Tuesday, August 2, 2011

El Tablao, Bangalore

The blog turned two over the weekend (Woohoo!!) and I wanted to go somewhere fun to celebrate the occasion. After much thought and deliberation we decided to pay a visit to the new tapas bar in town. There aren't too many of these in the country (No, Zara's doesn't count) and I must admit I was a tad excited. The restaurant is spacious and decorated with tonnes of paintings ranging from the gorgeous to the outright weird.  

An exquisite piece of tile art that we particularly liked

However, we can admire art for only so long and mortifying noises from our tummies reminded us of the main reason we were there. In the meat section, we ordered the Alitas de Pollo a la Brasa con Chilli (No. 20 on the menu) which was a big hit. Chicken wings tossed in a lemon and chilli sauce: this had the right amount of tangy-sweetness to it. The accompanying garlic mayo was super and complemented the wings perfectly. 

Alitas de Pollo a la Brasa con Chilli

The Borcheta de Pollo um Pimicentos y Cebolla (No. 21) was distinctly Indian: the spices, the texture, even the look (upon first glance we were convinced it was paneer skewers). Don't get me wrong, it tasted good but just left us wishing we had ordered something more exotic than chicken tikka. 

Borcheta de Pollo um Pimicentos y Cebolla

On the veggie side, we ordered the Tosta de Pan con Berenjenas (No. 37): Bread topped with a spice aubergine sauce, olives and generous servings of cheese. The distinct taste of spicy aubergine was quite unlike anything I've had before and I definitely recommend this dish. 

Tosta de Pan con Berenjenas

We also ordered the Paella de Verduras (No. 35): a small veggie paella. This Valencian rice dish was filled with veggies and spices with strong overtones of saffron. It reminded me a little of khichdi and evoked a similar warm and wholesome feeling. The much vaunted soccarat (toasted rice at the bottom of the pan) was missing though. If you want to have paella for your main course, then you need to order 40 mins in advance. 

Paella de Verduras

Since we were too hungry to wait that long, we decided to give the Mexican menu a shot and ordered the Fajitas, Quesadillas and the Nacho Grande. The former two were pretty similar (yes, the veggies in the fajitas were straight out of the oven and the quesadillas had a loooot of cheese but other than that,the wraps and the stuffing, was pretty similar). I recommend the qusadillas over the fajitas. The accompanying sour cream was yummy.



The Nachos were very good but it definitely doesn't fill the tummy. And relatively speaking, it was overpriced.

Nacho Grande

Stuffed, but unwilling to leave without dessert we decided to split one: the baked apple with cinnamon and sangria compote and served with ice cream. To say that we devoured it  would be an understatement. Yes, it was that good and yes, we are that piggy.

20 seconds later

Somewhere along the way, we also ordered some great sangria: fruity, light and the perfect complement to all that Spanish/Mexican fare.

Service was quick and non-intrusive. The loo was clean and even had hand lotion to boot (always a plus in my books).

El Tablao is a great find. If you want to have a relaxed meal with your friends and catch up over some interesting fare, then head here. Whether El Tablao will survive the rat race that is the Bangalore dining scene remains to be seen but here's to hoping it does.

Pricing: Rs. 300-400 per person. You can view the menu here
Location: Lotus, 612/1, 80 Feet Road, 4th Block, Koramangala , Bangalore (Click here to get the Google Map location)
Landmark: Near Sony World Signal
Phone: 41410124, 9902336811

Before I sign off, I have a couple of shout outs
1) DV is documenting her Amdavad food adventures at http://theamdavadifoodie.blogspot.com/ . Show her some love
2) PoshVine is a new dining facility that offers you substantial discounts at restaurants in B'lore. If you want to sign up, use the referral code PVBLGR07. You get some free moolah.
3) As always, 'Pimp my blog!'

Thanks to Ats, Rao, Woogul and Vat for coming along (and for increasing the prettiness quotient on the blog ;) ). Special thanks to Woogul for recommending the place. 


VRK said...

Very nice review. I am going to try out the cinnamon compote. And thanks for the heads up on the chicken dish WIll stay away from it.


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