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The Hole in the Wall Cafe

"Morning hues" 22 Jun 2010
Breakfast, they say, is the most important meal of the day. The first meal of the day has seen several forms come about and see the light of day, ranging from the simple idly/dosa in south India to parathas/poha in the north, from the simple Continental breakfast to the oil field-like English breakfast. For the late risers on a Sunday, the Hole in the Wall Cafe is just made breakfast a lot more exciting. And if you've got enough time to kill, you can wonder whether have a name that's an exact description of your restaurant/cafe is a good thing or not. I had visited the place as part of reviewing it for The Bangalore Mirror. As a custom, we take people along with us so that the opinion is not just of one person (moi), but a collective one. We got there on a Sunday morning for breakfast and immediately got started. The English breakfast wasn't there (hadn't started yet); instead they had an all American breakfast and a continental breakfast. The all American came with eggs, sausages, fruit juice, cut fruits, cereal, and tea/coffee while the conti breakfast, well, how they call it a breakfast beats me - cut fruits, fruit juice, toast, tea/coffee. No no, I didn't omit anything, that's all there is!!! The all American was lovely, and the sausages and eggs were done very well. We didn't stop there - omelets with cheese and bacon, pancakes and waffles with honey, and breakfast sliders also constituted 'our' breakfast, and at the end of it all, a small burp, and the look of contentment on our faces said it all - Sunday morning started off well. Sandwiches, French toast, breakfast sliders (with egg), burgers, sloppy joes, and a few options in desserts as well (classic caf? food) is what you can find there. Go there not for fine dining our gourmet treatment, but to relax and kick off your shoes. If going for breakfast, get there early (actually, get there early anytime), coz they have only about 4 or 5 tables, and not all are 4 seaters.

Calypso

"Nice, but not worth the money charged" 22 Jun 2010
When you hear the word Calypso, the sunny, sandy beaches of the Caribbean with the rhythmic beats of Reggae music wafting through the air comes to mind. However, don?t visit this Calypso expecting Caribbean food and the flowing of the red, yellow and green colours (typical of Jamaica and Reggae). The cuisine claimed to be served here is Euro-American, so you?ll have to satisfy your cravings for jerk chicken elsewhere. The setup seems fancy! Three sets of wine glasses ?adorn? the table, with spoons and forks to match. But just when you think there?s a formal air about this place, you?ll notice a portrait of Mona Lisa? smoking a joint! Another ?twist? comes when you look at the menu ? European food (with a smattering of American), served at a restaurant called Calypso. And once the music gets going, from pop to rock, you know for certain that the formal, uptight atmosphere just got climatically changed. The soups that we had - pollo al garlic fungi (chicken in mushroom soup) and American corn chowder - were very good. Creamy and smooth, these were nicely done. The starters though, were a different story. The bruschetta was nice, but the slices with tomato toppings tasted bad - like as if the tomato used was spoilt. The caribe chicken had way too much Cajun spices rubbed in, and the Sicily garlic prawns were meh, nothing special. The mains were a mixed bag as well. The risotto Milanese and the pasta feta Siciliana were nicely done, but the pepper painted salmon fillet was too small while the chicken balsamico was a little stringy. The surf n turf, which seemed pretty decent, was served without a steak knife and they expected me to cut the steak with the stainless steel table knife. Good luck to me! Dessert was a sizzling brownie and I think there are enough joints where you can have this, and so there's no point on banking on this as a saving grace. So all in all, slightly disappointing given the fact that the bill came up to 4444 for 5 people, and we didn't even have alcohol (we had a couple of mocktails, but that totaled up to about 300-350), so the quality certainly didn't match up to the setup and the prices on the menu.

Cafe Noir

"Complete cafe experience" 22 Jun 2010
I'm sure you'll all got that feeling that if a restaurant is located in a posh part of town, then it's bound to be expensive. Me too, and this thought applied to Cafe Noir before I visited it. However, once there and a look into their menu, I realised that they weren't overly expensive, and going by the portions served, neither were the dishes over priced. We started off with a couple of drinks - a blue mint Froz and a mint honey dew. Both were fantastic, and the colour of the mint honey dew blew me away. Although I was tempted to have the chicken and bacon quiche, I went with the tide and ordered a sandwich. All the sandwiches are priced at Rs 160, and trust me, they are well worth the money, both in terms of quantity and quality. In terms of taste, I think all the sandwiches we had tasted great. We had the Orsay (having salmon), St Germain (having ham), Cafe Noir sandwich (having roast beef), Paris-Nice, and St Lazare (having chicken). We also had a Cafe Noir burger (beef). Needless to say, all were superb. You're also given a choice of breads: wheat, panini, white, or baguette. All the sandwiches and burgers are priced at Rs. 160/- and given the size and the quantity of stuffing inside the sandwich, I think it's well worth the money spent. The desserts are to die for here. The dessert counter will be a gourmet's dream come true - you'll find pastries and cakes of all kinds on display, and selecting what to have was a real pain. Being spoilt for choice got a whole new meaning here! We eventually settled for a creme brulee, a fruit tart, and a ganache. The ganache was the best of the lot, while the creme brulee, although good, wasn't up to the mark according to a friend who'd eaten here before. All in all, a very satisfying meal, one that I won't forget for a while. You can check out pictures at http://gastronomicalgspot.blogspot.com/search/label/Cafe%20Noir

Sultans of Spice

"Superb lamb dishes" 23 Jun 2010
The atmosphere inside the restaurant was very pleasant - light music, good clean linen on the table, nice upholstery for the chairs, and a menu that wouldn't disappoint even a vegetarian, and would certainly make a carnivore's mouth water. I'm not too much into the ambiance and music, so I didn't mind the Jagjit Singh ghazals in the background, but some of the guests did, although not to the point where they started throwing tantrums. The food was great. I didn't care too much for the Punjabi section - don't get me wrong, they were nice - I just liked the dishes from the other two sections better (and so did the guests). Also, to the credit of this restaurant, the lamb dishes that were served among the starters were wonderfully cooked. Very often, the mutton in a biryani is tender and drops off the bone and this is because it is 'pressure' cooked (may not be in a pressure cooker, but you know what I mean). However, starters usually aren't, and these are slow cooked in a tandoor, and very often the meat is still a little chewy. This often spoils the experience. However, the lamb at Sultans of Spice didn't suffer from that and came off the bone quite easily. Kudos to the chef. The ?favourite? tag was a toss-up between the meat-dropping-off-the-bone ?gosh quburghah?, or lamb chops, in a wonderful red marinade, and the chicken legs stuffed with methi and mince meat ?Matiya Road bharwan tange?. Unless you have an endless appetite, and/or are a sucker for Punjabi food, you?d do well to order from the Afghani and/or Delhi section of the menu. Not that the Punjabi food is bad; au contraire, what we had was good, but the others were just better. Our orders here revolved around the Karim?s zaffrani mutton biryani, which was colourful and aromatic, and the mutton was extremely tender. Another dish bearing the Karim?s tag was the Karim?s keema mutter fry, which was a perfect accompaniment for our breads, among which the Kabuli naan was something unique, topped with a lot of dry fruits. Knowing full well that the mutton dishes are usually the best way to judge the mettle of the chef, we attacked the one that had a chef?s hat next to it on the menu, indicating it was a special. So we settled for a ?Burrah Kaliyan?, which was a dish of lamb chops in a green gravy. Delicious isn?t saying nearly enough, but I wish they?d figure out a way of serving it with the bones cut down to size so as to not overwhelm the diners. For dessert, we had chickoo kulfi, stuffed gulab jamuns in a mango nectar, and a classic jalebi-rabdi. Suffice to say, they were mouth watering delicious. Overall, a very good meal, and I just wish the Punjabi section was as good as the other two.

The Rogue Elephant

"The art of serving good food" 25 Jun 2010
With a byline of "Food that's simply wicked", the Rogue Elephant primarily aims to be different from the rest of the pack, so the ?rogue? element doesn't have anything to do with the being "evil", but simply different. And different they are! Continental and Mediterranean food served in a lovely environ of potted plants besides the Ambara boutique. If you speak to one of the co-owners, Anand Chettur, you're surely going to arrive at the same conclusion as I did: he?s the last surviving Britisher in India! When we visited, we were out to have a feast, and feast we did. The savoury pannacotta with caramelised figs in a light balsamic vinaigrette reduction is arguably the most famous dish here, and got an instant thumbs-up! the sweet figs and the savoury pannacotta seemed like a match made in heaven, almost like blue cheese and meat. This isn't on the menu and is a special, but its popularity has reached legendary proportions, to the point where it's present every day. That apart, the mezze platter (the hummus here is one of the best in Bangalore), the zucchini fritters and the watermelon salad were great. Also on the menu are the 'just like crab' meat - imitation meat (it's fish meat that tastes like crab meat, complete with crab claws and all). For the mains, we had all the favourites: Moroccan veg stew with cous cous, pan-fried fish medallions in puttanesca sauce, two types of pasta, and chicken bangers (sausages) with mash. The Moroccan stew is awesome - fiery, but not over the top, and delightfully tangy. The fish and the chicken were done to perfection, while the sandwiches served here are sizable and yummy. For dessert, we had the mango pannacotta (as you'd have guessed by now, pannacotta is one of their specialities), apple pie with ice cream, kulfi, and a banana walnut loaf with butter which was absolutely delightful (not to mention sinful). The seating arrangements might be Spartan, but the food certainly makes up for whatever 'loss' there may be due to the plastic chairs and tables. And south Bangalore finally has a proper continental/Mediterranean restaurant serving quality food.