Sunday Brunch @ Nest – Howard Johnson, Bangalore

Sunday is one of the days of the week when we end up getting up late and usually end up having the late breakfast.  By the time you are done, it is already lunch time and then you wish to have got up a little early.  Well, most of us may try our best but then it is next too impossible for get early.  So, the next best thing to do, is to have an early lunch.  But then you would always think in the back of your mind, about the missed breakfast.  Sunday brunch is the only way you would feel happy to have eaten the breakfast and also the lunch.  I am not sure when or who brought the concept, but whoever did has done a great job.  I was recently at ‘Howard Johnson’ to taste the Sunday Brunch.  Let me share a little bit of my experience.

Ambiance                         
Howard Johnson is a premium hotel property situated on Thanisandra Main Road next to the Elements Mall.  The entrance is pretty elegant and the interiors are also pretty well done.  Coffee shop ‘Verve’ and Dine-in restaurant ‘Nest’ are situated next to each other.  Sunday brunch is available at the ‘Nest Restaurant’.
The seating arrangements are quite good and good space.  There is section where people can sit and relax in the comfort of a sofa setup or sit on individual chairs.  A private dining section is also there for guests who want privacy while eating.
A large buffet spread is put up to the left side.  When you see it, you might wonder if it’s going to be possible to try out all of it.  But yes, they do have good variety in the buffet including – Soups, Starters, Main course and Deserts.  Each of the items are setup very nicely.

Food
The most important part of a Sunday brunch is the variety which makes people want to try out more.  This is exactly what Chef Dev Bose has done as part of the food being served.  There is plenty of items to be tried.  Let me share my experience on the food.

Starters
There are plenty of options for Veg and Non-Veg eaters. Some of the items that were served included – Honey Chili Mushroom & Baby corn, Hara bhara kebab and Potato Cheese ball.
Among these veg starters, easily the ‘Hara bhara kebab’ and ‘Cheese balls’ were my favorite.  These are items which can help you start off with the brunch.
The non-veg lovers also have quite a few varieties including – Banjara murg tikka, Tawa fish & Roe in oyster garlic sauce.

Salads
An essential ingredient in all of the buffets.  There 7 different type of Veg and 3 Non-Veg salads.  This section also has Veg & Non-Veg Sushi.  And usually in the salad counter you will also find the Curd rice, cold cut and condiments.
I must say that my favorite here among all is the simple curd-rice.  Something that can sooth you after a heavy meal.  Apart from that the salads were also good because they had freshly cut vegetable which give all the right flavors.

Soup
There was one Vegetarian soup i.e., ‘Tomato Basil soup’ which tasted yum.  They also had selection of breads including one of my favorite Focaccia bread.  The soup tasted quite good with the breads.
There was also Chicken lung fun soup for the non-veg lovers.

Main Course
By the time you reach to the main-course, you might feel quite heavy.  But yes there is quite a few items in the main course.
Vegetarians items that were there included – Paneer Makhanwala, Subzi Miloni, Mushroom Dolma, Chana Amritsari, Dal Makhani, Jinga Posto, Kai Malabari, Pachakari Poriyal, stir fried veg in ginger soya, Chili garlic noodle, Cannelloni Florentine, Citrus Sautéed veg, Roasted potato wedges and steam rice.
Among these my favorite is the Paneer Makhanwala, Subzi Miloni, Poriyal and Channa Amritsari‘.  It went along quite well with the breads.
Non-Veg items includes – Butter chicken, Meen (fish) moulli, Mutton Biryani, Thai Chicken green curry, Chicken Roulade.
I have listed the entire list of items that are available. 

But then the idea is to share the info regarding the variety that is there for the offering. It can suite anyone’s palette.

The main course is served along with Roti, Naan and/or Paratha.

Deserts
Inspite of all the heavy eating as part of the buffet, there is always space for some deserts. There were some wonderful deserts including – 3 Indian, 5 Western, cut-fruits and some ice-creams
Among the Indian, there is Jamoon and Moong Daal Halwa which have somehow become part of most buffet desert section.

Drinks
Along with the good food, you can always order for some cocktail and/or mocktails to have a wonderful Sunday afternoon.  I tried some Mojito and later a coke along with my meal.

Overall Experience
It was a great Sunday afternoon spend tasting some of the good food being served as part of the Sunday Brunch.  I would recommend this place to anyone and everyone in Bangalore.  Infact, the folks living in the Nagawara, Thanisandra main road, Hennur, Kalyan Nagar should come to this place soon after seeing this update.  The taste and flavours of preparation is quite good.  And according to me it feels like a very relaxed place to dine-in.  My current rating for the Sunday Brunch at this place is 4.0/5.
Rating in other departments.
Food – 4.0/5
Service – 4.0/5
Ambiance – 4.0/5
Drinks – 4.0/5

Price for the Sunday brunch – 
INR 1500 + taxes (With Alcohol) 
INR 999 + taxes (Without Alcohol)

Had great time over the lunch table with fellow Food Bloggers, Chef and Restaurant Managers – Naveen, Soumya, Anirban, Chef Dev Bose and Rawat.




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