Thursday, June 12, 2014

LOFT 38- Review

A couple of weeks back, I was invited to try out the food at this wonderful place called Loft38 situated in Bangalore's Hauz Khas i.e. Indiranagar. Due to rains and stuff I reached really late and my sincere apologies to the staff whom I kept waiting. Nevertheless, this place opened about 5 months back in January if I am not wrong and since has been a total go to place.

Whenever I used to pass by the road the place would be very nicely lit and looked really nice from out. When I walked in, the interiors I observed were excellent. Setting up the right mood for the food that was going to be served. I walked in at 9ish, which is the right time before the actual party starts. The music had just begun and people were settling in.

I met the chef, Chef Ganesh who explained about the concept of their menu and we were off with the delicacies.

Being a vegetarian, I made my choice clear early on and we were served so rightfully. The staff serving us and looking after our needs were excellent and knew their stuff. I started of by ordering a rum based cocktail and waited for the starters to come.

The first dish we were served was the Assorted Crosstini Platter. It consists of toasted bread topped with Creamy Mushrooms, Balsamic Tossed peppers and spinach & Feta. I loved the Spinach and Feta topping over the other two. Mushrooms left a sour taste and the peppers bitter. 

Next came the Mezze Platter, which is one of my favourites. It had Hummus, Babagnoush, Tzatziki, Falafel, Marinated Olives, Kidney Bean Salad, Syrian fattoush, pita and crackers. I am a huge sucker for lebanese cuisine, and when you give me a platter filled with it, I am going to be the first one to jump on for it.

The third starter we were served was the Grilled Cottage Cheese, which was an Apricot, chili salsa stuffed and grilled and served with homemade herb marinade. The portion was huge and the paneer was very soft and grilled to perfection. The only bummer was I found it a little too sweet and paneer as it is sweet and when stuffed with apricot filling becomes too sweet. I personally prefer to have my paneer spicy which makes it juicy when grilled.

We were also served with something that definitely needs to be off the menu, which is the Crispy Greens. It is basically Spinach, Red Amaranthus and Bathua leaves tossed with peanuts, sesame seeds and asafotedia. It spoilt the whole experience and was bitter and had too much sugar sprinkled over.

Moving on to the main course, we were first served with Eggplant Pamigiana, which is a baked dish with Eggplant and parmesan cheese, more like a Lasagna, but more juicy and tasty. It was after a long time I enjoyed eating Egg Plant and the cheese just added to it.

Next, we ordered for a pasta based dish, Fettucine Primavera, which rather than a white cream sauce has more of butter and is a butter sauce. Another favourite on the menu.

Next up was a Risotto. We were served the only veg Risotto on the menu which is the mushroom risotto. It was nice but I did not quite enjoy it because it felt salty. Else it tasted fine.

Last but not the least, the desserts, we were served with a Philadelphia Cheese Cake and Flourless Chocolate Cake. One word for both, out of the world!!! With that the Chef just nailed the menu for us.

The overall experience was among the best and we did hit the dance floor for a bit before we left. Can't wait to go back there!!!

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