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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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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