Sunday, January 30, 2011
Thursday, January 20, 2011
Sunny's is arguably Bangalore's most famous restaurant. And on most days, it lives up to this reputation. Another of those Old Bangalore restaurants (read: The Only Place), Sunny's livened up the eating scene on Vittal Mallya Road way before UB City got there. The menu here is vast and covers a variety of continental fare.
Due to the mammoth portions here and my insatiable love for dessert, I rarely order starters. But if you want something to tease your appetite, then I recommend the mushroom barley soup. It's light, refreshing and perfect for a chilly Bangalore evening. I have also had the crostini with tomato and roast peppers which is OK but nothing spectacular. Their complementary bread and garlic butter is also pretty decent.
The pastas at Sunny's are pretty darn good and my all time favourite is the black pepper fettucine with wild mushrooms, sun dried tomatoes (vegetarian). Lovely cream sauce, well done penne and the sun dried tomatoes and mushrooms add some great flavour to the dish. A special mention to the mushrooms at Sunny's which have a special flavour and texture that I adore. Warning: the cream sauce is very heavy. The angel hair pasta with basil and chunky tomatoes is pretty good too. Woogul had the almond crusted fish fillet last time and we quite enjoyed it. There is an undertone of lemon throughout (even the mashed potatoes are distinctly citrussy), the cream sauce is great and though the dish is a little bland, it worked for us.
Aats ordered the chicken breast with sun dried tomatoes, white whine and cream. The sauce was almost identical to the one in the fish fillet. The dish was nicely done and satisfied our palettes.
Now as great as it can be, Sunny's can also serve some very average fair. I decided to break from tradition and order the penne with pesto and it turned out to be a terrible decision. The sauce had too much basil in it. And ended up tasting like penne in some sort of basil-mint chatni.
But I am willing to forgive Sunny's almost anything (even their occassionally atrocious service) for their superlative desserts alone. While the food at Sunny's is good, it is the desserts that really blow you away. It's cheesecake is amongst the best I have ever had: Cheesy, creamy and a a crumbly, 'lighter-than-air' crust.
My other favourite sweet eat here is the Paris Brest: A flaky pastry filled with nuts and topped with praline cream (Did you know that this pastry is named after the Paris-Brest-Paris bicycle race?).
I highly recommend that you try this. The Crillon chocolate cake and Tiramisu are also worthy contenders.
The service at Sunny's is whimsical, at best. On days, they can be perfectly nice and there are days when they think they are better than you. There are also numerous reports of racist behaviour at this place and while I have never witnessed that, I have been at the receiving end of some atrocious waiters. I personally think the food is worth the erratic service but the thought of the snooty waiters has been a deterrent on many occasions. The ambiance here is fairly nice and I suggest that you try the lit-up outdoor seating when the weather permits.
Sunny's is a little heavy on the pocket but perfect if you feel like splurging a little. Just don't count on the service.
Pricing: Around 1200 for a meal for two (without drinks)
Location: 34, Embassy Diamante, Vittal Mallya Road, Bangalore
Sunday, January 16, 2011
Saturday, January 8, 2011
If you have been wondering about the absence of posts (and my general well being), fear not. I was holidaying and have tonnes to write about.
I seem destined to travel westwards at the height of winter and keeping with this tradition (Actually, taking it a tiny bit further), I visited England during the coldest winter in living memory. Armed with a copy of the Lonely Planet, intense optimism and a jacket that was made for someone three times my size, I descended upon London. If you were/are a reading sort of kid (And no, Twilight doesn’t count. No number of screaming women and sales success can convince me that that is acceptable literature. For any age group.), then England must have made an appearance in most, if not all, your books. Enid Blyton also gave me my first glimpse of a non-rasam-and-curd-rice world. The Five Find-Outers (not to be confused with the pesky Famous Five) always found time to have the most exotic tea - buttered scones, clotted cream, cakes, puddings and other wondrous sounding things – in the middle of all their crime busting shenanigans. These teas and the possibility of meeting magic people were what most of my childhood fantasies revolved around.
Anyways, getting back to the point: I made it to England. And while I spent most of my time enjoying the sights and sounds of London, I am going to talk about that in another post. On this one, I am going to take you to Cambridge. Laughing Boy, Cheesy Girl, The Pimp and I visited this university town on cold winter morning. We took the bus to the centre of Cambridge and promptly fell in love. These old, old buildings took our breath away (The ‘new’ buildings were constructed in 1840. And the oldest building here was built in 1464. 1464!). Another structure that caught our attention was the Grasshopper Clock (see picture. Some of you may remember it from the movie Paa).
And if you are hungry while you are there, then there is only one place that I recommend: The Copper Kettle. We chanced upon this while looking for another restaurant and thanked our lucky stars. The place is warm, filled with people and great smelling food. This place has a wide menu that even includes some Turkish offerings. But that day we set our sights on the all day breakfast (5 pounds). For the meat eaters I recommend the Full English breakfast: bacon, sausages, tomatoes, eggs and toast. Need I say more? Incredibly good, filling and totally worth the money. They also have a veggie version of the breakfast.
But if you are veggie, try the A-la Turca Platter (6 pounds). This comes with one warm and very large baguette, feta and cheddar cheese, olives, boiled eggs, tomatoes and cucumbers. The quantities of cheese that they give you are very very generous. (The layers of holiday fat I have accumulated are testament to that). The feta cheese was very fresh and tasted lovely. I also recommend that you have some marmalade. While I am not a huge fan of the preservative parade, this is one that I liked very much. The ambiance at the Copper Kettle is good with some oriental lamps and kettles doing the rounds. Service is quick and efficient and they allow you to linger too. They also have a clean, well maintained loo.
While I am not a huge fan of the preservative parade, this is one that I liked very much. The ambiance at the Copper Kettle is good with some oriental lamps and kettles doing the rounds. Service is quick and efficient and they allow you to linger. They also have a clean, well maintained loo.
If you are in England and are looking for a relaxed day looking at pretty, historic buildings, walking lots and eating even more then head towards Cambridge. Cambridge has that youthful, optimistic vibe that most university towns have. Smart, successful, beautiful kids who think the world is their oyster. Ah! The follies of youth. When you are as old and as wise as me, you will know better. This little expedition has however convinced me to study in Cambridge. So if Cambridge is handing out scholarships to broke, Indian bloggers who like to eat lots, contact me immediately!
I have so much to write and talk about that I am going to be updating the blog pretty often. Stay glued!