1209, Opposite Staples, 100 Feet Road, Indiranagar, Bangalore – 560008
March 22. 2014.
Smoke House Deli. An all-white, all-day café which serves some fine foods as well as breakfast and unique cocktails.
Spotted this place quite a while back and fell in love with the bright and clean exteriors. Of course, you can also see the interiors thanks to the enormous glass walls. Friends raved about the food and ambience so off I went on a sunny March afternoon.
Smoke House Deli on the inside was pretty much what I had seen from outside. The classy white look blended in well with the warm brown wood floors and seats. A big round of applause to the interior designer! The place bustled with friendly servers and there was a relaxed vibe to the people dining there.
The food and drinks menu is extensive and we took our own sweet time to decide. Having a soft spot for seafood, my eyes stopped on the mains which included Basa, Halibut and John Dory. Never having tasted any of those, I settled for Halibut and my better half went for Five-spiced Chicken. Of course Prawns were a given so we started off with fritters and Orange Capriojkas. Desserts were laid out temptingly within reach on a side counter and Orange Creme Brulee was the unanimous winner.
The Prawn Fritters with Lemon Aioli arrived within no time. We were surprised with the substantial quantity. Fine-dine places have the nasty habit of serving teeny-weeny portions that cost a bomb. Anyhoo, the seafood was fresh and melt-in-the-mouth with the Aioli being the perfect partner. I wished we had repeated the starter but the mains were to follow and considering the portions, it would’ve been near impossible to finish all.
Prawn Crusted Halibut looked like chicken breast on first viewing. It was a massive portion and I guess I took more time than usual to finish the plate. The fish was cooked well and the greens as well as ratatouille were yummmmmmm. The cheesy herb sauce was delicious and made me wish I could take a jar home with me 😉
The Five Spice Smoked Chicken served with salad and greens was an even bigger portion. The jus below the chicken breast had caramelised onions and the five spices had a strong distinct flavor. The taste was absolutely delicious and I made up my mind to try this out myself the next time. I liked the fact that the mains arrived minutes after the other so neither of us had to look longingly at one plate between us.
Having stuffed ourselves to the point where I felt we could not eat another morsel, the Orange Creme Brulee was lipsmackingly good. The only drawback was it was ready-made with the burnt caramel on top. In places where I have had this custard before, the caramel layer on top is always burnt just before serving it.
The drinks were adequate and served the purpose through the meal. I would have preferred a much stronger mix though.
The service was extremely friendly and thankfully no one pestered us with the usual ‘how’s the food’ during the meal till it was over. The meal costed close to 3000 (Rs.) with all the taxes thrown in. Well, it was worth it all!
I recommend a repeated visit to Smoke House Deli to check the other yummy mains. And yes, the other desserts which we have mentally marked for the next time.
Value for money: ****
Rating Guide: ***** (Excellent) **** (Good) *** (Average) ** (Bad) * (Avoid)