Starting next week, 10 restaurants of Bengaluru are slashing prices just for you
Giving into the surge of casual dining spaces across the country, Cellar Door Hospitality, the group behind Citibank Restaurant Week, has now launched DineFest — an event across Bengaluru, Mumbai, and Delhi — where diners can experience swish cafes, and informal restaurants before deciding to put them on their permanent list of favourite places.
“We’ve been organising restaurant week since 2010 where we focus on fine dining spaces. In the meanwhile, there has been a phenomenal growth of casual places in the city. What we are doing is creating an opportunity for diners to check out these spaces. Most people reserve fine dining restaurants for special occasions, but they eat out a lot more. This is a good way to introduce them to places that they might want to visit regularly, and experience multiple places during the course of the event. Plus we wanted to bring these casual spaces to the forefront, and celebrate the dining culture of each of these cities,” says Mangal Dalal, co-founder of Cellar Door Hospitality.
The Bengaluru edition of DineFest includes 10 cafes and restaurants — Café Cassia at Ulsoor, Café Toscano at Jayanagar, Chianti on St Marks Road, Ente Keralam at Ulsoor, Indian Kitchen on MG Road, Matsuri at The Chancery Hotel, Red Fork in Indiranagar, SodaBottleOpenerWala on Lavelle Road, The Black Rabbit in Indiranagar, and Via Milano in Koramangala. “We’ve chosen places that not only touch upon different kinds of cuisines, but have also tried to cover different popular locations as well, considering that Bengalureans are constantly dealing with bad traffic,” says Dalal.
Each of these restaurants has put together a three course set menu, which is priced at `500 plus taxes per person, which Nachiket Shetye, the second co-founder, believes is quite competitive. “And given the growth in the space, we would definitely like to organise DineFest at least four times a year,” he says. And each edition would see a new list of spaces for people to check out, explains Dalal.
The menu is quite appealing too — from the fig and tomato salad, and butter chicken quiche at Café Cassia, classic prawn cocktail, and seafood linguine at Toscano, batter fried prawns and vegetables, and grilled tofu in teriyaki sauce at Matsuri, bacon and cheese bombs, and mushroom burger at The Black Rabbit, to the vazhapoo cutlet, and appam and stew at Ente Keralam, and spicy mushroom on khari, and the berry pulao at SodaBottleOpenerWala – the options are happily varied. “And given the prices, people can actually have two meals at the price of one,” adds Dalal. Reservations open on February 15.
`500 plus taxes (per person) For lunch and dinner. February 19 to 28.