Reviews: Somilan Steakhouse, Church Street

Have you ever discovered a gem hiding in plain sight? Because I’m fairly certain I just did, walking into Somilan’s unassuming entrance two months back. It also plays a part in why I’ve taken so long to write about this place. To put it quite simply, I wasn’t ready to share my experience just yet;…

Reviews: Byblos, Indiranagar

Bangalore, in my mind, has already established itself as a veritable culinary treasure chest of Mediterranean finds. Be it the sophisticated mezze samplers at Fava that pleasantly surprise on more than one occasion or the hearty, traditional offerings at our local favourite, Saara’s (review here), all my foodventures for Middle Eastern fare in this city…

Reviews: Vembanad, Domlur

What would you want your last meal to be? I always thought the more I experienced food around the world, the more I’d want to stray from my South Indian roots while describing my favourite food of all time. But my ties to traditional Keralite food seem to get deeper as I get older, and…

Reviews: Phobidden Fruit, Indiranagar

One of the best meals I’ve had (barring my grandmother’s consistently amazing cooking) is at The Slanted Door, a lovely modern Vietnamese spot at San Francisco’s ferry building. I still largely credit The Slanted Door for my growing interest in Viet food, because every dish out of their kitchen drew focus on the seamless confluence…

Reviews: Arirang, Kammanahalli

Cities like Delhi, Mumbai, or Bangalore in my case, are preceded by a host of stereotypes. It is perhaps this tendency to stereotype and generalise that encouraged me to narrow down Bangalore’s population to a group of IT engineers and start up enthusiasts with a penchant for beards, bikes and beers. However, a recent discovery…

Reviews: Chianti, Koramangala

I can speak for most, if not all 90s Indian kids when I say our introduction to Italian food was pretty basic. Italian food was our little peephole to the wonderful world of “Western” or “Continental” food back then- and it quickly became one of the only non Indian cuisines our mothers would dabble in…

Reviews: Saara’s Grill, Koramangala

After spending a little over a month in Bangalore, I wouldn’t go so far to say I’m fully exposed to the vast food scene this city has to offer. In fact, Saara’s was the second restaurant I visited after making the big move- so I don’t have a lot of dining experiences to compare this…

Reviews: China Pearl, Koramangala

Chinese food, as loved and lauded as it may be globally, manages to taste completely different depending on the country you’re in. And while the incredible diversity in authentic Chinese cuisine itself may have a role to play, a lot of these differences can be credited to the tendency to “adapt” Chinese food to suit…

Reviews: Bayroute, Cuffe Parade

Serving up Middle Eastern Staples in a fine dine setting isn’t a concept I find all too appealing I would attribute most of my skepticism to the fact that small plates of hummus and tabouleh or a hearty chicken shawarma are dishes you’d generally find in street carts, bakeries and cafeterias all over the Gulf….

Reminiscence: Ramadan Rituals

The principles of Ramadan are fairly universal, in that they encourage people to fast through the day, abstain from “sins” of any kind and in general, espouse a sense of charity and goodwill to those less fortunate than them. But even with a common theme underlying Ramadan rituals world over, you are guaranteed to have…

Reviews: Gavkari, Prabhadevi

As someone who has grown up eating (and loving) Indian food in its many forms, I’ve never taken too kindly to our rich food heritage being dumbed down to samosas, naan and tikka masala world over. I am no stranger to enjoying samosas fresh out of the fryer on a rainy evening, or dunking bits…

Reviews: The Bombay Canteen, Lower Parel

The Bombay Canteen (TBC) needs no introduction in these parts. Barring a miniscule subset of dissatisfied diners, TBC has received lush praise and rave reviews all over the Bay for it’s casual kitschy interiors, delightfully friendly servers and Chef Zac’s uncanny knack of making the fussiest eaters relish the likes of Arbi(taro root) and Lauki(bottlegourd)…