We were invited to TBP earlier this month. The brain child of Anirban and Roshu – this place is located right next to Toit, and serves Indian Soul Food in a casual canteen style dining. The menu features various popular and some low key dishes from the couples’ journey across the country. Battling the bandhs in Bangalore – Soham, Tapash and I made way to The Bangalore Pantry for an early dinner that Friday night. The place itself is nice and cute, there were painting and pictures kept to be mounted on the walls, brightly lit, and sturdy wooden furniture arranged inside. Meeting tech couples with a serious passion is always fun, and we loved hearing about how the menu here came to be, from their journeys across India.
We started with one of the specials – Bhejitabil Chop – a Calcutta styled beetroot cutlet served with some serious kashundi, spelt the way we Bengalis pronounce it, yes we do not have a ‘V’ in our script! Nicely done, crispy and hot – we were off to a good start. The Chicken Liver on Toast with a dash of lemon came next – two toasts in a plate, extremely filling with the loaded liver mash. The Mutton Cutlet Pav followed, and honestly could have been better, I like my cutlets a little more ‘eggy’, almost shammi like. With the warm buttered pav, this was quite nice nevertheless. These were great as snack food. This was a good time to take a break for a cappuccino and cold coffee.
The mains were the Nizami Chicken Korma with toast or rice, again a classic preparation from Bengal of slow cooked chicken in a nice caramelized onion curry. The chicken needed some more flavor and perhaps a little more cooking, though the curry itself tasted good. Then there was Achari Aloo and Parantha, small baby potatoes in a tangy masala with triangular paranthas – a good simple choice of food. Roshu also got me to try the Khara Bun Congress, a great crunchy bun combination loaded with nuts – have that if you haven’t already!
The Bangalore Pantry is a new place in very competitive Indiranagar, but a good concept always works, and I think TBP has that pretty much nailed. The assortment of dishes on their menu, and the nice, comfortable ambiance are reasons I would go back to the place, perhaps try their breakfast the next time, they have some Goan specialties going on that one! Try TBP and let me know about your experience. Cheers!