The Bengaluru Brasserie’s revamped menu serves up familiar flavours in experimental avatars
An overcast afternoon is the best time to drop into The Bengaluru Brasserie. Both the alfresco space and the indoor area with ceiling-to-floor windows give you a chance to make the most of the gorgeous weather, especially at this time of year. Having heard about their new menu, we decided to pay them a visit. We arrived at the fourth-floor space just at the start of a heavy shower that proceeded to drench the outdoor area, so we sat inside at a table by the window.
Chef Uniyal’s new menu continues to cater to those with an affinity for comfort food and the dishes extend from regional staples, such as Bisi Bele Bhat to Asian must-haves like Hainanese Chicken Rice and European dishes such as Confit Chicken.
We started with the Podi Idli, a serving of mini idlis thickly coated in a spicy and aromatic masala — a clever way of turning breakfast into a fun and delicious snack. Chef Ram’s Special Malai Jhinga was also a hit. Infused with Sambuca, the prawns were roasted in a clay oven for a unique flavour that was also vaguely familiar and comforting. Next, we sampled the Badami Gosht Ki Seekhs. Another unusual and exciting creation, this kebab included a dash of coarsely crushed almonds for added texture.
From the Grills section, we tucked into a platter of grilled striploin, lamb chops, salmon and Cajun chicken breasts. While we were pleased with the smokey notes and the perfect cooking of the red meat and chicken, we were most impressed with the salmon, which had soaked up the spices beautifully.
Main course involved an assortment of Indian curries such as Khumb Palak Ke Kofte, Alleppey Chemmeen Curry and Murgh Makhani. The makhani was tangy, slightly sweet and creamy — just the way we like it — but it was the other two curries that were truly outstanding. The Khumb Palak Ke Kofte was a tomato-based gravy with spinach dumplings that were technically discs. The pairing of the earthy spinach and tangy tomato was a match made in heaven. The Chemmeen Curry, prawn curry in a coconut-based broth, went well with the fluffy rice. The inclusion of raw mango gave the curry a sour edge that hit the spot. Our lunch drew to a close with the Banoffee Cheesecake, a velvety treat topped with banana and caramel.
What we loved most about the restaurant is that the bright, airy space allows you to relax, while the exquisite menu spanning Indian, Italian, French, American and Asian cuisines, ensures there’s something for everyone.
Rs.2,000++ for two. At Hyatt Centric MG Road Bangalore, Trinity Circle