Location: Escape Hotel & Spa, Indiranagar, Bangalore
Cuisine: Parsi, Indian, Continental
Ambience and Interiors: It’s hard to go wrong with candle lit interiors and white washed chairs and tables and soft lounge music playing in the background isn’t it! And if the weather gods decide to play their part in helping the restaurateurs, a nice cool breeze seals the deal. This is what you’ll find at the Bricklane Grill.
Situated on the 5th floor of the Escape Hotel & Spa, this resto-lounge has gone all out to please the various needs of their patrons. Though at first glance, the seating looks limited, let me assure you that it’s just an illusion.They have a beautiful bar set up with the bar stools, tables near the bar for the ones who want to sit back and have a bite along with their drink and cigarette, a live grill section where you can watch the chefs grill for you and toss up the occasional romali rotis, al fresco seating if you want to dine under the stars, secluded seating for those romantic occasions (of course, it’s by the pool) and even a private dining area if you are in with a larger group. The setting feels very European and the menu is mainly Indian, so it does seem a little off key but it doesn’t affect your mood or appetite and maybe going out of the traditional Indian set up is to prove a point.
Food & Drink
Tomato Cucumber Bhel is a very Indian Bhel salad with a generous helping of masala, bhel puri seasoned with lemon and olive oil. Now I’m not one for this kind of a salad so I stayed away from it. The general consensus however was that it was a bit lacking in spice which is a must for a bhel puri salad. (I did not manage to get a clean picture of this as the server had already decided to begun serving the salad before I realized it.)
The Tinkerbell is a spritely mocktail made with sparkling water, pineapple and strawberry puree.
My normal experience with these kind of drinks is that they tend to make it a bit strong but this one was made just right.
Tandoori Roti, Kerala Paratha, Veg Pulao, Kaju Ani Shahale
For people wanting Indian and Parsi fare, the menu does not disappoint. There are plenty of interesting vegetarian and non vegetarian options to choose from. The tandoori rotis were slightly crisp and kerala paratha was soft and layered. The veg pulao had plenty of the usual mix of vegetables and the rice was soft and stir fried just right with light spices. The Kaju Ani Shahale is a creamy and spicy tender coconut and cashew curry. This dish complemented the Indian breads and pulao really nicely and is not too heavy on the stomach. A healthy portion of the curry was served as well. The Indian fare was served in stainless steel utensils to give it that home made feel but in a restaurant such as this, I would have expected it to be served in earthern pots which would have been visually more appealing.
Cedar Grilled Salmon
More of a meat lover, I decided I would try sea food for a change. The outside of the salmon was grilled right, tasted fresh and had a nice flavour but the inside was a little too soft for my liking. The buttery mashed potatoes served on the side was peppered slightly and was a perfect side. The star anise foam served atop it and in a separate bowl could have had a little more flavour to it though. No complaints about the extremely healthy and generous serving of veggies on the side, since it was filled with cucumber, tomato, lettuce, onions, a few vegetables unknown to me and even a couple of olives. Fresh, colourful, green and healthy. Very nicely presented as well.
We decided to go in for a South Indian Coffee Brulee and a Chocolate Cinnamon Torte.
The brulee’s crust was a tad disappointing and looked to be over done and was very crisp. For me, the crust makes all the difference as it gives the initial impression. The inside was creamy, light and custardy which was good though. The brulee was served with an almond biscotti on the side which was rather hard.
The Chocolate torte was a dessert from the heavens. Sweet, chocolaty and sprinkled with a
coconut sugar coating. It was soft, crispy and heavy at the same time
Having made the reservations at the restaurant using Poshvine, we were entitled to complimentary desserts. For a cover of 4, the manager informed us that 2 desserts would be complimentary. That was something I did not understand. If I was just me, wouldn’t I be served 1 complimentary dessert, then why just two desserts for four people?
Reservations were made for 7:00 p.m using Poshvine (www.poshvine.com). We reached a half an hour later but with no issues. The service was friendly and prompt. A couple of the servers looked out of sorts and would do better to stay away from the art of serving as they lacked the usual good cheer of servers. The others were friendly, quick, knew their way around the menu and were always at hand when required.
Romantic dinner? A large group? Meeting up for drinks? It’s all here. It’s not often that I’ve seen an Alfresco restaurant both right in the
middle of a busy street but a world away from the city noise and sounds. The menu is not very extensive and could have included more number of dishes but then they do have options for the various cuisines they offer. They have a well stocked bar for the drinkers as well. With a good view of the city and a candle light atmosphere, if you are ever in the neighbourhood of Indiranagar and still undecided where to go for dinner, this is a definite go to.
An average cost for two with alcohol (including vat & service charge) could be around Rs.2,000
Overall rating: 9/10