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Jalsa Gold – India’s First Gold Themed Restaurant

“Nothing brings people together like good food” but Jalsa Gold is one step ahead by setting the ambiance right! The first Gold themed restaurant in India and happy to say it is in Namma Bengaluru! I was mesmerized just by the sight of it. Lunch like a king, feel like a king and live like a king while you’re at Jalsa gold. Glasses to Cutlery, everything is 24K Gold plated! Not to forget, even the smallest details are taken care of 🙂
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Jalsa Gold is a North Indian restaurant with few continental options. A couple of days back, I was here with few of my friends for lunch and this is how it went;

As we sat down, we were welcomed with cucumber-mint & watermelon drink. Just the refreshment I was looking forward too after riding through Bengaluru’s traffic! Their buffet spread is huge and not to forget the interesting À la carte menu. I’m a light eater myself unless there’s biryani in the menu.

I haven’t been a fan of bitter gourd until I savored Karela Salad at Jalsa Gold! The preparation doesn’t even make you realize it’s made from bitter-gourd! A shout-out to Bhatti Ka Phool and Kajun Fries for making me think veg appetizers can also be interesting!
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On the non-veg side, I loved Murgh Kasturi Kebab and Fish Amritsary. I happened to go for another serving for Fish Amritsary – crispy on the outside, and soft well cooked on the inside. Not to forget the Chicken Pizza, super thin crust with a layer of cheese and chicken tikka.
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For the main course, I choose Butter Naan along with Railway Mutton Curry & Mangalore Fish Curry. Railway Mutton Curry is one of the best mutton preparations I’ve had in a long time. Loved everything about it!
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As I said before, I have a special corner for Chicken Biryani and when they got in Biryani – there was nothing else I needed! Perfectly cooked with long grain rice, just the way I love it!
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I was pretty stuffed by then, but couldn’t resist myself from having Rasgulla and Gulab Jamoon with Ice Cream. They also have continental desserts.
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The service is quick and staff doesn’t rush food onto the plate like elsewhere. While there are many buffet options, I recommend you try Jalsa Gold once for a complete dining experience altogether.

Ps: Perfect place to dine with your loved ones 🙂

Cost: ₹1400 for two (without alcohol). ~ ₹2000 for two (with alcohol).

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Band Baaja Barbeque

What if you could really get to eat a wedding feast without having to wait for someone to get married? From golgappas to tangdi kabab, from grills to shadi ka biryani, from rasgulla to kulfis. Too good to be true for anyone, but not anymore.

You heard us right, Barbeque Nation is hosting a wedding themed festival, majorly based on the popular dishes served at a wedding.

The entire ambiance gave the feel of a typical wedding scene and the music can make anyone start dancing! The waiters were dressed up in the traditional wear and this is one of the reasons why we are regulars at Barbeque Nation – they take care of the tiniest detail.
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Barbeque Nation is known for its DIY on the grill, so without much further ado – we started off with some Pardesi piya ke Paneer Wale Tikke and Taka Tak Mushroomi Mausi on the grill. Of the both, mushroom turned out to be my fav because of it’s stuffing. Crispy Corn and Cajun Spiced Potato are the dishes we look forward to each time when we are at Barbeque Nation.
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Non-Veg starters were as good as veg counterparts with Nawabi Jija ke Gosht Seekh and Amritsari Fufa ji ki Machliyan. Not to forget the Tangdi Chicken! Perfectly cooked, tender and customised spice level – nothing can go wrong!
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The main course had a variety of dishes! Started off with some Chilli Chicken and Noodles before moving onto BIRYANI! Delicious chicken biryani after a long day of work is just what I needed.
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Do we like to finish in style? Definitely! I love the kulfi’s at BN and who’s to stop us? Paan’s my all time fav. Apart from this, we also had rasgulla, brownie, and the humble vanilla ice cream :p
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The festival is on from 26th Oct to 12th Nov, so book your tables now and visit the nearest outlet (Indiranagar, JP Nagar, Lido Mall, Koramangala, Kalyan Nagar, Marathahalli, Rajajinagar, Electronic City and Whitefield).

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Experience the Royal Cuisine of Rajasthan at FAIRFIELD.

One of the things that excite us about Fairfield by Marriott is their food festivals! It’s celebrating “Padharo Maro Des”, a Marwari Food Festival covering all the popular dishes and desserts of Rajasthan.

Rajasthan being the largest state in India, is known for its traditions, majestic forts, royal sense of clothing and the Thar. It is no less when it comes to food. Rajasthani cuisine has an array of delightful recipes which is a blend of spices and sweet. Ghee, Besan, Bhajra, Wheat, Milk, and spices are few of the main ingredients.

Chef Bhuralal Prajapathi is the man behind this festival, who flew from Pune to put up this fantastic show. He spoke about the dishes through the course of the meal.
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The ambiance has vibrant shades, decorated with umbrellas, colorful Holi , Matkas, wall hangings and tiny toys. A Potter at the entrance who makes Matkas added up to the lively atmosphere.
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The dinner was arranged on the ground with lay back cushions, leaf spread on the miniature silver table, decorated with rose petals. The staff in the traditional attire and Marwari songs in the background made it more appealing.
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On the menu,

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Gulabi Sherbet, an appetizer. Though the drink was light, yet strong of rose essence. Mirchi Bhajiya, spicy green chilli’s filled with aloo, was perfectly fried and had the right amount of crispness. It was served with Lasoon Chutney.

Dal Baati Churma is something we’d love to eat over and over! Fresh Baati’s deep fried in ghee, mixed with dal and topped with Churma which gave spice-sweet hints!

Bajre ki Khichdi is one of those dishes prepared with least number ingredients but has great flavors. A divine dish by itself 🙂 Gatte ka Pulao got us thinking if it was sausages but it’s besan blent with rice! Sangri ke Sabji is made up of two special types of beans which are available only in Rajasthan. It went well with the pulao and khichdi.

Lal Maas, something straight out from meat heaven! Tender meat cooked perfectly with spices, exude great flavors.
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Malai Ghevar is a dessert where only a handful of people pull it off. Aromas of ghee and Rabdi leaves anyone speechless! Jalebi with Rabdi, Mini and sugary, topped with Rabdi left us mouthwatering. MoongDal Halwa one of the richest dessert. A person with the sweet tooth would love it for sure.

There’s also a live chaat counter which has many Rajasthani chaats to savor from!
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Overall we had a royal experience at Kava, Fairfield by Marriott. Scrumptious food, good hospitality, and innovative decor sums up the food festival. Three cheers to the entire team and to the happy helpers who served us 🙂

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Dilli Wali Khau Galli Festival – BARBEQUE NATION

What if you could really get to eat the Dilli’s good food, say from Golgappa to Chole Kulche, from Jamoon to Shahi Tukda, from Mughlai dum biriyani to Akbar Ali kabab under one roof? Sounds interesting!

You heard us right, BBQ Nation is celebrating Dilli Wali Khau Galli Festival, majorly based on Delhi’s cuisine. With fellow food lovers, we were happy to be a part of this food festival.

The Delhi setup starts right from the door and continues to the interiors, paintings of Dilli’s famous monuments and colorful flyers. The menu brought the best of Dilli dishes from chats to biryani!

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Mango Punch, Gleeche and few other appetizers to start off the evening. Continued with Chats Counter hosted a variety of Dilli’s street food like Golgappa, Dhai Vada, Hariyali Kebab, Chole Kulche and Dahi Papdi. It was a level apart from what you find in streets of Bangalore.

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Barbeque Nation is known for its DIY on the grill and with the fest going on, it just got better. Veg starters had Pudina Ananas ki Tikke, Tandoori Malai Kumbh and Dhelvi Panner on grill, Cajun Spiced Potato and Dahi Kebab off the grill. Marination had a touch of Delhi spices. As always Crispy Corn is one thing we’ll never get tired of.

Non-Veg starters were as good as veg counterparts with Surkh Fish Tikka, Murgh Angaara and Nimoda Jhinga on grill. Dilli Dhaba Murgh and Mutton Adraki Seekh off the grill. DDM was perfectly cooked, tender and with spices being on the point stood out from the rest.

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The main course had a variety of dishes! It left us confused with what to choose and what to skip. Pot Biryani/Pulao like Sarai Ki Mughlai Dum, Paneer Biriyani and Chandini Chowk ki Subz biryani were the best among all. Aloo Katliya was a new take on potato, with slices boiled and tossed with spices which gave a unique punch.

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Who doesn’t have a separate appetite for desserts? Shahi Tukda and Galiyon ki Firni caught our attention because of its great texture and flavors. Apart from these, there were Jamoon, Blueberry Cheesecake, Dark Brownie, Fruit Gataux, Tiramisu and Ice Cream. They tasted as yummy as they sound.

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It was just not about food and decor, but it was also about entertaining the crowd. The music and dance kept the whole atmosphere bright.

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Come and be a part of Dilli Wali Khau Galli Festival. Visit any of the outlets (Lido Mall, Indiranagar, Koramangala, Whitefield, Kammanahalli and Electronic City) before 7th August to dine on exclusive Delhi dishes without having to travel to Delhi.

Three cheers to the entire team and happy helpers who served us extremely well at the Lido Mall Outlet 🙂

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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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Wahrabia Food Festival at Barbeque Nation

If we get a chance to use Alladin’s Magic Lamp, it would be to have an Arabian food festival. On a similar idea, Barbeque Nation has come up with “Wahrabia Food Festival”, which takes all our taste buds on a magical ride to enjoy the special cuisine of Arabia. The entire decor is set with ‘Arabian Nights’ theme and special dishes to make the experience better. Limited time menu containing a wide range of recipes from Arabia and neatly decorated ambience went hand in hand.

From a long list of mocktails, we ordered Italian Smooch and Liquid Chutney which definitely helped to beat the summer heat.

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Moving on to the food, Barbeque National has never failed to serve amazing dishes and the food festival made it even better. The vegetarians had a lot to choose from. Fried Pita bread and Pita Pockets with hummus & few other dips were a good start. Spiced Potato and Crispy Corn never cease to amaze us and with every visit, the taste just gets better. Lebanese Kebab and Afelia Batata are a must try.

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Under non-vegetarian, they had signature dishes which included Jujeh Kebab, Rubian Meshwi, Arabian Kafta Lamb Seekh, Farareej el Fahem and Dabel Kebab. They had a special live counter which prepared Kesabi Dejaj, Chicken Shawarma roll and Dabel Kabab. Chicken Shawarma was a small roll which had chopped chicken and couple of vegetables with them. Dabel Kebab was one of my favourites, Chicken served on a stick with good masalas.

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The main course too had a large spread of items to choose, let it be veg or non-veg. Prominent were the Nargisi Kofta, Gobi Mussallam, Zucchini Fasigratin, Curried Chick Peas, Fish cooked with Peas, Burani Gosht Biryani.

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We love desserts (who doesn’t, right?) and Barbeque Nation had a lot to offer us. The highlight was the traditional sweet dishes Baklava (a sweet pastry made of layers of chopped nuts and honey) and Muhallabieh (creamy milky pudding with roses and pistachio). Along with these, they had few flavoured ice creams, couple of pastries, fresh fruits and Coconut Walnut Pie.

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If you’re one of those planning to celebrate birthday or anniversary, you’re in for a treat. While you enjoy delicious food, the in-house waiters sing and perform 🙂

JP Nagar’s outlet is known for having a great ambience, and with the fest happening the entire setup is made even better. The place is filled with hanging lights, screen suspensions and illustrations of Aladdin and Ginnie themselves. The fest has opened up a window into the culture and flavours of Arabia.

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Be a part of Wahrabia Fest, visit any of Barbeque Nation’s outlets in Bengaluru region (Indiranagar, Koramangala, JP Nagar, Lido Mall – MG Road, Whitefield Road, Kammanahalli and Electronics City) before March 19th to have one of a kind experience and make memories 🙂

Three cheers to the entire team & Happy Helpers who served us at the JP Nagar outlet 🙂

Featured Image Credits – Hari Camala.

Address – #67, 15th Cross, 6th B Main, JP Nagar, Bengaluru.
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