#39, 80ft Road, H.A.L. 3rd Stage, Indiranagar, Bangalore-560075
November 19. 2011.
Herbs & Spice has its branches in Indiranagar, Whitefield & Palace Cross Road in Bangalore. Years ago, I had visited the Whitefield branch which is a quaint old villa & it was a lovely experience eating out there. I don’t remember what I had then but it was pretty good stuff. The cuisine here is European.
We visited the Indiranagar branch in the evening around 7:30 p.m. and it was empty. The place started filling up after 8:00 p.m. with the usual mix of couples, big groups of friends, and expats. The ambiance is very pleasant with a laid-back look, very much like a restobar. For the sports fans, they have a big projector screen set up on one side but the sound does not overpower. There is also a bar area near the entrance for those who do not fancy the food but drop by only for a drink.
On getting a cosy corner table, we were offered the drinks & food menus. By the time we could decide what we wanted to eat, the server arrived with the complimentary bread basket with a margarine and herbs dip. The bread was fresh & warm, the dip was creamy & finger-licking good 😉
Since we arrived early, we decided to go for a starter along with the drinks. So we ordered the Olive Chicken along with Vodka for my husband & Long Island Ice Tea for myself. The starter & drinks arrived in about ten minutes. And boy! I was bowled over the by the presentation & delicious flavor of the chicken. It was cooked perfectly and the olive in the middle added to the tanginess.
After this yummy starter, we scanned the menu for the main course. After much deliberation on whether I should go for the Prawn ravioli tossed with wine, tomatoes, olives and capers or the Grilled fillet of Fish on a bed of spinach and a balsamic vinaigrette, I decided on the Spinach & Mascarpone Risotto and hubby took a fancy for the Beef Steak.
Mascarpone is a soft, white, fresh, cream cheese from Italy. The cheese was perfectly infused into the risotto and served in a deep dish. The taste was absolute melt in the mouth & mildly spiced with fresh herbs and shredded spinach. It looked very light but it was quite difficult to finish. So light eaters, beware. Do not order unless you can finish every inch of this delicious dish 🙂
Hubby had the Beef Steak which was marinated with red wine, rosemary and garlic. This was accompanied by the usual steamed veggies on the side (potato, carrot, cauliflower & beans). The beef was cooked medium well and had a nice zing to it with the thick creamy sauce.
With the heavy main courses done and over with, we decided to skip the desserts. There was quite a long list of desserts starting with Chocolate mousse cake, Hazelnut ricotta and chocolate cake, Lemon meringue pie, Almond ricotta lemon cake, & so on.
Overall, quite a good experience. The service was cool and though the bill was handed about 10 minutes late (their computer had crashed), the food was quite good. The meal costed close to 1500 (Rs.) with all the taxes thrown in.
No booking required here on weekends. But I would recommend going early to get a table of your choice.
Value for money: ****
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