The Colony Gastropub, HSR Layout

“The Colony Gastropub” is the newest watering hole in HSR and is a beautiful place to dine at. I took an immediate liking to this place which is spread across two floors and has terrace seating too. But we had to get a table on the lower floor since it was drizzling.

This floor looked like just the prefect place to unwind. I think not many people are aware of this lounge yet, so it was sparsely populated on a Saturday evening. We got a comfy couch by the window and started skimming through their menus.

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The Hole in the Wall Cafe, Koramangala

This legendary place called ‘The Hole in the Wall Cafe‘ had been on my list forever and I never got to visit it due to the never-ending queues there. The place doesn’t take reservations and parking is a hassle, which doesn’t help the case either!

So the other day when this place popped up on my Swiggy app, I was very happy and we both decided to order from there. They have a superb breakfast menu as well as lots of burgers/sandwiches to choose from. I placed an order for a grilled double chicken sandwich, big ‘shrooms & onions sandwich and a portion of hash browns.

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Pabrai’s Fresh & Naturelle Icecreams, HSR Layout

I am going to start off this blog with a little info on a particular type of jaggery called ‘Nolen gur’. It is also known as ‘Notun (new/fresh) gur(jaggery)’ or ‘Khejur (date palm, not to be confused with palmyra tree) gur’ and is prepared only in winters. It is available in semisolid state when freshly prepared, and also sold in its solidified form as circular/oval disks called ‘Patali(vaguely translates to solid disk) gur’.

I am pretty sure most Bongs have a weakness for this taste. 🙂 As for me, mere mention of this name brings back sweet memories from winter holidays in my village. Though I haven’t had nolen gur for a while now, I still remember the grainy gooey texture and its unparalleled rich taste. And how Boro Ma (great-grandmother) used to give me spoonfuls of it on demand, without anyone noticing 🙂

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Pot-O-Noodles, Lavelle Road

Spotted this place purely out of chance while leaving Lavelle Road the other day. The restaurant is located on second floor of a building and has a lounge called Attic on the third floor. The whole place is bright, airy and has comfortable colourful couches along with some basic wooden benches. There are lots of greens around that make the place look lively.

We were starving and quickly ordered for a tofu,corn & mushroom green curry ramen, red curry ramen with chicken and spinach & mushroom potstickers.

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Cafe Felix, 1 MG Mall

1 MG Mall has some excellent dining options, Cafe Felix being a recent addition. The word “Felix” roughly translates to happy or lucky according to google and the cafe does look like its name, happy and bright.

I had added this cafe to my to-visit list after reading some great reviews in Bangalore Times. I went here this Saturday and was instantly charmed by the bright interiors and glass walls. The place looked perfect for a lazy lunch with its comfortable seating and rain pattering against glass walls.

The menu is not very big, but filled with delicious dishes. I ordered for a portion of fish & chips and asked my server if they had any cold coffees (there were none on the menu). He graciously agreed to get an iced caffe latte for me according to my specifications.

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Mojo Pizza, BTM

Spotted this not-yet-tried place called Mojo Pizza with a tempting menu and great reviews over the weekend. My other(or better :)) half was not ready to give up the couch on Sunday, so I placed an order for home delivery.

I got a farm fresh thin crust pizza with some extra mushrooms and corn and a portion of cheesy garlic bread. Order was dispatched within 15 minutes which was impressive and reached us soon in two colourful boxes and in mint condition.

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The Bangalore Pantry, Indiranagar

An unexpected and interesting find! The Bangalore Pantry looks just like a college canteen and has a very interesting menu. We had actually planned for Glen’s Bakehouse that was long pending and after no food and some really bad experience there, we thought of going to Toit. And as luck would have it, Toit turned out to closed! And then I guess the food gods took pity on us and I noticed the board for Bangalore Pantry.

The place doesn’t look very appealing from outside with its scary metal staircase. The decor doesn’t have much except for plain wooden tables, some wooden benches and metal chairs. We were contemplating whether to stay or go when the gracious owner lady showed us to our table. The place has some old style switches, not sure if they are intentional, but they surely did bring back memories of my ancestral house in Bengal 🙂

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