On Smoke House Deli - Bangalore

Me with Riyaaz Amlani
[Photo courtesy: Swapna Venkatesh
I think it was the year 2003-2004 when a bunch of friends discovered Mocha on Hill Road, Bandra. Mood lighting, mix and match of antique and modern furniture, the smell of strong coffee and hookah smoke hanging in the air along with some grea

On Smoke House Deli - Bangalore

Me with Riyaaz Amlani

[Photo courtesy: Swapna Venkatesh

I think it was the year 2003-2004 when a bunch of friends discovered Mocha on Hill Road, Bandra. Mood lighting, mix and match of antique and modern furniture, the smell of strong coffee and hookah smoke hanging in the air along with some great music selections made it quite the perfect place to hangout.

I still remember their unique concept of having price tags on furniture and art, so you could literally buy a chair and take it home if you fell in love with it. Later, there was one in Juhu with a most perfect location across the sea and you could sit on their comfy sofas, order a huge mug of coffee and catch up on all the gossip with friends or just people watch.

It's been 10 years but my tastebuds remember their fantastic apple pie and one hell of a killer dessert (taste calorie-wise) which I think was named 'Death by Chocolate' of course I remember feeling all 'posh' having to choose from a menu featuring coffees from different parts of the world. Don't scoff at me, I was after all in my 20s then!

I remember hearing the name Riyaaz Amlani who was behind this chain of coffee shops and admiring his creativity. And then his name was all over the restaurant scene in Bombay, with the Salt Water Grill at Chowpatty and dozens of other restaurants around the country.

It was such a pleasure to share a table with Riyaaz and a few other foodblogger friends to celebrate the opening of Smoke House Deli, their first restaurant in Bangalore.

Day 2 of opening, and the restaurant was buzzing from 8 pm onwards- credit it to the location (100 ft road, Indira Nagar) or the building that now stands like a show stopper on 100 ft road or the fantastic menu drinks.

On Smoke House Deli - Bangalore

One thing that catches your eye as soon as you enter are the hand sketched walls - black on white, and you keep looking at it for the entire time that you are in the restaurant. Quotes, quaint old Bangalore institutions, new music bands and more, all find their place on the walls, including the depiction of a haunted house in the city.

On Smoke House Deli - Bangalore

The credit for this goes to the Busride Deisgn Company whose founder Ayaz himself gave us a walking tour of the walls. Yes, that's right!

On Smoke House Deli - Bangalore

The drinks menu include plenty of fresh fruit flavours, with an interesting mix of spices and some of them even use smoked fruits.

Between the 5 of us, we tried tasted drank the watermelon martini, green apple martini, smoked musk melon martini, smoked pineapple vanilla martini and many more that will be kind of embarrassing to admit on this blog!

On Smoke House Deli - Bangalore

Their menu lists a range of fresh fruit, herb floral infusions out of which the Californian Plum, Star Anise Lily was pretty sensational.

On Smoke House Deli - Bangalore

Among the vegetarian appetizers, the tofu sesame sliders looked and tasted amazing, with the sesame oil aroma wafting through the dish.

On Smoke House Deli - Bangalore

The spiked cottage cheese skewers, the paprika puffs with wasabi salsa both had bags of flavour. My favourite salad was the asparagus with grape, smoked fig and white balsamic vinaigrette.

My perfect salad has to have a balance of all flavours - salty, sweet sour and a mix of textures and this one hit all the right notes.

On Smoke House Deli - Bangalore

While the table was tasting a variety of mains, the spinach ricotta ravioli was generously stuffed and perfectly cooked, a little niggle for me was that I don't like my ravioli smothered by too much sauce.

The wild mushroom risotto was something everyone on the table dug into with gusto. While I gave the desserts a miss, I feasted my eyes on some of the beauties in the display counter, early in the evening.

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For entire set of photos - check Saffron Trail's Facebook album

Smoke House Deli

Category: All Day Dining / Bar / Breakfast

Price: A meal for 2 with a drink would cost roughly Rs.1500 plus taxes

No. 1209, Ward no. 12, HAL IInd Stage, __100 Ft Road__, Indiranagar. Opp. Nike showroom, Bengaluru 560038

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/smokehousedeli

Twitter: @smokehousedeli

Phone: 080-25200898 / 99

They are open from 11 am onwards

(c) Nandita Iyer 2006-2015

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