A new resto-cafe combines fine dining and cafe culture
Not a month goes by without a new eating spot popping up in Kammanahalli, or what is now being called KammanHattan. Keeping in mind the ever-changing scene and intense competition, the owners of Byli (short for Bet You Love It!) have tried to bridge several markets, curating a space for the young as well as families.
Byli makes the most of its small size with a careful layout. Step inside and you’re greeted by wooden bench seating, which traces the edge of a striking water feature, drawing your eye to the deli counter and blackboard specials menu at the back of the space. Off to one side is a more private, air conditioned area where there is both lounge seating and bar stools. We chose to sit in the shadow of the water feature, and were encouraged to sample drinks from the in-house mocktail bar, settling for a Pom-Berry Belini, and Abi’s Crush, a house specialty which combined vanilla ice cream, lime juice, soda and pineapple crush, all to delicious effect.
Spoiled for choice.
The menu is extensive, with all-day breakfast on the one hand, bar snacks, burgers, pizzas and fine dining options on the other. We started with the spinach, artichoke and cream cheese dip, which is served with grilled focaccia strips, and is highly recommended to whet your appetite.
Skipping light eats, we moved straight to main courses, opting for vegetable veracruzana and lamb souvlaki. Simple yet effective, the Veracruzana paired grilled cottage cheese with generously spiced Spanish rice and a sherry cream sauce. The lamb in the Souvlaki was tender, and worked well with the soft, home-made pittas, Greek salad and creamy tzatziki sauce. We were almost too full to sample the dessert, but managed to squeeze in few bites of Sneaker Treat, a decadent combination of chocolate cake and chocolate mousse.
600 for two. At First Avenue, 5th Main, HBR Layout.
— Maegan Dobson Sippy