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Go Native – Farm-to-table!

When half the world is running towards fast food, relish burgers, freak-shakes, giant sundaes with five scoops of ice cream and everything else, the other half are promoting organic way of eating, sustainable and ecological practices. Go Native is one among them. A couple of months old restaurant located in Jayanagar amidst the lush green garden with cozy interiors & artifacts on walls, serving veg food only. This place also has lifestyle and souvenir stores. Do check them out as they have got quite a good collection of brands which again are nature-friendly. They encourage sustainable practices in their restaurant. Be it the ingredients used in the kitchen or the crockery used to serve food, everything is nature-friendly. Also, they nurture the local farmers by using the crops they grow. The menu keeps changing based on the seasonal crops. The waste here is recycled and they make sure less waste goes out of the kitchen.
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With a group of fellow food bloggers and Skreem team, I was here to check out their South Indian delicacies. We started with some refreshing watermelon cooler, freshly pressed carrot & chia seeds juice for the afternoon. The colors were truly attractive.

Up next were from the small plates section. Rich & healthy summer salad made of raw mango, raw papaya, cucumber, some sprouts & fresh coconut to top it off. The tangy- sweetish flavor made it a great one.
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Aloo Patha bhindi chaat was absolutely a delight. Simple potato chaat with a twist of fried bhindi & fried spinach took it to entirely a new level.
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Mangalore buns here are too PERFECT! Fluffy hot buns with coconut chutney enhanced my entire experience. I would say these are one among the best in namma Bengaluru.
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Paniyaram/ paddu was served with red chutney & drumstick sambar. They were crispy and yes went well with chutney than sambar.
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Yam Gallouti made of coin Malabar parathas, pan seared yam, topped with mango salsa was a good dish to try!

Bisi bele millet fritters was a unique dish among all. Deeply fried Bisi bele millet balls were served with chutney. Try this if you love experimenting with new dishes.
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After a long list of small plates, we indulged into the Mango special Thali and Kathal biryani. Mango special thali mainly had mango rice but the flavor went unnoticed, Aam ras/ mango Srikarni, Puri, Kadale curry, payasam, brinjal chutney, papad & mango salad priced at 200/- Worth the money, I would say.
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Kathal/ jackfruit biryani was served with raitha and papad/ rice& ragi vadams, which was again subtle on flavors, coz of the lower level of spices. Try if you like jackfruit 😛
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Wrapped our lunch with in-house made special dessert platter which had carrot halwa/ gajar halwa tart, ragi pancakes topped with mango, in-house made vanilla ice cream and millets, Ice-apple/ taati-nungu pana cotta and mango cake with in-house made vanilla ice cream.
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Overall, I had an amazing culinary experience at Go Native amidst the lush green. Happy helpers are quick on feet and serve your orders quickly. I would say this is one stop for nature loving people as you can shop, eat and treat yourself 🙂
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Delicacies from Dilli @ Helloo Delhi

Helloo Delhi is relatively a new restaurant located in Koramangala 4th Block. This is the second branch after serving at HSR layout for quite some time. Helloo Delhi is known for serving quality and close-to-authentic food with no complications. I was here with 3 foodie friends for a weekday lunch on an invite to try their menu.

One thing I’ve learnt from visiting north Indian restaurant is that the taste of lassi would decide the rest of the menu. Helloo Delhi nailed it for me with Pisteywali Lassi – creamy, flavourful, bits of Pistachios and perfect sweet! Pisteywali  Lassi pretty much set a tone for the afternoon. Next up was Chaas, simple and refreshing drink. An appetizer that many tend to complicate while Helloo Delhi has figured it out. We ended up ordering more Chaas throughout 🙂
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We continued our lunch with Tangri Kabab – I absolutely loved this! Spices on point and tandoor gave it a crisp covering. This is a must try! Amritsar Soya Bean Chops, a dish on similar lines of Tangri kabab in terms of flavors. HellooDelhi Murgh Tikka is their signature dish. It’s got great flavors, as all of them are prepared in-house!
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Mutton Sheek Kabab is one of the common preparations nowadays, but each restaurant adds a unique touch and Helloo Delhi does it in a special clay pot rather than the normal fire top stand. Not to forget about Bhuna Murgh Tikka, my second favorite dish after Tangri Kabab. A tandoor cooked with Indian spices is always a yay for me!
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This is one of those places which got me filled with appetizers, so had to choose a light main course. All of these thoughts vanished when I saw Garlic Butter Naan and Murgh Makkanwala. I mean, who can stop themselves from having a hot naan and creamy gravy? And it doesn’t stop there. Next was Mirchi Paratha and Keema Mattar. By the time I finished this, I barely had any space. I’m not a morning person, but when friends call for a biryani meet – I’ll be the first one to arrive. Similar situation: I rushed through roti and curries, so I could try some of the aromatic Murgh Biryani. Hot, spicy and went great with Murgh Tikka Lababdar. This wrapped up the main course for me, while my friends indulged in other dishes.
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As we all know, no Indian meal is complete without desserts. Delhi ki Cassata is a must try if you love icecreams! Another notable mention is Rasmalai which gave the perfect end!
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Helloo Delhi has a widespread menu and maintains the taste through all dishes. I wish there was a way to extend my appetite, so I could try some more of their recipes! Loved the entire experience and I’ll definitely be back for more 🙂

Cost: â‚č800 for two people.

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Experience 7 course meal at SAMAROH!

‘Samaroh’ being a pure vegetarian restaurant, serves authentic north Indian cuisine. Food is served in specially designed brass (Kansa) dishes, which adds up on to the nutritional value of it. Pink and yellow themed interiors with bright lights, fancy hanging lamps, royal touch on the walls, comfortable pink-yellow wooden fabric sofas, make up the ambiance of Samaroh.

The seven-course meal kick-started with Moti Choor Ladoo. This will be our all time favorite recipe. Every spoon of Moti Choor was excellent in terms of sweetness.
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Happiness is a tray full of wafers. Yes, up next was a tray filled with yummy wafers. Not to forget the accompaniments such as salad, pickle, Tamarind chutney, and Chili-Pudina chutney. The happy helpers’ refilled and refilled the tray, we just kept munching on them.
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Tamatari Shorba, soup made of tomatoes, was over-tangy and barely had any flavors. It was definitely on a disappointing note, but the relishing flavors of Aam Panna made it up!
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Tongue tickling Sev Batata Puri and Pani Puri were simply great. A four-part platter with Sandwich Dhokla, Tandoori Apple, Kathi Roll and Peeli Sarson Ka Paneer Tikka were other appetizers on the menu. We enjoyed feasting on these starters.
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After the quick bites, it was time for the Rich Thali, the big picture. The gravy section had Dal Makhani, Paneer Tikka Masala, Videshi Sabzi Desi Tadka, Samaroh Kofta, Channa Palak Sarson, Dal Pakwan and Palak Raitha. Under the Roti section, we got to try various rotis’ like Makki ki Roti, Phulka, and Tandoor Roti. Not to forget the tasty and filling Tawa Pulao with raitha, Curd Rice, and Steamed Rice.

All gravies were distinctive in terms of taste, color and texture. Tender and soft Cottage cheese cubes made in-house added on to the quality of the food.
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No meal is complete without desserts, and Samaroh had Kesar Pista Shrikand, Rabdi Malpua, Kulfi, Akhrot Halwa and Indian Pan. Being a lover of sweets, I enjoyed every bite of it.
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A perfect place to spend some time with family. Overall, we had a wonderful experience of Veg Indian cuisine. Thank you, Little App and team Samaroh  for having us! This is one of the best places for North Indian Thali any day.

Note: Jain food is also served on request.

Cost: 1,200 for two people (approx.)

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Reservations: Needed on Holidays.

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Walk on the Streets of India under THE LEELA’s umbrella!

Street food is the most liked and outgrown one. There’s no end to the varieties of food available on streets. And Indian streets are known for it.  The Leela Palace has come up with interesting “Street Food Festival” which is on from September 1st on the lobby level at Citrus- The Leela Palace.

I was on cloud nine to attend the exclusive preview held on last Saturday for food lovers. After  everything was set, Chef Zafar Ali gave us a brief introduction about the food festival. We had a list of selected items on the menu from all over the country. I was just excited to experience the street food in The Leela way.

What was on the Chef’s tasting menu?

> A sweet appetizer ‘Punjabi Rose Lassi’ made up of consistent Curd, rose flavored and topped with fresh cream served in a clay pot, a cool way to start the sunny noon.

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Tender Coconut water was another appetizer served for the noon.

ON THE TABLE –

> Indian Savory Snacks – Time for some nibbles 🙂 Achappam, Muruku, Nipattu and Banana chips were served in colored bowls. I can just live munching on them all day long!

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> Dhokla – Its roots are from Gujarat. Soft, fluffy and perfectly textured dish topped with fresh coriander and served with chutney.

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> Palak Pan ki Chaat  – Crunchy and crispy Palak leaves combined with pan, topped with sweet Curd, sweet & Mint chutneys, Pomegranate, Sev and fresh coriander. Light yet tasty Chaat.

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> Raj Kachori – Try Kachori in a royal way!
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SOUTH INDIAN STREET FOOD –

> Vegetable Kothu Paratha –  Famous south Indian dish which contains slices of paratha well blend with vegetables and tossed in the pan with spices adding flavors to it.

> Chicken Kothu Paratha and Bheja with Egg Dosa are other items on the menu.

FROM THE FRYER –

> Goli Bajji – Perfectly fried Mangalore Bajjis served with Kayi (coconut) chutney was mouth watering.

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> Nethili Fry and Jheenga Koliwada were other dishes made out of fish & prawns respectively.

> Paneer Shashlik – Well marinated cottage cheese cubes along with bell peppers and onions were put together which made it a great dish. The spices were just right!

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> Beef Phal

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> Quail Roast

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MAIN COURSE –

> Idiyappam with Paya Kurma – A south Indian dish made of rice flour, baked and made into strings. It was a little different from the usual ones I have tried.

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>Soft and perfectly baked Thatte Idly with Coconut Chutney and Sambar was another dish on the main course menu.

DESSERTS STATION –

> Jalebi with hot Badam milk and Rajasthani Malai Kulfi – Wrapped up the meal on a high sweet note. Crunchy sweet Jalebis with badam milk was a treat to my taste buds. While Malai kulfi was just scrumptious!

> Kumbakonam Degree Coffee –  Piping hot strong flavored coffee was served in the end. A must beverage every person needs.

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Three cheers to The Leela group for putting up a great show. Kudos to the happy helpers who served us 🙂 Enjoy the most comfortable food in the royal way amidst the falling water, lush greenery or in the cool cubicles lit up by fancy droplights.

Note: I have tried and reviewed only vegetarian dishes.

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Bun Maska Chai – Chai and More!

Simplicity at it’s best! Though the recipes sound so simple at Bun Maska Chai, they are too scrumptious.

Reached the cafe after a long ride of 20 km in rain and traffic. I would say the weather was perfect to try the dishes here. We got to meet the person behind the show. Also, we had an informative talk about BMC.

As we were talking we started off with Shikanjee, an appetizer made up with plums and few other ingredients which got our taste buds high. Continued with Bun Maska. Bun Maska is a famous dish and important part of the menu in any coffee shops of Mumbai, Pune and other cities. It’s nothing but hot Buns smeared with fresh cream & butter and cut along the thickness of the bun. Isn’t it so simple? Yet, mouthwatering dish. Two thumbs up for this, because the buns are made in-house and the blend of fresh cream with butter is on point. We were happy to try the authentic Bun Maska.
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Next up was something different, Bun Egg maggie. A dish you must try at BMC. Bun Egg Maggie is our new favorite now – Layers of Maggie and runny egg placed between a bun cut into two along the thickness of the bun with few other spices adding to taste. How much more exciting can it become?
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We also tried something called Cheese Kharee. Puffy layers as a base with cheese on it.  Corn and chilli flakes as toppings which add taste to it. Sipped down their special Masala cola, cola and spices mixed in right amounts. A nice drink after Shikanjee!
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A small coffee shop with White interiors and well-lit lamps, hand written menu and neat maintenance add to the charm of this cafe. Three cheers to the Happy helpers here. Not to forget, prices are easy on pockets 🙂

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The Kabab Studio

The Kabab studio is now open, renovated and rejuvenated. It is one of the places which was on our bucket list from a long time. When we finally got a chance to try it, excitement peaked. We have heard that it has gained a lot of attention among foodies and others, since the renovation. Ambience has got a major overhaul which makes the dining experience better!

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Starters are divided into – live grill and on the plate. Live Grill is our all time fav for the simple reason that it can be taken warm throughout the meal. Grilled Pineapple – This fruit is one of the nicest creations in nature. When this is grilled and roasted to perfect brown with some seasonings, nothing can match its taste. Tandoori Chicken never cease to amaze me and Hydrabadi Fish Tikka was just amazing. The meat was tender and spices were perfect on them.

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On the plate is where the things get interesting because of the varieties served. We were one of those few lucky ones who got to try Tangdi Kulfi, their signature dish. Chicken leg piece blend with kulfi wrapped in foil to let flavours infuse while standing out! The aroma itself keeps one astonished and it’s amazing to see how two opposite ingredients can do wonders. Along with Tangdi Kulfi, we also had Malai Paneer Tikka, Veg Croquettes, Pani Puri, Special Dhai Puri and Mutton Seekh Kabab.

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Drinks: We had a long list of mocktails and cocktails being served while we were trying other recipes. Every drink was served with utmost care. Each drink had its unique taste and twists that kept us excited to try more. Few were fruits based, while few were tamarind & coriander based, others were lemon grass & curry leaves and tea, basil leaves based. While serving, we were enlightened about each drink, which was much more interesting 🙂

TKS OK is a signature mocktail of The Kabab Studio (hence the name TKS OK) which says everything will be ok, made up of an orange & basil base. It is served within a lantern with a small opening from where the drinking straw falls out. A bang in terms of flavours and a great way to start the evening.

The Last Tea was one of the interesting cocktail served here. The tastes resemble a lot like tea with hints of vodka. It is served in a glass jar topped with dry ice which gives it a smoky appearance.

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Santa Banta took us back to school days where we used to have cool mango shakes in hot summer to kill the heat. A strong mango-based cocktail served in a soda bottle which has a great taste. Feels nostalgic.

P. Naa was light based cocktail served in a feeding bottle, it may look funny but has a lot to offer. A mixture of flavourings which leaves you wanting more.

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Mary Teri, an inside out Bloody Mary. A tomato juice based cocktail which has spices on point which leaves a unique taste. It is served inside a bigger glass with dry ice and water which makes it bit wobbling, so take precautions.

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Apart from these drinks we also had Tedhi Medhi Martini, Cucumber Basil, Spiced Fusion, Win Fizz and Lemon Grass Curry leaves Martini.

Main Course is as usual spread widely – hosting veggies, salads, scrumptious dishes and more. Some of which we tried were Penne Pasta with Pesto Sauce, Paneer Lababdar, Andhra Gosht Biryani, Shahi Murgh, Veg Thai Noodles with Hunan Prawns. Roti ki gaadi is again a unique idea of serving Indian Breads in a truck. The gaadi carried naan, stuffed naan and garlic butter naan which went great with the curries from the counter.

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No meal is complete without desserts and The Kabab Studio offers a wide range to choose from.
Black Currant Cheese Cake was small, cheesy and soft, a layer of blackcurrant preserve with a cherry top.
Sweet Curds was thick, consistent and had the perfect level of sweetness. Fruit Trifle presentation was a feast to our tiny eyes. So colourful yet tasty. Fruit Rabdi and Angoori Robja are other desserts on the plate.

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Live Icecream counter took the concept of customising ice creams 😀 We had Chocolate-Vanilla and Oreo-Vanilla combo. The addition of chocolate sauce and crushed nuts made it better.

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We just loved the whole setup of the studio. The rooftop with slanted walls, glazed openings, cool breeze and lights as far as the end of the city fills up the view. Open-kitchen which allows us to see what happens in the cooking station is a major thing. Inside is adaptive-lit making it easy. There’s a tv which showcases any sporting event happening live. Right below the TV is a live music centre, 3 member band, who sings famous 80’s 90’s Kannada & Hindi tracks. Each table has a request card in which you can write your choice of song.

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Service is quick and you’re barely left with the empty plate. The happy helpers are always on a lookout if we need anything. Quick on toes and help with anything required. Three Cheers to the management and happy helpers for making the entire experience a wonderful memory 🙂

Highly Recommended if you wish to have great food, enjoy amazing drinks and experience fine dining while sitting in the terrace top restaurant.

Address – Goldfinch Hotel, Crescent Road, Near Shivananda Circle, Seshadripuram, Bengaluru.
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