Lunching At Sancho’s


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Clockwise from top: Fiesta Nachos,  Quesadilla, Caldo De Pollo, Chorizo Molletitos

Clockwise from top: Fiesta Nachos, Quesadilla, Caldo De Pollo, Chorizo Molletitos

I’ve always considered Mexican food to be the perfect pick-me-up. Maybe it’s the merry crunch of nachos, or the vibrant salsa, the indulgent cheese, or the heat and the all-round freshness of the cuisine. It hits the spot every time, but sadly, the city has very few favourites for a fun fiesta.

After a recent lunch at Sancho’s, I think it’s safe to say a game-changer has arrived.

P and I walked in for a late lunch on Sunday. The fact the place was filled to near-capacity at 4pm was our first clue this place was worth the hype (a couple of friends from Mumbai swear by its sister in Khar).  You can choose between tables on the deck, or a rustic space inside ­ ─ earthy accents, pottery, chandeliers and all.

We would have loved a table on the deck, but since the restaurant was full to bursting, we settled for a table for two inside. The view is still pretty good though, but you better book ahead if you want to soak up some Vitamin D. Continue reading

Rendezvous with Chef Andre Chiang


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Andre Chiang, Chef & Owner of Restaurant ANDRE, Singapore, also ranked number 37 in World’s 50 Best Restaurants

Amongst the many questions on food that people ask me, I find it most difficult to answer this particular one and that is, what does food mean to you? It may seem like a harmless question but as I start to answer, there’s always a moment of pause, when the mind’s racing through countless emotions, thoughts, and experiences. Somehow I am always at a loss of words to express how dearly I feel for food, which is also so personal.

When we met up with Andre Chiang, Chef & Owner of Restaurant ANDRE, Singapore, also ranked number 37 in World’s 50 Best Restaurants, and asked him the same question, he answered immediately, “food is my life, it’s what I do.” Simple and straight forward. Well, that is him, who makes simplicity look so good.

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Sunday Brunch at The Glass House


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House Cured Vietnamese Basa with Fennel Dressing and Pickled Cucumber; in-house vanilla and raspberry icecream

We had heard much about The Glass House before we decided that it’s about time we paid a visit to see for ourselves how much of the chitter chatter were real. I liked the sound of it. In my mind, I had pictured a swanky place exemplifying modern minimalist architecture, and with dreamy lights lending charm to it. Something about glass that always makes me step back in awe. But rather than a romantic dinner, I picked a Sunday to enjoy a lazy brunch with my girl pal and over indulge. Continue reading

Shaking It Up With Shashank At The Oberoi


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Shashank Sharma, Asst. Food & Beverage Manager at The Oberoi, Bangalore; Barrel Aged Cocktail; Photo credit: Nithin Sagi

One bourbon, one scotch, one beer may be good enough for most people, as for me, it’s called a night only when there are smashing cocktails to keep me company. The pretty pink hue of Cosmopolitan, the minty note of Mojito, the salty rim of Margarita, and the sparkling Bellini are amongst the few that never fail to lift my spirit. Continue reading

Weekend with Mr. Bean


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Mr. Bean’s Home Cafe; Pizza Margherita

Where do you take a 10-year old to grab a quick bite? Amongst the many places that were hovering in my head, a cafe seemed like the best bet. Especially with a kid who is extremely picky about her choice of food. So it was Mr. Bean’s Home Cafe at Koramangala. Continue reading

Easter Baking Class at Lavonne


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Long weekends always bring a cheer. And this Easter weekend, we decided to spend it learning to bake some festive treats. Lavonne, the popular patisserie and baking academy at Bangalore, is also known for their baking classes where one can learn to make a whole range of delights such as cupcakes, breads, tarts, pies, quiches, tea time cakes, chocolates, cake decorations, speciality cakes, and more. So last weekend we signed up for their Easter baking class with Pastry Chef and Owner, Vinesh Johny, and were all geared up to make Chocolate Easter Eggs, Olive and Blueberry Frangipane Tart, Hot Cross Buns, and Carrot Cake with cream cheese frosting. Continue reading

Weekends Like Easter


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Easter Eggs at Lavonne

I wouldn’t call myself religious even though I do believe in a greater force. But I love all festivals for the sole reason that it brings people together and there’s always a grand feast involved. The best part is that for each festival I get to indulge on some delectable dishes, learn about varied cultures, their food history and take home some precious recipes too.

Since it’s a long weekend, we have packed our schedule with names of patisseries and restaurants serving some exciting Easter treats, and even signed up for a fun baking class to learn some sinful recipes. In case you are in Bangalore and wondering what to do for Easter, try picking from the following: Continue reading

Lunching at Rasa India


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Pink is a colour that I find hard to ignore. So when we spotted the bright pink restaurant called Rasa at CMH Road, we had to pay a visit despite the fact that they serve pure vegetarian food. Yes, I still find it extremely difficult to sit through a meat-free meal. But the simple, flavoursome, homestyle food at the pretty restaurant was definitely a refreshing change on a hot afternoon. Continue reading

Devilled Eggs with Coriander Microgreens


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Photo credit: Nithin Sagi

Nothing like some flavoursome indulgence on a lazy Sunday. And when it’s as easy a recipe as Devilled Eggs, all the more better. To add a little punch, we used kasundi and some coriander microgreens to the classic recipe.  Continue reading

Watermelon and Yellow Tomato Salad with Radish and Red Amaranthus Microgreens


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Photo credit: Nithin Sagi

M and I are not typical salad lovers. In fact, we stay as far away from greens as possible unless they are used as a mere bed to present meat in all its glory. However, we are suckers for refreshing flavours. Anything that tastes good, we’ll dig right in. Since this summer is driving us insane, we decided to give a break to our food expeditions and step into our kitchen instead to discover flavours. And nothing like salads for a simple afternoon meal. With a little help from N and his venture Growing Greens, which nurtures a range of microgreens, we spent our weekend cooking, mixing and matching flavours and tossing up salads.

Here’s the first recipe from our very own kitchen: watermelon and yellow tomato salad in classic vinaigrette dressing with radish and red amaranthus microgreens. Continue reading


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