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Paradise opens at New BEL Road – 18th FBAB Meetup

Whenever we think of food, ‘biriyani’ is what we think of and the next thing is, which is the best place to try Biryanis? This is where Paradise comes into the picture.

Paradise serves one of the best biryani’s in the world. Paradise is the go-to place for Biryani in Hyderabad and they are trying to set the same trend here in Bengaluru. The place is highly appreciated by many celebrities which adds a feather to its pride.

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The chain which was limited to the North and East Bangalore has now recently opened up a new outlet in New BEL Road and we were invited to try their dishes as a part of 18th FBAB Meetup on the second working day.

The menu seemed like it was never going to end. So, we decided to try a little of each dish. Started off with Paneer Haryali Tikka, soft cubes of paneer which were perfectly marinated and cooked. It had a smooth texture and the chutney tasted great.

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Subz Aur Moongphalli Seekh is one of those dishes that pack a surprise. It’s made up of finely chopped vegetables and topped with roasted peanuts.

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Then came the Veg Platter which consisted of Paneer 65 & Paneer Tikka, along with Paneer Haryali Tikka & Subz Aur Moongphalli Seekh. Paneer 65 resembles Chicken 65 in terms of taste. Chunks of paneer tossed in spices, couple of chilis and topped with curry leaves. Paneer Tikka, paneer marinated in yoghurt, spices and grilled on tandoor. It has the right amount of spices.

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Veg Manchurian, fried vegetables in dumpling shape cooked with Manchurian sauce to give it a perfect blend of spices and the garnishing makes it eye-catching.

Apollo Fish was one of the best fish recipes I had. Boneless fish cooked in sauce, green chillies & curry leaves. It is crisped enough to give a crunchy texture, a great starter.

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Chilli Prawns was one of the highlights, fresh and tender prawns marinated in mixture of spices, deep fried & oil reduced & well garnished.

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Chilli Chicken, small chunks are deep-fried first and then cooked in tangy chilli sauce which gives it good flavours. Fried chicken with a twist.

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Mutton Seekh Kebab, minced lamb meat mixed with mild spices and cooked on a skewer. Meat is tender and just melts in your mouth.

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Veg Biryani, special flavours of spices blend with veggies and basmati rice. Tastes good with raitha.

Special Chicken Biryani, pieces of chicken & basmati rice cooked in many levels with saffron and few spices which makes it a great biryani. It’s massive proportion, easily serves a group of 6-8 members.

Special Mutton Biryani, mixture of rice & lamb meat cooked with saffron, herbs and spices for a long duration to infuse the flavours into each bit of the biryani. Both of the biryanis are served with Mirchi ka Salan and Raita which makes them even more delicious.

Double-ka-meetha is a hyderabadi dessert made of special bread that’s prepared by them. Soaked and served in milk with hint of caradamom. Qubani-ka-meetha, is again a hyderabadi dessert made of apricots served in sweet syrup.

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Gajar Halwa & Gulab Jamun, all time favorite dessert of us. It was good and one jamun could leave you filled.

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The area is pretty huge compared to other outlets, serving in ground level and first level which can take upto an approx of 300 people at once and a dedicated take-away counter. The walls are painted white, decored with photos of celebrities & dishes-in-progress.

Happy about their hospitality and service. Staff are friendly in approach. The whole place is maintained well 🙂

Address – Vacuum House 1, Chikkamaranahalli, New BEL Road, Bengaluru.

Paradise Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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Baba Fattoosh – Home Cooked Food @ your Doorstep!

Simplicity at its best defines BABA FATTOOSH! It is a ‘delivery-only’ food startup that serves authentic north-Indian home food 🙂 A perfect eatery to order home cooked food. They have a daily-changing menu and won’t repeat the menu for minimum a week.

What was on the menu when we ordered?

1. Bhindi Fry – Perfectly fried segments of bhindi, tossed in spices that tastes really good. Goes well with parathas they serve. Trust me you must try this ‘coz it was finger licking good! 😛

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2. Chatpata Aloo – Neatly chopped aloo pieces that’s pan fried first and later mixed with few spices. Mild flavoured Chatpata aloo tastes good with parathas too.

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3. Tawa Paneer – Dices of fresh cottage cheese finely cooked in tomato puree with few vegetables and topped with Indian-herbs & spices. Drizzle a little lime juice and take a bite with paratha, see how it feels.

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4. Kadhai Chicken – Fresh tender chicken cooked in tasty gravy and topped with crispy onions. A light dish filled with wonderful flavors that goes great with the parathas.

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5. Parathas – Methi and plain parathas are the two varieties they prepare. As usual, they are shallow fried and tastes good when they’re hot.

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6. Salad – Box filled with colorful veggie slices and lemon pieces that is not usually served all time.

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7. Mint Lemon Juice – A cute little bottle filled with juice that gives the hint of mint, lime and few spices. Tastes good when it’s cool. So, keep it cold before you take a sip 😛

8. Gulab Jamun – Gulab Jamun is one of the sweet that every Indian likes! A soft delicious sweet filled with kova and soaked in sugar syrup. Feels heavenly when you take a bite *_*

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Note:
– This is a delivery only space, so don’t go in search for the outlet!
– They deliver to neighbourhoods of Marathahalli and Whitefield within a radius of 5-6kms.
– You can order either from their Website or their App.

Baba Fattoosh Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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Zzungry

Zzungry is a new ‘delivery only’ startup with a great concept of catering Royal Indian Cuisine. The food which was only served at five-star hotels & palaces is now being delivered to your doorstep at an affordable price. They’ve a main kitchen at HSR layout and a processing outlet in Indiranagar. They’ve experimented with royal dishes from all over the country and is brought under a single menu. The menu changes every week and all prices are inclusive of taxes, so what you see is what you pay!

Tandoori Malai Broccoli – A great dish to start off a royal meal! It is cooked in creamy malai mixed with few spices, and light fried in tandoori. The floret of broccoli is crunchy, packs spices and malai adds a cheesy texture to it.

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Malai Paneer – Fresh paneer cooked with malai, cheese and ground cardamom. To make it tastier, it is topped with partial cheese dipped onion. The softness of paneer is carried by the creaminess of malai and cheese. A must try if you are a paneer lover!

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Makhmali Murg Seekh – Finely chopped chicken mixed with herbs and spices, put on skewers and cooked in tandoor. After it’s cooked, the central space is filled with cheese which just melts once you eat it.

Murg Sholay Kebab – A boneless chicken leg piece marinated in special cream, cooked in tandoor with Indian spices for perfect taste. Chicken is tender, filled with flavours and spicy to eat. The dish is topped with finely chopped coriander that enlightens the aroma.

Lamb Kebab Gorkhar – This dish is similar to Makhmali Murg Seekh, except for it’s made up of lamb and doesn’t have a cheese filling. The dish is said to be originated from Gorkha, a tribe of Nepal. Mince lamb, combined with spices and herbs, cooked in tandoor. The dish goes great with green chutney.

Nachini(Ragi) Bhutta Paratha – You got to try this even if you don’t like ragi. Ragi paratha stuffed with a mixture of potato & corn and cooked to perfect softness. A dish which can be consumed without any gravies but tastes great with all gravies they serve.

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Flavoured Phulka – The ideal accompaniment to any main course is phulka and try it with all gravies for a royal experience. Phulka is of two varieties, combined with the tangy kick of tomato and spinach.

Ajwaini Hing Paratha – The paratha made up of whole wheat flour and a hint of Hing. It is soft & layered and goes well with all gravies they serve.

Dum Murg Nizami – Names just keep getting crazier. This is certainly one of my favs! Chicken leg cooked in spices, onions and cashew. The gravy has a lot of Hyderabadi flavours. It goes great with phulkas.

Murg Burrani – A garlic flavoured chicken leg piece marinated with spices and cooked in tandoor.

Mutton Kolhapuri – Kolhapuri mutton is one of the few mutton dishes that I like. The meat is perfectly cooked with onions, garlic gravy, a few poppy seeds and coconut. This curry fills you up easily and goes well with all bread. It accompanies Shimla Pulao even better!

Veg Sabnam Curry – Cubes of cottage cheese, baby corn, mushrooms and corn cooked in tomato onion gravy which gives it a soft and crunchy texture.

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Kofta E Gulmarg – Stuffed cottage cheese balls mixed with Kashmiri apple and dry fruits dipped in flavorful gravy, which was a delicacy during royals of Kashmir. It gives you a hint of both sweetness and spice.

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Veg Shimla Pulao – Mild flavoured basmati rice cooked with bell peppers and garam masala. It tastes good with Mutton Kolhapuri/Veg Sabnam Curry.

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Chenna Makhana Sangam – The chef’s signature dessert from the Zzungry kitchen. A royal dessert made of Chenna soaked in makhana and puffed lotus seeds which gives a unique flavour.

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Gulab Jamoon Panjgiri – Homemade Gulab Jamoon served in phirnee which is saffron flavoured. A Moghlai dessert unique textures.

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Note:
– This is a delivery only space, so don’t go in search for the outlet!
– They deliver to neighbourhoods of HSR layout, within a radius of 5-6kms.

Zzungry Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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New Agarwal Bhavan

Agarwal Bhavan is one of the best restaurants in my locality. It’s been serving here from decades and no doubt it is the same from then in terms of quality, taste, cleanliness and service.

Chaitra is been visiting this place from her childhood, but it was the first try for Navneeth. It’s well known for special dosas, sweets, and condiments. Apart from this, they serve Chats, South, North Indian cuisines, and Cakes/Pastries too.

This time, we ordered her all time favourite Corn Cheese Roll Dosa and Sandwich Dosa.

Corn Cheese Roll Dosa – As the name suggests, it’s a dosa filled with American corn, grated cheese, mixed with selected spices and served as a dosa roll. It’s cut it into pieces of four and served it with chutney and tomato ketchup.

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Sandwich Dosa – In simple words, it’s a set dosa with a twist. Three layers of dosa filled with slices of onion & tomato, cheese shreds and spices make it a great try. Dosa’s are crisp and hold up perfectly.

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From our earlier visits, we found the following to be worth mentioning.
In sweets section – Gajar ka Halwa, Baasundi, Kashmiri Kalakhand are few of my personal favorites.
In chats section – Majority of the items like Masala Puri, Dahi Puri, Pani Puri, Pav bhaji and few other special varieties  are available. Chats are served only in the evenings.

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Ambience could have been maintained better. The price list has been changed and the menu is improvised. Quantity has decreased along with time. Staff and management are humble and friendly in approach. Parking space needs to be extended. We’ll surely be back for more Corn Cheese Roll Dosa!

Address – #333, MSR Road, Gokul Extension, Mathikere, Yeshwantpur, Bengaluru.

New Agarwal Bhavan Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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Hello Curry – 12th FBAB Meetup!

Hello Curry operates on Delivery-Only space and caters to the demand for quick, affordable and daily food. They started their journey in 2013 at Hyderabad. Bengaluru and Pune have been its recent additions, making a total count of 32 stores in 3 cities.

As invitees for the 12th FBAB meetup, we were at Cartier Hotel for food tasting and package reviewing.

Dishes that were served:
Double ka Meetha – A great welcome sweet, which renders your taste buds. Quick bread based sweet which couldn’t be identified, until we were informed about the recipe. Fried chunks of bread soaked in rich badam milk.

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Veg Biryani – Steamed rice accompanied with mild flavors of spices with fewer vegetables and served with raita. Not great, but a good dish for a veggie. Biryani can be improved in terms of vegetables and spices.

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Boneless Chicken Biryani – This is more of a Bengaluru Biryani rather than an authentic biryani, it’s the result of having to serve different foodies. So, don’t expect this to be spicy. The way they’ve integrated the flavors has come out well. Chicken is perfectly cooked and the its served with raita.

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Mighty Chicken Masala – Ghar ka Chicken, as they say it, but due to the market trends, the name was changed to Mighty Chicken Masala. Soft cooked chicken in a home styled recipe.

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Paneer Capsicum Paratha – How to make a veggie happy? You serve them Paneer Capsicum Paratha! It’s a combination of paneer and finely chopped capsicum, mixed together and stuffed to make a paratha.

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Butter Chicken – Another dish that has a change of recipe to match the localites’ requirement. As usual, tender chicken cooked with masalas and fewer spices.

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Dhal Makhani – Dhal Makhani has been known for leaving one filled and making them feel heavy. But this had a different story. They’ve come up with a brilliant idea of replacing traditional beans with Green Gram, and it has paid off. A great curry that goes well with rice and paratha.

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Paneer Butter Masala – One of their best curries. Double like for the taste, even better with additional butter 😛

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Panchmel Sabzi – As the name says, a light curry made up of five ingredients served with steamed rice. It can also be tried with paratha. Nothing great about the taste.

Chocó Shots – This was a trial dish which isn’t available on the menu. Amazing dessert prepared by a home chef made up of layers of chocolate cream, bits of butterscotch and topped off with choco chips & peanuts.

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Packaging of the Dishes:
For ‘delivery-only’ start-up, it’s just not about the taste of the food but also about the packaging and presenting of it. This is where Hello Curry has stood out in terms of innovation and creativity.
Comic strips and funny quotes are the highlights of the biriyani containers and curry pots.
The paratha packaging resembles a mailbox and the inner part is well segmented for all the side dishes that is served along.

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Delivery note:
Hello Curry caters to the localities within the radius of 5 km from its kitchen.

Hello Curry Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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The Great Indian Thali – 10th FBAB Meetup!

For those people who say vegetarian food is boring, must visit The Great Indian thali located on the 3rd floor of Lotus building at Kormangala. One of the best restaurants that serves authentic Indian Thali. Simple and elegant in ambiance with subtly lit lamps that creates a dramatic environment.

As invitees for #10thFBABMeetup, we visited TGIT. We were about 20 and had a large table reserved for us.

Welcome drink was Watermelon juice which was sweet and tasty. Starters were, Paneer Pancharatan Tikka – It wasn’t great but yes it tasted good. Paneer was a bit hard.

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Mint aloo kebab – it was medium level spiced and tasty. Mutter kachori – miniature version of real kachori served with different types of chutneys. Tasted yumm. Golgappa – it was served with sweet and mint pani. One of the best golgappa ever had.

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and Dahi Papdi Chat –  Papdi being dipped in different chutneys and topped with various spices, dahi and grated beetroot, carrot and pomegranate. Thumbs up for this chat.

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Then, came the BIG PICTURE 😛 , the most awaited thali. Main course was started with Batura and Punjabi Chole. It tasted really great. Batura was soft and big enough that it just fills up the tummy. Fulka and roti was other varieties of breads served. As a combination for these, Dum aloo, Vegetable korma, Kadai paneer were served. They also had a dish made out of bitter guard ,forgot the name, but it tasted amazing. First ever time we liked a bitter guard recipe.  Then, Veg Biriyani with Raita, Steamed rice and Dal makhani were served and wrapped up the main course with simple curd rice.

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Any meal isn’t complete without desserts. So, Gulab Jamoon, Moong Dal Tamatar Halwa and Rasgulla were served. To add up to this, Shrikhand was also served.

Each recipe had it’s unique taste. Our taste buds craved for more food but tummy was out of space 😛 Indeed, we had a great time at TGIT with other foodie friends.

Service was little messed up because we were too many in count, each time the server had to ask us and then serve it on the plate. But they tried their  best is what we have to say. Kudos to the organizers of #FBAB!

Must try – Golgappa, Papdi Chat, Dum Aloo, Vegetable Korma, Batura, Shrikhand.

Plating Credits: Ajay Alexander and Ashwin Iyer.

Recommended!

Address – 612/1, Lotus Building, 80 Feet Road, Koramangala 4th Block, Bengaluru

The Great Indian Thali Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato