There is one thing you are always assured of on the culinary landscape of Bangalore! That there is a new restaurant opening almost every weekend that you can add to your list of places to try. Here is an updated list of 8 new restaurants to add to your own.
Misu the popular pan-Asian restaurant has launched their second outlet in Indiranagar recently and it opened with a bang. Misu revolves around the story of Miss Misu who travelled around South East Asia journeying through the flavours and aromas creating a menu of her favourite dishes. The food in Misu is specially curated from a variety of gastronomical wonders across a host of south-eastern countries, handpicked for its popularity, uniqueness or compatibility to the Indian palate. Their menu includes steamed, fried and wok tossed sections with ample choice to satisfy the cosmopolitan clientele. They also have salads, dumplings, sushi, baos and a lot more on the menu accompanied by a distinct and tantalising dessert menu. Misu in Indiranagar has an additional grill section along with select dim sums and ramens from their past food festivals. There is much more to choose from in the new food menu.
A recent launch The Fixx wants to bring a bit of Bangalore to your plate as well as drinks. Dedicated to namma Bengaluru, the menu is a mish-mash of Ajji inspired recipes from Malleswaram, Gowdru spiced curries and continental food from those 90’s Brigade Road eateries. There are craft beer, signature cocktails and shots too. And the vibe - our bar is your bar.
Paprika Lamb Hummus
Start off with the Classic Fixx section with old school cocktails like the Old Fashioned, Mint Julep, Moscow Mule, Sidecar, Mai Tai and more. Move on to the Signature Fixxs such as the innovative Bangalore Bees Knees, the Namma Vishesha, and the Fixxed Better.
You will find local specialities in small plates such as the Usali — seasonal beans with chilli, garlic and coconut, and Street Chow, an assortment of Bengaluru street food, such as nippattu, kodubale, cheeselings and churmuri — distinctly Bangalorean but with a twist. Vegetarians, there is a hot pot, Thai curry, Veg Stroganoff, and a section on comforting Instant Noodles with choices such as Green Peas & Barbecue Paneer, Crispy Vegetables, Yellow Bean Paste, Chilli and Greens. Non-vegetarians fret not!
Gowdru's Grilled Lamb Gremolata
There is Mangaluru Masala Prawn with red chilli & garlic or Pandi Curry served with lime butter Pav. Bengaluru Quail Kebabs or Gowdru’s Grilled Lamb.
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Nevermind has been created to be an escape within your own city; a place with a tropical touch, a place where intimate conversations are possible. Simple enough to achieve when you have Rohit Barker, who has been an integral part of the Bangalore party and music scene from the start and knows just the right vibe this city needs, as one of the main creators of the space.
Nevermind has the whole shebang at the bar – and so your choice of tipple is just an order away. It is the specials that you need to check out here. Take a look at the Nevermind Essentials. And, if you like some drama with your drinks, the Smokin Cocktails is what you should aim for. The menu offers Modern Indian and World Cuisine currently, along with a pan-Asian Menu.
The All Day Bites work perfectly with choices from the bar. They also work well whether you are a large group looking to try out a number of dishes or a small one looking for a bite and drink.
Indiranagar, East Bengaluru
1200 for two approx
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After Whitefield, Biergarten is bringing its beer garden concept and range of signature craft beers to the buzzing Koramangala! Biergarten’s roster of regular craft beers such as the Golden Ale, IPA, Red Ale, Vienna Lager and more is at the Koramangala brewery as well.
There will be seasonal beers too such as the Smoked Dunken Weizen — a ruby brown beer with notes of toffee, banana and raisin, and a hint of bacon. The Double IPA ABV - 7 per cent promises a stronger version of the in house IPA with even more hoppiness and bitterness. If freshly brewed craft beer does not catch your fancy, then Biergarten’s Signature Cocktails menu can do its bit.
If it is a bar then, of course, French Fries, Onion Rings and Nachos are mandatory. But there is also Re-Fried Potato Wedges, Rosemary Poutine, Paneer Khurchan Quesadillas, Malabar Parotta Quesadillas, Soya Chaap - a Cheddar-stuffed tandoori soya chaap, with a nut crumble and Chilli Mushroom Galouti. And, this is just the vegetarians’ menu. For non-vegetarians, there is Tandoori Fish Tikka, Bacon Wrapped Prawns, Butter Chicken Sliders, Lal Maas Tacos, Biergarten German-style Sausages Platter and regional favourites like Ghee Roast Prawns, Coorgi Chicken Wings and Pandi Curry. The dessert menu leads with Belgian Chocolate Cake, Churros, Bailey’s Cheesecake and the desi Jaggery Mousse Cake.
Koramangala, South Bengaluru
1500 for two approx
Though taps will begin flowing soon, the bar has got some really well-balanced and smartly conceptualized cocktails. Try the Popcorn – with homemade popcorn fat washed J&B whisky, finished with caramelized popcorn and some orange zest.
Also, the Apple Pie with vodka as the base is like having dessert in a martini glass. The La Vie En Rose is a gin-based drink and the Love Me or Leave Me with Gin has some lime, cucumber and pickled carrots. Start your meal with Tempura Vegetables Sushi – neat little rolls that have crispy tempura crumbs coating it to give a nice crunchy touch. The Edamame with sea salt is great. Another great starter is the Coriander Red Snapper Fish Cakes. Also, try the Vietnamese Chargrilled Squid Mango Salad. For the mains, the Spicy Pork Larb with Jasmine Rice is a great pick. The Paris-Brest with Crème Mousseline – Choux Pastry with hazelnut mousseline is a lovely dessert to end with.
This New Year, there is a new restaurant in the city that is changing the conversation around food. Driven by philosophies of spa cuisine, this Pune brand aims to create healthy and tasty food.
Chilled Vegan Tumeric Latte
If you are the kind that loves to spend long periods scanning menus, you are in for a treat.
Black & White Hummus
Asian Quinoa - Raw Papaya Salad
The elaborate menu runs through sections of smoothie bowls, all-day breakfast options, pizzas, salads, homemade soups, small portions, big portions, and desserts and so much more. But really, it is the addition of cashew cheese to pizzas, buckwheat to desserts, or the pickled mango vinaigrette to salad that really makes you want to try everything. Venture into the dessert section, and you are almost second guessing if you have landed onto the correct page – it is not very usual to see Muesli or Wasabi in Ice Cream. But it is the magic of bringing together unique ingredients with natural sugars like palm jaggery and khandsari, fresh fruits that really puts a cherry on the cake (pun intended!).
Plan B has recently opened their third outlet in Brookfield, ensuring the good folks around the area, as well as Whitefield, can get a taste of their amazing menu – from the smoked meats, to the legendary burgers, the famous wings and more, Plan B brings the whole shebang to Whitefield. There is little I have not eaten off the menu here, but for a change, I tried the Peanut Butter, Jelly and Bacon sandwiches and found a new love. Turkey on Toast is also a lovely choice here. But it is the meatier fellows you have to keep an eye out for.
Loaded BBQ Nachos with BBQ Sauce, Cheese and Pulled Pork
Smoked Pork Lasagna
From the Smoked meats menu you will want to try the Loaded BBQ Nachos with BBQ sauce, Cheese and Pulled Pork, Slow Smoked Charcoal Grilled Pork Chops, Smoked Chicken Leg, Pork Belly and Pulled Pork with Creamed Spinach and Corn, Mustard Mayo, Sour Cream and BBQ sauce and Potato Wedges and even some of the Smoked Pork Lasagne.
The Bier Library opens up to a world of surprise.
An impressive central courtyard, a fishpond right at the centre and open spaces all around, the microbrewery offers compelling views from every corner. With 6 beers on tap, every beer has been handcrafted with carefully chosen ingredients and designed in small artisanal batches that can break boundaries of imagination. The food at The Bier Library celebrates the local favourites.
Designed by Chef Manjit Singh, the menu has an eclectic mix of local and continental dishes. From quintessential Butter Chicken to a slightly exotic Kodava Pandi Masala, there is plenty to choose from. Bar snacks like Pickle Board or Chakna Board offer a creative twist to some good old pub grub.
If you are in a mood to try some fusion food, Kodava Chicken Wings or Andhra Chili Chicken is a palate starter. That is not all! There is more goodness at The Bier Library. Does your heartstring flutter every time you see a Pizza? The Bier Library’s crisp, gigantic, 21-inch pizzas baked in full view is guaranteed to make you ravenous. But just in case you have supreme self-control, you can also order a pizza by the slice, a la New York!
Ruth Dsouza Prabhu has been a media professional for 18 years now, across multiple platforms. As a passionate F&B writer, she has interacted personally with internationally renowned names such as Marco Pierre White, Janice Wong, Chef Vivek Singh, Chef Vikas Khanna, Madhur Jaffrey, the late Tarla Dalal and many others for her stories. A highlight has been personal interviews with all three of the celebrity judges on Masterchef Australia. She is on several jury panels of food and beverage awards, is sought after for opinions in the field by publications and has her work published in well-known names such as The Hindu, Firstpost, HuffPost India, Condé Nast Traveller, NatGeo Traveller among many others.
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