Cafe Cerrise

Before I left Bangalore, lunch with a friend revealed two new restaurants for enjoyment, one of which we will review here today. We visited the restaurant, Café Cerrise, a quaint 7-9 table open air patio restaurant. The tables were under an awning type covering and very simple decorations it gave a light and fresh experience.

Café Cerrise is located housed next to a nursery, which you walk through a nursery path to enter the Café, you also pass an older restored home housing Ambara, an organization that sustains original tribal work. Ambara’s Facebook page description is “One of Bangalore’s foremost lifestyle Stores reflecting a passion for excellence while promoting India’s rich heritage in design, textiles, art & craft.”

To continue on with the Café review for lunch, I ordered ice tea (unsweetened, my preference) chicken quesadilla which was served with tomato salsa. All of the food at Café Cerrise is homemade, which is important to me.

The breakdown of lunch is as follows, the ice tea was a touch bitter I find without sugar there is a delicate balance you have to achieve, the quesadilla consisted of what seemed to be grilled vegetables and chopped chicken, very different but great flavors which I enjoyed. However I did not favor the salsa had a tad sweetness to it, so I confess I am not a sauce person, I don’t believe in this case but it mask the flavor of the food, okay I confess I am a sauce snob and typically sauces on the side or I will scrape it off to taste the protein before I will eat the dish as presented.

The best part of lunch for me was dessert, in my world dessert first but usually I refrain, so I was already sold on dessert when I saw the dessert sign since it had been some time since I had last indulged, I could not pass up the opportunity. My favorite, Panna Cotta with Caramel Sauce, I sing a couple of notes even typing the name and as usual I request the sauce on the side and my dessert comes in a little screw top container, ah the caramel sauce well again I taste it alone and its good, I taste with the panna cotta and yes it taste good. But there is nothing like a plain panna cotta the flavor is incredible with a flavor of fresh cream, it smooth and creamy, not overly sweet (thankfully) or excess gelatin.  I enjoy every spoonful until I scrape the side of the glass container. This is probably one of the freshest panna cottas I have experienced, it taste like it was just made with pure ingredients not overly heavy, laden with sugar or gelatin.

I had one complaint to share with the co-owner; because of the opening of the container I could not lick the remains in the container. I shared my complaint with the owner and found she was co-owner with her husband, they cook most of the food themselves as with all the food it is made fresh they do not keep a large stock on hand. They have a unique desert board and they advertise their BBQ box, where you purchase a box with marinated meat and vegetables packaged for you to cook at home.

The co-owner was also my server she provided good, friendly and inviting service. She was open to sharing behind the scene information and the story behind the Café.

I would definitely return to Café Cerrise and recommend a visit to you, if you enjoy panna cotta I highly recommend it. If the panna cotta plaque is taken off of the desert board that means someone beat you to it and they are out of supply. Take some extra cash Café Cerrise is reasonably priced by Ambara is a little pricey but exquisite saris, jewelry and much more. So when you go and work off your lunch with dessert by visiting Ambara, 3 floors of amazing historical crafted work, some of which is dying out with progress.

“Café Cerrise (+91 80 4164 1430) the garden cafe at Ambara serving continental and eclectic fare between 11 am and 7 pm. Closed on Sundays.  They take credit cards, Visa and MasterCard and also have take away. Café Cerrise does not have a website but they are on FB, also you can find a review, photos and a menu online at, http://www.zomato.com/bangalore/cafe-cerrise-ulsoor/menu

Located at Ambara:#22:Annaswamy mudaliar road: Next to Ulsoor lake, Bangalore, India 560042

 

 

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Maiyas Shop

These past two months I have visited a local office to get various paperwork in order, a friend traveled with me one day and introduced me to a coffee/tea snack shop that makes coffee the traditional South Indian coffee , the simplest way to explain is the coffee and made to steep overnight (Wikipedia has a longer explanation under the title of “Indian filter coffee”) when you order the coffee or tea, it is pour 1/2 or so in a cup then boiling hot milk is then added to make a perfect balance of flavor.

The first visit with my friend she ordered coffee (you add your own sugar) which was some of the best I have had in such a long time. My second visit I ordered tea and exceeding my expectation was the flavor of the tea, it is strong but it is not bitter or overpowering, it is an art to achieve that perfect balance where the tea is not to powerful and the perfect amount of milk enhances the flavor of the tea.

It is shop that offers snacks, there are chairs standing room only as with so many shops in India right next door is a store which sells any sweet you can think of, which I did not partake in but I did browse.

The location of the shop is No 549/E Double Road near CMH Road, ground floor, next to HBSC bank, Indiranagar 1st stage. If you are in the area, you have to try the tea or coffee (your preference) or both it is definitely worth it. I did not try any of the snacks.

The only downfall is there are chairs to sit, since it is so close to the intersection of CMH on Double Road, you can enjoy as I did sipping tea while people watching but usually I prefer to sit while doing it but it is place for a quick pick me up if you are short on time and don’t want the hassle of a table, ordering, wait staff, etc.

Definitely recommended.

Sunny’s Restaurant

I wanted to share my experience at Sunny’s Restaurant located at:  No 34, Embassy Diamante, Vittal Mallya Road, Opposite Canara Bank, Bangalore, Shanthala Nagar, Ashok Nagar, Bangalore

This is my first visit at this location, they had a storefront in Indira Nagar which is the location I frequented several times some time ago, this location is no longer open, so out with a friend and she picked Sunny’s for lunch, which is good for me.  Sunny’s has amazing salads and Salmon.

However, on this visit I tried something different, we started with sharing a salad which they actually will serve on separate plates, thankfully.  It was an arugula salad with apples, pomegranate pieces and probably goat cheese topped with what taste like a lemon vinaigrette dressing. Oh, I could have eaten a full portion if this incredible tasting salad, the flavors in every bite a little bitter mixed with a touch of sweet and pungent cheese one of my favorite salads no question and so easy I can make at home but food always taste better at a restaurant.

For the main, I order Chicken breast cooked in raisins and brandy, one word fabulous! I ate like a lady, I really did with a fork and knife but I was getting to finishing and there was still quite a bit of meat on the chicken carcass so I simply asked my friend if she would mind if I picked up the chicken and ate, since we are in India it is okay to eat with your fingers, when in Rome!  The brandy gravy had a wonderful flavor mixed with the sweetness of the plump raisins full of flavor, the chicken was incredibly tender and for vegetables there were 3 pieces of Bok Choy along with a potato stack similar to an au gratin/gratin dauphinois.  I did remember to take a photo but that was after I ate, oops sorry about that I will get better at the photo thing.

My friend for the main course had a fish which was cooked in a cream sauce and it also had a wonderful flavor, the fish was fresh and cooked just perfect.

The service at the restaurant is always good and I have just two small areas of not my favorite, really insignificant in comparison to the excellent service, food and menu selection. The first is the table bread although it is a decent roll it just does not match with the quality of food served at the restaurant, I would rather see more of a French roll, baguette or sourdough something else but have no fear, I did eat it.  The second area is more difficult to achieve with a sauce on my main, my potatoes and my vegetables were also covered in the sauce.  Now I don’t the potatoes because I don’t eat them anyhow, I may taste but that’s it but the vegetables I do eat and I want to taste the vegetables no matter how incredible the sauce of the main is.

Would I go again, would I order the same meal, would I tell a friend, the answer is yes to all three questions.  It is a great atmosphere, simple yet distinctive design, extensive menu and the restaurant has 2 floors available.  If you are in the area of UB City (which will have to have separate reviews as there are more than 7 or so exception restaurants located in the mall) try Sunny’s it is just 20 feet or so from UB City.

Restaurant Review – Byblos

The very first restaurant review:
After a long day at FRRO Office my friend and I were famished, looking for a restaurant in Indiranagar we decided to settled for a new Lebanese restaurant, Byblos (which also happens to be the name of my second favorite perfume, my first Philosophy Baby Grace, Amazing Grace, Pure Grace, I’m sure you have the point). What a surprising find, the menu is quite extensive and prices are very reasonable they also have upscale to the 600 Rs range. We order the Fatooush, the Byblos Mix Grill, my friend had a cardamom chicken dish, falafel wrap and flatbread, olive and sauce come as part of the dining experience.

The atmosphere was pleasant, very comfortable booth; loved that I could see the kitchen and chef from the dining area, always a plus for me! The restaurant covers 2 floors which the restroom is upstairs and part of the building not solely the restaurant.

The staff helpful and recommended our dishes, since it was our first visit and with the extensive menu, let’s get it right the first time. My friend had fruit punch to drink garnished with pineapple wedge, I had unsweetened tea with lemon and sprig of mint, which makes my mouth water just writing this entry.

So for the food, the fatooush was good, a little different with the dressing a little bitter with chopped parsley, pickles and added pomegranate seeds as garnish, I enjoyed it and my friend said it was good but very different from the fatooush we get at a restaurant near where we live.

The falafel wrap had a nice flavor (once you remove the pickles) I thought it was yummy and as such I was given the remaining ½ to take home (score). The chicken dish I am not sure of the name of it but it was quite large and my friend finished one fourth maybe, soaking wet on a good day, she found the cardamom flavor heavy and although loved the experience of trying new cuisine, it was very different for her. She is usually game for just about any cuisine. The best for last, the Byblos Mix Grill, on the platter was chicken kebab flavored wonderfully, also a single lamb chop, a lamb kebab, a small pie slice of stuffed flatbread, another pie slice of flatbread with parsley and spices, also @ 5-6 pieces of lamb chunks. IO, it was flavorful, tender (most pieces) absolutely delicious.

I would definitely recommend Byblos and also would like to frequent to taste test some of the other featured menu items. Byblos is in Indiranagar, just passed 3M Car Care on 100 ft. Road.