For the first post about our foodie ventures at Bangalore, a review about the sneak peek we had at the newly launched Farzi Cafe at UB City, Vittal Mallya Road seemed perfect. It’s located on the terrace of the mall, at one end of the Piazza. An alfresco setup in it’s early stages, the place is super classy and breezy with an elegant, comfortable layout, a wide range of seating options with low tables and round cushiony chairs to the high bar counters. An open bar placed at the centre of all this is quite the sight with vibrant lights and the mixologists at work.
Being our first Farzi Café experience, I’d say they are a crackerjack at playing with all your senses and ensuring that authenticity stays despite all it’s modern twists. For the preview we were invited for, they had a huge menu of modern tapas, amply catering to both vegetarians and non-vegetarians. Every dish had a certain twist; right from Parle-G and Dal-Chawal to Steak & Chips and Fried Chicken!
On the beverage side, they had an elaborate selection of cocktails and with us being teetotallers the mocktail options were quite less, I felt. But this place is quite renowned for it’s play on cocktails and all around we did hear it’s praise!
Off the mocktails a.k.a. Farzi Shoonya, we completely loved the Litchi Panna Desire. Punchy, tangy flavours with my all time favourite mocktail flavour, Litchi! The other two were regular drinks that I wouldn’t say were ‘wow’ or anything. Farzi OK was an orange and kaffir lime drink which was super acidic and Granny Royal was a green apple and mint combo and I totally loved it’s foam more than anything!
The food was simply splendid! Right from the start, when we received our amuse-bouche, we knew we were gonna be treated to a palate fest. The Khandvi was a sheer brilliant work of molecular gastronomy, something that Farzi has rightly prided themselves with. The yellow wobbly blob was a *poof* authentic explosion of the Gujarati Snack on my taste buds. The next best thing would have to be the Delhi Belly Pork Tikka with a Murraba Glaze. I can’t describe enough it’s delectability. YUM. Sweet, smoky, and succulent, it is probably one of the best pork dishes I’ve ever had.
The Tempura Prawns with Nimbu Mirch Air was another work of art. But flavour wise I preferred the Grilled Prawns with Golden Garlic which was juicy and sweet prawns with a delicious glaze whereas the Tempura Prawns didn’t get all the flavour of it’s air. Next came the F.F.C- Farzi Fried Chicken with Smoked Barbeque Cream. This was one dish I didn’t enjoy that much. The batter was a bit too thick and the chicken didn’t have flavour as such, the cream being it’s only saving grace.
The classic roast duck and plum sauce were made into little samosas and while the samosas tasted amazing, the plum sauce wasn’t as great. Another “Farzified” dish was Steak and Chips into Beef Pepper Fry with Plantain Chips. Reminiscent of Kerala, the beef was superbly spiced and juicy and I loved this twist. Then was their Vada Pav, another good tweak to the forever loved street snack. They made it with the Pav inside the Vada! So while it looked like the South Indian Bondas, it tasted exactly like a Vada Pav, lighter if possible. Oh and not to miss out what’s one of their most reputed appetisers and modern twists; Dal-Chawal Arancini with Achar, Pappad & Chutney. Simple yet SO elegant! Creamy, to the point and so pretty to look at, it’s sure to make everyone enjoy “Har Ghar ka Khana” in all its glory.
The miniature burgers we had were both SUPER delicious too; Gupta Burger (paneer) and Galouti Burger (meat) where the burger buns were perfect, the “patty” was a painstakingly brilliant replication of their original flavours, especially the Galouti; meaty, moist and flavour packed. Veg Korma Quesadillas & Margarita Kulcha (a medley of different cheeses in a Kulcha) were a few yummies from the north, both deliciously gooey and cheesy with subtle flavours to reimpose its heritage.
From the South, they had Upma Mozzarella Bites with Puli Inji, Fried Idly with a Beetroot Rasam and a Pine Nut & Scallion Paniyaram with Chutney. All of these were quite good, especially with the accompaniments. Another impressive dish was the Parle-G Cheesecake! G for genius huh! B-) Combining one of the world’s favourite dessert with an everlastingly loved biscuit was another stroke of their brilliance and the end result was an amazing dessert where the cheesecake was damn light and creamy with balanced salt and sweetness, being just the perfect end to the wonderful culinary treat. Garnished with Gems & Nuts, it was like a little kid’s dream on a plate.
The time spent here was vibrant and memorable not only with the stunning array of food that kept flowing in or the brilliant atmosphere we were surrounded by, but also by the super chirpy staff who were on constant rounds to make sure everything was well explained and attended to. Now that Farzi Cafe is open (opened on the 27th June) we just can’t wait to get in to experience all of their brilliance in full volumes with so many more of their Farzified creations!