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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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We take pride in the work we do and here’s some coverage of the same.

Newspaper Articles
1. High on Biryani – BBiC Coverage on Deccan Herald, dated 31st May 2017
2. The ‘rice’ of the DONNE! – BBiC Coverage on Deccan Chronicle, dated 17th June 2017

Online Media
1. Keeping The Plate Warm – Talk on The Yellow Turmeric regarding Food Startups
2. We covered Jackfruit365 and they covered us.
3. Nothing litte about LittleApp
4. Masterclass with Chef Shazia Khan by TTK Prestige
5. Polar Bear shares our oldest review.
6. DailyHunt reshares the article from Deccan Herald.
7. BBiC Coverage on LBB.in

Videos
1. Airport Food Walk powered by Burrp

FM
1. BBiC Coverage with The Superhero show with RJ Sriram on Fever FM , dated 30th June 2017

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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: ₹800 for two people.

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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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