Does this restaurant with a view also give you a culinary high?
Some of Bangalore’s (Bengaluru if you insist) hotels in the city’s emerging tech hubs will kill for the location of Shangri-La, officially the city’s largest luxury hotel (with close to 400 rooms). It’s the location in the heart of Old Bangalore and spectacular views (From the 18th floor) that give Caprese, the hotel’s Mediterranean restaurant a considerable edge.
It’s not just the endless green around the hotel (this is also the Garden City, remember?) but the sheer space of the restaurant with a brilliant blend of chic interiors and an al-fresco area (you don’t have to worry about eavesdroppers at the next table) that is a welcome change from the cramped interiors of contemporary restaurants. Thankfully the menu is not expansive.
Med restaurants that try to round up dishes from multiple regions tend to go overboard; Caprese makes no bones about its strong Italian slant. It might have something to do with the hotel’s gregarious Executive Chef – Antonio Tardi, who grew up in Naples or it might just be a market reality.
The Caprese Salad (a no brainer at a restaurant with the same name) with locally sourced Buratta cheese is also the pick of the entire menu. The ingredients are the true stars of the menu. From the New Zealand lamb in the grilled chops to the painstakingly crafted chicken rolls – with a sou vide (vacuum style) cooking style. The cold and warm mezze platters are worth checking out too.
It’s the Italian desserts that steal the show. We love how the Tiramisu is assembled on your table and left Caprese wondering why more restaurants don’t attempt creating this simple yet brilliant moment that you will probably Instagram on Slow-mo.
Caprese is at the Shangri-La Bengaluru, 56-6B Palace Road, Bengaluru: 52. Phone: (080) 4512 6100. Meal for 2: Rs 3500/-
Will we be back: Absolutely