In the short duration that Farzi Café has opened up in UB City, Bangalore – I have already visited quite a few times during the prelaunch and after the opening. The erstwhile City Bar venue is now the spacious, airy, bright and beautiful Farzi Café – a spectacular and long bar in the center, and seating/standing areas all around it. The brewery out back hasn’t started as yet, but there’s enough to keep us engaged till then. There are many places that are adding innovative and molecular twist to their fare, but Farzi is definitely a class apart. In my several visits, I liked quite a few dishes from the menu, here’s my must try list, and a hype vs farzi.
Farzi serves modern Indian food in tapas style. After Delhi and Mumbai, Farzi is now in Bangalore, and soon to open in several more cities in India. But the Bangalore menu has quite a few local inspired dishes.
- Dal Chawal Arancini – Crispy panko papad mix, topped with tiny papad rolls.
- Besant Nagar Chillis – Crisp again, cheese fillings with tamarind and chilli salsa.
- Tempura Prawns with Nimbu Mirch Airfoam – Beautiful and subtle.
- Delhi Belly Pork – Delicious with Murraba chutney.
- Edible Charcoaled Appam with Beef – Crispy, delicious and spicy.
- Mutton irachi pepper fry, malabari parantha – Soft and succulent mutton, rich spices well blended.
- Chilli Pork Ribs – Sweet and tangy, a perfect bite.
- Ras malai tres leches – An unbelievable and delectable experience. Not to mention gorgeously plated.
- Bailey’s Lollipops – Rabdi with baileys rolled up into pops. Loved these. Can’t stop!
- Mysore pak tart with filter coffee mousse – Couldn’t believe this version till I ate them. Yummy!
- Elaneer Payasam Popsicles – Coconut based kulfi served with vanilla essence – light and delicious.
- Chai Pani – Lemon, tea and vodka anyone?
- Farzi Idea – Loved the presentation from my first visit, nice and fruity to drink.
- Bang Bang – You gotta love the skull!
- Long Island – Yes this is fabulous too.
- Santa Banta – Not my top pick, but easy on the liquor, so workable.
Hype vs. Farzi
The chilli duck samosa didn’t really make much of an impact – was more of a Szechuan dumpling, and the plum sauce also couldn’t distinguish it enough. The Parle G cheesecake is a nice muse, but the milk custard, parle g topped with gems didn’t really leave a lasting impression. I loved the Maggi with mushrooms and truffle oil, but Tapash wasn’t into it as a restaurant dish. The puli unji was alright as well, the overwhelming cheese took the fun out of the upma.
Reason to visit?
Farzi is the hottest new place in town. Check out the fantastic ambiance, interesting dishes, and funky cocktails – and yes the service is VERY good. Get the Farzified experience! We look forward to more awesome stuff from Farzi.