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By Prachi Sibal

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We go to them for their prized culinary creations, but where do they go when out for a meal? Leading chefs and restaurateurs in the city let Prachi Sibal in on their favourite eat-out joints

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My wife and I travel a lot and we are quite experimental when it comes to dining out. For instance, we went to dine at Bow Barracks in Indiranagar when it opened up. Sometimes, I also dine out to check out the competition; for instance, I went for the first Sunday Brunch at Marriott. When I eat out, I choose to go not so much by the cuisine, but the place. I go to fine-dining stand alone restaurants and those in hotels too, but I also like to eat at small establishments, some that don’t even have names. On most days though, I like home-cooked food and go back home to have dinner even if it is as late as 3 am. Being Parsi, I love dhansak, dal and patra ni machchi at home.

 

Places he likes

 

 Sunny’s, for their extremely consistent and good food. The steak I ate at their Lavelle Road outlet was very much like the one I had at the Indiranagar outlet. That is something hard to maintain, even for big hotels.

 

 iTalia at The Park Hotel and Via Milano in Koramangala are places we visit often, especially when we don’t have the time to plan for a new place.

 

 Other places I go to are Mynt and Blue Ginger at Taj West End and Karavalli at Taj Gateway.

 

 Bow Barracks for its Anglo-Indian cuisine.

 

 I also remember a small place on Brigade Road, where they serve great idlis, of different kinds.

Maybe because I’m part of the industry, most often, I end up having food at home. If I do step out to eat at a restaurant, I usually like to get away from Indiranagar, where my pub is located.

 

Places he likes

 

 For a quick drink, I could end up in Toit, the brewpub.

 

 I like Under the Mango Tree in Richmond Town for the pastas they serve.

 

 There is a small vendor on Yelahanka Road that I go to for some great bisi bele bhat.

 

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Arzooman Irani 

Chef at Vivanta by Taj,

ITPL Specialises in Mediterranean cuisine

 


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For me, dining out is about favourites, and sometimes, variety. I also go out to places where I can sit down and relax. For those in the business, it is often a matter of time and convenience. Whenever I have the opportunity, I eat at home. I also look forward to being invited to other people’s homes for meals. That too is almost like eating out.

 

Places he likes

 

 Ente Keralam, Ulsoor, for its proximity to my restaurant and also because I love regional Indian cuisine. What they serve is commercial yet homestyle food, and the flavours are thick. I recently went there for the Moplah Food festival.

 

 Brahmin’s and MTR are the classic favourites.

 

 Karavalli for the crabs and also their tiffin lunch.  Mainland China for the dimsums, I really like them.

 

 When in the mood for Japanese food, I usually go to Harima.

 

 I went to Likethatonly in Whitfield some months ago and was sold over their small treats.

 

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Abhijit Saha Chef and director,

Caperberry and Fava Specialises in European and regional Indian cuisine


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When you cook fancy food yourself, you don’t care too much about going out to eat it. I have no reason to explore many new places as often my choice is one in the vicinity of Chez.

 

Places he likes

 

 This small bar and restaurant in Whitefield called Surabhi. The location is quite convenient, considering restaurateurs get to step out to eat only after restaurant hours. We have nurtured the staff there to cook food the way we want it. I love the Methi Chicken there.

 

 Sue’s Kitchen in Indiranagar that serves Caribbean food is another lovely place. The style and flavours are nice.

 

 A small biryani place is Varthur is one that I frequent. I don’t think it has a name and they must be the oldest biryani makers in the area. The food is absolutely fresh and light with the masalas. They are open only for about two to three hours.

 

 There’s a little café called Refresh in Brookfield, nothing too fancy. Their masala oats porridge and the oats and sprouts dosa (not thin like a dosa but more like an omlette) are quite good.

 

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Shashi Halai Chef and owner,

Chez Mariannick, Whitefield Specialises in French cuisine


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I like to go to off-beat places and check out new offerings whenever I get the time.

 

Places he likes

 

 The Royal Afghan at ITC Gardenia is an old favourite. I enjoy the Dal Bukhara there.

 

 I like Phobidden Fruit in Indiranagar for the Pho they serve.

 

 Secret Garden Café off Cunningham Road is a place I like for its simplicity. They have a simple menu and everything that they do is quite honest.

 

 Among the newer outlets, I like La Tagliatella for their pizzas.

 

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Manjit Singh: Chef and owner,

Herbs and SpicesSpecialises in European cuisine


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I haven’t been out too much since I got into the business myself, which would be the past six months. Personally, I love Asian food and eat at places that specialise in it, especially Japanese.

 

Places he likes

 

 Phobidden Fruit has to be my favourite. That’s the one place I go to for a good time off work.

 

 I go to Harima for their maki and unagi rolls. They have a lot of variety in maki. Their sashimi is good too.

 

 If I am looking for an upbeat place and pub food, I go to Monkey Bar. Their drinks are great and the food too is quite good.

 

 To de-stress and take an evening off work, Tuscano is the easy choice.

 

 Karavalli is an all-time favourite whenever I need a seafood fix.

 

 For Indian food, nothing beats a meal at the Royal Afghan at ITC Gardenia.

 

 I went to the newly opened The Humming Tree last week, the place and the food seemed quite interesting.

 

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Gaurav Sikka Managing director Arbor Brewing Company


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Maybe because I’m part of the industry, most often, I end up having food at home. If I do step out to eat at a restaurant, I usually like to get away from Indiranagar, where my pub is located.

 

Places he likes

 

 For a quick drink, I could end up in Toit, the brewpub.

 

 I like Under the Mango Tree in Richmond Town for the pastas they serve.

 

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Satish Thomas Owner, Windsor Pub and I & Monkey

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