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Caprese, Shangri-La Hotel: Delectable Italian Food with the view of Bangalore Palace

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A few weeks ago, Restaurant Week India returned for the 6th time! So we couldn’t help but jump at the opportunity of planning our entire week’s meal. Just kidding! However, this did allow us to dine at Caprese at a fraction of the price!

About Restaurant Week India

Restaurant Week India powered by Morphy Richards and Cellar Door Hospitality is a celebration of the finest culinary experiences in India held across Bangalore, Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Pune and Kolkata. Some of the best fine dining restaurants are selected to curate a three or four-course prix fixe menu. Hence, this allows participating restaurants to showcase their food by selecting dishes representative of their philosophy, while diners get to experience restaurants they may have hesitated from trying. Restaurant Week India runs typically in March/April and in September. The 10-day event showcases over 75 restaurants across the six cities. Thus offering diners a chance to experience some of the finest restaurants; an ice-breaker of sorts.

About Caprese

Shying away from its traditional Mediterranean roots, Caprese is a trendy Italian eatery situated on the 18th floor of the swanky new Shangri-La Hotel Bangalore. Expect elegant, simple interiors with a menu to match. Divided into three sections, guests can enjoy a cocktail or meal in either the outdoor lounge, open central bar or the restaurant which offers stunning views of the Bangalore Palace. With an emphasis on engaging diners, the team has developed dishes that are prepared right in front of you, using the highest quality of ingredients. Furthermore, merry making accompanied by fine wines picked by professional sommeliers is guaranteed to add to the experience.

Ambiance

It’s interiors reminded us of something we’d seen in a design book; trendy yet elegant. Another feature we loved were the chic and warm design elements brought in by metal hanging lanterns and wood finished ceilings. Imagine a large space that offers floor-to-ceiling windows and a cosy balcony overlooking Bangalore’s skyline. Whatever the occasion, this multifaceted eatery is sure to have the perfect spot for your get-together.

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Warm and elegant interiors

Special Menu

The chefs at Caprese designed a three-course prix fixe menu that included Antipasti, Primi Piatti and Dolce. From Mediterranean delights to artisinal pastas, the menu surely boasted of the best dishes that their culinary team could deliver.

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RWI Menu (Part 1)

 

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RWI Menu (Part 2)

A sign of Generosity

In Italy, most trattoria’s serve bread before your course as a sign of hospitality. Likewise your meal at Caprese begins with a generous portion of varied breads accompanied with dips on the side. Our favourite combination was the Fougasse with olive tapenade dip and Focaccia with red bell pepper and walnut dip. Oh! nothing like freshly baked goodness.

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Breads – Ciabatta, Fougasse & Focaccia

 

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Dips – Olive oil and balsamic dip, Red bell pepper and walnut dip, and Olive tapenade dip

Antipasti

For our first course we ordered Calamari Fritos & Tuna Pate. A dish served with utmost simplicity, the Calamari Fritos served with garlic aioli sauce was a perfect balance of crunchiness and creaminess. Definitely the best Calamari Fritos in Bangalore!

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Calamari Fritos

 

A Bruschetta inspired by recipes from Southern Italy, the Tuna Pate was an elegant and flavoursome dish. In addition, it was garnished with cherry tomatoes and rocket leaves, creating an illusion of vibrance topped with oodles of freshness.

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Tuna Pate

Primi Piatti

After we were done tantalizing our taste buds with the antipasti, we began with course two of our meal. We don’t remember the last time we got to feast our eyes on such a beautiful presentation of a Pasta. The Spaghetti Carbonara surely won our hearts! Probably the closest it could come to what we had in Italy. Rich and creamy carbonara sauce garnished with pecorino cheese and a crisp slice of smoked bacon truly satisfied our craving. However, we would have loved if it was served with pancetta instead of bacon.

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Spaghetti Carbonara

 

While Prashanth ordered his favourite Italian dish – Tagliatelle con fungi selvatici, he couldn’t stop salivating till it arrived. Cooked in utterly delicious sage butter sauce and sauteed porcini and wild mixed mushrooms, was served al dente style. The pasta is freshly prepared in their kitchens and the tastes make it very evident. The sauce was subtle and didn’t overpower the pasta. Not forgetting the mushrooms were perfetto!

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Tagliatelle con fungi selvatici

La Dolce Vita

What seemed like the perfect end to the melodious meal were the duo of sinful desserts we ordered. Desserts are a vital part of every Italian meal and the true test of a good Italian restaurant can be judged by it’s Tiramisu. But, we devoured into what we first ordered; the Caprese cake. Their signature chocolate and almond cake served with vanilla ice cream and chocolate ganache was to die for! So light and airy that we gobbled it up in seconds.

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Caprese cake

 

Now coming to the Tiramisu. Did it live up to the expectations? Well, it certainly did and probably touched an all time high. Our server presented a plate of  deconstructed classic Italian tiramisu which he put together in front of us. What a great way to keep your diners engaged. Thick and indulgent mascaporne cream combined with savoiardi drenched in coffee and kahlua, garnished with cocoa nibs was just exquisite. Tiramisu’s traditionally have a strong coffee base, but this one was subtle and perfect.

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Tiramisu

 

At the end of our meal we were in awe of not just the view, but the food too! And we are indeed grateful to Restaurant Week India for making this happen for foodjunkies like us. Make sure you follow them on Instagram to receive notifications on their upcoming season.

Tips:

  • If you’re looking to host a private party or celebrate a special anniversary, speak to the manager about reserving the outdoor terrace lounge.
  • If you’ve got any queries regarding the menu or the drinks list, speak to your nearest waiter for help and suggestions. The mixologist will also happily create a drink for you based on your preferences.

Where:

Shangri-La Hotel, Palace Rd, Abshot Layout,
Vasanth Nagar, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560052
For reservations call 080 45126460

Damage:

(Rs. 2,277.45 for 2 people excluding alcohol)
Restaurant Week India – 3 course meal: Rs. 900 per person
Service charge: Rs. 90
F&B VAT: Rs. 274.05
Service Tax: Rs. 105.84
SBC: Rs. 3.78
KKC: Rs. 3.78

Rating:

Ambiance: 5/5
Taste: 4/5
Service: 3.5/5
Value for money: 4/5

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Pub Grub @ Communiti

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Bangalore’s well known love for Beer has clearly caused a storm, leading to the opening of yet another microbrewery called Communiti. As though we weren’t spoilt for choice, this space is conveniently located in the heart of the city, already creating a buzz on Residency Road. So one fine day we decided to dive right in and check out the vibe.

The perfect community space

Vast and expansive, Communiti is spread across two floors with an in-house brewery. The space is well lit and designed with industrial theme interiors. Whether you’re here on an afternoon date or with family and friends celebrating a special occasion, this place has a distinctive and unique charm and plenty of space for everyone. Our favourite spot was the outdoor dining area at the entrance that featured a grand piano springing water like a fountain. So magical that if you’d stop to listen, it would transport you to the edge of a waterfall.

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Al fresco dining area

 

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In-house brewery

O’Beer where art thou?

We were looking forward to trying their ales, stouts and Belgian beers, but unfortunately they weren’t serving beers on tap when we visited. So we decided to order our homegrown beers – Bira & Kingfisher. If beer is not your thing, checkout their signature concoctions of Mocktails & Cocktails.

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Nothing like a cold beer on a hot day

 

Low-down on the food

The first half of the menu is designed keeping in mind the perfect short eats that’s either fast, grilled or deep fried. However, the second half of the menu makes an exception to this case and ventures into listing some classic Italian Pizzas, along with Pastas, Burgers, Steaks as well as Sizzlers.

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Our man who decides the order – ALWAYS!

 

For starters we ordered the Peri Peri Chicken. Juicy chicken marinated with Caribbean spices, slow cooked and tossed with peri peri sauce was lip smacking. This was then quickly followed up by a satisfying bowl of Chilli Texan Fries. Classic potato fingers double fried, tossed with spicy Mexican sauce and melted cheese, leaving it crispy on the inside and meltilicious on the outside. The greed to trying out more starters lead us to order the Pork Belly. However, this dish was extremely disappointing! Parts of it were well cooked and parts of it were very chewy. When we complained about this dish to the Restaurant Manager, he was courteous and kind enough to take it off our bill.

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Peri Peri Chicken

 

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Chilli Texan Fries

 

He then recommended we try their wood fire pizzas which he claimed were their speciality. So we ordered the Pizza Al Fungi, only because the name and description took us back to our favourite pizza spot in Italy. We didn’t expect it to be as good as it sounded, but to our fortune it was good (but not the best). Thin crust pizza topped with assorted mushrooms, mozzarella and cheddar cheese that had an interesting smoky flavour; unlike anything we tasted before. To top that we asked them for some extra sundried tomatoes as on add on which really lifted the overall taste of the pizza.

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Pizza Al Fungi

 

We decided not to indulge in desserts simply because our beer belly overtook our ‘dessert stomach’.

Service game on point!

Servers were helpful and friendly and served us in under 10 minutes, which is rare for a restaurant/pub of it’s nature considering how crowded it was. The Manager had a wonderful personality and personally visited each table to receive feedback.

If you are on the look out for a space that’s casual yet fun, pay a visit to Communiti this weekend and make merry with their crafted beers and yummy food.

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We will be back to try more!

Tips:

  • It’s a great place to hangout and chill but try avoiding the weekend rush, or simply reserve a table in advance
  • If you are a small group, stick to ordering from their list of starters, pizzas and main course.

Where:

67 & 68, Brigade Solitaire,
Opposite to Advaith Hyundai, Residency Road,
Bangalore

Damage:

(Rs. 1,426 for 2 people including alcohol)
Bira Blonde – Rs. 250
Kingfisher – Rs. 290 (for two)
Chilli Texan Fries – Rs. 110
Peri Peri Chicken – Rs. 240
Pizza Al Fungi – 200
Extra Sundried Tomatoes – Rs. 40
Service Charge, Service Tax & VAT – Rs. 296

Rating:

Ambiance: 4/5
Taste: 3.5/5
Service: 4/5
Value for money: 3.5/5

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Lust Worthy: Breakfast at Red Fork

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Lazy Sundays demand for hearty breakfasts! But thanks to being swamped with work off late (even on weekends), we never made time for that ‘Sunday Breakfast’. Until one fine day we decided to wake up early and drive to Indiranagar to finally try out the family-run café , Red Fork. Chef Xerxes (the young man behind this café) and his Masterchef like culinary skills were so often talked about in the Bangalore food scene, that we just gravitated towards trying it out.

Charming & Cozy

Upon entering the cafe we were greeted with a warm and cozy ambiance filled with quirky nooks and corners. Airy and spacious, it comprises an al fresco dinning spot in the front which opens into the indoor seating area. We got to know that Daddy’s Deli (Parsi restaurant) & Red Fork interestingly co exist in the same space. So if you’d like to widen your palette and try both, feel free to do so.

red fork

 

Sunday being a busy day, the place was packed, with people waiting outside. Hence we felt the service was a wee bit slow. However, Mrs. Zarine (owner) approached us very pleasantly and handed us the menus promising that she would make up for the time lost. She explained how they have 2 kinds of menus out of which one keeps evolving every fortnight to ensure that guests are always experimenting and trying something new. So look out for the menu written on the chalk boards.

 

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Served up with Love

With the small appetites we have, we decided to order two dishes – The Cubano & Pig Out along with Chocolate Milkshake. Thick and refreshing with hints of cocoa nibs was what made the Milkshake stand out. However it was not something to write home about.

The first time we tried a Cuban Sandwich was on our trip to the US and since then we have never really come across anything as close. But the Cubano at Red Fork filled with pulled pork, gherkins, hams, english mustard, scamorza, caramelized onions and habanero mayo nails it on the head!

 

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Cubano (sandwich)

 

If you’re looking to fill the void with perfectly poached eggs, then Pig Out is your bae! Think homemade bread loaded with shredded pork, homemade beans, poached eggs and chilly hollandaise. Cooked to perfection, the meat was succulent and juicy and the beans added a sweet and savoury twist to the dish. Reinventing a sauce like hollandaise with a ting of spice was simply genius. All we can say is cheers to fabulous & fresh food at affordable prices.

 

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Pig Out

 

Stuffed to our hearts content we couldn’t try anything more. Mrs. Zarine surprised us when she handed over our bill along with meringues served in a cute lil cup. Who doesn’t love free stuff ! We almost died when we popped these babies into our mouths; melted within seconds. Hence, we are surely coming back for more, especially to try their desserts.

 

Red Fork

Meringues

 

Would you like to join us for Round 2? Let us know by leaving a message in the comments section below and we’ll set a date 🙂

Tips:

  • We recommend that you make reservations in advance, especially on weekends
  • Breakfast is served till 3 pm and the cafe is closed on Mondays

Where:

594, 12th Main, HAL 2nd Stage,
Off 100 Feet Road, Indiranagar, Bangalore

Damage:

(Rs. 1,327 for 2 people)
Chocolate Milkshake – Rs. 150
Cubano – Rs. 475
Pig Out – Rs. 400
Service Charge, Service Tax & VAT – Rs. 302

Rating:

Ambiance: 3.5/5
Taste: 4/5
Service: 3.5/5
Value for money: 4/5

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An Authentic Japanese Dining Experience – Bangalore

Salmon Nigiri

We finally found a Japanese restaurant so good and as close to being authentic that we hugged it like a comfort blanket. The Best part – it’s tucked away like a secret hideout, right in the heart of Bangalore!

Upon entering Harima we were warmly greeted with “Irasshaimase” – which means “Welcome, please come in”. While the restaurant offers the modern/western dining experience, we opted for the traditional Zashiki style of dining. One needs to remove their shoes at the entrance before stepping into the seating area and then sit on pillows laid on the floor facing a low table.

Zashiki

Image by U. Prashanth Nayak via http://www.upnworld.com/upn/restaurant_details/44

 

Their menu offers local Japanese delicacies of great proportions that leaves you spoilt for choice. And that’s probably why we were the only Indians there at the time we dined.

Authentic Japanese food

Spicy Tuna Roll & Butanikuno Shyogayaki

 

We started off with Butanikuno Shyogayaki which is thinly sliced pork pan seared in Harima’s signature sauce. Ah! So bloody good; I think we just died and went to heaven!

Spicy Tuna Roll

Spicy Tuna Roll

Shiitake Teriyaki

We then ordered the Spicy Tuna roll along with Shiitake Teriyaki. The Spicy Tuna Roll were mini rolls made with raw tuna, marinated in wasabi and a spicy sauce and wrapped in seaweed. This was accompanied with the traditional wasabi, soy sauce and gari (pickled ginger). The rolls tasted great however when the Japanese say spicy it doesn’t really means ‘spicy’.  The Shiitake mushrooms were exceptionally glazed with teriyaki sauce. However, it was a little too sweet for our liking.

 

 

Lastly, we decided to end our meal with Salmon Nigiri and it was truly the best decision we made. The freshness of the raw salmon was simply outstanding; unlike what you would find at other restaurants in Bangalore that claim to serve ‘authentic’ Japanese food.

Salmon Nigri

Salmon Nigiri

In terms of service, since the Zashiki room is a partially private dining area it’s rather difficult to get the waiters attention. Hence, it took us a little more time (than we liked) to place our order or request for anything additional.

We would have loved to try some of their eclectic desserts, however we were too stuffed. And so, we decided not to get greedy and ended our meal with the satisfying aftertaste of the Nigiri.

This place definitely makes it to the list of our favourite restaurants in Bangalore and probably the most underrated as well. We look forward to coming back again and feasting over some saké.

Kanpai!
Andrea & Prashanth

Tips:

  • We recommend that you make reservations in advance.
  • Their kitchen closes earlier than most restaurants in Bangalore. That being the case, make plans accordingly.

Where:
4th Floor, Devatha Plaza, 131, Residency Road,
Shanthala Nagar, Ashok Nagar, Bengaluru,
Karnataka 560025

Damage: (Rs. 1,953 for 2 people without Drinks)
Butanikuno Shyogayaki – Rs. 400
Spicy Tuna Roll – Rs. 480
Shiitake Mushrooms – Rs. 330
Salmon Nigiri – Rs. 280
Service Charge, Service Tax & VAT – Rs. 463

Rating:
Ambiance: 4/5
Taste: 4.5/5
Service: 3.5/5
Value for money: 4/5