It’s that time of the year again—the streets seem to be awash with hearts and all things red (no, not because I am in love. It’s because one cannot miss the stores proudly displaying their Valentine’s Day-themed wares wherever you look). Love it or hate it, you simply cannot escape it. So why not use the occasion to go out on a lovely dinner date with your partner? Here are the five best places in the city to consider:
Bombay Brasserie, Indiranagar
One of the newer entrants in the city, Bombay Brasserie is perfect for couples who are looking for a casual dinner affair with good food being an important factor. Classy décor and good service add to the ambience of this place, and you can choose either indoor seating or al fresco to dine in. Indian cuisine with a contemporary twist is what you can expect here, and they have a full bar as well.
What to try: The regional dishes are interesting, try the Aam Papad Paneer and Chur Chur Parathas.
Om Made Café, Koramangala
A beautiful outdoor seating arrangement complete with white chairs is what makes Om Made Café another excellent option for a romantic dinner. Serenity is the keyword here–enjoy the cool night breeze as you tuck into some European and Italian fare on your candle-lit table. The good selection of wines round up the experience.
What to try: Flat bread
The Rogue Elephant, Basavanagudi
A small, unassuming place with a peaceful vibe and charming outdoor dining—if this sounds like the perfect dinner date venue, plan your Valentine’s date at The Rogue Elephant. I’m not sure how the name justifies the restaurant, as there is anything but rogue about it. Known for its salads and pastas, this is just the place to spend Valentine’s night when you want to be away from the crowds.
What to try: Zucchini Fritters, Fresh Fruit Pannacotta
The Glass House – Deli Bistro Bar, Lavelle Road
This restaurant has everything you could want for a Valentine’s Day dinner—lovely ambience (with seating inside an elegant glass cube), soft music, water installations, candles, and a landscaped garden. For food, they have a choice of European dishes with some continental options as well. The prices are slightly on the higher side, in keeping with the high-end, sophisticated vibe.
What to try: Roasted pumpkin and caramelized onion ravioli
Nimiserrie, Brigade Road
This Quirk partner offers you the best of Chef Nimish Bhatia’s culinary presentations which are Indian dishes with a modern touch. If fine dining is on your mind, look no further than Nimiserrie. Grand décor complete with impressive wine racks, satin drapes, and elegant white furniture spell class at this place. You can also choose the upper floor for some interesting seating and the chance to watch the Naanerie in action.
What to try: Mix Max Bhel, Tarte Tartin, Mishti Doi Brûlée
Quirk Tip: Go for the seven-course dégustation menu event on 14th February for a romantic and interesting experience.
How to Get There:
Where: 2989/B, 12th Main Road, HAL 2nd Stage, Indiranagar, Bangalore
Contact: 080 49652784
Timings: Mon – Thu 12 Noon to 11:30 PM | Fri – Sat 12 Noon to 1 AM | Sun 12 Noon to 12 Midnight
Cost: ₹1,500 for two people (VAT extra)
Om Made Café
Where: 136, rooftop above Gold’s Gym, 1st Cross, Koramangala 5th Block, Bangalore
Contact: 080 65305666
Timings: All Days 12 Noon to 11 PM
Cost: ₹1,500 for two people
The Rogue Elephant
Where: 93, Near Generation School, Opposite Krishna Rao Park, Basavanagudi, Bangalore
Contact: 080 49652849
Timings: All Days 11:30 AM to 9 PM
Cost: ₹1,000 for two people
The Glass House – Deli Bistro Bar
Where: 25/2, Lavelle Road, Bangalore
Contact: 080 65419999
Timings: Mon – Thu & Sun 11 AM to 11 PM | Fri – Sat 11 AM to 1 AM
Cost: ₹2,000 for two people (VAT extra)
Where: 120, Off Wood Street, Ashok Nagar, Brigade Road, Bangalore
Contact: 080 49652770
Timings: Mon Closed. Tus – Sun 12 Noon to 12 Midnight
Cost: ₹1,800 for two people (VAT & service charges extra)