Restaurant: Masala Klub – The Taj West End – Race Course Road, Bengaluru, IN.
Tucked deep inside the lush green property of The Taj West End is this pleasant restaurant situated by the garden. Masala Klub, as the name suggests serves wide range of Indian, specifically North Indian and Mughlai cuisine.
With white and pink adorning the designs, this place makes a perfect place for candle light dinner or a casual family time. Not too bright are the lights, neither are they too dim. Cool Bengaluru breeze, soothing light and greenery around brings back lot of old Bengaluru memories. BTW, if you are feeling too cold, the restaurant provides you a warm shawl to make you comfortable.
Mr.Zubin and Mr.Surendra were our hosts for the evening., who were very courteous and knowledgeable to help us in ordering food. As per their suggestion, we opted for the Tasting Menu (set 4 course meal), which would give us many items to relish.
Having reserved the table through Dineout, we were entitled for a welcome drink too. But, as our Tasting Menu too had Lemongrass Rasam as a welcome drink, we opted for the latter to begin with and the former for the ending. Served in a small cup, the rasam was soothing for the cold weather. Though I would have liked it better with a pinch of pepper and added lemongrass punch.
As we sipped down the rasam and were feeling warm, came in a nicely made platter of starters. Sarson ke phool (pickled broccoli char grilled), Yam ke galouti (Nawabi style yam cooked with spice mix) and Vilayati mirch aur jaitoon ke paneer (cottage cheese char grilled with spice blend of jalapenos and olives). Tanginess with rightly spiced broccoli was mouthwatering. On the other end, well cooked yam went down the throat happy with mint chutni (just wished if yam could hold together, it fell apart at the first cut making the eating messy). Paneer is well appreciated if its soft and not very chewy and sour, so was this paneer, with bits of japaoenos.
We had already started feeling bit full with the starters and the beer, and there was a mountain of main course and desserts to be conquered 😀 Just as we were passing through with this thought, came in a smoky dish, a dessert (appetizing one) actually!! Chef’s special Tamarind sorbet made from Taj West End’s 120 year old Tamarind Tree was a indeed special. Served in a bowl with holes and nitrogen coming out of it was a treat to watch, while tangy crush was a winking treat 😛
Paneer Makhaney (paneer gravy with peas and lotus puff stir fried and soaked in ghee), Dum ki bhindi (dum cooked okra with spices), Dal Tadka (black lentil cooked with garlic and cumin tempered), Nadru aur singhada (lotus stem and water chestnut curry) made up the main course. Not just that, Lucknavi subz biryani was the show stopper for the line up of mild spiced and flavourful menu.
We had already reached a position of no more eating, but the colourful dessert platter couldn’t stop us from indulging in savouring them! Malai kulfi, Elaichi ka jamun and Gulkhand ramalai were a great treat to end the meal on a sweet high. 🙂
Finally, it was time for some Cranberry fizz (remember the Dineout complementary drink?) to make the tummy feel better (not sure better or heavier 😀 ).
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