965, 12th Main, HAL 2nd Stage, Indiranagar, Bangalore – 560038
October 9. 2012.
Phobidden Fruit. The name was quirky and guaranteed to make you visit once to check it out. Although the place is just around the corner, I never found the time or occasion to grace it till a birthday treat came calling! So off we went in a big group for a late-night dinner.
The restaurant which specialises in Vietnamese cuisine is tucked away on the bustling 12th main in Indiranagar and unless you’re looking for it, quite easy to miss out!
Since we reached quite late (close to 10:30 p.m.), polite enquiries whether they would accommodate us resulted in friendly smiles and welcoming ushers. Brownie points for that 🙂
The place was decked up with twinkling lights and warm wood interiors. The dining area is on 2 levels and we chose to sit at a larger table on the ground floor next to the kitchen.
Quick glances ensued from everyone at the menu cards and we decided to order a variety of dishes so we could taste a bit of each. This is what we chose: Garden Roll, Crispy Spring Roll, Vietnamese Red Curry with Steamed Rice, and Spicy Prawn Fried Rice.
The Garden Roll was nature at its best as there were fresh, crunchy veggies wrapped inside lettuce and neatly held in place with a pick. It was the perfect mouth freshening start to the meal.
This was served with a soy dipping sauce which frankly we didn’t try much. The diet conscious among us were all smiles after this starter 🙂
Next we started on the Crispy Spring Roll which were deep fried but with a delicious filling. They were bite-sized, easy to pick up and did not crumble like the other ones I’ve had elsewhere in the past. Yummy indeed.
On to the mains we descended with a gusto and first tried the Vietnamese Red Curry. It was delicious, substantial and had a mildly spicy flavor which thankfully didn’t burn anyone’s tongue. This was accompanied with steamed rice and bit of salad on the side.
The Spicy Prawn fried rice was exactly that! Spicy, fiery, gob-smackingly gorgeous with generous amount of prawns in it. I could see bits of bell pepper and egg in it and the combination was polished off in no time. Definitely a dish worth visiting for again!
The service is friendly and helpful, especially with substitutions regarding veggies. The decor is warm, inviting & romantic.
The meal costed close to 1500 (Rs.) with all the taxes thrown in.
This Phobidden Fruit is definitely a tempting one and I would recommend it to everyone – couples, friends, families et all.
GO FOR IT!
Value for money: ****
Rating Guide: ***** (Excellent) **** (Good) *** (Average) ** (Bad) * (Avoid)