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Best Dining of 2017

Best Dining of 2017

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Last year was a year of some pretty interesting dining experiences. I went to a ton of new places, and tried lots of different cuisines at different price points – an eclectic and excellent dining year, which is now evidenced by a roll around my tummy that I am now planning to work off.

You can see all my dining out posts here, but below I wanted to summarize the best of the best of 2017 in terms of food – my top 5 favorite dining spots.

Lunch at Ging, Royal Orchid

Lunch at Ging, Royal Orchid

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Perched high above the city, Ging in Royal Orchid (behind Manipal Centre in Dickenson Road) is the hottest new place in town.

Coming in place of the old and much-loved Paparazzi restaurant, Ging (pronounced Jing) offers panoramic views of the city, an outdoor dining and lounge area, and a spacious indoor dining area as well.

When I walked into the place, I was blown away by the decor – the high ceilings, the huge windows, it was just a delight to my senses.

Band Baaja Barbeque

Band Baaja Barbeque

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It’s been a long time since Snubnose and I visited our favorite restaurant – Barbeque Nation. And when I heard that there was a new food fest coming up, well, traffic-jammed weekday or not, we had to go.

Band Baaja Barbeque is a wedding themed food festival, and the dishes served are popular wedding favorites. Post-Diwali is the wedding season in India, so it makes sense for the restaurant also to echo this festive spirit.

The North Indian wedding feast theme extends from the menu to the decor, to the waiter’s clothing even.

When we walked into the Barbeque Nation at Lido mall, it felt just like we were walking into a wedding – festive is a mild word to describe the atmosphere.

Saturday drinks and lunch at Misu

Saturday drinks and lunch at Misu

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If you are ever in or around the city center, and in the mood for Pan-Asian, I can highly recommend Misu to you.

Located in St.Marks Road, it is an easy walk from MG Road, UB City, Residency Road, and Church Street, and in quality miles better than the other restaurants serving Chinese food in these parts.

With that very strong statement, let’s get on to the photos and the menu recommendations.

Sizzler Bites Fest at District 6

Sizzler Bites Fest at District 6

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If you live in north or central Bangalore, District 6 is the place I recommend for a chill hang-out session with friends over a beer, or two, or many.

Even if you live in other parts of Bangalore, hoofing it to District 6 is not at all a bother as the place is situated within a 2-min walk from a Metro station (Sandal Soap Factory) on the North-South line.

Our gang went there for a relaxed Sunday afternoon to catch up over drinks and their limited time only sizzler menu.

Mandarin Calling at Oko, Lalit Ashok

Mandarin Calling at Oko, Lalit Ashok

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It’s been a long, long time since I had some good (and I mean gooood) Pan-Asian food. So when I got an invite to come try the Mandarin Calling food festival at Oko in Hotel Lalit Ashok, I didn’t think twice before accepting.

I’ve visited Lalit Ashok several times before, but it’s been mostly on work – seminars and conferences, and the like. This was my first time there dining at a proper sit-down restaurant.