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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
- 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.
Shangri-La Hotel, Palace Rd, Abshot Layout,
Vasanth Nagar, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560052
For reservations call 080 45126460
(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
Value for money: 4/5