Wednesday, December 10, 2014

REVIEW- JIVE GASTRO PUB @Indiranagar, Bengaluru

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Jive is located very close to ESI, Indiranagar, HAL 2nd stage. The Chefs had organized a Blogger/foodie lunch meet and greet. we were in a team of 12 and headed there for lunch I reached the venue at 1pm. 

Jive is spread across 3 levels. The ground floor entrance has a take away bar, second level is getting ready for a chic lounge experience will be launched soon and the third level has a fully functioning very cosy pub. The pub area has that retro chic interiors neatly maintained with comfortable seating.

Once we settled down a bit and seated menu cards for the drinks and appetizers with placed, I started my order with Pinacolada, which is my all time favorite. The drink was perfectly prepared creamy and yum..we also tasted sex on the beach cocktail it was orangy tangy and refreshing.

We did not order anything on the menu and wanted the chef to surprise us. Right after the first round of drinks the lunch service started. For starters we enjoyed the salads, Nachos and tandoori dishes. 

First came the potato cheese kurkure served with a spicy chutney the fluffy and spicy potatoes were wrapped in romali roti and deep fried was very tasty with chutney. next up was chicken and veg wantons with garlic chutney I preferred the chicken wanton was spicy the garlic chutney combo was good.

Next up was Cheese-balls with hollandaise sauce , chicken macau roll, Nachos and Stuffed Mushroom. I liked the stuffed mushroom and nachos with beer and was slowly getting in that pub mode.. 

The salads were also served along with starters which filled us up. chicken salad and grilled mixed veggie salad. I felt the grilled mixed veg salad had very less dressing whereas the chicken salad had too much dressing me being a salad person was not impressed with the salads...

we were still not done with the starters next came the tandoori items. Tandoori Paneer tikka, Bharwan Tangri Chicken and Zaffrani Cheesy Chicken with chutney. now this is what i call a pakka desi style pub ka khanna. I totally enjoyed the stuffing inside the chicken thigh with chutney. paneer was not rubbery both the dishes tasted yum. the chicken zaffrani had no flavors what so ever it needs bit more tweaking.

The portion size for starter are good great value for money.

Finally mains were served. Chicken biryani, Rogan Josh, Dhal Makhani, Butter Paneer and rotis.

I liked the biryani and rogan josh with tandoori naan.

For desserts we enjoyed the gajar ka halwa had perfect amount of sweet was tasty perfect for winter weather.


Sex on the beach


Grilled Veg Salad

Green Apple Martini

Potato Cheese Kurkure

Chicken Wantons

Chicken Salad

Chicken Macau Roll


Bharwan Tangri Chicken 

Cheese-balls with hollandaise sauce

Zaffrani Cheesy Chicken with chutney

Stuffed Grilled Mushroom

Paneer Tikka

Rogan Josh

Chicken Biryani

Gajar Ka Halwa

Over all experience was good. cosy place to hang out with friends. food and drinks are moderately priced location is great, the neighborhood has truly gained a great hangout space.

My Review is also posted on Zomato please click here.

Jive: 68/1, Double Road, Indiranagar, Bangalore, India
For Reservation: 080 4537 8999

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Rasovara The Royal Kitchen @UB-City Bengaluru

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I was invited by Mirah Hospitality & Food Solutions Pvt Ltd for the launch of Rasovara which is located at UB-City Bengaluru. Rasovara serves traditional Gujarati and Rajasthani  gourmet meals. The Royal Indian meal is truly an exotic vegetarian, gourmet affaire. Me being a die hard fan of non vegetarian food, I totally enjoyed every bite from the royal thali.

Stepping up a notch Rasovara has kept the traditions alive  starting from welcoming every guest the traditional way with chandan ka teeka  and aarthi what a princely welcome, these traditions are long forgotten in a modern setting. Once seated the captain gently placed  the menu printed on the scroll which features traditional  Gujarat. Kansa Thali priced at 750/- inclusive of taxes. You can most certainly customize the thali as per your choice. No dish is repeated in a month! A-la-carte is available from 3 PM to 6 PM must try dishes are pav bhaji fondue and pani puri shots.

Scroll Menu...

Our experience at Rasovara was broken into three courses. Starting of with wide range of appetizers then a hearty main course followed by desserts.

Khus Sabja Drink
The Appetizers:
we began our feast with a refreshing khus and sabja drink. then came the perfectly steamed rainbow dhokla, followed by pani puri shot, Dahi vada and cold Maharaja Lassi!

Followed by Kulfi dhokla which was a paneer stuffed spring roll, Bread roll, Makai/corn pattice, Hara bhara kabab with mrichi chutney, palak muthiya with khadi.

 Kulfi dhokla, Bread rollMakai/corn pattice, Hara bhara kabab, palak muthiya

Dahi Vada
Pani Puri Shots...

Rainbow Dhokla

The starters were pretty good. no comments everything was presented beautifully bite size starters were quite filling.

The Royal Thali 
First they served us ‘Kutchhi Beer’(Chhaas ) quite refreshing with loads of carom seeds. next up was Daal Baati Churma , Gatte Ki Subzi and Rotla.

Kulhad Ki Biryani

‘Kutchhi Beer’(Chhaas ) 

Dhal Baati aur Churma

The dhal baati was yum it was served with ghee. I was not a big fan of churma. Gatte ki subzi was okay needed more heat. rotlas were good.

varieties of Indian breads are served to go with...Dal and Kadhhi we enjoyed the pulkas with ghee and makhani. surti undhiyo was good along with roti.

The Biryani was prepared and dum cooked in a mug for individual serving was served along with raita. the rice was cooked to perfection caramelized onions on top was good. I liked the biryani with chilly garlic pickle.

The Royal Thali.

The Sweet Endings
We started with Rasovara special Jalebi with rabri and Malpua were too good. followed by seviyan kheer was loaded with nuts was mildly sweet tasted good. best among the lot were chocolate samosa and cham cham finally we finished with paan.

Chocolate Samosa

Seviyan Kheer


Here are some clicks which we liked from the a-la-carte menu.

Vada Pav..

Pav Bhaji Fondue.

Rajdhani's Rasovara is keeping in tune with changing tastes and trends, particularly of the younger generation, The food is delicious not over powering and well presented. we had an enjoyable meal. Staff are friendly and helpful. the  ambiance and food is superb. If you love authentic Indian cuisine then you must come here.

My Score:
Ambiance: 4
Service: 4.5
Food: 5
Value for money: 4

Rasovara The Royal Kitchen
Level 2 UB City vithal Mallya Road
Bangalore, India
PH: 080-4173 8968

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014


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Serafina which is located at Koramangala Bengaluru, is not just another Italian restaurant. The Restaurant offers Traditional Italian Khanna on a budget they prepare wonderful salads and stone grilled thin crust pizza's. 2 course meal costs 400/-  and 3 course meal at 500/- per person. Open 12 noon till 11 p.m.

Serafina is hosting Aperitivo Time 4-7 PM. There are discounts on Beer Buckets, Sangria Pitchers, Cocktail Pitchers and more. All served with surprise gourmet nibbles! Valid from 4 Nov, 2014 To Tue, 3 Feb, 2015

I was invited to Serafina for Aperitivo. What is Aperitivo?  A pre-dinner drink where people in  italy  meet after work socialize, relax, and nibble as dinner approaches or is overlooked altogether. 

Aperitivo is more popular in northern Italy, The Happy Hour offers wide range of salads, cured meats, cheese, bruschettas, cocktails and so on. The Produce meats veggies cheese are pretty good what ever they serve is of high quality. 

My review is posted on Zomato please click here to view.

Serafina has incorporated mixture of  rustic and modern interiors making it a cosy place to dine. Exposed brick walls, Murals created by an Italian artist, Hard wood floors and cushioned dark wood furniture's infuses character and rustic charm in this space. 

Ample seating offers relaxed patio seating overlooking a well stocked bar, two level formal dining area and a secret terrace seating arrangement. A well stocked bar is a prefect place to unwind with a few cold ones. Neatly maintained space, and most importantly the staff being really friendly and attentive truly impressed me.

Best picks from the Aperitivo menu I tasted and recommend, White Wine Thyme SangriaBeans and Grains, Melanzane Parmigiano Fritters, Sausage Pizza Rolls, Chicken WingletsPizza Primavera, A Monk’s Sin.

White Wine Thyme Sangria


Campari Spritz

Beans and Grains - in a rustic Italian salad with tomatoes and onion

Insalate Rinforzo - traditional Neapolitan Christmas-Eve cold salad of pickled cauliflower, olives, pickled peppers and capers

Herb Marinated Olives - Green, Black and Kalamata olives with garlic

Caprese Skewers - Fresh Buffalo Mozzarella, Cherry Tomato and Basil

Melanzane Parmigiano Fritters - Fried aubergine, mozzarella and tomato squares

Sausage Pizza Rolls - Hand stretched pizza dough, rolled with garlic pork sausages and broccoli

Veg Pizza Rolls - Hand stretched pizza dough, rolled with zucchini, cherry tomatoes, Mozzarella and fresh oregano

Cheese Platter - Parmigiano Reggiano, Smoked Scarmoza, Provolone Piccante, Gorgonzola Dolce, Pecorio Romano accompanied with Balsamic reduction, wine poached pear, onion crackers, candied walnuts, olives and fig pate

Salumi Platter - Prosciutto di Parma, Mortadella and Speck, accompanied by buffalo mozzarella, Kalamata olives, fried bread

Chicken Winglets - Marinated, spiced winglets, pan-fried

Gamberi Fritti - Shrimp Popcorn

Mozzarella in a Carriage - Fried Gooey Mozzarella Sandwiches

Crispy Onion Rings

Citrus Salad - mixed greens, orange, slow roasted tomatoes, raisins, Greek feta

Pizza Primavera - Hand stretched base, baked on a stone-hearth with fresh tomato, fresh buffalo mozzarella and garden vegetables

A Monk’s Sin - Dark Rum, Chocolate Ganache, Banana and whip
80 Feet Road, 4th Block, Koramangala, Bangalore
080 49652859