A lifelike metallic man by a grill welcomes you as you walk into The Kabab Studio — a 5,000 sqft restaurant that offers a splendid view of the sprawling Bangalore Turf Club, and the Vidhan Soudha. Pop a paan into your mouth, your welcome appetiser, and find a seat near the glass windows to make the most of said view.
And while the airy and spacious rooftop with a cover of 150 is a big hit, the two private dining areas are a special feature. The first is nicknamed The Dome with its ceiling imitatingthe Roman dome with a beautiful sculpture in the centre. This space can be booked at no additional cost, and can accommodate up to 25 people. The second area is the plush Gold Room meant for 12 diners, where everything (from the cutlery to the curtains) is in a shade of gold. A bit opulent for our taste perhaps, this area comes at a premium of `20,000 for the space alone. And here you can order from the a la carte menu from Sanadige (the Mangalorean restaurant of the hotel), or go for the Kabab Studio menu.
As for the grills menu, it’s quite simple — a buffet spread, with grills that are cooked at your table. Begin with the multani murgh kabab, badami murgh chooza, crumb fried chicken, ajwaini aloo, and don’t forget to try the mutton seekh, Amritsari fish tikka, and the malai paneer — all of which in particular are quite delicious.
There’s also a chaat section where you can literally overdose on dahi puri, and aloo tikki. An interesting range of mocktails, or even lassi, is offered to wash your meal down with.
The main course is served in Turkish casseroles (green for veg and red for non-veg) and includes North Indian, Thai, Chinese and continental food. The bhuna gosht, machi sawantwadi, murgh peshawari, Amritsari chole and dum gosht biryani are the highlights of the main spread.
The extensive menu changes every day, but here’s a tip — you can pre-order your favourite dish that’s not the menu. We tried the chef’s signature — the chicken kulfi —which is basically tangdi kabab stuffed with cheese, kaju paste and ice cream, which is then covered in a foil. While I am not too sure of the end product, I must say that its something you may never have eaten before.
Desserts include strawberry kheer, kiwi cheesecake, gulab jamun and umali (an Arabian delicacy), but our hearts melt at the sight of Stoner ice creams that dishes out lovely combinations of flavours.
Rs 575 (per person) from
Monday to Thursday; Rs 675
(Friday and Saturday) Rs 990 (Sunday). At The Kabab Studio, Crescent Road. Details: 41291300
— Nandini Kumar