Food Review: Food from around the world at City Bar
Chic, playful and elegant, City Bar at UB City is a glossy restobar with some inventive food to match.
City Bar, Bangalore is a lounge in the true sense. With comfortable sofas, soothing ambient lighting and soft peppy music in the background it is an ideal place where you can kick back with friends or colleagues at the end of a long day at work. City Bar has an international edgy look with an all day menu from around the world. Relaxing as well as stimulating, City Bar, with its open design plan with no walls, allows for the calming breeze to flow in and beautiful expansive views overlooking the city. The place is designed such that one can simply cut off sections for private parties depending upon the size of the group. Numerous flat screens showcase the hottest events and music from around the globe along with a menu to satisfy a multitude of palates.
The three unique one-of-a kind private rooms give you the feeling of luxury in your own personal space. Each room is done up with leather flooring, cow-skin feel wallpaper, ultra comfortable seating and butler service. The rooms are also sound proofed so you can have a great time with friends at your own comfortable decibel level. To enjoy City Bar in bar mode, bring your inner cocktail geek, it stocks all sorts of exotic tinctures, malts and wines from across the world.
We visited City Bar on a breezy Saturday afternoon and we were served an exotic Peach Sangria with rose wine, peach liqueur, gin and topped with apple juice and peaches. The drink was an absolute chiller and just had the right amount of liqueur. Not too strong but enough to set the mood and details like these, in such a casual setting, are what make City Bar alluring. We also got to taste various other concoctions, but what particularly stood out was the L’orange Cosmopolitan – a luxury martini made with grey goose l’orange shaken with cointreau, cranberry juice and served with a hint of citrus. It was absolutely smooth and makes for a refreshing summer drink.
Another interesting aspect is that, City Bar’s menu is perfect for drinking and munching. It is filled with inexpensive yet inventive bites, like Pimento Olives which has green olives stuffed with red pimentos, Skillet Egg Bruschetta made with pan-cooked egg and bacon and served on a bruschetta and our pick - Foie Gras On Brioche which is made with duck liver pate and served on brioche. The dishes are mostly continental and have a unique taste to them.
City Bar also offers fine dining options and the live cooking area adds to the entire experience of the meal. Chef Vibhuti Bane's extensive travels reflect in his cooking and there’s a fine balance to everything he does. Each course is magnificently composed and well laid. We started with the Smoked Salmon Alfredo pasta which was delicately flavored with fresh dill and is tossed in a creamy pepper sauce. The Norwegian salmon was beautifully cooked and it can cause an explosion of flavours when you bite into it. Multiple flavors infuse each plate and the dish Baba Ghannouj is a rich and creamy blend of roasted eggplant and comes served with soft Lebanese flat bread. The dish was absolutely luscious and is also in the same league of chef’s creativity.
After so much to titillate your senses, you may experience a hint of diffidence in trying out the desserts but we suggest you try the simple and rich Bread And Butter Pudding, which is an ultimate comfort food. The Chocolate envelope which is stuffed with chocolate mousse and is served with strawberry coulis, is equally great and will make you forget your diet plan. Service at the restaurant is excellent, the waiters are well informed about the menu and are swift at the tasks. Evolving with the needs of today, City Bar at UB City is a place for everyone and every occasion.
A hearty meal for two will cost you Rs. 2000