It was a long weekend. My friends were visiting Bengaluru from Hyderabad. They had never been to the city so you can imagine the excitement to visit UB City. UB City, as we all know, is synonymous with luxury in Bengaluru. Be it the brands, the crowd or the top end resto-bars at the top of the complex.
After our excursion of the mall during the afternoon, we took no time in deciding to go to Farzi Café to settle the urge to have the ‘Bengaluru’ Pub experience. The weather was as Bengalorean as it can be, which added to the overall experience.
The place is in a part-open part-covered setting which provides varied sitting options, which might tremendously change the overall ambience for each visitor.
The first thing you would notice are the smiling faces of the courteous staff. It was not crowded on Saturday afternoon, but the place was still buzzing with activity. The check-in was great, and we got perfect seats. Though, we could not get the lower seating in cabana-styled tables, which I would strongly recommend to anyone. The water cooler fans created a soothing environment in the mild sunny afternoon.
Then came the time to order. Don’t go by the childish looking menu card with odd sounding food options! The menu has been truly designed by master chefs. No matter what you order, there will always be an element of surprise and fun. It is more about the gastronomical journey than just the food itself. It is bound to create a ‘farzi’ illusion. After all, the great Jigs Kalra is behind the glocal restaurant! It can never disappoint.
Our order consisted of Bombay Bhel, Tempered Pindi Chana, Rajasthani Kadhi with Ghee Pulao, Gupta Burger and Masala Paneer Burger. Added to it were complimentary lemon jello shots, which work as a palette cleanser between dishes. Big taste bomb in a small package.
Be it the taste, the surprise elements or the presentation. Each dish brings out a gastronomic odyssey to the table. We loved the Bombay Bhel – over which is poured a frozen imli chutney.
The Rajasthani Kadhi is served with Onion Rings. It surely was worth the fan following it has. It looks fancy but tastes homemade. What sets it apart is that you can have Kadhi in a Pub! Lip smacking Kadhi, that is.
Masala Paneer Burger, another ordinary dish – rediscovered through the Masterchefs at Farzi café. It feels local yet is reimagined from roots to the core. Melt in the mouth paneer, topped with the right amount of seasoning. Makes you want more.
Coming to the desert. We were mostly full by the time we finished those tremendous dishes. But we couldn’t resist the temptation to try the Parle G Cheesecake. It would come as a surprise to most, but it actually is a Parle G covered cheesecake. The good part is that it tastes fantastic. The biscuit complements the cheesecake filling, which is served with rabri on the side. Again, Farzi Café succeeds to bring out the perfect Indian fusion of global Desert. No complaints whatsoever.
When you have been pampered like the way we were, you can hardly see the next surprise coming your way. Post the bill check, which was delivered in a funky typewriter, by the way, we were provided with a complimentary blue colored cotton candy, which was shaped like a ‘gujiya’. Since most of us were stuffed, and few of us were skeptical, I took the liberty to take the leap of faith to try what was in front of us. To my surprise, it was a paan flavoured mouth freshner. I made others try it. And guess what, we ended up asking for a repeat of it.
All said and eaten. A lunch worth remembering.
Location – 4/5
Ambience – 3.5/5
Staff – 4.5/5
Food – 5/5
Value for Money – 4/5
The experimental gastronomic surprise with each bite!
Food portions are unpredictable. Better to ask the staff to order correct quantity.