Monthly Archives: September 2013

Familiar Yet Refreshingly Different!

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“Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, she walks into mine. “Humphrey Bogart, Casablanca

Like that only in Whitefield just launched a new cocktail menu and we previewed some of these newest brews. Innovative food, quirky décor and often-irreverent take on the concept of traditional cuisine are hallmarks of this Asian bar and restaurant.  Chef Manu Chandra shared with us that ‘Whiskey and carefully selected Vodkas are as much a part of the new cocktail culture as are rums that are caramelized; along with fresh and unusual fruits, herbs and other inspirations from the kitchen. And the new cocktail menu at LikeThatOnly is a culmination of all this and more.’ So we embarked on a ‘flight of cocktails’ at LTO, landing in some pretty unusual territory like the Grape and Goat Cheese Martini or the sassy Bathtub Special!

I thoroughly enjoyed the mildly sweet Misty Morning which was Vodka shaken with rose petals, and fresh lychees. Another vodka based favourite was the LTO Tom Yum, a drink inspired by a dish of the same name. With a bevy of secret ingredients the Tom Yum was spicy, tangy and delicious all at once.

The LTO House Passion literally from the garden to the glass had fresh passion fruit pureed, watermelon and vodka. And after stirring up the senses this way we headed to a calmer place with the Basil Bliss  – a barcadi based drink.  Even a classic  like the gin and tonic was given a refreshing makeover with ingredients like  orange rind and cucumber.

If you’re wondering how we were still upright after all this its because of the bar snacks we’d been dipping every now and then and of course sipping on freshly squeezed oops! water.  Some of my favourite snacks  were the Brie tempura with plum sauce, Pork Belly on skewers, and the Spicy lambao. Have to make a special mention here of the pork belly which was absolutely scrumptious and went really well with the LTO Tom Yum. Apparently they do have some ingredients in common.

A whole lot of freshness, flavour and thought goes into each and every one of the cocktails. It’s definitely not about throwing back a quick drink but about savouring it fully and enjoying a rare, pleasurable moment at Like That Only.


A Refreshing Twist on Traditional Recipes – Masala Klub

The Citibank Restaurant Week(CRW) is back again. For those who are new to this – CRW is a Pan India culinary event showcasing some of the finest restaurants in Bangalore, Mumbai and Delhi.  Comprising of star chefs, high end restaurants and unique cuisines this is an amazing opportunity to dine in some of India’s finest restaurants at a fraction of the usual cost.

The restaurants in Bangalore participating in the CRW include well knowns like Olive Beach, Bene at the Sheraton, Masala Klub at Westend, Jolly Nabobs at the ITC Windsor. For a full list of restaurants in Bangalore click here.

We visited Masala Klub at the Taj Westend for a sneak preview of the RW menu. Masala Klub serves Indian fare with a refreshing twist on traditional recipes. The RW menu consists of a 3 course meal – starters, main course and dessert. Sometimes its great to have a set menu you get to taste several items on the menu and don’t have to bother with choosing what to order.

We started with a tangy Tomato shorba –simmered with basil and Indian spice, which was really excellent. Appetizers were a combination of a tandoori prawn, an aromatic barrah kebab(lamb chops) and a crispy vegetable kebab. The prawn was fresh and juicy and the lamb was succulent. After this a Tamarind Sorbet to clear the palate. Apparently they get their tamarinds from a  tree on the premises and hence the enhanced flavor!

The main course was served in a ‘thali’ – Murg khatta pyaz (chicken), Lasooni palak (spinach) and Allepey fish curry, home-style phulkas and steamed rice. I completely fell in love with the aromatic Allepey fish curry flavoured with raw mango and coconut. Just heavenly with steamed rice! The lasooni palak with roasted garlic was also really tasty.

Dessert was a mouth meltingly delicious – Malai kulfi with hot jamoon. And mint leaves dipped in white chocolate to finish. A fine end to a very fine meal.

Event Dates – Monday 23rd September – Wednesday 2nd October

For online bookings and all further details please visit

Bangalore Restaurants – Citibank Restaurant Week


  1. Alto Vino,  Marriott Hotel Whitefield, 8th Road, EPIP Area
  2. Azure, Vivanta by Taj – Yeshwantpur, Tumkur Road
  3. Baluchi, The Lalit Ashok Bangalore, Kumara Krupa High Ground
  4. Bene, Sheraton Bangalore Hotel at Brigade Gateway, Malleswaram-Rajajinagar
  5. Benjarong, Ulsoor Road
  6. Blue Ginger, The Taj West End, Race Course Road
  7. Blue Terrain, Novotel Bengaluru Techpark, Marathahalli – Sarjapur Outer Ring Road
  8. Caperberry, Dickenson Road
  9. Dakshin, ITC Windsor, Windsor Square, Golf Course Road
  10. Dum Pukht Jolly Nabobs, ITC Windsor, Windsor Square, Golf Course Road
  11. Ente Keralam, Ulsoor Road
  12. Graze, Vivanta by Taj – M. G. Road, Mahatma Gandhi Road
  13. Likethatonly, Hagadur Road, Whitefield
  14. Masala Klub, The Taj West End, Race Course Road
  15. Mezzaluna, Movenpick Hotel & Resorts, HMT Road
  16. Olive Beach, Wood Street
  17. Paranda, Vivanta by Taj – Yeshwantpur, Tumkur Road
  18. Republic of Noodles, Lemon Tree Premier, Ulsoor Road
  19. Shiro, UB City, Vittal Mallaya Road
  20. Szechwan Court, The Oberoi Bangalore, Mahatma Gandhi Road
  21. Teppan, Ulsoor Road
  22. Terracotta, Vivanta by Taj – Whitefield, IITB, Whitefield