Give us, the people of
Bengaluru, the opportunity to eat out, and we will never say no. And, if that
opportunity rises in the middle of a working day, it is even better. And, that
is why set menus, or rather prix-fixe meals (if you want to get posh) work so
well in the city. You can walk in and out in less than an hour, unless you have
more time to kill during the week.
From Indian food, which will
not put you to sleep right away, to delicious dim sums, or soups and salads,
here are five set menus you can check out.
Riwaz has introduced something
called the ‘Ayurvedic Indian Bento Box Lunch’. Yes, it sounds a bit odd –
Indian, and Bento in the same line – but it offers a balanced meal of flavours,
and nutrition. This one emphasises on whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetables,
low fat dairy products, with practically no added artificial salts, colours,
flavours, or preservatives. Check out dishes such as the soya palak ke kabab,
tandoori tofu, corn masala, lehsuni machli and bharwan murgh ke soweta, kaddu
ka bharta, brown rice, and gluten-free breads. Yes, it sounds too healthy
perhaps, but that is probably good for you.
The Olive Beach prix-fixe meals are one
of the personal favourites. A three course meal that includes salads such as barbecue
chicken salad (with avocados, poached egg and more), baked brie (stuffed with
caramelised onion and orange marmalade, with pickled grapes and beet), mushroom
filo cigars (with herbed aioli, onion, olive slaw, and more), mains that include
the Moorish veg lunch board (falafel, warm grilled pita with hummus, vegetable
tagine with couscous and chickpea salad), pearl barley risotto, or the mustard crusted fish or
chicken sliders – there is a lot to choose from. And, when you have something
such as the black forest pavlova in the dessert menu, life is nothing short of
Mezzaluna, at the Mövenpick Hotel, which has a new menu too, has
a simple and yet wholesome set menu to choose from. It includes soups such as
the minestrone, or the stracciatella di pollo (chicken soup with egg and
parmesan). From the main course section, choose salads (if you are feeling
healthy) such as insalata caprese, or go all out with the spaghetti al pomodoro
fresco, penne alfredo, risotto alla Milanese (saffron risotto). Finish the meal
with the chef’s dessert of the day.
Harima, one of my favourite places to get Japanese food has simple, flavoursome bento boxes to choose from. You could get a tempura, salad, pork cutlets, sticky rice, and a dipping sauce in it. The portions are medium-sized, so if you are famished, order two! On the other hand, Edo Restaurant & Bar at the ITC Gardenia has a rather tasteful bento box, or set-meal. Divided into three sections – Nara, Kyoto, and Tokyo – the dishes include zensai, sashimi, yakimono, nimono, sushi, syokuji, and so on. And, the meal is divided for vegetarians and meat eaters, which is a good news.
100 Ft. Boutique Bar has
a five course set menu for lunch that we would really like to take our time
with. From salads, soups and appetizers such as the kibbeh or chicken wings,
mains including grilled fish, pasta or risotto, and desserts – the menu does not
run into pages, but includes dishes that will make you want to skip dinner. The
soup and dessert however, are left to the chef’s discretion. Do not forget to
try the warm pita and hummus – they make it rather well here.
If you like dim sums, the dim sum lunch at Szechwan Court at The Oberoi is definitely worth a shot. And, it is not just for the fact that the dim sums come to you in a cart, a la street style. They are quick, easy, and super tasty. Check out the char sui bao (with sweet barbecued pork in the centre), chicken and prawn is mai, shrimp and asparagus, and Thai asparagus. Actually, try all of them. And, order some Chinese tea on the side to wash it down with.
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