Jayamahal Palace Hotel might be well-known to tourists and event agencies, but its bar/restaurant is surprisingly un-crowded and disturbingly quiet. I’ve often asked myself why my visits there have been so infrequent, considering how restful I find the space.
It’s wood-lined, comfortably couched, surrounded by trees and plants, tempered by silence. It’s Bangalore somewhere before the IT boom. So why don’t we go there more often?
Is it the food? I’m not going to rave about the food. It’s middling bar food. It goes well with a beer (make that a few). You can find traditional local delicacies such as French fries, masala peanuts and pepper chicken. You can eat it without shocking your system into rejection. Special mention to the murg malai tikka.
Is it the distance? If you can justify going to MG Road, then you can probably do the same with the palace area. There might be a U-turn involved, depending on where you’re traveling from, but it’s surprisingly uneventful, even by Bangalore standards.
Is it that secluded air? The truth is, silence, pollution-free air, unobtrusive waiters and trees have become something of a luxury. You’re probably terrified now if you can’t hear traffic for fifteen whole minutes. You wonder if the apocalypse is near. You look at tree-lined driveways and parking lots as privileges that the likes of you shouldn’t partake of. You think your lot is to dive out of a car or auto, leap across a traffic-filled pavement and throw yourself into the bar of the night.
Which means, when you do come around here, you’re not meeting the New and the Young. You’re seeing ex-ravers, strangely muted and silent. Aunties of a bygone era of posh, looking down their cigarettes at you. That shapeless T-shirt and boisterous laugh that screams Old Bangalore Boy.
How to get there:
Where: Jayamahal Palace Hotel, 1, Jayamahal Road, Frazer Town, Bangalore – 560046
Contact: +91 80 405 80444