It is always great to meet my fellow bloggers from Bangalore. It’s a lot of fun to talk the bloggers language and know that the person in front of you know exactly what you are talking about. The best thing is that It’s not just you who pulls the camera out every time the food comes to table!
This is not the first time I am dining at Novotel. I was invited to try their Lunch Buffet and review it earliest last year and I had really enjoyed the food there. This time it was another wonderful meal at their newly launched Blue Terrain restaurant.
Blue Terrain, as the name implies is set amidst water features, below the sky and has serene greenery making the ambience soothing and relaxing. Unveiling a world of culinary and gastronomic delight, Blue Terrain is the perfect blend of ambience, live kitchen offering aromatic grills and barbequed items and an exquisite bar serving refreshing signature cocktails and selection of wines and spirits.
The menu offers an exotic mix of salads; mouth watering Kebabs as well as meat and vegetables grilled to thrill with every bite. While we talk about food, the desserts are equally innovative and will certainly help in satiating the sweet desires. The signature cocktails and softails have all the ingredients that can heal the desire for something unique and exciting.
On a cool January evening, Bangalore weather was perfect for a venue like this. We were greeted by the ever cheerful Abanti and rest of the staff of Novotel. The open air restaurant was dimly lit and had a very good ambience. Of course as a food blogger the first thing that came to mind was not having enough light to shoot.
After a little chit chatting we all settled down the long table which was reserved for us. There can’t be a girls night out without cocktails, right? Blue Terrain had some very interesting cocktails on their menu.
I opted for their signature drink which is a Blue Cheese and Jalapeño Martini. It was very unique and interesting I must say. I really liked the way they presented their drinks with little finger food what compliments the flavor of the drink.
Most of us went for cocktails and mocktails which caught our fancy and Natasha, the brave one amongst us all ordered a Blue Fire Shoot. Now this drink was surely not for the faint hearted, it was Grand Marnier with Sambuca on Fire! Yes! The drink was actually on fire and with all the cameras clicking away Natasha actually drank it! Thanks for making the evening a memorable one Natasha… Cheers to you.
While we enjoyed our cocktails over discussions about everything under the sun (including blogging ) we had the Chef himself come down to our table. He told us a little more about the theme of the restaurant and the kind of food they serve there. After whetting our appetite with Garlic Bread served with Barbeque Mayonnaise, Garlic Toum and Mint Chutney we were now definitely looking forward to the food.
No points for guessing that the menu was full of options for the non-vegetarians amongst us. All restaurant specializing in Barbecue cater to the meat eaters very well but refreshingly here was a place which actually had many options for vegetarian as well.
I was thrilled that for a change I was not eating only Paneer(Cottage Cheese) and Potato! I think Chef has done a wonderful job in providing interesting options for his vegetarian guests which sometimes even the most well known restaurants fail to do.
While the Simple Green Salad and a slice of Grilled Eggplant and Onion Pizza was good, I really enjoyed the sweet and sticky Honey Glazed Carrots and Maple Roasted Pumpkin. I had never seen these dishes on any restaurant menu before and they were cooked really well. Amongst more popular staples like Paneer Tikka, it was great to see lesser known vegetables like Arbi(Taro Root), roasted to perfection with mild spices. My favorite of course was the Tandoori Broccoli. I could eat a big plate of that all my myself.
Now since I had eaten at Novotel earlier and was familiar with the talent of their pastry Chef, I had made sure I had plenty of space left in my tummy for dessert. Wasn’t I glad when the desserts arrived!
They were perfectly plated and looked spectacular. I first digged into Baked Cheese “ A La Maison” Yoghurt Sorbet and Berry Compote. The texture of the cheese cake was just spot on and the sorbet and berry compote complimented it very well. There was Barbequed Baked Apple Cake with Caramel Parfait and Light Grilled Seasonal Fruits with Toasted Almonds and Rum Ice Cream. I am always a fan of grilled fruits so I think I was the one who ate most of the juicy pineapples and soft pears.
Of course the the star of the evening was the stunning looking dessert Kilimanjaro. The texture of this silky smooth chocolate dessert had everybody fight for the last spoonful.
On the whole it was a fun evening with delicious food and lovely people. Thank you so much Novotel for having us over. Like me, I am sure everybody is looking forward to meeting more often.
Others on the table that evening:
Natasha of ‘Chef at Large‘
Nanditha of ‘Saffron Trail‘
Swapna of ‘Food for Swaps‘
Suma of ‘Cakes and More‘
Neha of ’Whisk Affair‘