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Experience the Big NewSky @ Big Brewsky

Big Brewsky is one of the most happening places in Bengaluru right now. Known for its biggest micro-brewery, old-school ambiance, rooftop bar, centrally located pool, music deck and everything which left us mesmerized!

A couple of weeks ago, we attended the launch of their new menu called Big NewSky! The game plan was simple, we start the evening with a cook-off guided by Chef Saby himself, a tour to the new Big Brewsky and party hard till wee hours. As we settled down, it all changed to Chef Saby demonstrating us the new dishes while we sipped down to Karthik’s new concoctions and partied till the end.
Chef Saby

Of all the new additions, Chef Saby was kind enough to share the secrets to Corn Spinach Shoe Rolls and Tomato Black Rice Mushroom Risotto! Corn Spinach Shoe had me going the entire evening, a crispy munch stuffed with sweet corn, spinach, garlic and spices added to the taste. Black Rice Mushroom Risotto was a level apart from most of my previous tries. The combination of arborio rice and mushroom, slowly cooked with truffle essence gave it a soft and creamy texture.
Corn Spinach Shoe Roll and Black-Rice Mushroom Risotto

The bar has seen new additions too! My Old Pal and The Great Pretender were our favorites from the long list! Why? – My Old Pal for its espresso and caramel mixture while The Great Pretender for its tequila and color! A huge shot out to Mixologist Karthik for coming up with such amazing drinks.
Karthik
Cocktails

The music deck is one of it’s kind! They’ve an interesting choice of genre for each day and as a tribute for Sixties music, bands perform live on Sunday’s while one can relax with their special brunch spread. Overall, the Big Brewsky has gone big and innovative with Food, Beer, Drinks and Music, which attracts the crowd of Namma bengaluru.

Few more dishes to make you drool 😀
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We’d like to thank the entire team of Big Brewsky for hosting us and happy helpers who served us. We’ll definitely be back to try more of their new menu 🙂

Cost: ₹2000 for two (with alcohol).

Click here to get Directions on Google Map.

Big Brewsky Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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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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Three Dots & A Dash

We are in seventh heaven to blog about this alluring rooftop restaurant named THREE DOTS AND A DASH located on the 100 ft road, Indiranagar. Three Dots & A Dash is one of a kind restaurant & themed bar to offer Tiki Cocktails which is burst of flavors and dishes which makes everyone drool. Wondering what does three dots and dash spell? Well, it stands for VICTORY 🙂

We were here to try some of the best ‘tiki cocktails’ and other dishes served in town. This restaurant is split into two level seating. We chose to sit on the rooftop and just fell in love with the ambiance.

Tiki cocktails started with Dead Reckoning, Pineapple Paradise, and Forbidden Island. Dead Reckoning is served in a skull glass consisting of wine, white rum, spice syrup and hints of maple and vanilla.
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Pineapple Paradise is another tiki cocktail served in pineapple fruit made up of White Rum, Caribbean Rum of Coconut flavor and pineapple juice. The smoky dry ice adds up to the presentation.
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As you sip down Forbidden fruit you get flavours of vodka, white rum, gin and  a couple more spirits. Orchid adds up to the beauty of the drink. A must-try cocktail.  All tiki cocktails are as innovative as they sound with some Indian touch to it. The presentation of the drinks is top notch and is a feast for eyes.
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Up next was starters – starting with Polynesian baked Poisson, marinated fish wrapped in banana leaf giving it a unique taste. The fish was cooked perfectly with right spices. It was juicy and just melts in the mouth.
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The Classic In-house nachos were crispy, topped with kidney beans, tomato salsa, melting cheese and cream went hand-in-hand with it.
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Herb Cheese Stuffed Mushroom took the stuffing to a whole new level, mushrooms were fried perfectly. The crunchy base and cheese made it even better!
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Pan-Seared Pepper Coconut Chicken reminded me of days we spent in Kerala. One of the best combination of coconut, chicken, and pepper I’ve come across.
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The main course consisted of  Spinach Stuffed Cottage Cheese Steak which was served with mashed potato, saffron glazed pineapple & carrots.
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Fried Rice in Pineapple filled with colorful veggies, corn and pineapple with two types of sauces was one of the most innovative dishes that we had here.
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Wrapped the lunch with Chocolate brownie topped with cherries, slices of apple, banana,  and whipped cream. Lip smacking dessert it was *-*
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Service is extremely good and two thumbs up for the happy helpers who served us here. Well maintained place and bamboo interiors add up to the ambiance. Cheers to the entire team behind Three Dots and A Dash 🙂 Will surely be back for more.

Three Dots & A Dash Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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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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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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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