May 4th, 2014 by admin

Today evening I was at HRBR layout, Bangalore. After enjoying cool breeze at one my friend’s terrace thought of visiting a restaurant/pub around that area. Finally we zeroed on Tamarind Restaurant & Bar. We went to the bar which is located at the 3rd floor (roof top). Its open ventilated with a roof and hence no AC. Once you enter the bar area the counter is on the left hand side. The counter looked nice and eye catching. Sitting arrangement has both chairs and small cushioned sofas.

As this is IPL season, a big projector screen has been setup for showing cricket matches. We sat on the other side of the screen. This place is not high on music and if somebody wants to talk can easily do so. Ambiance is very average and not much happening crowd throng here. Now comes the central part of food and drinks. In terms of beer, mocktails / cocktails or hard liquor their collection is good. In food we ordered Mongolian chicken and Chicken Kabab. Mongolian chicken was high on garlic and should have been named Garlic chicken. The amount of garlic was really high and it did not taste good. The chicken kabab was eatable but was over fried. My neighbourhood kabab guy prepares better kabab than that. The food items have really left me disappointed.

However, I see good reviews about them on Zomato. Not sure if the reviews are cooked or it was plain bad luck on my part. Overall service was cold.

Address: 1, 9th B Main, Chairman Layout,
Banaswadi Main Road, Bangalore
Phone: 080 – 43692759

Note: Parking is available

April 6th, 2014 by admin

Last month my friends told 3 Monkeys have descended in Bangalore and each of them have one thing for you. I grew curious and asked what are they? Pat came the reply – awesome beer, good food and good time. Really! I said. Then we got to meet them. So on a weekday evening we went on a date with 3 Monkeys! They are housed at the following address:

3Monkeys BrewPub
4th Floor,
Gopalan Signature Mall,
Old Madras Road,
Bangalore, India 560038
Phone : +91 80 66 909999
Business hours: 11 AM to 11.30 PM

Once we entered the house of 3 Monkeys it transported us to the kingdom of Monkeys. We were greeted by people appointed by 3 Monkeys to take care of his visitors. At 12000 sq feet 3Monkeys BrewPub is probably the largest pub in Bangalore in terms of area.

And true to words they have awesome chilled beer for you! An in house microbrewery prepares freshly brewed beer of four types:

1. Pale Lager: One of the most common forms of beer consumed in the world today, lagers are characteristically “smooth, elegant, crisp, fruity and clean” Inspired by the Mexican Lager, the 3 Monkeys Pale Lager is refreshing and easy-drinking with a clear pale yellow colour. With a very low hop profile, it is dry, clear-tasting and crisp with subtle flavours. Designed to be refreshing, our pale lager is served with a slice of lemon and is typically low in carbohydrates and calories than other styles. Pairs well with all varieties of food, especially with pizzas and Lebanese platter.

2. Red Ale: This red ale is inspired by the malty rich ales found in the Americas. Named more for its colour than the flavour profile, Red Ale is an elegant red hued medium bodied ale with more malt-forward aroma flavour than hops. 3 Monkeys Red Ale balances a mixture of toasted malt flavours with light caramel sweetness and soft fruity aroma. All this good maltiness is balanced by a range of floral and honey hop notes, capped by a clean bitterness. Finally, a true robust, hearty and fruity ale is served. Goes well with spicy cuisine in chicken or seafood.

3. Wheat Beer: is brewed with a significant amount of wheat, malted wheat, barley, hopping and American hops to give it a spicy crisp taste balanced by citrus and floral flavours. A blend of pale and wheat malts gives it a creamy texture and a slight grainy wheat taste. Cloudy in appearance by the yeast and highly carbonated with a good hop aroma and low in bitterness, the beer exhibits a complex estery aroma. This is a thirst-quenching, easy drinking, medium bodied beer, that is spritzy and refreshing. An ideal summer time drink to make you exclaim, “Aahhh”after a nice gulp. It makes an excellent companion to pizzas and Indian tandoor.

4. Wheat IPA: The Signature Edition is an exclusive array of handcrafted beers which are designed to broaden your horizons in the world of beer. At 3 Monkeys, we offer the first edition of our Signature Wheat India Pale Ale (IPA) whose dominant aroma comes from the specialty hops added during the brewing process. The blend of secret hops and caramel gives it an incredible flavour of bitterness with a light hint of sweetness. Low in carbonation, this ale is high in aroma, has a medium body and a wholesome flavour. It also develops medium acidity with a fragrance of tropical fruit. Goes well with fried food, Indian curries, grilled meat and chocolate desserts.

Apart from beer 3Monkeys offer almost everything in beverage – Whiskey, blended scotch, wine, tequila, cocktails, mocktails, non alcoholic drinks etc. With the accompanying food, you will ask for more.

The large area allows for various kind of sitting arrangement and I was amazed that they have in mind to cater to various kind of customers. You can either seat at the bar counter, a corner or a private section for your team/people. You can relax with refreshing beer and watch cricket/football on large screens. Do ask for the pale lager, its simply awesome! In starters beer battered onion rings, cashew spiced chicken were also liked by my taste buds. They also have buffet options which are very reasonably priced.

Once fresh with beer, if you would like to throw your legs on the floor, you have a dedicated dance floor to beat the stress hell out of you! The DJ console is right above the dance floor and make for a nice watch. The night came to an end with a bang display of flair bartending.

3Monkeys BrewPub is definitely on my regular visit list. Waiting to discover other items on my next visit.

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March 21st, 2014 by admin

Sunday Soul Sante is a recent phenomenon in Bangalore. The first Sante took place in 2013. Any Bangalorean who keeps track of happening events in Bangalore, I am sure is aware of it. But for those who do not know – it is an urban form of flea market with large dose of food, music and stage performance thrown in. It brought back memories of the annual fair that used to come to my native town. Soul Sante this time took place on 9th of March 2014 at police ITBP cricket grounds, Whitefield. It is organized by Bangalore Mirror, a Bangalore daily newspaper (part of Times of India group). The events started from 10 am and was supposed to continue till 10 pm. Bangalore Mirror was giving free passes for first 100 visitors who went with that day’s Bangalore Mirror newspaper copy. Being a long and sunny day, I decided to go there by late afternoon. The entry fee was Rs 100 per person. I reached there by 5 pm and encountered a sea of traffic near ITBP cricket ground and Ascendes park mall. Was able to park my vehicle on a side by lane.

It looked more like a upper class flea market but nothing much flea about it. One might have to drive a hard bargain. People (specially women) took this opportunity to show their fashionable side. Women should enjoy this as most of the items available were women centric. Coming to events – I was expecting them to happening but they turned out to be not that catchy. The fashion show featured participants from among the crowd. However, it was fun when the kids were walking the ramp. Tried to do little bit of people photography by walking around the stalls. There were tons of photographer there. Looks like some Facebook group had done their photowalk there on that day.

Beer was available and noticed a funny incident near the beer counter. Someone had stacked baskets which covered the Kingfisher logo. Suddenly a man had arrived and started shouting on the boy sitting in beer counter. His contention was that the brand should never be covered. If it is not visible then then the sponsor will be angry and a phone call will arrive. Now that says how much important branding is to a brand!

I kind of started to feel little bore and decided to leave before the Prasad Bidappa fashion show. Going on the number of crowds Sunday Soul Sante is a success. I came to know recently that the organizers want to build on this success by replicating it elsewhere. So it was no surprise when I heard that they are planning to organize Sante in Pune as well.

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March 14th, 2014 by admin

On 11th March food bloggers were invited at the launch of Rushina Munshaw Ghildiyal’s Book : A Pinch of That, A Handful of This at Godrej Nature’s Basket, Koramangala. Rushina has been a blogger since 2002, a gastronomy columnist and then a writer. Tuesday’s event was made further interesting by the bite full moderation done by chef and restaurateur/owner of Monkey bar, Olive etc Manu Chandra.

After the introduction, Rushina talked about what brought her to write this book and the journey involved. It was interesting to hear how culinary experts pick up different titbits of a recipe. The books deals a lot with fish, salads and khakra (a Gujarati papad). She cooked a few recipes from the book and allowed us to taste them. The low marinated prawn was pretty tasty! Take a look on the book if you are interested in such type of foods. It is available at Godrej Nature’s Basket.

Manu Chandra shared one awesome information which I would love to share here. To taste a fish if it is cooked or not, we can take a tooth pick and insert into the fish piece. Then take the tooth pick out and place it on the lower gum just under the lower lip. If the sensation is hot, it is cooked and if it is warm then it requires some more cooking. The lower part of the gum is the most sensitive in our mouth and hence works better.

Thanks to veteran food blogger Vidya for inviting me.

Manu Chandra

Rushina Munshaw Ghildiyal

March 7th, 2014 by admin

The first Northeast carnival will be taking place in Bangalore in 2 weeks time. This gala event hopes to showcase the culture and heritage of northeast. The line includes many awards winning performers.

Breakup of events:

Alobo Naga & the Band: Winner of 2012 Best Indian Act at MTV Europe Music Awards. Watch videos in MTV roots & VH1 channel

Borkung Hrangkhawl: Nominated for EMA & VIMA Asia Award / Watch videos in MTV roots & VH1 channel

Yesterdrive: Nominated for VIMA Asia Award 2014 / Watch videos in MTV roots & VH1

MC Zinc: Winner VH1 Rap Battles

Priyanka Bharali: Nebcus Best Singer Award & Dr. Bhupen Hazarika Award

Manas Robin: Singer, composer & music Director

GNTC – Winner of “Yamaha Asian Beat”, Famed as “Best Glam Rock Voice of Asia”

Fashion Show by Designer Dhiraj Deka & the team. All the way from London, Delhi & North East

Performance by Guinness Book world record Holder Dr. Abhijit Baruah

Among others you will have flea market, tattoo artists, street graffiti art and textile and handloom exhibition by the government of Assam. So much activity and fun so food will be sought out right? so you have the Mongolian Food Festival stalls out there.

Northeast carnival is brought to you by Assam Association (Karnataka). is proud to be associated as an official media and photography partner. We appreciate their thought of bringing talents from that part of the country and showcasing here. So looking for a new gala experience, just go and buy ticket at Explara.

Date: 23rd March, 2014
Time: 12 pm – 10 pm

National College Grounds, Basavangudi,


March 2nd, 2014 by admin

Photo credit: BMRCL

A section of the Green line of Namma metro, Bangalore has been thrown open to public yesterday. Karnataka chief minister Siddaramaiah inaugurated metro reach 3. The line now covers around 10 km from Mantri Square station at Malleshwaram to Peenya via Rajajinagar and Yeshwantpur. This should bring a lot of joy traveling in that side of the city. Once all section of metro is functional, traveling in Bangalore will be a lot quicker and comfortable. Watch two vides shot by two travelers:

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