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Samarkand is one of the largest cities of Uzbekistan but here in Bengaluru, it is a restaurant which serves sumptuous North-West Frontier food. Popular among the locals, the interiors are defined by dim lighting, just like the places in the mountain terrains of North-west frontier. The tableware is all copper and the seating quite low with red and green back-rests for the chairs. With carpets and copper pots on the walls, this restaurant truly lives up to its portrayal of the rugged terrains. In fact, the staff too is dressed in the Afghan pathanis, all complete with turbans wrapped around their heads. The newspaper menu has a delectable array of many Afghan dishes. From the tasty Shorba to spicy Kebabs, they also serve the royal 'Dum Saffron Rice' and the fluffy 'Khurmee Naan.' The dainty meal can be ended the Afghan-way by devouring the 'Khubhani Ka Meetha' in dessert. So come prepared with a light tummy to feast on a royal spread at Samarkand.
Royal Afghan undoubtedly has the best to offer in barbecues and grills. The flavorsome spices seep into the juicy meat before being grilled on hot charcoals, making the food taste more sinful and succulent than ever. The cuisine is essentially from the regions of the Northern Frontier regions. Do try the chef's recommendation, the Raan Sikandari, which can be devoured at leisure. And a bonus to this feast, is the poolside seating arrangement, which is a unique experience in itself. The furniture is in earthy hues and the ambiance is very relaxing. With a seating capacity of ninety-six guests, the Royal Afghan is just right to avoid a crowded dining experience.
Housed in Koramangala, The Black Pearl will make you walk the plank with its riveting pirate-themed wonders. Seat yourself in skeletal chairs and sample some of the best barbecue dishes in the city. A Live Pirate Grill serves everything from American corn and Mushroom Cottage Cheese to meats such as Emu, Octopus, Rabbit, and Mutton. Those with vegetarian leanings need not fret, as there are numerous options there too. Watch your back while you dine, lest an eye-patched pirate poke you in the back with his razor-sharp sword!
The Beach restaurant in Indiranagar stands out as a pleasant surprise in this staid and rather uneventful neighborhood. On entering, an inviting sand square with a casual seating arrangement welcomes amused diners They serve multi-cuisine, so there is something to please every palate. For entertainment, there are live music options, local DJs, beach events, food festivals and the famous 'Goa Carnival' organized each December. They also entertain groups of around 10 to 15 people so don't be surprised to find bunches of raucous happy diners having the time of their life here. The ambiance at The Beach is such, that one actually feels transported to a distant sea-shore, far away from the bustling city life of Bengaluru.
The Bonnie & Clyde cafe is an instant favorite for lovers of this cult American film. Though notorious, Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow created quite a stir among young Hollywood admirers. This namesake cafe in Bengaluru is designed and decorated in complete Bonnie and Clyde style. It has a bonnet of an old red Ford installed just above the counter. Then there are interesting pictures of the dashing Warren Beatty and the gorgeous Faye Dunaway, who played the roles of Bonnie and Clyde in the movie. And to complete the look of the entire theme adopted here, the staff wear bright red berets. They serve American food like burgers, chips and other snacks. This restaurant is a must visit for its innocent yet appealing concept. So all the Clydes in Bengaluru, just drop in with your lovely Bonnies.
Marathahalli's Jalsa transports you back to the larger-than-life Mughal era, with those dazzling mirror-work doorways, ornate chandeliers and plush velvety dining booths that create a royal setting for a scrumptious meal that only befits those grand interiors. Skilled chefs doll out finely-spiced and well-seasoned preparations like Yakhni Pulav, Paneer Laziz and Murgh Tikka, among those luscious kebabs and other ambrosial dishes.