Restaurant Review Series : Wareabouts @Marathahalli, Bangalore
We walked into the place at around 7:45 pm on a Friday. As it was a holiday (May 1st), and it was early, we were the first customers. The place looked inviting and cozy. The tables were neatly arranged and enough space was available so that guests do not bump into each other. We were greeted by the friendly staff and seated in a comfortable corner. The menu of the day ( I was informed that they change it everyday) was made available to us and we were offered a cocktail which we denied.
We started with a Chicken Manchow soup which was served by the staff. Coming to the starters, we were first offered the Chilly Garlic prawns. I noticed that it tasted a little different from the ones served at other restaurants (maybe they use a different sauce) but the prawns were juicy and delicious.
The grill was placed on the table and an assortment of chicken, fish and veggies were placed on it. The chicken kebabs were nicely done and one could make out that they use really fresh meat. The 'Bhatti ki Machali' was just out of this world and it just melted into the mouth. Had to go for seconds. The mutton seekh was equally delicious and tender. Even the Tangdi kebabs were nice and juicy unlike the burnt ones that are served at a few places. Among the Chicken variety, I like the Grilled Chicken with Chipotle sauce and cumin.
The vegetarian fare was also good . I liked the grilled pineapples, the Korean grilled veggies and the crispy sweet corn . Have to admit that I did not have much appetite left after hogging on the non-vegetarian starters.
The staff was quite attentive and kept replacing the skewers with fresh ones at regular intervals.
After the starters, I wanted something light before moving onto the mains. So, picked on some of the salads on offer. Coleslaw, Fish with mustard sauce, the grilled Haricot beans, Pasta in cocktail sauce and a Greek salad to be precise. The Greek salad turned out to the best among them.
The Main course offered a good mix of Indian and European cuisine. Some dishes I can remember are Chicken Stroganoff, Mandarin Fish, Sukka Gosht, Dhaniya Chicken, Paneer Butter Masala, Gatte ki Subzi, Palak Dal, Andhra Chicken Biryani, etc. The Sukka Gosht and the Dhaniya Chicken were really good. Even the Biryani was nice.
The food was hot and very fresh. Even the spiciness came from the garam masalas and not an overdose of chillis as used by some places. And other good thing was that they use oil in moderation. I could not find an extra smear/layer of oil around any of the dishes that I tried.
Moving onto the desserts, I felt that the variety as a little less. Gulab Jamun, Gajar Ka Halwa, Apple Jalebi, Chocolate Rum Balls, Pasty, Malai Rolls (more like a malpua rolled with Chenna Payas/Rabdi), Shahi Tukda, Qubbani Ka Meetha and fresh fruits with ice-cream were on the desserts menu. My favorites among the lot are the Chocolate Rum Balls, Apple jalebi and the Shahi Tukda.
Overall, the food was great and the ambiance very relaxing. The manager personally visited our table and checked with us about the food.
Rating - 4.5 / 5. ( I am yet to experience how the staff manages on a busy day ).