Donne Biryani at Halli Jonne Biryani, Jayanagar

Donne biryani is a variation of biryani that belongs to the authentic Nati cuisine of Bangalore/Karnataka. Having Donne biryani at Halli Jonne Biryani is a delight for taste buds! I visited this restaurant as a part of my biryani expedition in Bangalore. Now, some people must be wondering like I did as what Jonne biryani mean and how is it different from Donne biryani as I recently came across this name Jonne biryani. The owner told me that both are the same and the difference is only in the way some people pronounce it. Also, he told that Jonne is an older version for the name Donne, which I couldn’t verify myself.

ORDER, TASTE, AND QUALITY:
I ordered a mutton biryani and chicken fry. The mutton biryani was served with raita and gravy.


Mutton biryani was delicious and flavourful. It was a bit milder/less spicy than some other popular joints, which is easier on the tongue and suits my taste. But, the aroma of biryani spices and fragrance of rice was mouth-watering. 🙂
The mutton pieces were tasty but chewy and slightly undercooked. They should’ve cooked them for some more time. 😦 The raita and gravy were good and tasted great along with biryani. Biryani portion is good for one person with medium appetite and someone with big appetite might feel that it’s less.

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Chicken fry was awesome! The chicken was cooked to perfection and served as a gravy dish. The aroma and taste of Nati spices were delectable. It was a great combination with mutton biryani. Overall, this place offered an above average biryani experience at the centre of Jayanagar.

SERVICE AND AMBIENCE:
It’s a self-service restaurant so there is no service at all. Ambience is very basic and had nothing special but it’s not a place for ambience. It’s a place for good food.

LOCATION:

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HOURS OF OPERATION:

7:00 AM to 4:00 PM, 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM, closed on Mondays

ZOMATO: https://www.zomato.com/bangalore/halli-jonne-biriyani-jayanagar

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Donne Biryani at Shivaji Military Hotel, Jayanagar

Superb Donne biryani! Amazing taste and flavourful!
This is an old and famous military hotel in Bangalore that serves a variety of Non-Vegetarian food. Their Donne biryani is considered to one of the best Donne biryani in Bangalore. Donne biryani is a variation of biryani that belongs to the authentic Nati cuisine of Bangalore/Karnataka.
I heard a lot about Shivaji Military Hotel and finally decided to visit this place and try their much-hyped biryani. This place is located very near to Banshankari bus stand, so the location is good and easy to find. Usually, I’ve read that this place has a lot of waiting time but as I went before 1:30 PM, I didn’t have to wait and immediately got the seat.


I have had Donne biryani at some other restaurants earlier and didn’t like it much because of the bland taste and missing flavours. So, this time speculations were high about the taste because of the hype but the expectation was still low because of the past experience with Donne biryani elsewhere. I am glad that their biryani lived up to its name and we had an amazing biryani feast!
I could’ve rated as this place as 4 or 4.5 because it doesn’t have a very good ambience, interiors, or decor but this is not a place for all these things, it’s not a fine dine or a high-end restaurant, instead it’s a place to go only for great food, that’s all it offers. Anything under 5/5 would be injustice to their delectable biryani taste and humble service!

ORDER, TASTE, AND QUALITY:
I ordered a chicken biryani and a mutton biryani. Both the biryanis were served on banana leaves with raita, lemon, and gravy.


The taste of mutton biryani was amazing! It was delicious and flavourful. I loved the flavours of the authentic cuisine of Bangalore. The mutton pieces were tender and succulent! 🙂 The gravy served alongside was spicy and loaded with flavours, which added to the taste. The raita was made of cucumber and onions, it was OK but along with biryani, it tasted good.
Chicken biryani was delicious as well and the taste and quality of rice was the same as mutton biryani. Chicken pieces were succulent and had the right taste. However, I really liked and enjoyed their mutton biryani much more than the chicken biryani.


SERVICE AND AMBIENCE:
The service was prompt and they served us quickly. Ambience is very basic and there is nothing much to it.

LOCATION:

https://goo.gl/maps/wBpsYf3JCMN2

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No. 718, 1st floor, C Main Road, 45th Cross, 8th Block, Jayanagar, Jayanagar, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560082

HOURS OF OPERATION:

8:00 AM to 3:30 PM, closed on Mondays

ZOMATO: https://www.zomato.com/bangalore/shivaji-military-hotel-jayanagar

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The Brew and Barbeque – Quality Brews, Signature Cocktails, and Delectable Food

Nice microbrewery! Good food and quality! Amazing in-house beers and cocktails!

The Brew and Barbeque is a popular microbrewery and a multi-cuisine restaurant located on the 4th floor of the Soul Space Arena mall on the Outer Ring Road. The location adds a big plus point to it. It’s a huge place with cozy ambience, suitable for partying and social gatherings. Because they have ample seating space spread out in a huge area, you won’t feel like being in an overcrowded place with people waiting for you to vacate the table. Thus, you enjoy the food and drinks at your own leisure.

I visited this place on an invite to attend the 86th Food Bloggers Association, Bangalore (FBAB) meetup.

ORDER, TASTE, AND QUALITY:

They have full bar menu with some signature cocktails, mocktails and craft beers. The food menu is extensive as well with almost all popular cuisines included it.

DRINKS:

BEERS: We tried their craft beers, which included American Pale Ale, Red Indian Ale, and Hafeweizen. The American Pale Ale was hoppy in taste so kinda bitter, which is OK if you like it that way. Red Indian Ale was smooth and easy on the tongue. Hafeweizen is a wheat beer, which is a bit stronger but very good and smooth in taste. This is my favourite!

COCKTAILS: I tried BellandurOverflow, Pina Colada, and Long Island Ice Tea (L.I.I.T). All the cocktails were really good in taste. L.I.I.T and Pina Colada are popular cocktails and were made exactly the way it should be. BellandurOverflow is their special signature cocktail, subtle flavoured and superb! A must-try one if you are there.

STARTERS:

In starters, we tried Corn Cheeze Cutlet, Chicken Hariyali Tikka, Chicken Wings, Golden Fried Corn, Butter Garlic Prawns, Tandoori Prawns, Chilli Fish, Guntur Chicken, Wonton, Malai Paneer Tikka, and Hot and Spicy Mushrooms. All items were delicious, and my favourites are Chicken Wings and Chilli Fish. Absolutely delectable! 😊

MAIN COURSE:

For main course, we ordered Butter Chicken, Thin Crust Pizzas, Veg Sizzler, Donne Biryani, Chicken Dum Biryani, and Tandoori Roti. All of their Thin Crust Pizzas are lip-smacking! 😊 A must-try item for main course. Butter Chicken and Dum Biryani were OK in taste. Veg Sizzler and Donne Biryani didn’t impress me.

DESSERTS:

In desserts, we had Choco Lava Cake, Apple Pie, Lemon Cheesecake, and Chocolate Tart. Choco Lava Cake was yummy and my favourite.

SERVICE AND AMBIENCE:

Ambience is classy, you can relax and enjoy the music being played. Also, there is ample space to park your vehicle in the mall’s parking area. You can enjoy and spend some good time with friends and family. Service staff is courteous, but the service is very slow even during the off-peak hours. They should improve upon this aspect.  Overall, it’s a good place for their signature beers, cocktails, and delectable food.

LOCATION:

https://goo.gl/maps/R8cJrjR17f22

GOOGLE MAPS:

36/5, Soulspace Arena Mall, 4th Floor, Outer Ring Road, Doddanekunddi, Doddanekundi, Mahadevapura, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560037

HOURS OF OPERATION:

12 Noon to 12 Midnight

ZOMATO: https://www.zomato.com/bangalore/the-brew-and-barbeque-marathahalli

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Vintage Shack, HSR – Fine Dining Experience at a Reasonable Cost

We were looking for some North Indian food in HSR Layout and we found Vintage Shack on Zomato. This restaurant proved to be hidden gem for a great fine dining experience! They serve Indian and Continental cuisines. We enjoyed the food, which is authentic and delicious. The service is excellent as the staff is very courteous. The restaurant has a superb ambience and it’s a cozy place to dine!

I recommend this restaurant for North Indian food and looking forward to trying their other menu items including the continental dishes.

ORDER, TASTE, AND QUALITY:

As we entered the restaurant, we were greeted with a smile by the staff and they showed us various seats to choose from. We chose the one next to the large glass that offers a street view. Then came the menu, which is unique in look and justifies their concept of “shack”.

We ordered Murg Makhani with Lasooni Naan and Butter Kulcha. They served the food quickly within 10 minutes of ordering.

Murg Makhani was delicious and aromatic! It had the perfect flavours in its buttery gravy, which was thick in texture and mild sweet in taste. They portion had four medium-sized chicken pieces served in a small bowl, which is good enough for 1 individual only and can be shared by 2 light eaters as well. As we were not very hungry, so it was sufficient in our case otherwise, it would be less. This is the only downside, the portions are less for the price you pay.  The chicken tasted fresh and it was good in quality.

As the name suggests, Lasooni Naan had tiny garlic pieces on top of it. It’s not the best garlic naan I had but it was enticing and delectable.

Butter Kulcha was also palatable but not something different. In fact, there is no need to be different.

SERVICE AND AMBIENCE:

Service is one of the highlights of this restaurant. The staff is very courteous and well trained. Ambience is classy with nice décor. Overall, it’s a nice place to have a fine dining experience. The pricing is reasonable too.

LOCATION:

https://goo.gl/maps/zBZfxRQSqKy

GOOGLE MAPS:

Vintage Shack, Bengaluru, Sector 3, HSR Layout, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560102

HOURS OF OPERATION:

11:30 AM to 11:00 PM

ZOMATO: https://www.zomato.com/bangalore/vintage-shack-hsr

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Punjabi Food at The Punjabi Rasoi, HSR

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After reading some reviews and a personal recommendation from a close friend, we decided to dine at The Punjabi Rasoi. We went there with high expectations of taste and quality. However, our experience was not as expected! It was a let down and we are disappointed!

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The restaurant is located at a prime location and it was crowded, which strengthened our belief that we are going to enjoy a great fine-dining experience. So, we waited for a while and soon we got the table.

ORDER, TASTE, AND QUALITY:

In starters, we ordered Chicken Chaat, which they’ve mentioned as their speciality. Later, for main course we ordered Chicken Punjabi, which they’ve mentioned as spicy with a red chilly tag next to it their menu. In breads, we ordered Amritsari Kulcha, and Butter Kulcha.

A big disappointment was that they gave us Chicken Achaari instead of Chicken Chaat and not only that they insisted to make us believe that it is Chicken Chaat only.

When the service staff was serving it, he initially said “here is your Chicken Achaari”. I immediately told him that we have ordered Chicken Chaat. To this, he said yes this is “Chicken Chaat”. What nonsense! How can both the dishes be the same and it did not even look like or tasted anything like a chaat.

When we tasted it, it was Chicken Achaari with pickle oil and spices! Later, I showed it to another service staff and asked what dish is it, he also told us that this is Chicken Achari. If they did not have Chicken Chaat in stock, they should have informed us, and we would have ordered something else. We did not even order the starters and main course together, we ordered them separately, then how can they do such a blunder.

Anyways, Chicken Achaari was spicy and good in taste. It was nothing special just the usual Pickle oil and spices along with roasted chicken. This is not something to my taste, but it was an authentic preparation and people who like spicy pickle sauce, will like it. The quality of chicken was definitely good.

Utter disappointment was their Chicken Punjabi gravy dish. As they’ve mentioned it as spicy with a red chilly tag next to it their menu, we chose this one and confirmed with the service staff. The service person also said that it is very spicy and if we want to lower down the spice level to medium spicy, they can customize it. We wanted something hot and spicy, so I told them not to customize it and serve the original dish how they make it.

When it arrived, the “so called” spicy and hot preparation was slightly sweet taste! I think the slight sweetness was because of the tomato-based gravy and understood that they might not have added anything extra to make it mild sweet. The spice level was also below medium, and although the preparation was again not bad in taste, but this is not what I wanted, or they told earlier. If I wanted a slight sweet and mild-spiced gravy, I could’ve ordered Butter Chicken or maybe Malai Kofta in Vegetarian.

SERVICE, AMBIENCE, AND CONCLUSION:

I believe that the service staff is a big reason for my disappointment. As per my experience at this restaurant, I think the person who served us is not well-trained and lacks knowledge about the menu and the nature of dishes they serve. He also took the order wrongly and served me something else. He needs to improve upon his listening skills.

It was our first visit to this restaurant and unfortunately, it didn’t go well. The restaurant seems to have great potential and they could have definitely served us in a better way. I don’t know if that was just one bad day for the service person or if he is the only odd one among many good and well-trained ones.

Ambience of this restaurant is really good with nice interiors and furniture.

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Legendary Indian Coffee House, Church Street

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I am a big fan of the legendary Indian Coffee House (ICH) chain that has its presence in all major cities of India. ICH has a glorious history and once it was considered an iconic place to have coffee and indulge in a discussion with friends for hours.

It was such a place where people used to come and attend meetings to discuss all sorts of political or social issues. Many notable and prominent political personalities of the past had visited the ICH restaurants and discussed the future strategies.

It’s said that the restaurant in Delhi, Connaught Place is the place where strategies were made by the opposition during the Indian emergency. This particular restaurant is also close to my heart as I was a regular customer and I met my wife and her family for the first time here. The one in Allahabad is also known to have witnessed regular visits by top politicians and notable literary people of the country in the bygone era.

ICH still has the good old and its very own culture that nobody asks the reason for sitting and discussing political issues or college chats for hours while having just a cup of coffee or sometimes maybe not even ordering anything. No one interferes in the discussions and arguments going on.

Over the decades, ICH has become a place for the common people and the elderly or sometimes college students as well. The food is really inexpensive, but the taste and quality has always been good. This place is good for breakfast.

On Zomato, I have already reviewed almost all the Indian Coffee House restaurants that I had visited in various cities. The first ICH restaurant that I visited during my childhood days was the legendary ICH restaurant in my own city of Allahabad. This was followed by visits to ICH restaurants in Jaipur, New Delhi, Bhopal, and the two restaurants in Bangalore.

In Bangalore, while the restaurant in Koramangala is new and looks classy with nice interiors and ambience, the restaurant in Church Street is the old restaurant, which looks similar to the other ICH restaurants and has the similar ambience that is very minimal and basic.

ICH, Koramangala is like a flagship restaurant of the ICH chain, which is far ahead in terms of ambience and has a huge list of items in its menu. However, the usual breakfast items remain the same in both the restaurants.

Last week, my wife and I went to Brigade road and after shopping and roaming around for a while, we decided to visit the Indian Coffee House at Church Street. It was our first visit to this restaurant and we ordered Hot Coffee, Masala Dosa, Bread Toast, Omelette, and Mutton Cutlet.

Hot Coffee was a typical ICH filter coffee, which was a bit strong. Masala Dosa was good in taste but it was served only with coconut chutney. On asking for Sambhar, they told us that it’s served in the morning.

Bread Toast and Omelette were also good in taste and quality. The toast was crispy and roasted with Amul butter. I liked the taste. Mutton Cutlet was yummy! It was fresh and crisp. The taste was awesome.

It’s recommended to visit this restaurant but don’t go there with high expectations of ambience and class. Instead, visit it for the legendary history behind it and the tasty food that it offers.

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Filter Coffee and Snacks at Hatti Kaapi, Brigade Road

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I wanted to have a cup of coffee and some light snack before exploring the busy market in Brigade Road. When I looked around in search of it, I saw a couple of places and one of them was Hatti Kaapi.

Hatti Kaapi is a popular chain that serves a variety of filter coffee, tea, and snacks. I had earlier visited a few outlets of this chain so I was quite familiar with the brand.

I ordered a Bella (jaggery) coffee, a special coffee, and mini Idli.

Bella coffee was good in taste! It was neither too strong nor very mild. A perfect balance of milk, sugar, and coffee liquor. I felt refreshed after having it.

The special coffee was although good in taste that was similar to the taste of Bella coffee but I didn’t find anything special in it to call it as “special coffee”. What I noticed was that the “special coffee” was a bit on the milder side with perhaps more milk in it.

Now, comes the mini Idli, which is the main highlight of my visit to Hatti Kaapi. They served us about 6-7 tiny Idlis dipped in delicious sambhar. It’s not that the taste was totally out-of-the-world but definitely I didn’t expect this tasty South Indian snack at a coffee shop. It was really good in taste. The small size Idlis looked yummy!

It’s a pocket-friendly chain and a medium sized cup of special or jaggery coffee costs just Rs. 50. The range starts at Rs. 30. for a small cup. They have multiple joints in Bangalore so it’s easy to locate a nearby joint.

They are quick in service and the staff is courteous. But there is no seating available at Hatti Kaapi. So, it isn’t a place to sit and relax while having coffee. I didn’t mind this because I was in hurry and just wanted to have something quickly.

Desi Breakfast at Nasta Wasta, BTM

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Nasta Wasta serves Desi North-Indian breakfast. They have a lot of breakfast options from Parathas to Poha and Sandwiches, Chole Bhature, Litti Chana, Pav Bhaji and much more! When I looked at their online menu, I was a bit confused because of many tempting options.

So, finally I ordered Matar Poori and Paneer Poori with curd and subzi from this restaurant. I was delighted to see that they delivered the order within 30 minutes.

As the name suggests, Matar Poori had green peas stuffing in it. It was quite warm when delivered and tasted good. However, Poori and Bhature is something that tastes best only when you eat it as soon as it’s prepared.

The subzi was made of potatoes and chickpeas. It was a bit spicy and I liked it. It was a perfect blend of all the required flavours and spices.

Curd actually looked like a Raita kind of preparation. It was as usual and had nothing special.

The only downside was their Paneer Poori, which had no stuffing of Paneer at all, which I could see or taste. It was just a simple plain Poori and they should’ve informed me if they had no Paneer to fill inside. I don’t recommend this particular dish.

Overall conclusion: Nasta Wasta’s menu looks promising and they are definitely doing good by serving breakfast at reasonable prices. They have chaats and other delicacies as well. I hope next time when I order something from here, the experience would be better.

Kareem’s Chef Delhi, Jayanagar – A Non-Vegetarian’s Delight!

Kareem's Chef Delhi Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

I was exploring some options for dinner when I saw Kareem’s Chef Delhi restaurant. I have lived in Delhi for over 8 years and the name Kareem’s itself makes me crave for some meaty delight with Khameeri Roti. But this is about Kareem’s Chef Delhi restaurant in Bangalore and I don’t know the history behind this restaurant, so I wasn’t sure if it will match the taste and quality of the very popular Kareem’s chain in Delhi and particularly the original Kareem restaurant offering Mughlai cuisine near Jama Masjid in Old Delhi. The name suggests that perhaps some chef from Kareem’s restaurant Delhi has opened his own restaurant in Bangalore or has been hired by a restaurateur in Bangalore.

So, I decided to give this restaurant a try for delivering my dinner. I ordered a portion of Mutton Nihari and Tandoori Roti. The order was delivered timely and to my surprise the Tandoori Roti is actually the same as the fluffy Khameeri Roti, which is served in Delhi. Mutton Nihari was perfect in taste and they had served a generous number of mutton chunks. It made me feel nostalgic about Delhi and the years I spent there, where Kareem’s was my one-stop destination for Non-Veg food.

Kudos to the restaurateur who has brought the original taste of Old Delhi to Bangalore! I have not visited this restaurant yet, but the delivery experience was too good. They also have a variety of other Non-Vegetarian dishes in their menu and my next order was Mutton Paya, which was spicy and delicious.

This restaurant is pocket-friendly and the half portion of a Mutton Paya just costs around INR 125/- while the Mutton Nihari was priced at INR 200/-. I ordered through UberEATS and the delivery was really quick. Food was delivered to my doorstep in less than 30 minutes. I would recommend it to anyone craving for Old Delhi’s Non-Vegetarian food.

Chaat and Jalebi at Shubh Sweets

Shubh sweets is a good-quality sweets and chaat shop located on 27th main road in HSR Layout. I had been a regular customer here for their delicious chaats, pani puri, and sweets. It’s a one-stop place for all such cravings. So, this blog post sums up all my experiences so far with their food.

Just outside the shop, they have two pani puri (gol gappe) counters, where they have 5 different varieties of pani (water) to be filled inside the puri or golgappe.
The variety includes chilli water, saunf (fennel seeds) water, sweet water, jeera (cumin) water, and pudina (mint) water. It’s a very nice concept and especially popular among the North Indians living nearby.

They have a momos counter next to it, where they have veg, cheeze, and paneer momos to choose from. Off late, I didn’t like the taste of their momos but earlier it used to be good.

Another specialty at this restaurant is their Hot Jalebis, made of pure desi ghee. You can smell the aroma of pure desi ghee and it tastes awesome!

I also tried their Aloo tikki and Dahi Papdi Chaat, the Aloo tikki was good in taste and quality. However, I didn’t like the Dahi Papdi Chaat at all and don’t recommend it. There are much better places to have Dahi Papdi Chaat in Bangalore. The other regular sweets, such as Ras Malai and Sohan Papdi are also fresh and good in taste.
Overall, the taste and quality is quite good.

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Ambience is OK nothing exciting but not bad either. They have a seating space inside the shop where you can enjoy the food. It’s a self-service restaurant so no comments on service.