The contemporaneous year 2021 is creeping to an end. Having enjoyed all blessings of the time, we bid adieu to this year and embosom 2022 with revelry and merrymaking. We have already nudged in the second last hebdomad of December, and winters are always the flag bearer of parties, jollity, full-flavored food, beverages, and drinks. Let’s bring to light the best places, which are accelerated up to serve the best and remarkable winter nosh for the city dwellers to enjoy.
Bhola & Blonde (Bengaluru)
Bhola & Blonde, the newest restaurant in town, debuted their plush outlet in the ever buzzing and thriving Indiranagar in Bengaluru. Bhola & Blonde is truly the perfect blend of modern contemporary and traditional sensibilities which reflects not only in their eclectic menu but also in their ambiance.
Lit with tungsten lights and old-timey lamps and giant birdcages adorning the restaurant, it is truly like something out of a painting with muted greens and gorgeous peacock blue tones making the patrons feel like they have wandered into a house of ill repute from the 1900s, adding to the richness of the Bhola & Blonde aesthetic.
The menu, Indian Progressive Fusion, is a blend of two of the largest cuisine cultures of the world – Authentic Indian Food blended with Western Favourites. To titillate your palate, Chef Indramani curates magic with wholesome culinary delight. Some of Bhola & Blonde’s bestsellers which are a must-try are its flavorsome & aromatic Paya Soup and Vegetable Dum Shorba, An original Bhola & Blonde special Paneer Tikka Bruschetta an inhouse creation is sure to leave you wanting more. To experience the rich flavors of India, one must try the succulent Lucknowi Galouti kabab which melts in the mouth on first bite, the traditional and simple Sarson Ka Saag, or their heavenly Mutton Rogan Josh. For the seafood lover, Konkani Prawns or Tandoori Pomfret are must-try options from the menu. Sail through the scrumptious menu and end your culinary journey on a sweet note, with some mouthwatering fusion dessert such as Soan Papdi and Mishti Doi baked Cheesecake or Malpua & Rabdi Panna Cotta.
You can try some of its finest cocktails representing The Great India Tour are – Banaras ki Swaad, The Graceful Mohiniyattam from Kerala, The Vibrant Delhi Street, and The Bombay Baking with a pinch of sass, to name a few which makes the bar a perfect setting to enjoy custom curated cocktails.
Address: Bhola & Blonde Address: 968, 2nd Floor, 12th Main Rd, HAL 2nd Stage, Indiranagar, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560008, Approx cost for two: 1500 INR, Time: 12:00 Noon to 1:00 Am
Royal Bengal Tiger Café (KolKata)
Adding to the vibrant café culture of Hindustan Park and Southern Avenue, the second outlet of the well-known eatery Royal Bengal Tiger Café has recently opened its doors at 78 Lake Road spread over an area of 1500 square foot accommodating 60 seats.
The brainchild of architect Pranab Chatterjee, who first ventured into the food business in 2016, opening the flagship outlet in 91 Golf Club Road, the second outlet has different décor without compromising on the core ‘Bangaliana’ of the cafe.
Chatterjee’s uncompromising and diligent care in sticking to the original recipes by using generous amounts of quality ingredients has retained the original taste of specialties like Chicken Moglai, Egg Devil with Mutton, Chicken Piri Piri Sandwich, Laal Maas (Rajasthani Red Mutton) and paratha, Pork Vindaloo and pav. Owing to a more health-conscious crowd that has evolved over the past few years, he has minimized the use of oil. Drinks’ menu includes flavourful Cappucino, Machiato, Khus Sherbet, Cold Brew, and Blue Mountain Coffee that bring back decades-old memories of the juice-stands and carts in the alleyways of north Kolkata.
Plans are on the anvil to begin a breakfast service every day of the week that will comprise a comprehensive, old-school, British platter filled with beans, mushrooms, and scrambled eggs on toast, fluffy omelets, ham, cheese, and bacon sandwiches rounded up with Irish coffee that promises a total expense of just Rs. 350 per person. Royal Bengal Tiger Café on Lake Road is emerging as one of the city’s most exciting joints for visitors of all age groups who want to enjoy heritage Kolkata street food, aromatic coffee, and a range of hot drinks and mocktails infused with dollops of experiences from a monochrome and Eastman color-tinted bygone era.
Address: Golf Club Rd, Rajendra Prasad Colony, Tollygunge, Kolkata, West Bengal 700033, Pocket Pinch for Two: 500/-, Timing: 11 am – 10 pm
Yeti-The Himalayan Kitchen (Gurgaon)
Based in the heart of cyber-hub, Gurgaon, Yeti- the Himalayan kitchen is the newest addition to the choice of every food enthusiast. Positioned on the 2nd floor of Cyber-hub, led by the same team that handles the Caribbean Lounge chain, Raasta, Yeti-The Himalayan Kitchen opened its doors for cuisine lovers at length.
The word “Yeti” symbolize and indicates a strong as well as a strange creature of the Himalayan belt. This modern and smart eating house is all set to transform the world’s interpretation. It offers authentic, original, homely Himalayan cuisine embellishing all the way to Meghalaya.
The skillfully and magically curated menu by the culinary team of Yeti is sure to raise one’s gastronomical journey.
You must savor delicious and authentic Himalayan or Tibetan cuisine by ordering traditional Tibetan Thukpa or Eastern-Tibet style hand noodle soup Thenthuk which goes perfect with the chilled outside. Some of the flavored signatures on the menu include Yeti Kothe Special Momo, Newari Momo Cha, Shabalay (a Tibetan meat-filled deep-fried pie), Wai Wai Sadeko (dry wai noodles tossed with Onions, tomatoes, green chilies and a dash of lemon) to name a few.
You can sample some of the finest mock-tails for winters like ‘Sambucus’ and Himalayan Highball, palmyra, La fraise to mark a blissful ending. All the mock-tails are excellently curated and will make you feel like hitting the place again and again. The moreish taste of the Himalayan Food will make you fall in love with the place. So, stop drooling, grab your plates, and indulge in these delectable dishes this winter.
Where: DLF Cyberhub, Gurgaon, Pocket Pinch for Two: 1500/- approx. Timing: Monday to Thursday -12 p.m to 11 p.m, Friday to Sunday: 12 p.m to 12 a.m
Vegan Vogue (Bengaluru)
If you are someone residing in Bangalore and persistently searching for tempting vegetarian restaurants, then this is the ideal place for you. Vegan Vogue is here to serve aromatic vegetarian food with a delicious dessert.
It recently opens its doors to Bengalureans. It has a bold vision to change the way people eat, without forcing people to change who they are. The main aim to make vegan fun and accessible to everybody by quashing myths about vegan food being bland or boring and making the transition from dairy-based products and meat food to a plant-based one, seamlessly.
The culinary expertise of the team shines through with ‘made from scratch’ pan Asian and African dishes like the sticky noodles and the Rwandan specialty Agatogo – a modern take on a traditional African dish served with seared plantains, roasted pumpkin, and kale cooked in tangy gravy served on a bed of Quinoa rice.
Their crowning jewel being their Butternut Squash Ravioli in preparation of creamy coconut sage sauce which promises to be the perfect winter dish for a quiet evening date. One can also indulge in an array of starters such as Cauliflower Crostini, Tofu Tacos with Guacamole, Zucchini Fritters, Polenta cakes with creamed mushrooms to name a few; for the dessert fiend in you, the Apple Tart and the Caramel flan makes for a perfect finish to an exquisite meal.
Fittingly, food isn’t the only thing that’s done sustainably at Vegan Vogue. The microgreens are grown in-house, the cleaning products are chemical-free, even the menu is composed of biodegradable paper.
The boho restaurant and cafe is a burst of bright colors, the interiors are just as unique as their menu with gorgeous planters hanging from the roof and across every corner of the restaurant, tungsten lighting, and pastel color accents. It is very evident how much love has gone into creating everything at Vegan Vogue from the menu to the accents and the cutlery, Vegan Vogue drips chicness and the modern contemporary decor makes it the perfect place to match the Bangalore weather.
Pocket Pinch: INR 1,900 Approx, Time: 11 AM to 12 Midnight, Address: 34, 80 Feet Road Hal 3 Stage Urban, Indiranagar, Bangalore