Have been meaning to write about my recent visit to Bangalore (I know I know.. Bangalore again !! 🙂 ), par kya karein, it is always wonderful to see my nephew and in fact this time we all went to celebrate his second birthday.
It wasn’t as cold as it was the same time last year though during the mornings there was always a bit of winter chill in the air accompanied by a fog. It was barely possible to see more than a building away, even at 7 am when this pic was taken!
Well, as usual, Bangalore is always home to the good times and it was no different on this visit too as bro-in-law introduced us to Kingfisher Ultra. Quite a neat bottle with a peel away bottle top and best of all, priced at Rs.60/- for a pint. I was wondering how I’d never come across this in Pune, and a closer look at the bottle gave me the answer… “Not for sale in Maharashtra” and below that, “For sale in Karnataka only”! Man, this sucks… though when I tweeted about it on Twitter, Kingfisher was quick to reply saying it was available in Mumbai and would be available in other cities too 🙂
As was to be expected at Bangalore, food and drinks dominated the proceedings most of the time. Met an old friend at Le Rock, near MG Road, and while the pitcher was decently priced, the snacks were too pricey ! The seating wasn’t all that comfortable and there wasn’t much of a crowd, probably because we went in the afternoon (happy hours).
A visit to Little Italy was also mandated and I love the place, especially as the one at Koramangala near Forum Mall is much closer. The Crostini Della Casa was good as usual, and we started off with the awesome Caesar Salad and Corleone before moving on the main stuff. Two of my favourite joints are of course Caperberry and The Egg Factory and I have a feeling I’m gonna be patronising both places each time I’m in town.
We celebrated my nephew’s birthday at Caperberry and he was thrilled to go around exploring the place. The starters were yummy as ever and though I didn’t load my plate quite the way I did during the last visit, this was a handful, especially the pineapple and chicken combo, not to mention the gazpacho, again pineapple being a hot favourite.
The Egg Factory is a fabulous place to be, and we feasted on the Southwestern Frittata yet again, along with regular scrambled eggs. The grafitti on the walls was sadly not upto the mark as it was last time, so didn’t click any pics though I remembered to click one of the Frittata unlike the half eaten one from before ! 🙂
The Daily Bread (adjacent to Barbeque Nation) is another super place to hang out and they let you customise your dishes and the toppings. I decided not to experiment, and ordered a German Potato Salad. It was decent enough, but I’d still say the one at Pepinos in Pune is better. Their pasta with chicken and fettucini was also quite tasty and we topped it all off with gelatos.
Sigh.. so much for eating out… yup, there were also days when we were all too tired to go out so ordered food from home, especially the parathas and assorted stuff from Mast Kalandar and from a newly opened joint in Bannerghatta called Maakhan Bhog. Apparently they also have excellent veg sizzlers, but as takeaway was not an option for this, it will have to wait for my next visit there ! All in all, a super week at Bangalore and a gastronomic delight in every sense of the word. 😀
We flew Indigo both ways, and I must say the winter uniform of the cabin crew looks quite tacky. The onward flight was quite uneventful but the return flight had some 5-6 kids on board. One kid in particular was bawling away right from the time we boarded the bus on the runway till the time we landed in Pune, upto the baggage claim, after which we felt mightily relieved to step out of the airport premises. Considering the excellent rapport between my nephew and me, maybe I could’ve tried to quieten this kiddo also, but my iPod won over 🙂
Till the next visit then… adios!