Friday, January 23, 2009

Sunday Brunch @ Ista

While most Bangaloreans enjoying brunching their Sunday's away, unperturbed by the sky-rocketing prices most restaurants demand, I'm not just ready to dip into my college fund to feed my extravagant cravings every weekend. After several calls, comparison of offers from every angle, there was little to discuss and debate. Since my partner Sameer does not drink alcohol it just did not seem fair to be paying the same levy of those drinking, a.k.a ME! The Ista Hotel was the only place offering a reasonable deal: Rs. 1250 inclusive of tax for the Vodka Brunch and Rs. 950 inclusive of tax for the Revitalise Non-Alcoholic Brunch.
It seemed tailor-made for us, and since the price did not dictate we mortgage any property we made reservations, skipped breakfast and slipped into something that could bare the food baby I would be carrying on the way out!
Settling in for a relaxing afternoon, enjoying specials ordered from the menu and picking on options from the soup and salad bar as well as a range of entrees.

Three-tiered aubergine with tzaziki, moutable and caramelised onion atop, poached fish on an orange segment, fig and asparagus wrapped parma ham, broccoli and bacon salad, pickled zucchini and roasted bell pepper with cherry tomatoes. Washed down with a refreshing strawberry mojito.
Did I mention the grill counter featuring a live BBQ station with lamb and beef cutlets, pork ribs and chicken fillets.

From the menu we tried the Asian style tenderloin in black bean sauce with haricot-verts and a thin crust pork and pepperoni pizza with basil and mozzarella. Two thin crusts, of course!

Feeling thirsty, I decided to sample the Peach Kiss that was poignant but pleasurable, pairing well with a selection of cheeses from the brunch spread and a notable blushing fig dessert.
To wrap things up I sampled the musk melon ice-cream while Sameer tried the roasted almond.

Ulsoor, 1/1 Swami Vivekananda Road, Bangalore-560 008,

Ph: 91 (80) 2555 8888

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