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Smoke House Deli, Indra Nagar, Bangalore

Smoke House Deli, Indra Nagar, Bangalore

If I had to choose one place that I look forward to eating in Bangalore, it will probably be Smoke House Deli. Located on the beautiful Indra Nagar 100 feet road with a black and white with red accents theme, this place has continental food that connects. This time around we were a big bunch and while it gives you the opportunity to taste a lot of dishes, it also means that not everybody will wait till you take photos. Some of them will make sure you don't. Keep them in mind when I get invited for a food festival next time! EVIL GRIN! Three dishes stood out that night. One for being bad and two for being extremely good. The others were on par with Smoke House Deli's standards. We skipped starters and went straight into ordering a main course each. The smoked chicken risotto, the first to arrive was the super hit. While it wasn't the perfect al-dente, it had supremely subtle flavours that was enjoyed by one and all! My dish, the chicken roulade penne was

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Brunch at Pan Asian, ITC Grand Chola with Chef Ashish

Brunch at Pan Asian, ITC Grand Chola with Chef Ashish

I'm sure you know of my paradox. Loving breakfast but not wanting to get up for it. Especially Sunday. And an Asian Brunch? Where I know there are no waffles and pancakes and dosas. Forget it. Did it once for Chef Vikram at Pan Asian and would do it every Sunday for his food, but otherwise an Asian Brunch on Sunday is not very appealing for someone like me who struggles to wake up for dinner on Sundays, forget brunch. But a new chef is in town. And he has stepped into the shoes of somebody I (and a lot of foodies in Chennai) adored and loved and while we wished him the very best for Tian (ITC Maurya, New Delhi), we secretly wished he stayed back here. I know it is going to be unfair to compare two chefs, but with Pan Asian it would be inevitable. Especially if we are doing a chef's table where good is not enough. Excellent is the only way out. At a chef's table nothing matters. Not the name of the restaurant, not the waiters, the service,

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Italian Fare, Chef Alessandro at Focaccia

Italian Fare, Chef Alessandro at Focaccia

And I saw that expression, live! While it may not have been Anton Ego himself or anybody close, I had the privilege of seeing that expression live. He wanted to kiss the chef! Suddenly we almost wished that we had Nonnas as grandmas! Great chefs talk about connecting with the food, but once in a while, the food connects, transports and leaves you hanging. Rarely. But it happens. Chef Alessandro's Balsamic Gorgonzola risotto did that and more. For me, seeing two people cry over food was a first. I'll be honest, I loved it, but cry? Not me. Not yet, at least, but it was a privilege to watch it unfurl in front of you! So, what's happening? Like most places, Focaccia at Hyatt Regency has flown down a guest chef, their Italian chef at Grand Hyatt, Mumbai to come in and shake things up here. I mentioned how I missed Chef Roberto in one of my previous posts, but this guy is at another level. You can either go for their 4 course meal with 2 glass

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Five Senses, The Westin, Velachery

Five Senses, The Westin, Velachery

New restaurant alert!!!! Yep. Chinese again. Indo-Chinese? I don't think so. I don't know, actually. While Five Senses calls itself a specialty Chinese restaurant, the menu gives you a little peek into other Asian cuisines, mainly Thai, Korean, Indonesian, Malay, Singaporean and dabbles a little bit with Japanese as well. With three of us, one vegetarian and two carnivores, we were set to explore everything that the menu had. No breakfast and lunch certainly helped matters. Didn't start off great, though. The sushi platter, for me, was a big disappointment, except maybe the prawn one, the others were average. But the little appetisers that was placed on the table, unlike just the usual kimchi, had some herbed fried wantons. I don't know if it was the hunger, but it was excellent and my friends had to restrain me from filling my tummy with that. Then came the fabulous soup. Called the Soto Ayam, it was nice warm soup with potato and chick

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Lobby to Kitchen Brunch, Gateway Hotel IT Expressway

Lobby to Kitchen Brunch, Gateway Hotel IT Expressway

There used to be a joke that was doing the rounds in food meet ups. 'I want the largest buffet with lot of non veg options with alcohol, max budget Rs. 500.' A popular stand up comedian in Chennai used this left right and centre. Food forums were flooded with these requests. In the era of the 5 star brunches priced upward of Rs. 2000 nett/, the joke may actually not work anymore. OK, not 500 bucks, but at 1300 bucks, the large Sunday Brunch at Gateway Taj is really LARGE. It starts right at the lobby. Yep, you enter the hotel and food stares at you. Besides the large dessert section, there is a live counter doling out French Toasts and Crepes and the likes. I couldn't resist and despite recommendations from that chef to try these for dessert, I insisted on having them straight away. The cinnamon kissed French toast was fab! Unlike most places, this is a nice thick, almost French baguette that is dipped and served!! Besides the fact th

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Toddy Curry Festival, Ente Keralam

Toddy Curry Festival, Ente Keralam

A chef once told me that I had to be drunk to enjoy his 'Potlam Rice,' that was created for the Saturday Night market! While I've never understood the why and what behind that, I was surprised to see the Toddy Curry festival at Ente Keralam. A cuisine dedicated for the 'Post Alcohol' times? My friend, a seasoned drinker was excited and so went!!! And he explained the 'science' to me. When I mentioned this quote by a chef, he immediately related to it. He said that the senses are enhanced and at the same time there is a higher tolerance for spice. The waiter who overheard us said that the food during this festival was higher in spice and the chef, who went around the tables asking people if everything was okay, joined in. Having a Kerala link, my friend was eager to get the cuisine of the Toddy shops! The waiter and my friend became buddies and were exchanging notes on how the toddy is so good and how the real ones are now scarce to find and h

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