December 17th, 2016 by Jeet

Recently our company’s annual day function took place at Templetree Leisure. Located at Bellandur it specializes as performance, parties, corporate events and wedding venue. The ambiance and style of Templetree Leisure comes with a touch of Bali.

Once I entered the front gate, I walked through bamboo shoots one the left hand side and lined palm trees on the right hand side. A nicely done long corridor led me to the party hall. On one end the performance stage was set and on the other end the drinks counter was set up. Besides the counter there is a room with two rows of seating arrangement and the diffused yellow light was adding to the feel. On one side of the main hall there is an open area which can be used for various activities. There is also a stage in the backdrop and looks like popular with weddings.

The property is very aesthetically built and has been given a minimalistic look. I could see a lot of wood work.

Ample parking space is available. I would give this place a thumbs up. Check their Facebook page and you will know it’s a high profile venue.

Address:

Templetree Leisure
128/8 Behind Embassy Tech Village,
Kannali Road, Bellandur, Bengaluru,
Karnataka 560103
Bangalore, India

 

 

Phone: + 9190083 66700

Websitehttp://templetreeleisure.com/

 

December 6th, 2016 by Jeet

Carnival De Goa is located right at the intersection of Ulsoor road and Bhaskaran road. Refer the map below for more details.

 

Address: 1st Floor, 8/6 Kensington Point, Ulsoor Road, Ulsoor, Bangalore

Timings: 12 Noon to 11 PM
Cuisine: Coastal – Goan, Mangalorean and Kerala
Alcohol available: Yes

 

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As the name states Carnival de Goa wants to provide ambience and food of Goa. Lets see how much they stand on the ambience and food. When it comes to food it definitely has a Goa flavour but I would say it is coastal cuisine comprising Kerala, Mangalorean and Goan food. Ambience is decent with a open area sitting and section inside with AC. The servers serve wearing hawaiian Shirts and hats. Apart from that nothing like Goa. But I must add it is a cozy settings with dim lighting and candles on the table.

I visited there last Saturday with two friends and our main focus was food. We started with seafood platter which comprises 5 types of starters and rice gravy. Namely Indian Basha fish masala, mackerel fish, king fish, squid. Out of them Basha fish masala was outstanding. It was so tasty that we order Basha fish masala again separately. Tried fish kebab ( Indian Basha). Again an awesome item. The last item in starters was pork chilly fry. Umm tasty !!

Two of us went for Kingfisher draught beer 1.5 litres pitcher (Rs 520) which came in with 1 + 1 offer. My other friend had Smirnoff Vodka which also came with a 1 + 1 offer. Finally finished our awesome foodie evening with little rice and king fish gravy. I will visit this place again and it will be for the food.

 

Outside View of Carnival de Goa

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November 22nd, 2016 by admin

With Bangalore’s dwindling green cover the wildlife in Bangalore is also receding. But in the heart of the city, our lane is pretty endowed with various wildlife. The lane do not have a single big tree. Though there are balcony gardens. I see a group of pigeons who have made this lane their home. I also see squirrels who have become permanent residents of this lane. The sparrow which has become a rare sight in Bangalore can be seen here pretty often. Crows visits frequently. I think they are also encouraged by the friendly nature of the human residents of the lane. I know of two family including ours who keep water and grains for these cute neighbours. I have seen even cats visiting to have water.

Few dogs also enjoy the benevolence of this lane. I know of people who provides them food everyday. In the process these dogs also became guards of this lane. Evolution process says – To adapt is to thrive. I take heart when I see these cute neighbours adapting to the concrete jungle. Simply saying they are writing their own survival story.

November 21st, 2016 by Jeet

hammered-entrance

Hammered is located off Cunningham road. This was a posh area even during the old days and has a classic aura and still an awesome area. Hammered is a lounge / Pub / restaurant. I had read about it opening on Bangalore Mirror but never visited before. Last week this place was selected for a farewell party for one our colleague. It is located on the same place where F-bar was located before. F-bar closed down recently.

Address:

No.18, Ali Asker Road, Off Next to Dolci Desserts,, Cunningham Rd,
Vasanth Nagar, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560051
Phone: 080 4121 7527
Time: 11 AM to 1 AM

Our party was scheduled on a Sunday evening between 7 PM to 10 PM. The demonetization drive had already started and I was low on cash. My options were either to go there on a two wheeler or book a Ola cab using Ola money. I went for Ola cab and I was using Ola Money for the first time. I had recharged Ola Money wallet for Rs 599 and received 20% cashback using a coupon. After reaching Cunningham road I was looking on Ola app to find some option which will allow me to make the payment through Ola Money wallet. I was surprised when told by the driver that payment is done. Wow! Automatic payment.

At Hammered a long corridor led me to the reception desk. The first look itself gave an impression of a spacious, air filled restaurant with a colonial aura. The ground floor looked secluded and can be used by families or people looking for a relatively peaceful environment. A open staircase leads to the first floor.

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Here one section is the open rooftop and other is the glass boxed which contains the bar desk. Normally happening restaurants in Bangalore are little cramped. Hammered is refreshing. Lighting is aesthetically done and not hard hitting. Now let’s discuss food. We go to restaurants for food, is not it?

First I went for BIRA white beer, the new handcrafted beer as claimed by the manufacturer. It brings you a little of microbrewery on the table. Then switched to my all time favourite Corona. My colleagues went for various cocktails and mocktails. They have good variety of them. We were taken good care by chef Ahmed Sheriff and he personally advised on the food. Chicken tikka, potato wedges, honey chilly potato, kebab platter were for starters. In main course, I tried prawn volcano which is crispy prawn cooked with dark wine oyster sauce. Went for some breads (kulcha) with chicken makhani. However, the chicken sukka was not upto the mark.

In deserts I tried the awesome roasted almond ganache tart (It is roasted almond ganache made from different sponge and rich chocolate ganache inside of roasted almond and served with vanilla ice cream.), Blue berry panna cotta (It is Bavarian cream layer of passion fruit, served with white chocolate flakes.).

It normally offers north Indian, Thai, Japanese and continental food. Hammered also feature live bands, live sport screens and hookah. Some of my colleagues tried mango flavoured hookah. A visit there might typically cost around Rs 1200 for two. It can service around 650 people at a time.

Spent there over 3 hours and it was very satisfying. I could not find their website but more info can be found about Hammered on Zomato.

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November 13th, 2016 by Jeet

Sunday or Monday are probably the only day where I am privileged to inhale the early morning fresh air. Today morning from my balcony I say a squirrel on the opposite house balcony moving around freely and having something with interesting poses. After watching it for a while, I decided to shoot it! (well, with the camera). By the time I came back with the camera, the squirrel was no longer there. However, decided to shoot a few neighbourhood scene anyway.

Yellow Rose

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November 12th, 2016 by Jeet

runnr,food ordering platform

Recently the Indian government ordered the demonetization of Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes. By 10th night I was out of cash. Searched all the ATMs around but only encountered NO CASH scenario. So out of no choice I thought of trying online food ordering apps. I download the Runnr app from Google Play. Using the app seems to be pretty simple. You would need to sign-up using your name, email address and phone number. Following this you will receive a verification email in the provided email address. You should also be able to verify using a call / OTP option from the app.

Now you will be directed to the restaurants or food outlets screen. Here you can select a restaurant from the Top Picks or recommended section or scroll down to look through a large list. Also, if you know the restaurant name, you can use the search box to lookup directly.

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I selected Danny Lamba’s Punjabi Dhaba located at BDA complex, Indiranagar. The time quoted was 30 mins and I was fine with that. Delivery is free for order value of over Rs 200. Rs 20 will be charged for order of less than Rs 200. It is simple to make payment. They have four options:

  1. Card
  2. Cash
  3. Net Banking
  4. Wallet (my wallet powered by Citrus, Paytm, Mobikwik and FreeCharge)

Looks like they save your card details after the transaction for future ease of use. If you are not comfortable, you can delete your card details from their server. Besides the card number, click on settings on the right hand side and click on Delete. Soon I received an email on the order confirmation which included the order ID and delivery time. Few minutes later received a SMS stating the restaurant has started preparing your order and a runnr will be assigned shortly. I was also delighted to find that it is possible to live track the delivery person. Also, it is possible to call the delivery person directly from the app. Then again received a SMS stating a delivery person (name and phone number given) has picked up the order and you will be receiving it soon.

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At 1.05 PM the delivery person landed at my lane and handed over the order. On my first order, they were able to meet the delivery time they quoted. I think Runnr is not associated with the packaging of the food, they just deliver. Today afternoon again I ordered from the same restaurant but they took 1 hour to deliver against their quoted time of 30 mins. I received a call from them stating one of the item I ordered is not available and offered to replace with another item. That is ok. However, I think Danny Lamba’s Punjabi Dhaba should have intimated me earlier once they have received the order. On the website I see there is a merchant login option, so I think the restaurants get intimated when the order is placed. If it does not work this way then Runnr should make some way to intimate the restaurants about the order the moment it is placed. I was told by the delivery person that one item was not available and he had callback for this. The app allows you to rate your experience on the order and I did justice to it.

Overall, I am happy with the service. Online food ordering platform like Runnr opens new roads of revenue for restaurants and convenience for users. It is because of them I am able to have lunch for the last two days sitting right in the convenience of my home. This kind of services will go a long way to take our country to a cashless society. Roadrunnr acquired TinyOwl and rebranded as Runnr.

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