Bangalore is a really beautiful city and it welcomes you very warmly. But with some cities, like Mumbai, which might not even welcome you as warmly, you feel at home in them very soon. Before you know it, you’re one of their own and the city feels like there was never a time when it wasn’t yours. Bangalore didn’t feel like that to me for a really long time and then the Quirk Card came along. It fed me and got me drinks at some of the cool, favourite or legendary hangouts in Bangalore and consequently made me some friends.
The city’s now starting to feel a bit more mine, so I can tell you about the new things that your Quirk Card has in store for you in Namma Bengaluru.
You could be from nearly any part of the world and this restaurant will instantly make you at home in Bangalore. Pepper Café has simple, unpretentious wooden interiors with a somewhat old world ambiance that makes you stretch your legs and sit back almost by reflex. You’re then greeted by its menu card that is global to the point of being panned by a travel junkie. Flavours from all over the world, some classic and others rare, are captured and presented to you. Let the delectable Cha Ca, a Vientamese fish street food preparation, make you feel a little less lost in the big new city. The classic, fresh Caesar’s salad could bring you comfort or the Grilled BBQ Spicy Chicken Wings could cheer you up a bit. But let me tell you, it’s nearly impossible to feel homesick while chomping your way through a pizza that managed to get prawns, crabmeat, squid, tuna and shrimps all in one place. You willslowly find Bangaloreans grinning, through mouthfuls of beef steak, at you enjoying your food like that. And soon, you will be clinking glasses of whatever you chose from the rather large list of sangrias, with everyone else.
Nothing warms you up nearly as quickly as a TexMex fiesta does! Casa Piccosa offers South American, Texmex and Mexican food, thus getting you acquainted with Bangalore’s primal love for food. Don’t get disheartened as soon as you read chicken tikka or aloo patty on the menu. They have a few Indian-ized options to put people at ease, while also offering the more authentic dishes like tacos and quesadillas. The fiery flavours of the region have been taken and infused into nearly everything from salads and bar snacks to sizzlers. The cocktails are far too many and separated by the dominating spirit. I suggest trying the tequila or rum cocktails that will have your breath betraying your happiness in no time. Before you know it, you will be using the #myblr hashtag like you’ve been using it all your life.
The flat 25% off that your Quirk Card offers you on food and drinks at these places is what makes this fun process of breaking the ice with Bangalore even more fun.