New Menu Tasting at NEST – Howard Johnson, Bangalore

Howard Johnson is one of the premium hotels in the North Bangalore region quite close to Manyata Tech Park.  The hotel offers some of the best rooms for people traveling for business or leisure.  I have visited this hotel many times to relish the food at some of the All-Day Dining RestaurantNest, Coffee Lounge – Verve and Lounge Bar – MareaExecutive Chef Chakradhar recently introduced some new items into the Nest menu and invited couple of us for tasting session. IMG_20171124_161411

About NEST

It is the All-Day Dining Restaurant that serves food from different cuisines across the globe and India.  They offer breakfast, lunch and dinner for the guests visiting the restaurant.  The restaurant can seat nearly 64-people and is adjacent to the Coffee and Lounge Bars.IMG_20171124_140527

Nest offering includes “Today’s Healthy and Fresh” that gives us the assurance of dining in a health encircling surrounding complimented with a memorable finger licking culinary fare.IMG_20171123_214751

New Menu Tasting

Chef Chakradhar sent across special invitation for tasting the new menu.  I decided to go for the tasting session after having a light breakfast.IMG_20171124_144139

Salads

There are 2 new salads being introduced – Tandoor Paneer Ceasar Salad (v) and Tandoori Chicken Ceasar Salad. Both the salad looked quite similar, but the differentiating factor was the presence of Paneer and Chicken.IMG_20171124_134249

I tasted the Tandoori Paneer Ceasar Salad and found it to be pretty good.  The salad had fresh lettuce, paneer, cheese slices and was served with Garlic Bread topped with herbed spices.  Taste was pretty good as the dressing tasted good, veggies were fresh and garlic bread was quite tasty.  The only suggestion I had to chef was to make the Paneer a little softer, which Chef acknowledged.IMG_20171124_133616

Soup

Subz Badami (v) was the new Vegetarian Soup introduced which was a thick soup.  The taste of almonds was quite evident, and I enjoyed every sip. DSC_0659

Hyderabadi Murg Shorba was the new Non-Vegetarian soup introduced which I heard from my friends as being good.

Appetizers

This is one of the areas in the menu, which never seems to be sufficient.  Every time we dine in, there is a desire to try a different appetizer.  More is always better in this case.  Chef is very much aware of this and has introduced 4 new items including – Sriracha Buffalo Wings, Kothmir Ghee Roast Prawns, Banana Leaf Wrap Fish, Banana Leaf Wrap Paneer (v) and Mushroom Kebab (v).DSC_0672

I loved the Banana Leaf Wrap Paneer as it had the perfect amount of spices and the paneer was soft.  The taste of the dish and presentation was quite impressive.  It was served with salad and olive oil spice mix to enhance the spice levels.DSC_0660

Mushroom Kebab was also awesome, and its presentation was just perfect.  This dish contained mushroom, but I could not feel that true flavour of mushroom.  It is one of the appetizer that even a non-mushroom lover can enjoy.

Main Course

This is one of the most critical part of the meal which fills up the stomach.  Chef came up introduced 6 new items in this section.  The items include – Hojo Butter Chicken, Vilayati Subzi (v), Dal Rishwali (v), Raioli (v), Stuffed Chicken Breast and Biryani Hyderabadi (v/nv).DSC_0676

Vilayati Subzi had a very good gravy and had lots of veggies, it tasted awesome with the Indian breads.  Dal Rishwali might just be the normal dal but it is necessary to cook the dal well to bring out the flavours.DSC_0690

Biryani Hyderabadi was the last item in the main course that had perfect amount of spices and veggies in it.  The biryani was well cooked in an earthen pot that was traditionally covered in dough.  I loved the taste and it was undoubtedly was my favourite item for the day.

Desserts

This is one of my favourite courses in the meal.  Chef brought two different dessert – Shahi Tukda and Red Velvet Cheesecake.DSC_0695

My favourite among the desserts was the Red Velvet Cheese cake that had the right amount of Cheese and Red Velvet in it.  The dessert had the right amount of sweetness and nothing seemed to be over the top.DSC_0694

Shahi Tukda was also very delicious and I loved the way both the desserts were served on a single plate.  I would love to take atleast 2-3 portion of this dessert combination.IMG_20171205_115534

Something for Cold Season

Chef gave us a special gift containing a portion of Tea powder and a small glass container with that had a special mixture of Honey, Almonds, Pistachio, Raisin, Cashew & CinnamonIMG_20171205_115424Special instruction on the time of consumption of its health benefits were mentioned.  This was very thoughtful of Chef as we are in the winter season and eating healthy & staying fit is very essential.

A little about Howard Johnson

Howard Johnson Bengaluru, Hebbal, a part of Wyndham Hotel Group Upscale Mid-Market offers free Wi-Fi connectivity, a well-equipped Gymnasium, Executive Lounge and Meeting rooms, Spa and Sauna facility, a gleaming azure outdoor swimming pool.

The Howard Johnson Bengaluru Hebbal hotel brand is an iconic chain of nearly 450 plus hotels with locations around the world. Wyndham Hotel Group is the world’s largest and most diverse hotel company, encompassing approximately 7,490 hotels and over 645,400 rooms in 70 countries under 15 hotel brands.IMG_20171124_133757

Overall Experience

It was a wonderful afternoon spent tasting the new menu curated by Chef Chakradhar.  I loved all the dishes that are being introduced in the new menu.  During the tasting, I did share some minor improvement which Chef accepted quite gracefully as always.  I would urge anyone reading this blog to visit the restaurant at Howard Johnson, ask for the new dishes mentioned.

Rate my overall experience at 4.25/5.

Address – 132, Thanisandra Main Rd, 5th Block, MS Ramaiah North City, Manayata Tech Park, HBR Layout, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560077

Phone – 080 4646 7000

References

http://www.hojobangalore.com/
www.wyndhamrewards.com

Pictures with GM of Howard Johnson Bangalore, officials from HoJo and fellow foodies/bloggers.



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17 replies

  1. this is such a gorgeous event! i loved their presentation, especially their deserts!!

  2. I have once stayed in Howard Johnson, Dubai and loved their hospitality. Your reviews have tempted me to visit them again.

  3. i loved each and every pic and no doubt their new menu looks drool worthy..will definitely try the new menu when I visit

  4. Looks like you had a great experience with lovely menu

  5. The menu looks delicious and ambiance looks cosy. Love the platting that increase the beauty of food.

  6. The food look delicious! Loved the dessert 🙂

  7. Stuff that really sounded awesome to me were the kothmir ghee roast prawns and the banana leaf wrapped fish. But hey, that’s just the keralite in me talking 😂

  8. The new menu sounds amazing. I can’t wait to try the Ghee Roast Prawns.

  9. The vegetarian selection are some of my favourites, and the photos look delish! would love to try this out.

  10. Sriracha Buffalo Wings, Kothmir Ghee Roast Prawns, Banana Leaf Wrap Fish, Banana Leaf Wrap Paneer (v) and Mushroom Kebab I want all these right now !Its 10pm at night I feel hungry once again.Also the shahi tukda please!

  11. The new additions to the menu sound great. I like paneer in a banana leaf idea. Very different from the usual paneer dishes. Must check this one next time i head to Bangalore

  12. This looks a fine place to dine in. I liked the desserts plating and the menu is also good.

  13. I love your food reviews and event coverage. Very nicely written post.

  14. wow craving for these, looks like a great place to hangout and awesome food!!! well captured pictures!!!

  15. Wow..you go to so many restaurants and write great reviews. Good to know about Howard Johnson. Great food spread.

  16. This looks so tempting. The pics make the review even more…what should I say?…droolworthy?? 😋😋😋

  17. The food clicks are to die for. These look so appetizing and I am sure you had an amazing time there 🙂

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