As much as I hate to admit this but my food expeditions in Bangalore most often centres around Koramangala, Indiranagar and MG Road. Whitefield and other places happen once in a while when we gear up for a long drive though that requires much planning. However, one fine Sunday, we did manage to make our way towards Banaswadi to meet some old friends and also explore lunch options, and discovered this pretty rooftop place called Hanging Gardens Restaurant in Kasturinagar.
For those who are not familiar with the area, you may require some help with the directions. The mundane building seems misleading but as you head to the rooftop, the lively set-up with colourful drapes and potted plants is a refreshing change.
The menu mainly comprises Indian with a mix of popular dishes from other cuisines such as grills, stir-fries, pastas, pizzas, etc. “The thought behind Hanging Gardens Restaurant was to create a space that is eco-friendly and serves simple yet flavoursome dishes with much attention to the health aspect. Aditya Bal (television chef) helped us immensely in putting our menu together. We also have an interesting selection of health drinks for those who like to watch their diet,” says Enayet Ansari, Co-Owner.
We decided to try their Sunday lunch menu which changes every week based on availability of produce. From their health drinks section, we ordered Detox and Super Skin Glow. The Detox was fresh beetroot juice while Super Skin Glow was a mix of papaya, spinach and pepper.
For starters, we tried the Paneer Tikka, which was moist soaking in the flavours of the spicy marinade; Ajwain Gobi, florets of grilled cauliflower with caraway seeds; Classic Chicken Tikka, which was juicy and served with mint chutney, and Punjabi Fish Tikka, which was our favourite, was boneless cubes of grilled fish with mustard paste coating.
We then moved on to soups, while S tried the simple Fresh Tomato Basil Soup, I indulged in Cream of Chicken and loved the dominant note of garlic.
For mains, S ordered Soya Mutter Pasinda with Kulcha while I ordered Grilled Fish. The soya dish was a home-style preparation in a tomato based gravy and went well with the crisp kulchas. The grilled fish was served with an assortment of veggies (zucchini, red bell peppers, broccoli) and mashed potatoes, and though the favouring was mild, the fish itself was fresh and delicious. We got to know later from Enayet that he had picked up all the ingredients himself early in the morning which is a ritual he follows everyday.
For desserts, the choices were limited. We tried the day’s special – pumpkin ka kheer, which was shredded pumpkin slow-cooked in milk with just a tinge of sweetness. And as always, surrendering to temptation, we ordered the Chocolate Brownies too! It was warm, gooey and the perfect end to the meal. And yes, we went back home with two potted plants! As part of their concept, the restaurant gives away potted plants to diners in the hope that more and more people contribute to a greener world.
2nd Main Road, B Channasandra, East of NGEF Layout, Kasturi Nagar, Bangalore; tel: 9916173613/ 9035118009