The first ever high-rooftop F&B in Bangalore was the revolving restaurant started by Bollywood super baddie Amjad khan (a.k.a.Gabbar Singh) on the 20th floor of the erstwhile-tallest building in Bengaluru—the Utility Building, near MG Road. An unfortunate event supposedly led to its closure. Nobody knows for sure, as this happened before our generation could even try the place. But the building still stands, its faded sarkari exterior stopped turning heads after new skyscrapers shot up after the turn of the millennium. Until two years ago, the vertical limit for Food and Beverages in the city ceased at the 16th floor Skyye in UB city,followed by old school The 13th Floor Restaurant at Barton Centre. Then came the Goliath, the World Trade Centre that houses the High Ultra Lounge on the 31st floor.
Flush with a sudden spike in finances, I decided to visit the High Ultra Lounge. My simple mind was mostly anticipating the elevator ride and the view from the tallest commercial building in town. An ear vacuum was followed by a greeting from a host, but I stood gaping at the most expansive view of the city yet. My high society wing-woman nudged me back to sense. She took up the difficult task of choosing between the chic cafe space, the spacious bar, the snug love beds and the west-facing Edge. But I still couldn’t get enough of the view. She picked High Edge for its view of the sunset beyond a distant hill range, a classic mood set in with some Ambient Jazz playing in the background combined with an Old fashioned and a L.I.I.T. made us share anecdotes from our long friendship.
As the sun set, we chose from a long list of Pan-Asian dishes and put on our food critic hats. Seafood options were everywhere. We went with the Norwegian Grilled Salmon Teriyaki (wondering whether the Japanese broiled version was now obsolete). Next, we tried the hybrid Korean Pork Tacos, which were quite flavourful and had ample chew value. My companion continued taking her duties as a critic seriously, trying to decide the main course while I took a walk around. A quick visit to the men’s room revealed a few snog spots that seemed to be intentionally worked into the layout to give patrons some privacy. Making my way to the lounge, I stretched out on the love beds, and was smitten all over again by my city. The lights were in full glow and arrested my attention till it was time to eat.
For all her prowess, my friend had ordered for Fish in Oyster Sauce with Jasmine rice (that had to be ordered separately by the way). The dish was quite similar to what I had tried in a mid-range Chinese restaurant. Critic hats off, our conversation steered towards the Indian palate, and how it is hung up on rich flavours, that everything from fast food to gourmet has been forced to become lip smackingly lurid . We concluded that our biases did not leave us with an objective opinion on food and ordered dessert. Bananas about Banoffee pie, I insisted on a portion. It did not disappoint. Rich, creamy and decadent, it topped off the evening quite nicely.
As a large family group was trying to get two of its children out of the water fountain, I took one last look at the breathtaking view and descended back to ground reality.
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How to Get There:
High Ultra Lounge
Where: 26/1 , 31st Floor, Dr. Rajkumar Road, World Trade Centre, Brigade Gateway Campus, Malleshwaram, Bangalore
Contact: 080 45674567
Timings: Mon to Fri & Sun 12:30 PM to 3:30 PM, 5:30 PM to 11:30 PM | Sat – Sun 12:30 PM to 3:30 PM, 5:30 PM to 1 AM
Cost: ₹2,600 for two people