Everyone and his brother seem to have been bitten by the restaurant bug. How else can you explain people quitting their cushy jobs to “follow their dream” of opening a restaurant/café/bar? Needless to say, there is now one restaurant for every 5 people in Bangalore. The math is probably wrong on this because I was always bad at math, but you get my drift. Despite the mushrooming of restaurants, there are a few places that are still staples for date nights.
Mostly frequented by expats and NRIs who feel completely at home in what they feel most closely resembles date-night restaurant of choice back home. It’s intimate, the lighting is universally flattering, and the wine list is better than most. This place is perfect for long conversations, which, in my experience, is a double edged sword. If you run out of things to say, there simply aren’t enough people around for you to people-watch and gossip about. And the music is too unobtrusive for you to take refuge in it. Unless you go for brunch, in which case, all bets are off.
Perfect if you’re not sure you want to escape said date. Also, it works really well if you’re not sure it is a date. It’s almost always crowded with a wide variety of people. Unless you’re an alien making a brief visit from another planet, chances are you will run into someone you know. Between trying to find a table, getting the waiter’s attention and discussing what to order, you will be halfway through your date. If things get awkward, you can just order another drink – Toit is known to be pocket-friendly as proved by their waiting list that seems like it stretches into weeks. Nothing like a liquid diet and impaired judgement to make up for a lack of personality and conversation skills.
Romantic, intimate, and secluded. You must really like your SO to brave two hours of traffic (one way) and carry your own alcohol to bring them here. You have to make reservations weeks in advance and you would have to have an intimate knowledge of your partner’s food preferences/allergies because there is no menu at Grasshopper. It is a pre-set seven course meal that is beyond decadent, served in what can only be described as a fairy-tale backdrop with flora and fauna and fireflies to keep you company. You don’t usually find kids running around here, so that’s another bonus. If a date brings you here, he/she is a keeper.
Dim, dark, and definitively dingy, you would bring a date here for one thing and one thing only. The food. And also that other thing you were thinking of. Despite the well-worn look, this pubs is not particularly cheap and definitely not for everyone. Without fair warning, this place could backfire. And terribly, if she took some trouble over dressing up. On the other hand, if a woman were to suggest this place for a date, she would most likely end up with a marriage proposal the following day. Or a week, depending on how slow the guy is in recognising her awesomeness.
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How to Get There:
Where: 16, Wood Street, Ashok Nagar, Richmond Road, Bangalore
Contact: 080 41128400 | +91 9945565483
Timings: All Days 12 Noon to 3:30 PM & 7 PM to 11 PM
Cost: ₹1,800 for two people
Where: Toit, 298, Namma Metro Pillar 62, 100 Feet Road, Indiranagar, Bangalore
Contact: +91 9019713388 | +91 9019813388
Timings: Mon – Thu & Sun – 12 Noon to 11:30 PM | Fri – Sat – 12 Noon to 1 AM
Cost: ₹2,000 for two people with alcohol (VAT & service charges extra)
Where: 45, Near Meenakshi Temple, Kalena Agrahara, Bannerghatta Road, Bangalore
Contact: 080 49653247
Timings: Mon Closed. | Tue – Fri 7:30 PM to 11:30 PM | Sat – Sun 12:30 PM to 3 PM & 7:30 PM to 11:30 PM
Cost: ₹5,000 for two people (VAT & service charges extra)
Where: 968, 12th Main, Off 100 Feet Road, Indiranagar, Bangalore
Contact: 080 40923656 | 080 40923657
Timings: Mon – Thu 11:30 AM to 3 PM, 7 PM to 11:30 PM | Fri – Sun 11:30 AM to 1 AM
Cost: ₹1,900 for two people