11 February 2013

The CaL Bloggers Table at Blue Terrain: Novotel Bangalore

Two weeks ago, a bunch of Bangalore food bloggers who are a part of the Chef At Large Blogger's Table were hosted by the newly opened Blue Terrain - a barbecue and bar by the poolside at Novotel, Bangalore.

Since all my fellow bloggers have already written about their experiences, I would like to highlight the things I loved about Blue Terrain.



The ambience is fantastic. The mood lighting is just enough to see the food served on the plate and to allow the magic of the evening sky unfold over you. The pool on one side and the artificial waterfalls, and cool blue lights are just perfect for that evening date. Bangalore weather is nice enough that evenings are always pleasant. In the winters, you'd need something to keep you warm outdoors, though.



The bartenders whip up some brilliant cocktails that use ingredients like blue cheese (yes! That's the Blue Cheese & Jalapeno martini), white chocolate & saffron (Lady Saffron), galangal (in the Wild Voodoo Kick). Aside of the cocktails, there are many softails (the non alcoholic drinks) and a wide selection of Indian and international liquors.
The most dramatic cocktail that breezy evening was the one that Natasha dared to drink- the Blue Fire Shoot, that showed off some amazing pyrotechniques and of course her daring. I loved my totally drama-free Mango Connexion (center of the pic above) made using vodka, mango juice, salt, pepper, worcestershire sauce, tabasco AND a green chilli. Served with a mango jelly on the side, it was the best cocktail I've had in a long time.



The dinner started off with a fresh salad and a thin crust grilled eggplant & onion pizza, both of them were quite faultless. And then we were pretty much hit by an avalanche of good food.

One point of note was that the potato that is the first thing a vegetarian gets served in most places, was conspicuous by its absence (thankfully!). We got more than our share of 5-a-day veggies in the form of maple roasted pumpkin, glazed carrots, masala arbi, tandoori broccoli (LOVED this) and cauliflower. Apart from these, there was the Chatpata Paneer Tikka and Vegetable and Paneer Brochettes with Pimento Marinate. 
Tandoori Broccoli

My personal favourites were the tandoori broccoli- utterly fresh, big florettes of broccoli in a flavourful marinade, grilled to perfection and the paneer brochettes. 


Tandoori Chicken grilled on the table

My non-vegetarian table mates well all in praise of the huge spread that was served to them comprising of Chicken wingsFish Hariyali, Lasooni Tikka Zaffrani Makmali Jhinga Peri Peri Shrimps, Lamb Sheekh kebab, Jack Daniel Glazed Beef Brochettes and more. Towards the end, they were pleading with the servers to stop getting them more food :)

Yeah, we are foodbloggers and we love good food, but even we could not manage to order main course after eating so many appetisers. I was sceptical about eating dessert after stuffing myself so much but the dear lady from marketing, Abanti, wouldn't hear of it. We ordered one each of the four specialty desserts on the menu and needless to say, each of the four plates were wiped clean by the 7 of us on the table.



Out of the Kilimanjaro (a chocolate mousse dessert), Baked Cheese “ A La Maison” Yoghurt Sorbet and Berry Compote, Barbequed Baked apple Cake with Caramel Parfait and the Grilled Seasonal Fruits with Toasted Almonds and Rum Ice Cream, my favourite was the cheesecake paired superbly with the mildly tart yogurt sorbet. The Kilimanjaro would score top marks for it's stunning presentation replete with the tiny gold leaf garnish on its peak. It was totally melt in the mouth. At third place was the apple cake and the grilled fruits was a little lackluster purely because the other three desserts were so spectacular. 

To summarize - a lovely ambience, well stocked bar, innovative cocktails, a wide menu of excellent food and attentive service are all good reasons to dine at Blue Terrain. It would make the perfect setting for a romantic dinner for two. I hear they are planning to start a Sunday swim and brunch soon. What's better than working up an appetite with a swim and indulging in some good food!

DETAILS

Blue Terrain- The Poolside Bar & Barbecue Restaurant

Novotel Bengaluru TechparkOpposite RMZ Ecospace Business Park,Marthahalli - Sarjapur Outer Ring Road, Bengaluru – 560103, Karnataka, IndiaTel.: +91 (80) 66700600

www.novotel.com

Pictures courtesy Chinmayie & Swapna.

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