Friday, November 23, 2012

Estia ~ The Meditterenean Bliss at Aloft Hotel Bangalore

You walk into a decor where it allures you to a warm and balmy shades of blues and oranges. Nice textured walls, wooden chairs and tables, cobbled floor in its true taste of the Mediterranean  The service and the food combined just made the whole experience satisfying. The menu hosts a line up of cuisine featuring the Spanish, French, Italian, Greek, Turkish, Moroccan  Egyptian, Croatian and Portuguese. So we enjoyed the expert,y prepared food with a Turkish Mezze Starter starter of Hummus, Muhammara, the mezze platter which had 4 dips - the hummus, tzatziki, sundried tomatoes with rosemary and muhammara served with some Pita Bread. 

Whilst we were engaged in trying out platter of dips, there arrives our plate of crunchy Phyllo Cigars filled with Spinach and Feta cheese.These crunchy starters were quick to disappear as the creaminess of the spinach and feta with a bite of the phyllo was simply irresistible  Next up were the Jumbo Prawns sauteed in chili oil with a hint of black pepper which was much required. Succulent prawns with the right amount of spice to the dish. By then we were partly full on the tummy. 

Mezze Platter, Phyllo Cigars and Jumbo Prawns sauteed with Chili Oil

The Executive Chef - Chef Biswal then joins in for a for a tete-a tete on how the menu was engineered, where some food is sourced from, especially the beef which is imported to meet the quality of a steak. Chef  Biswal then departs to bring in his mains which were the Angus Rib Eye Steak, with classic onion rings, beans, potato gratin with a pepper sauce. The Steak was juicy and moist on a bed of potato gratin which was infinitely liked, the crunch of the beans and onion rungs to render and the dish was complete like steak is to be! We also got to taste the Adana Kebabs which is authentic lamb kebabs served with some aromatic saffron rice. 

Angus Rib Eye Steak with Potato Gratin, Green Beans and Onion Rings

The Kebabs though were a tad bit dry, but the dish still lingers on with the rice and tomato gravy being superb and spot on. And then finally, the Desserts - a trio of Tiramisu, Baklava and Rose Petal Ice Cream

Lamb Kebab with Aromatic Saffron Rice

Well we definitely licked our spoons to the ice cream, the other two desserts were a slight amiss as on compared to the cold, yummy Ice-cream. Never the less, we were thoroughly entertained and were on the brink of a food coma.........One Happy Family!!!

Tiramisu, Rose Petal Ice Cream and Baklava

Dinner for two excluding alcohol or beverages would cost about INR2000 (excluding taxes)

Estia -Aloft Hotel

17C, Sadaramangala Road, Whitefield

Tel: 080-43125500

Valet Parking Available

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