there was a proper interval between each dishes they served.

Next one was my favorite - Lamb rounds with a spiced red wine sauce, and herbed potato wedges. Ooohhh la la la… The tender lamb with red wine sauce was a melt-in-mouth dish and for extra crunchiness, there was a bunch of herbs, zucchini strips and potato wedges coated in herbs. The sauce was perfectly cooked with a great balance of flavors.

After having an awesome main course, our expectations were really high for the desserts. We ordered three different desserts for all three of us. I had the Orange Panna cotta with Pomegranate reduction and orange wedges. The silky smooth Panna cotta passed my wiggle jiggle test and it was a delectable dessert. I tried a small bite off Chocolate Ganache and Mustard Ice cream with a touch of white chocolate shavings from my friend’s plate and OMG! It was so so yummilicious. This was the first time I tried a Mustard ice cream and loved it to the core. The creamy and sinful Chocolate Ganache will make you dance. Lemongrass Ice cream was just okay.

They have a trendy lifestyle store named ‘Hidden Harmony’ and if you are with your special date, you know where to take her :P One of the co-owners, Sonali was kind enough to spend some time with us for a meaningful conversation about the Grasshopper restaurant's background, as well as the global food scene. Of course, food connects people. We spent a quality time there and would to love to go there again. A meal for two would be ₹ 5000 + taxes and they have parking inside the compound. It’s a must-try place for a superlative and beautiful fine-dining experience which can’t be compared with any of the Bangalore restaurants.

#45, Arkere Mico Layout
Near Meenakshi Temple
Bannerghatta Road

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