Skylit RoofTop Restaurant At Citrus Hotel, Cunningham Road, Bengaluru - A Restaurant Review

had been to Skylit rooftop restaurant at Citrus Hotel for dinner with my family. This restaurant is located in the heart of the city at Cunningham Road, Bangalore. I think this is the only restaurant in Bengaluru which serves 16 varieties of unlimited starters and a very decent buffet at a reasonable price. This restaurant is open in the evenings and evenings are the perfect time to enjoy the romantic candle light ambiance. Read on to know more.



Ambiance:
As soon as I entered the rooftop restaurant, I was impressed with the ambiance. It was perfect for a romantic candle light evening. The view from the top was beautiful.  The evening was pleasant and the blue decor made the setup look really romantic. Any one with a bad mood or who is feeling low can immediately feel good if they see have dinner with their better half or romantic partner at this place. A perfect place to celebrate anniversaries or romantic dates, the newly opened Skylit rooftop restaurant is bound to win hearts.


There are 3 sitting areas - one is inside where the buffet is served, one is near the bar area where the large LCD TVs are placed and one is on the terrace. There are high chairs too and you can select any table of your choice.


They have catered to all the needs. People who want to enjoy drinks and sports can ask for a place near the LCD screens and can also enjoy the drinks at the bar.


We selected the romantic area on the terrace and had an awesome time.
There is an open kitchen where they make kebabs and continental grills and barbecues from all over the world. .

Service:
The service was good and the hospitality provided by them was perfect. The starters were served with a smile from the platter to our plates. We had to go and help ourselves with the main course and desserts after we were done with the starters. They just took a lot of time to get naans and rotis for us. These never arrived at our table probably due to the rush at the restaurant.

Food:
Soon after we got our seats, we were presented with a blue colored fizzy non-alcoholic welcome drink and a bread basket was placed on the table. The kids had a great time munching those breads and passing their time while we awaited for the starters. We were served with 16 different types of starters- 8 vegetarian and 8 non-vegetarian. 


The various starters were Peshawari Paneer, Chamman Ka Seekh, Aloo Pudina Tikki, Gilafi Tandoori Aloo, Mexican Grilled Veg, Veg Polenta, Cottage Cheese Saltier and Veg Fajitas in the vegetarian section and Lal Mirch ki Tangdi, Chakundri Murg, Mutton Seekh, Sarsowali Macchi, Lamb Chop in pepper sauce, Jalapeno Cheese Fish, Barbeque Garlic Squids and BBQ Chicken. These were the 16 types of starters. Though 16 varieties of unlimited servings of starters.

Chakundri Murg

Jalepeno Cheese Fish

In between we felt thirsty and so we ordered fresh lime juice and orange juice. Just loved the way they served.

Fresh Lime Juice and Orange Juice
... and coming back to the starters...

BBQ Garlic Squids

Sarsowali Macchi

BBQ Chicken

Though I am a non-vegetarian, I loved the vegetarian starters more compared to the non-vegetarian. The Gilafi Tandoori Aloo was simply out of the world and Aloo Pudina Tikki was delicious.  It had the minty cheesy flavour. Pechawari Paneer was also delicious and left me wanting for more. I wish they had some mushroom starters too.

Veg. Fajitas

Peshawari Paneer

Cottage Cheese Saltier

Gilafi Tandoori Aloo

In the non-veg there were variety of fish, chicken and lamb kebabs. However prawns were a huge miss here. If they have grilled/barbecued prawns on their menu, they can be a big competition for similar restaurants which serve unlimited starters and a huge buffet.

Lal Mirch Ki Tangdi

Besides unlimited kebabs and  grills, there was a decent buffet with Thai Noodle soup and some rare and unique gravy dishes like Ghost Khada Masala (non-veg), Kesari Paneer(veg), Subz Lababdar (veg), Dal Makhani (veg), Szechwan Noodles, Exotic vegetables in Peanut Sauce and Veg and chicken biryanis and some salads.


Dal Makhani is my all time favorite and it was well-prepared with butter and lentils in a rich tomato gravy. The taste was perfect and comforting. Kesari Paneer was unique and good. Szechwan Noodles too were well prepared. Biryani was slightly average but it was not bad too. The types of salads were neither too much nor too less. 

There were some some delicious desserts like Plum Pudding, Litchi Pastry, Basbousa, Mango Barfi, Champakali, Gajar Halwa, Ice-cream and fresh cut fruits.


Gajar Halwa was delicious among the desserts and I had to help myself with another serving of the same. Rest of the desserts were of average types.

Cost of meal for two: Rs. 1500/-
Address: Rooftop, Citrus Hotel, 34, Cunningham Road, Vasanth Nagar, Bengaluru
Contact Number: 080 4539 0000

Note: This is not a paid review. All the views and opinions expressed are my own.

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Order Food Photography Props And Cookbooks Online

You all know that I am a food blogger and I love to write about food. Apart from writing about food or recipes, I also love to click pictures of the food that I cook. For a food blog to be successful, the pictures have to be of very good quality and should be appealing. They say that the food should look good and good looking food wins the race. We humans have a tendency to believe that whatever looks good is good. That is the reason why I love collecting different types of food photography props for my food blog. I want to share an incident with you regarding my recent search for food photography props.

I had a food styling and food photography assignment recently. The client wanted me to use white props for clicking the pictures. I was in my home-town at that time. It was then that I had some time and wanted to complete this assignment. Since I am a blogger I carry my personal laptop around with me when I go to my home-town. I went in search of white crockery throughout the city, infact I spent entire 4 hours searching for white crockery. Went around asking from one shop to other. After a massive hunt I had to give up and could not find a single one. In a big city, it is easy to get all these things in malls. But in remote places it is difficult.

So the next option which I had was to order online. Ordering online has multiple benefits. You don’t have to waste your time y standing in long queues at the malls and you don’t have to waste your time hunting things like how I did. Plus you don’t have to spend money on fuel and parking charges. Just sit at the luxury of your home, log in from your laptop or smartphone or tablet and start selecting and purchasing. I found some nice crockery at Snapdeal too. Apart from selecting and getting discounts on purchase of this crockery from Snapdeal, I got free home delivery and incase I din’t like any item, I have an option to return them as per their exchange policy.

At times I order a lot of books for my kid from Flipkart. You can get good deals and coupons from Zoutons.com. I just love the the Flipkart coupons for books. I used these coupons to purchase books online. Apart from ordering books for my kid, I also order cookbooks. Sometimes I get these at really throwaway prices.

You can find a lot of stuff online nowadays. E-commerce has made everything possible. Not just kitchen related, but also clothes, towels, curtains, electronic items, etc. Just go to Jabong and purchase whatever you want. 

I would rather enjoy the benefits that I get from ordering online, rather than running around the city in search of stuff and wasting my precious time and energy running around. Plus when I step out of my house I also end up eating a lot of junk food outside as I get too hungry. So I prefer shopping from within the comforts of my home and also to cook and eat whatever I love to. If needed I can order food online using Foodpanda coupons too.

Apart from this I can spend time with my family and comfortably baby sit my kid too. Oops, I really hate that traffic. That is the main reason why I hate stepping out of my home just for shopping. 

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Cluster Beans Subzi

Cluster beans are also known as Chidki in Goa or Gawar in Maharashtra. I have prepared this subzi in a typical traditional Goan style. The Keralites also prepare in a similar way. I have added little bit of jaggery as this subzi is slightly bitter. Apart from being good for diabetics, it is also a nutritious vegetable and is full of fibre. I pack this in our lunch boxes atleast once a week and is become a family favorite due to the nutritional benefits that it offers.



Cleaning the cluster beans is slightly time-consuming. You have to cut the ends and pull the thread like peel from the sides. Later you can cut this with a knife or simply cut it using your hands. I remember, in my childhood, my Mom used to sit and watch the TV and keep cutting these beans with hands.


I used to hate this subzi due to the typical bitter taste. But if cooked properly, this subzi tastes good. I have added jaggery to reduce the bitterness and added the spices. Addition of freshly grated coconut makes this subzi even more tasty.


Ingredients:                                              Prep. Time: 20 Min's, Serves: 4
2 cups chopped cluster beans
1 medium sized potato
1 medium sized chopped onion
1 tsp mustard seeds
Pinch of asafoetida
1 tsp turmeric powder
1 green chilly / 1 tsp red chilly powder
1 tablespoon grated coconut(optional)
1 tbsp grated jaggery
Salt to taste
1 tbsp oil



Procedure:

Peel the potato and chop into small pieces and keep aside.

In a kadai, add oil. When oil heats, add mustard seeds. After they flutter, add asafoetida and chopped onion.
When onion turns pinkish, add potato and fry for 8-10 Min's by keeping the lid of kadai/pan covered.
Add the chopped cluster beans and 1 cup water. Simmer on low heat by keeping the pan covered or till the cluster beans gets cooked.
Add grated jaggery and mix.
Add the turmeric powder, red chilly powder and grated coconut and mix well.
Add salt to taste.

Note:
If you are add green chillies, add them while sauteing the onions.
Some people add curry leaves after the mustard crackle. I did not add as I did not have them.
For saving time, you can cook the cluster beans separately by pressure cooker by adding 1 cup water and cooking upto 2 whistles. But cooking in this way changes the taste of the subzi.

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Various Entrance Exams In India

This post is based on exams which is in continuation to the previous post. You all know that various entrance exams are conducted every year for checking the ability of students in various fields. The competition is tough and the students who crack these exams and who score excellent ranks are sent to the best and the top most colleges in India.

After completion of school especially +2 or 12 or PUC, the question which strikes most students and parents is what next? exams.collegedunia.com is an online portal where you can find information regarding all sorts of exams happening around the country.  From Agriculture to Veterinary sciences to engineering, all the exams happening in the country are available on this portal. Information about Medical entrance exams are also available here. There are many different kinds of national and state level entrance examination present for the students for admission in various streams like engineering, management, medical, law, finance & accounts, hospitality, government services, arts & design, information and technology.

Some medical entrances like AIPMT – All India Pre Medical Test, AIIMS - MBBS entrance exam, GCET – Goa Common Entrance Test, etc. are conducted throughout the country and you can find all the information here. AIPMT 2015 – is a national level examination and is conducted by CBSE – Central Board of Secondary Education, Delhi. It is conducted for admission to MBBS and BDS courses in various medical colleges all over the country.  It is being held for the 15% merit positions which are reserved in medical and dental colleges of the country.

JIPMER - Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education And Research Entrance Exam is national level undergraduate medical entrance exam conducted by Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research (JIPMER), Puducherry at various centers across India once a year. Admission to M.B.B.S. Course for 150 seats is through JIPMER entrance exam at various centers across India. JIPMER is one of the leading Medical Institutions of our country and JIPMER MBBS is one of the most popular entrance exam for admission of MBBS course. This exam will be held on 7th June 2015 and you can start applying if interested as the last date to apply is 4th May 2015.

The information about all the entrance exams, eligibility, application fees, sample test papers, prospectus, exam dates, result dates and everything that you need to know about the entrance exams is available at the portal. So after your +2 or 12th, you need not worry about what next. Just log on to this portal and get all the data that you need.


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A Portal For All Entrance Exams In India

Today I want to tell you something which is completely different from food. Yes, at times I feel like sharing stuff which is not related to food. Do you remember your college days? Especially those days when you had exams and you used to study day and night to clear them? After those college exams you had some entrance exams? And you used to again struggle to clear those exams? Yes, many of you remember those because those entrance exams are the exams in India which many educational institutions use to shortlist students. Entrance exams occur at almost every stage of our life right from kindergarten till getting into any profession in our life.

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Nowadays just scoring at the board or university is not enough. We have to excel at these entrance exams too. The competition is too much nowadays. Infact you have to score highest in both of these to get into your choice of educational institution. Students who crack these exams and who grab excellent rankings are sent to the topmost colleges in India.

In our country, entrance exams are chiefly for medical, engineering and management courses. These range from UPSC for Indian civil services, IIT- JEE for engineering and CAT for business administration where only one in a hundreds can hope to get admission to state level entrances which are many and varied. 

I have come across this website where you can find all the entrance exams that take place in India. This site lists the entrance exams happening in various educational streams like Agriculture, Architecture, Arts, Commerce, Dental Science, Pharmacy, etc. If you want to know about the various entrance exams in management, you can just head on to exams on collegedunia.com. You can select your course from either MBA or BBA. You can then select your level i.e. national or state, year and month of applying. Then you will see a list of exams happening around the country.

Then if you want you can even find out how many papers you will have to answer. For e.g. on the exam portal select Management from stream, course as MBA, level as National, year as 2015, Month as Nov. You can see that CAT – Common Admission test will be held in Nov 2015 and the last date for applying is Sep 29, 2015 and it will have 6 papers. Click on CAT and you will get all details like cut-off percentile in top colleges, reservation, number of seats, application fees and the month when the results will be out.

Isn’t it nice? You get to see all the information about exams like CAT, XAT, MAT, and etc all in one place. 

Apart from this there is lot of stuff on the portal to browse like upcoming MBA exams, CAT 2015 eligibility criteria and exams in other streams. I am sure you will like this portal and it is a great boon for students, parents, teachers too.

... and did I forget to tell you that you can get previous years papers too at the portal?

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