Wednesday, May 27, 2015

McCafé - a unique in-house-coffee style chain ! Review

What can be more comforting than a warm cup of cappucchino and muffins! It was a nice warm welcome at McCafe with all the goodies you see below!
From the top left clock wise, Chocolate express cake (eggless), Chocochip muffin, Blueberry cheese cake, Marble cake!

 Banana walnut Bread ! The best part about the cafe is some of the cakes are eggless which make me very happy!
 Chocolate Chip Muffins
Vanilla Chocochip muffin

There was a Babycchino for the kids which was basically a chocolate milk sprinkled with chocolate powder!
McDonald’s is a destination of choice for coffee lovers with premium espresso based and flavoured McCafé® coffees that satisfy more preferences at convenient locations.
Cappuccinos are composed of espresso, whole or non-fat steamed milk and topped with frothy milk. McCafé® cappuccinos are available with Caramel, Hazelnut and Vanilla.
Lattes feature espresso and whole or non-fat steamed milk with the option to add Caramel, Hazelnut and Vanilla.
Mochas include espresso, whole or non-fat steamed milk and chocolate syrup, topped with whipped cream and chocolate syrup.
Iced Lattes are espresso-based drinks with cold whole or non-fat milk and served over ice. Iced lattes are available with syrup options of Caramel, Hazelnut and Vanilla.
Iced Mochas feature espresso, cold whole or non-fat milk and chocolate syrup served over ice. These drinks are topped with whipped cream and chocolate syrup.
Brewed Iced Coffees feature Premium Roast Coffee and light cream served over ice. Iced Coffees are available with Caramel, Hazelnut and Vanilla.
Specialty Teas features hot and cold tea options to choose from. Variety of hot teas includes Chai Latte, English breakfast, Strawberry and Moroccan mint tea. Cold teas are available in Lemon, Green Apple and Strawberry flavours
Hot Chocolate is a flavorful warm blend of whole or non-fat steamed milk and chocolate syrup, topped with a cloud of whipped cream and chocolate drizzle.
Frappes is an ice blended coffee which is thick, smooth and consistently delicious cold drinks
Also enhance customer experience by serving a complete range of desserts.
Lattes, cappuccinos, mochas and brewed iced coffees are available in a variety of sizes, including small, medium and large.

The Moroccan mint Green tea was amazing and its a must have !
After all the tasting session we got to make our own cold/hot coffee! we were given some ingredients to choose from and we created some unusual coffees and milk shakes!

 About McCafe

McCafé® is one of McDonald’s successful global brand extensions which was created and launched in Melbourne, Australia in 1993 by McDonald's Licensee Ann Brown.

McCafé® in India
India’s first McCafé® was launched at Mumbai -Sobo Central in Oct 2013. In a span of eighteen months we have been able to expand our McCafé ® network across 41 restaurants in 6 cities – Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Nashik, Aurangabad, Pune & Bengaluru. This quick roll-out has been enabled due to McCafe’®s unique store-in-store format. We have launched 3 McCafé®s in Bengaluru in one month at HSR Layout, Banashankari and JP Central.

The Coffee
The coffee comes locally from Chikmangalur the birthplace of coffee in India, where the seed was first sown about 350 years ago. Arabica beans are the dominant variety of coffee grown in Chikmangalur’s upper hills.

The Baristas

A barista is a fully-trained, professional maker of espressos, who not only knows the history of coffee, but is also knowledgeable on the different elements that affect the taste of a cup of espresso coffee. Most importantly, a barista is judged by his/her coffee, so he or she must be learned in the art of making a good cup.
At McDonald’s, each barista goes through 100 hours of training to learn the history and origins of coffee, proper coffee handling practices, free pouring, extraction techniques, etc.
Take the mastery of milk for example. Each barista is able to achieve smooth, velvety milk texture at the correct temperature and to create beautiful latte art to please not only your sense of smell and taste, but your vision too.

Bhushan Pagdhare, Assisstant Manager, McCafé Operationsis a passionate coffee professional for over 7 years joined Hardcastle Restaurants in 2013.
Bhushan was the runner-up of the prestigious National Barsita Championship in 2014 and was awarded for the Best Signature Beverage. He also has a degree in Hotel Management. Bhushan is adept at the art of coffee making and can brew a range of specialty coffees ranging from espressos to cappuccinos with elan.

McCafé ®, at the McDonald’s Restaurant, Central Mall, #45/2, 45th cross, JP Nagar II phase, 9th Block , Bengaluru -560069

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Skylit Rooftop Restaurant !

I visited the recently launched roof top restaurant Skylit at Citrus Hotels. The restaurant is located at the heart of the city with an open kitchen where we serve kebabs & continentals grills and barbeques from all over the world  from platter to plate. Besides kebabs the meal comprises of a buffet with gravy dishes, biryanis seasonal, vegetables, Indian breads, salads and delicious desserts. A Few of the star dishes are Cheesy Polenta, Herb Crusted Squids, Caramel Custard, Green Tea Cheese Cake, Chicken Armenian, Cottage Cheese Shaslik and much more.

 The Ambiance is quite lovely and romantic! Its also perfect for party with friends and family!

 The Bar !

 Panner tikkas!
 Stuffed Aaloo
 Grilled Vegetables
 Veg Noodles
 Aloo Tikki!
 Veg Fajitas

The Highlight of this restaurant is – An informal dining rooftop restaurant located at hear of the city with an open kitchen for evening dining pleasures only. Serves mouthwatering kebabs & continentals grills and barbeques. 16 Kebabs and grills specialties from all over the world are served from platter to plate. Besides kebabs the meal comprises of a buffet with rare gravy dishes, biryanis seasonal, vegetables, Indian breads, salads and delicious dessert buffet.

Cost of meal for two – INR 1500

Address, Contact number, website - Rooftop, Citrus Hotel, 34, Cunningham Road, Vasanth Nagar, Bengaluru, 080 4539 0000 ( )
Cuisine served - Indian (Tandoor) and Continental Barbeque and Grill

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Baisakhi @ JW Marriott

Chef Jolly invited us to the exclusive showcase of the rich culinary heritage of Punjab on the festive occasion of Baisakhi! It was a wonderful evening with all like minded people with their love for food and some good chat with chef Jolly! We got to learn a lot about authentic Punjabi food and Amritsar!
Trust me, it was not the regular Punjabi food we tasted there! It was something really different from the regular!

Shikanji- wich is a mix of mint and roohafza!
Til, Pudina Malai Paneer Tikka, is sesame crusted cottage cheese kebabs, marinated in stone ground- mint, green chillies and green mango relish, tandoor roasted.
Makkai tey Kalonji di Seekh, is charcoal grilled skewers of harvest’s green gram, young corn kernel and nigella seeds.
Maa Di Daal was simply awesome!
Amritsari Kulche melted in my mouth!
Rajma kabobs were simple and elegant!

Saag! could not get a better click!
Garam Garam Gulab Jamuns stuffed with Mava!
Mouthwatering Badam Halwa

Rabdi and Jelebi!
Kathal ka Achaar is Indian gooseberries, young jack fruit & green mango pre-tempered in mustard oil with nigella seeds, fenugreek seeds, fennel seeds, whole red chillies and then cooked in Vinegar!
The Chefs behind this culinary extravaganza!

Thank you Chef and Thankyou Rahul!

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Easter Sunday Brunch by Crowne Plaza!

The stylish contemporary 24@43 restaurant from Crowne Plaza hosted the Easter Sunday Brunch from 12 noon on 5th April, to celebrate the true spirit of Easter Sunday with Bangaloreans.

The brunch designed to ensure the finest of Easter spreads, featured stars such as roasted carved Turkey, chicken, smoked tuna, Lamb ragu with red wine sauce, vegetarian pot pie, Baked Scalloped Potatoes with Herbs and much more. This Easter brunch offered the perfect ambiance and an opulent spread turning a day for festivity into a very memorable one for all, old and young.

And to make the memories even sweeter, there were time-honored desserts including Pineapple Jalousie, Caramelized pineapple Panacotta, Mimosa cheesecake, Lemon Meringue tart, hot cross buns, chocolate eggs and walnut tart to name a few. Along with surprise activities for kids in the form of face painting, treasure hunts, a bouncing castle among others.

The guests agreed there could not have been a better way to break their lent and spend the day with their family with all going back with memories to last for a very long time.

Get Ready for a virtual feast!
The Eggs with a nest were chocolate truffles!The array of desserts greeted me more than the main course!

These were some veggies which caught my eyes! Roasted Beet and Turnip with Parsley, Potato Forestiere, Aloo Hari Mirch Masala, Bagara Baingan!
Assorted Breads, Papads,Paneer Tikka and Deep fried bajiyas !

There was a special Kids menu along with many activities like Tattoo, Caricature, Mini Golf and many more which kept the kids occupied! They also had Egg hunt and got surprise gifts which was fun!
Some live music and Sangria made a perfect and relaxed Sunday Brunch!!

Thankyou Anjali Gautam and team for a wonderful experience!