Rural Blues, Sarjapur Road

“Rural Blues” was on my list since it opened, and last weekend Mr.H graciously agreed to go there for lunch(finally!) 😀 The place has a beautiful entrance which looks more like someone’s residence than a restaurant. They have some beautiful outdoor and rooftop seating, but both of them were booked for a private parties that day.

Interiors are very simple and neat, and I liked the fact that they hadn’t crammed in too many tables. There’s a bar counter on one end and an open kitchen on the other.

Their food menu is vast and they have dishes from many cuisines, Indian, Thai, Italian to name a few. Bar menu has decent choices for cocktails and liquors, though I wish they had more choices for beers. We started off with our usual bira along with veg nachos and magic mushrooms.

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The Bowl Company

The Bowl Company is a great initiative by Swiggy (read more about it here) and a gem of a place for couch potatoes like us. If you are looking for some delicious comfort food delivered at your doorstep, this is just the perfect place. Over the past few weeks we have tried different bowls from their menu and loved each and every one of them.

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Bathinda Junction, HSR

On the last day of pujo, we went for a dinner takeaway to Bathinda Junction. The place has a dhaba like setup with charpais(woven rope beds) etc. It was completely packed when we reached and there was a queue even for takeaway.

The restaurant has too many tables and charpais crammed into a small area. There isn’t much to the decor apart from a few photos of Punjabi singers/actors, but they do have loud Punjabi music playing in the background.

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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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Dak Bungalow, Whispering Willows, Zirakpur

Lots of new eateries have come up in Zirakpur since our last visit here. And the other day I found just the perfect place for a family dinner.

Dak Bungalow is a huge bungalow converted to a restaurant. In British India, dak bungalows were houses providing free accommodation to govt officials. They were also famous for their excellent food.

We reached the place at night, so not much of the garden area was visible. But from what I could see, the place looked beautiful. Interiors had a certain old world charm with ornate solid wood furniture and comfortable couches. Tables were spaced away from one another which was a good thing.

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The Marina, Shimla

Why go to a resort when you have a view like this from your house!

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It’s been almost two years since I visited Shimla. Weather was lovely and not very cold, though it remained cloudy most of the time.

It was hubby’s birthday too, and we all decided to go to the very beautiful Hotel Marina for dinner. It’s a lovely boutique hotel near Mall road. The restaurant looked neat with comfortable seating and well spaced tables.

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The Pinewood, Barog, Himachal Pradesh

We recently went to Shimla for a couple of days. It takes around 3-4 hours from Chandigarh if you make a couple of stops for lunch/snack. There are lots of dhabas and restaurants on the way, and we decided to stop for lunch at a place called The Pinewood. It’s run by HP Tourism and serves excellent food. The restaurant is spread across a large area including the hotel lawns, that have a stunning display of flora and fauna.

Decor is simple with basic wooden furniture. The menu is not big, but I would highly recommend their delectable local fares like sepu vadi, madra etc.

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