Phileas Hogg

Location: Outer Ring Road, Marathahalli

Cuisine: World, American, Mughlai, Thai

Ambience and Interiors: Named after (but with a slight twist) the great traveler Phileas Fogg from the Jules Verne classic ‘Around the World in 80 Days’, a quick glance at the interiors of the restaurant assures you that justice is done to the traveler’s exploits. Decked up in different styles with a dhow seating, classic Indian railway coaches, the great American plains of the Red Indians and the like, the restaurant tries to charm the diners. The pictures on various websites impressed me, however, seeing it in person did not. Contrary to my expectation of it being lively and exciting, the place was dull and monotonous and seemed to suck whatever good spirits I had gone in with out of me. It looked to me as though there was outdoor seating as well but when I asked them about it they told me it was closed off. There were no diners except for a couple more and absolutely no music being played at all. And all this on a Sunday afternoon. I liked the theme of the restaurant but the execution was a let down.

Rating: 6/10

Food & Beverage

To Drink: To shake off the lethargy that had set in, we picked out a mocktail (under the header Mocking Tales) named ‘Afterglow’. Though it was said to be a mix of pineapple, orange and grenadine, the pineapple was hardly present and it tasted bitter.

Rating: 6/10

Appetizer: Plenty to choose from and we decided to go in for the ‘Stuffed Tandoori Mushrooms’ which was stuffed with sweet corn and grilled. It was well grilled and marinated with perfect spices and served with a chutney on the side. The presentation however was very poor and the small salad served on the side looked like one that would be served at any common, low budget place.

Rating: 6.5/10

Mains: Stuck between the choice of a ‘Classic Cheeseburger’ or a Hoggburger (served with extra cheese, bacon, fried eggs and mushrooms), I decided to see if they could get the classic and real cheeseburger right. The initial presentation on a long boat plate improved my spirits and the coleslaw was great, the lettuce fresh and the french fries were crisp and golden brown. The burger however was a huge let down again. The bun was hard and the patty was overdone. The lettuce was all over the place and in order to have the burger, you have to pull out the lettuce, cut it into the right sliced leafs and place it back in again. All in all a very messy affair for a classic.

Rating: 6/10

A veg ‘Thai Green Curry’ was the other choice and again a major disappointment. The presentation failed to impress and was very plain.  What was served on the side could hardly be labelled as veggies or a salad and was very unappealing.  The green curry again was visually very unappealing and lacked any sort of taste whatsoever and was very bland.

Rating:4/10

Service: I made the reservation the previous day through Poshvine (www.poshvine.com) and I was told that I need only to mention our name and that I had reserved through Poshvine to the waiters for the insider pricing to be made available. Firstly, there were maybe 2 or 3 waiters around to take orders and to make things worse, they weren’t fluent in English and it did take me a couple of minutes to get it across to them as to how the reservation was done. Once this was finally done, the servers took eons to bring us the menu, food and the bill. And finally what amazed me was that the bill was handwritten and not electronic. The servers were lethargic and the entire mood of the lunch was dragged down.

Rating: 2/10

Overall Verdict: I have no idea what was wrong at the restaurant that day but it is something that is certainly not acceptable. For a restaurant that an innovative theme and an extensive menu, I hope for their sake that it was an off day and it doesn’t affect their frequent patrons. One thing though is that it is not too heavy on the wallet and a meal for two would fall between Rs.750-1000.

Rating: 4/10

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