Essence, Park Plaza, Zirakpur

On our last night at home, we went to Essence, Park Plaza for dinner. The restaurant menu on Zomato looked good and had something for everyone- North Indian, Southeast Asian, continental etc.

I was looking forward to a quiet place, but the restaurant turned out to be quite noisy. We reached around 8:30 and had to wait for a bit. There was a buffet spread but all of us wanted à-la-carte, so we placed an order for honey chilli vegetables, asian spinach and corn rolls, couple of mocktails, beers and wine.

To my surprise, they only had one variety each of beer, whiskey and wine. Moreover our server kept pushing us to take the only beer available(even though we didn’t want it), since there was some offer on it!

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Wok to Asia, Marathahalli

It’s nice to see more and more authentic Pan Asian places opening up in the city. This weekend we spotted a new place called Wok to Asia and went for lunch.

The restaurant has valet parking, so you won’t have any parking woes 🙂 Interiors are neat & bright with colourful origami birds dangling from the ceiling. It serves both buffet and à la carte, and has a beautiful bar counter too.

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BonSouth, Koramangala

This place had been on my list for a long while, but we never got around to visiting it for some reason or the other. Over the long weekend, we decided to tick it off our list and went for lunch. But I was on one of my vegetarian streaks, and didn’t try out any of the non-vegetarian fares 🙂

BonSouth looks like a big village house with whitewashed walls and a mini garden. There’s a waiting area outside lined with cushions that add just the right pop of colour. The place is huge with plenty of seating available, both indoor and outdoor.

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Lunch @Southindies, Indiranagar

Have mixed feelings about this place. I had visited the Southindies outlet near Infantry road quite a few times, when I was staying in that area, and I must say that outlet was far more beautiful than this one. Even though the food is good here, the place is slightly mismanaged.

We went here this Saturday, with a reservation through Zomato, but still had to wait for a while before we were ushered to our table. They have some outside seating too, and I was glad that we got a table there overlooking the busy 100ft road.

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Kopper Kadhai, Koramangala

This place has been garnering a lot of attention on Zomato since its inception, and we hadn’t visited it yet. So the next day after Diwali, we decided to take our parents out here for lunch.

The restaurant has very simple decor, and looked rather dark and gloomy for a bright afternoon. There were not many customers, so we got a table easily but the place seemed to be down with a Diwali hangover 😀 Their valet was missing, dishes from menu were unavailable, and the service was very slow.

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Finally a 5/5 @Windmills Craftworks, Whitefield

If you are a Bangalorean and haven’t visited this place, you are missing something 🙂 I can’t stop gushing about this place, so this review is a long one 😀

This place had been on my to-visit list for a while, but it’s really far from my place (somewhere around 23 kms), so it was still pending. We finally got a chance to visit this paradise on a weekday. Thankfully it didn’t take us very long for reaching this place, but a long time to come back home.

It is spread across 6th and 8th floor of a particular building in EPIP zone, Whitefield. We both instantly fell in love with the place, the moment we stepped in. It is classy and not at all loud in terms of decor and music.

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Chikamagalur, Day 2

After our first day’s miserable service and F&B experience at the hotel, I had almost given up on this place. I was not hoping to see much in the breakfast buffet, but to my relief it was much better than their disastrous dinner spread.

This spread was decent, with live counters for dosa, omelette, waffles, pancakes etc. I particularly liked the South Indian dishes. Dosa was paper thin and crisp. Idlis and vadas were fresh and well done. Sambar was more like a dal, but nonetheless very tasty.

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