Rat finally deigned to accommodate us in her busy schedule and seizing this rare gift KK and I dragged her along to Cornucopia. I had zeroed in on this as the destination for our last room dinner. Upon reaching there, we found out that Cornucopia was shut but a new place, 'Under the Mango Tree'
was opening in it's stead. They officially open on 20 June but the kitchen is functional, so they were nice enough to feed our hungry tummies.
To begin with we ordered Potato Wedges.
Rat and I ordered Ice Tea (Rs. 40) and KK ordered the fruit punch (Rs. 90). The Ice Tea was cold, large and had a wonderful minty-lemony flavour to it. I thought KK's fruit punch was very nice though a tad heavy. The Potato Wedges were crisp and nicely done without being too oily. But then again, it would take quite something to mess up deep fried carbs.
For the main course, I ordered the Aglio Olio (Rs.180).
This was penne tossed in oodles of olive oil, herbs, spices with cheese on top. The pasta was dry and I was a little wary of it but it tasted quite good. The penne was a tad undercooked but the olive oil and spices were wonderful.
Rat ordered the ham and cheese pizza (Rs.240).The crust was thin and crispy. It wasn't the best in the business though. I'd rate Little Italy and Pizzeria Romano much higher. The ham in the pizza was almost negligible, though the true star was the cheese. It wasn't the normal cheese used elsewhere in the city but of a more exotic kind. While I'm not knowledgeable enough to know what cheese it was, it sure tasted good. It had a slightly sour taste to it, melted in your mouth and the texture was wonderful. Mmmmm.......After ordering many dishes that they didn't have, KK settled for the Spaghetti Picatta with chicken (Rs.200). This consisted of Spaghetti in a spicy red sauce with zucchini, babycorn and other crunchy veggies. This dish too was very nice.
The dessert menu consists of only two dishes: sizzling brownie and chocolate mousse. We ordered the sizzling brownie(Rs.100).
This turned out to be a large, warm brownie with ice cream and chocolate sauce on top. While it wasn't what we were expecting, it was pretty decent.
The ambiance at the place was quite wonderful. It's in the backyard of the Bat and Ball Inn. It's in a quiet lane off the bustling Richmond Town and has a relaxed, lazy feel to it. They also have quirky cricket related signposts which I loved. The service was a little slow but I put that down to pre opening jitters. The quantities are sufficient to leave you full but not bursting at the seams.
The whole meal cost us close to Rs.1000 which was pretty OK for all that we ate and drank. The food here has potential but needs a little more effort. I guess I need to go back once they are fully open and see how the grub turns out then. If any of you do go there after 20th June, let me know how it is.
Location: Bat & Ball Inn, 3, Laurel Lane, Richmond Town, Bangalore (It's in the lane off TNT)