Wednesday, November 19, 2014

L'APERITIVO HAPPY HOUR @ SERAFINA KORAMANGALA BENGALURU

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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. 

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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

Negroni

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

http://serafinablr.com/
80 Feet Road, 4th Block, Koramangala, Bangalore
080 49652859

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Khoya Gulab Jamuns

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I had this insane sweet tooth and wanted hot gulab jamuns that mom used to prepare during winter without wasting a minute I prepared jamuns for me with whatever ingredients I could get hold of. They turned out really good and wanted to share my recipe with you guys. Gulab Jamuns is an ultimate dessert that every Indian craves. I've improvised the recipe and made it very easy to prepare. These jamuns double in volume and are soft, I will be posting ammas gulab jamun recipe soon.






Ingredients:

200 Grams Khova/Khoya(milk solids)
4 Pods Cardamom
1 1/2 Cups Self Raising Flour
2 1/2 Cups Sugar
3 Tbsp Suji/Fine Semolina(bombay/chirotti rawa)
A pinch of yellow color
Rose or kewra essence (optional)
3 Cups Water

Method:
  • Make sure the khova is in room temperature. start by adding the khova in a mixing bowl crumble and knead a bit there should not be any lumps in the khova.
  • Add the suji and maida little at a time and incorporate until crumbly texture.
  • Sprinkle little water at a time and knead until soft dough cover and allow to rest for 30 minutes.
  • Add the 3 cups of water to a heavy bottom pot and bring to a rapid boil add sugar and cardamom pods allow the sugar to melt and the water consistency to reduce a bit once the sugar syrup is done add food color stir and remove from flame.
  • Take small portions of the dough and create even roundels.
  • Heat equal amount of ghee and oil on medium flame gently drop the jamuns one by one in hot oil do not over crowd the jamuns fry 5 to 6 at a time keep tossing and fry.
  • In 2 minutes the volume of jamuns will double keep tossing and frying for 3 minutes once the jamuns turn even golden colour drain the excess oil and place over a tissue paper repeat the process and fry all the jamuns.
  • Once the sugar syrup is cooled add the jamuns to the syrup and allow to soak over night.
  • The Jamuns will soak up all the syrup and will taste real good next day garnish with nuts and colored coconut and serve. If you prefer hot jamuns heat it a bit in microwave and serve hot...Enjoy...:)

In case you dont find self raising flour use all purpose flour(maida) + 1/4 tsp cooking soda.


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Lunch @Nando's Church Street Bengaluru

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I was invited to Nando's to try a designer drink and butterfly chicken. Myself and Dad headed to the Church street location for lunch. Nando's have built their presence at major business hubs in Bengaluru making it an easy destination for foodies; Nando's outlets are located at Chruch Street and Whitefield. Nando's whips up amazing Afro-Portuguese chicken dishes on a budget. 


The restaurant has 2 level seating arrangements with Bar. I was seated at the 2nd level it was 12 pm when I got there the place got packed really fast. They handed me the menu card the first thing I noticed was the peri-o-meter which suggests to choose the heat as per your taste buds, starting from a tart base with lemon and herb scaling up to extreme hot. 

Peri Peri is a sauce which is prepared using birds eye chilly this chilly can be lethal if your not careful while preparing your dishes. Majority of the sauces and ingredients are shipped from Africa itself they want to maintain the standard at all locations.The Chicken is marinated in a speically made marinate from Africa itself its then cooked in a  combi-steam oven and then flame grilled with sauce of your choice. The juicy and succulent chicken is served with many sides as per your choice from spicy rice, potato wedges, buttery corn and so on. Nando's has many veg options on the menu too vegans will never be disappointed.

I choose the maderia red which is a pomegranate and citrus based mocktail it was quite refreshing followed by starters  all togeather is a Mediterranean inspired platter hummus, roasted veg dip, spicy olive are served with pita bread. 

For Mains we ordered espeteda rustica, butterfly chicken, cataplana and the ceaser salad. For sides we ordered corn on cob, fries, spicy rice, coleslaw, 3 bean salad and potato wedges.

My Food Clicks.
 Maderia red 
Peri Peri Sauce.
Seasoning
All togeather Pita bread, Hummus, Roasted veg dip and Spicy olives

All togeather is a Mediterranean inspired platter hummus, roasted veg dip, spicy olive are served with pita bread. I totally enjoyed the peri peri sauce along with hummus the pita bread was fluffy and very tasty.

9 Chicken Wings

Dad and my blogger world friend (Shijus photography) who joined me for lunch opted for Beer and peri peri 9 chicken wings. the crispy grilled chicken wings starts with mild heat and gets extra hot by the end its 2 wings served per portion very tasty and perfect accompaniment for beer lovers.

Chill Beer
Corn on Cob with Peri Peri Sauce


We loved the corn on cob with peri peri sauce it tasted so good. You can choose corn of cob with  all the chicken dishes they serve its so tasty and best accompaniment will all the dishes they serve.

The 3 Bean Salad


The 3 Bean salad has an Indian touch tasted a lot like usali. the beans were cooked to perfection and the vinaigrette was awesome.

 Caesar salad


The  caesar salad with cheese croutons and peri peri chicken was a complete meal on its own. The portion size was awesome loved the peri peri chicken topped on the salad the veggies were fresh and the dressing was bang on.

Tangy Chicken Liver Peri Peri Sauce Served with Portuguese Roll

The staff and business head suggested we should try the Chicken Liver and Portuguese roll. it’s a fluffy bread served with a peri peri spicy and tangy sauce. I never like or have eaten chicken liver, so I tasted only the gravy it was good. People who love chicken liver in tangy gravy go for it; the butter served along with the gravy gives this dish a twist and is really tasty.

Butterfly chicken meal

Butterfly chicken is a meal for 2. The chicken was flame grilled and basted with peri peri sauce.  If you’re at nando's please try their coleslaw it’s the best slaw I've ever tasted.

Espeteda rustica

Espeteda rustica is served on a skewer holder. chicken thighs are stuffed with sun dried tomato and red onions. the skewered chicken is then grilled with the peri peri sauce. you can ask for extra heat if needed. the sundry tangy tomato in the middle was really tasty and liked the entire combo with spicy rice and fries.

 Cataplana

I truly enjoy the meal when its prepared in a rustic and traditional way. Cataplana is traditional copper cookware, shaped like a clam-shell which is used to prepare traditional Portuguese seafood dishes. At Nando's cataplana features marinated and grilled chicken with tangy rice bell peppers and beans. 

Caramel Cheese Cake
Chocolate Cake

For desserts we had cheese cake and chocolate cake, no comments it was good.

My favorite was the coleslaw it was the best accompaniment with all dishes especially with 
espeteta rustica.

Service and ambiance is bang on.dine there in a group portion size is awesome.

Truly Soul Satisfying Meal Concluding my journey with Nando's here is a swahili quote 
"Good words are food, bad words poison."

Church Street 1 A, Off Brigade Road, Church Street, Bangalore 080 25550707

Reservations Recommended. Parking available, Cards accepted.

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Tuesday, November 4, 2014

LOFT38 @Indiranagar Bengaluru

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LOFT38 is located at 763, Near Sony World, 100 Feet Road, Indiranagar, Bengaluru. I was invited to taste the TDH menu and headed for lunch, the menu is priced at 499/- for a 3 course meal. 599/- for a 4 course meal, you can upgrade 99/- for a drink.

We were a seven member foodie gang. Among us were 3 vegans. we got a chance to taste almost every thing on the menu.

I opted for the four course meal + drink
My order was Apple Sour
1st course starters I ordered the Crispy Calamari
2nd Course Cioppino(Fish Soup)
3rd Course Potato Gnocchi
4th Course Dessert Chocolate, rum and raisins fondant

Apple sour was an amazing drink, it was so refreshing, Crispy calamari was okay needed seasoning, Fish soup was tart, needed bit more seasoning and spice, Potato Gnocchi was bang on, really tasty LOFT38 has nailed it, Chocolate lava cake was awesome. Portion Size is awesome.

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While entering LOFT38 the garrett roofing gives a church hall feel, the ambiance is rustic yet modern. The double roofing and stacked wooden walls adds so much character, and depth to the roomspread across three levels, offers music from the best DJs and live acts of artists in India and around the globe, alongside perfect acoustics and lights. 

A well stocked Bar, and ample area to shake your legs. the DJ's rock the space every weekends. Music played here is great. The menu has extensive veg and non-veg options, thumbs up for that. A great place to visit for lunch or dinner, If you want a laid back environment in the heart of the city Loft38 is the space. Most comfortable well planned Outdoor and Indoor seating clusters. Great space to organize parties. Very easy to locate.


What is TDH Menu?
Table d'hôte is a French loan phrase that literally means "the host's table". A meal featuring a set menu at a fixed price Wikipedia.


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Its Challenging and daunting to have a good service team. I'm truly impressed and very happy to see such helpful and friendly staff at LOFT38. I truly loved the outdoor seating area so tranquil and serene.

Clicks from our food venture
Apple Sour 
Melon Soother
Orange Mojito
Bubbly Bangalore
Crispy Calamari
Fish and Chips
Cioppino(Fish Soup)
Crostini with different toppings
Spinach and cheese, Mushroom and Cheese, Onion and Beets Relish
Coriander Soup
Pear, Blue Cheese and Walnut Salad
Smoked Chicken Salad
Papaya Salad
Stir Fried Vegetables

Potato Gnocchi
Fetuccine Primavera
Jerk Marinated Chicken

Pan Seared Basa
Thai Yellow Chicken Curry
Thai Yellow Vegetable Curry

Banoffe Tart 

Orange Creama Catalana

Chrruos Con Chocolate
Chocolate, Rum and Raisins Fondant
Pannacotta with khubbani ka meetha

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LOFT38 is located at 763, Near Sony World, 100 Feet Road, Indiranagar, Bengaluru
Reservation recommended 080 49652586


Parking Available, Cards Accepted.

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