North Bengaluru gets a new global cuisine restaurant - Hebbal Cafe
Hebbal’s proximity to the airport is one of the reasons it is fast becoming a hub for exciting new restaurants, hotels and pubs. The newest is Hebbal Cafe at the recently opened Courtyard by Marriott Bengaluru Hebbal.
Though the hotel is geared towards the business traveler, Hebbal Cafe stands out for the sheer reason that it has an elaborate menu to keep everyone happy. We headed to the cafe for a meal on a Saturday afternoon. Though they do have an a la carte menu, their buffet too is worth a try. So we chose to try the best of both.
For starters we tried the Dill Infused Baked Fish, Ajwaini Fish Tikka, Chakundar aur Moong Phalli Ki Shami, Malafati and from the a la carte section, we tried the Pomfret Pollichathu, Grilled Sea Bass and Hebbal Cafe Salad. The subtle flavour of dill in the Dill Infused Baked Fish is what makes this dish, made with mackeral, worth trying. In contrast, the Pomfret Pollichathu is high on spices, staying true to the classic Kerala recipe. The Ajwaini Fish Tikka too should not be missed. The blend of caraway and red chilli was a hit.
The Chakundar aur Moong Phalli Ki Shami is a must-try for vegetarians. The crunchy peanuts in velvety beetroot shami, offer a contrast of textures. The sweetness of beetroot is balanced by the earthy flavour of the roasted peanuts. The Malafati — pan-fried patties of spinach filled with ricotta cheese — is an Indian version of the Italian dish. The creaminess worked well with the spinach. The Hebbal Cafe Salad — a mix of beetroot sporuts, walnuts, olives and cucumber, topped with feta cheese - was fresh and light and the seasoning was citrusy.
For mains, we were served the Lumbini Daal — named after the Lumbini Gardens that’s located close to the hotel. A mix of five pulses, the daal is rich in flavours. The addition of butter makes it all the more delicious. It is best paired with rice or rotis. From the continental fare, we tried the Cauliflower Mornay — blanched cauliflower cooked with cheese. The creaminess of cheese complemented the texture of cauliflower, though after the daal, this dish seemed bland, it could be a good option to start your main course with.
While there were many options to choose from, from the dessert section, we tried the Coffee Creme Brulee. Strongly flavoured with coffee, it gives you a caffeine high. The other dessert we highly recommend is their signature Lava Cake. This is a classic, with warm melted chocolate gushing out as you take the first slice.
With so much on offer, Hebbal Cafe certainly has an edge over other restaurants in the vicinity.
Rs 2,000 upwards for two. At Outer Ring Road, Nagavara