Thursday, March 19, 2009

The Richmond hotel - Good Dinner Buffet

Birthday celebrations and a dinner buffet for our family landed at us The Richmond Hotel.
Richmond Road is a one-way road and the Hotel is on the left hand side. It was a wonderfully cool evening with a bit of drizzling! We made it through to Richmond road quite fast, surprisingly without much traffic. There is a gate that leads you into the stairway up to the Bell desk. They offer you valet parking. Two huge doors take you to the well lit veranda with some nice cushions and fresh flowers. The dining area is a few steps away. The doors open to a long, rectangular buffet hall. They have tables for 6 and 4. The interiors give you a warm feel. There cloth and cushions used are of bottle green and the wood is of deep Maroon. With the dim lights, it gives this dark and private ambience. The staff is extremely warm and conscious of their customer
s. Since I made reservations earlier, there wasn’t much trouble in getting places for our big gang!
We took our seats and there came a chocolate mousse as a surprise from my sister, after a bite of that and all the Mmmmm and all the applaud she received and truly deserved!

We got on to the buffet. There were some non-veg chicken starters. Not too sure on their names but, one was more like kabab and was bland, the other had chicken legs in thick gravy. The vegetarians had no choice starters with just Carrot fries as a starter. These were not tasty and extremely oily. I am not sure if I even got the faintest flavor of carrot, it was just batter deeply fried! Too bad this was the only starter. There were salads. Cucumber, tomatoes, Onions nicely spiced up was tasty. They had the boiled eggs, dipped in honey as one of the other salads. That did taste different, but was not too much of my liking. The breads of your choice are brought to your table. I am not too sure on what the non vegetarians savored but the vegetarians had a choice of 4 sumptuous gravies. One of them was my favorite daal. The others were Palak, Vegetable jaipuri and panner gravies, all very distinct and delectable. There was the mutton sum Biryani, vegetable pulav and Pudina pulav. I relished each bite of the Pudina Pulav. Pudina has an amazing flavour and the pulav from pudina with the right amount of masala and tasted great with the vegetable raita! There was a bowl of thick curd and curd rice with some lemon pickle. Before that, we all enjoyed the taste of steamed rice with lady’s finger sambar and rasam. Moving right on to the desserts, there was the vanilla icecream, Fruits, Gulab Jamoon and Mango cheese mousse. A few spoons of all and none seemed to impress me.

It was in no comparison with the the mousse that my lil chef made for me!! It Definitely was a special celebration!!

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Address: 88/2, RIchmond road, Richmond town, Bangalore

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Geleto Pazzo - Yummy S'cream....

Gelato Pazzo is a humble place where you get appetizing ice-cream! The parlor faces the main road and has an eye catching board with a unique name.
The white background and some painting on them form the interiors. There is a menu displaying the variety of ice creams and shakes they make here. I am a frequent-goer to this place as it’s close to my house.... There are times our family has gone to this place at 11 in the night!
The tables with black granite and the wooden seat chairs match those in corner house.
The ice cream tastes and names are similar to the ones available at corner house. I guess the head of this place worked at corner house for some time.
I personally feel that Gelato Pazzo is more generous with their quantity, cheaper in prize and high on quality.

My favorites here are the brownie fudge and cake fudge! This would also include the Boss - DBC (Death by chocolate) but it’s just too much to bite on. For fruit lovers there are quite many funky fruity flavors
My sister relishes one completely and she claims and boasts she could eat more!!
Let me key out a few details on the cake fudge. The bowl with this dessert contains a whole cake building a thick and fluffy boundary. Then comes the white beauty, Vanilla with two large scoops, hot and sexy chocolate sauce melting beauty and nuts and more nuts. A bite of this for ice-cream/chocolate lovers and you’ll just be gratified.
Not too crowded making it quite and pleasing. The service is quick and polite. A place worth a visit (and many to follow)

10th Main, BTM Layout - II Stage,

Phone: 65676444

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Aila! Awesome Aloooo Tikki,

Needless to say, Arya Bhavan is one of the most famous sweet meat stalls in Bangalore.
A promise to mom, to come home for dinner but hungry and tempted to grab a quick chat landed me and my sister at Arya bhavan on MG road!

This place is a little inside and diagonally faces the popular MG road.
A small door, a few steps and you'd find yourself surrounded with the aromatic smell of ghee and rich sweets.
This small place has the sweets arranged on the right hand side and to the left you have the tables and chairs. At the back is a small kitchen. The walls are adorned with paintings of men from Arya Bhavan at work. The paintings are quite detailed there by giving a kind of process flow of the sweet making! :)

The Menu is more of a white sheet laminated with all the variety of chat, lassi and sweets available. The masala, sev, dahi, Alu and tikki puri are made really well and it is a treat to taste. The Alu Tikki just dominates them all and stands out for the exotic flavour and sense of taste!! I just love the sauce it is accompanied with. The hot and sweet sauce with a pinch of sourish taste, just bowls me over. The crispy tikki is also made just perfectly well. I have been to this place just to relish their tikki more than a dozen number of times....
The butter milk, rich badam milk are also relishable drinks.
Some of the famous sweets which more in demand are the Rasmalai, Kaju burfi, Gulab Jamoon, Raj bhog and more. There are a whole range of sweets for people with sweet teeth :) The service is fast and neat.
If you want to cut out the monotony of shopping on MG road, break for a quick snack and again shop till its time your stomachs growl. Arya Bhavan is the place, The Aloo tikkis is something you'll simply love every time you bite on. A nice place for chats and sweets.
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No 115, Kapoor Buildings
MG Road
Phone: 25597251, 65344904

Monday, March 2, 2009

See & Smile :)

My husband was on his way to his work place, and he sees something that made him smile.
I am putting it up here to spread smiles! :)

Have a great day!