Loya: Bengaluru's Newest Culinary Gem

Loya: Bengaluru's Newest Culinary Gem

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Published on September 6, 2023

After a successful debut at The Taj Palace, New Delhi, the Indian Hotels Company (IHCL) proudly presents Loya, its flagship North Indian concept restaurant, at Taj West End, Bengaluru. Loya promises an extraordinary gastronomic journey, from the Himalayan foothills to the lush terrains of Punjab and the snow-clad peaks of Kashmir.

Derived from Bakarwal shepherds, 'Loya' embodies the spirit of joyous feasting and camaraderie. The restaurant's menu resurrects forgotten culinary traditions and authentic recipes, using heirloom ingredients. Loya shines a spotlight on time-honored cooking techniques like dungaar (smoking and slow-cooking), baghar (spices tempered in hot oil), sigdi (cooking over an open fire), and the art of pounding masalas with a sil-batta (pestle and mortar). Loya 'Paanch,' the bar philosophy, blends the charm of the past with modern refinement, offering indigenous beverages and a contemporary twist on local spirits.

Beyond the tantalizing flavors and aromas, Loya's design seamlessly blends elegance and nostalgia. The ambiance features grand arches, intricate motifs, and outdoor spaces adorned with natural rocks, boulders, and Himalayan spring-inspired aquatic elements. Adding the final touch to the quintessential North Indian experience is Loya's curated music by Shreyas Patkar, featuring folk tunes, traditional rhythms, and soul-stirring compositions.

This second outpost of Loya comes on the heels of its triumphant debut at The Taj Palace, New Delhi, last year. The restaurant aims to captivate diners with the diverse flavors and rich heritage of North Indian cuisine, making it an exciting addition to Bengaluru's culinary scene.

Loya's Culinary Journey

Loya's journey began with an extensive exploration of North Indian cuisine. A dedicated team of chefs embarked on a research mission, uncovering the region's diverse ingredients and culinary techniques. This deep dive into North India's culinary heritage forms the foundation of Loya's menu and experience.

Loya's commitment to authenticity extends beyond its menu. The restaurant's design and decor pay homage to North Indian traditions, with walls adorned with ancient inscriptions and khatiya-themed placemats. The space also includes exclusive zones, such as the champagne room, offering bespoke services, and the Delhi lounge called Qissa, where guests are encouraged to sit, relax, and share stories—a practice rooted in the tradition of bonding as the sun sets.

Heart-y Drinks

At Loya, the art of crafting drinks takes center stage. Following the philosophy of HEART (Harmony, Experimental, Authentic, Reverence, and The Spirit), the bar menu offers a range of unique cocktails that capture the essence of North India.

One standout drink is the Sparkling Sangria, a delightful blend of gin and sparkling wine with saffron strands that provide a sweet and refreshing finish. The Mulethi cocktail, featuring gin and an in-house citrus concoction, incorporates the herb liquorice, known for its Ayurvedic properties in treating common colds.

Many of Loya's drinks are accompanied by chaats that tantalize the palate, offering a unique twist to the traditional pairing of snacks with drinks.

Food from the Northern Hinterlands

Loya's culinary offerings are rooted in restoration and tradition. The open kitchen showcases long-forgotten cooking tools and techniques from North India's hinterlands. For example, the traditional dhungar method, involving charcoal and clarified butter, infuses a smoky flavor into dishes like Loya Dum Murgh.

The menu boasts a diverse array of dishes, including Sepu Wadi (urad dal dumplings stewed in a tomato-based curry) and Seviyan Pulao (vermicelli and rice cooked in a dum-sealed pot). The use of clarified butter adds richness and aroma to many dishes, creating a delightful culinary experience.

In summary, Loya is a welcome addition to Bengaluru's culinary landscape, offering a unique blend of North Indian flavors and culinary traditions. Whether you're a connoisseur of North Indian cuisine or looking to expand your palate, Loya promises an unforgettable dining experience.

For a glimpse of the Loya menu, here are some recommended dishes and drinks:

Food:

Kunni Murgh

Sepu Wadi

Kala Moti Gucchi Pulao

Drinks:

The Sparkling Saffron

Mountain Margarita

Indus G&T

Price for two: Approximately Rs 6,400, excluding alcohol.

Loya's meticulous attention to detail, commitment to authenticity, and innovative approach to cocktails make it a must-visit for those seeking an exploration of North Indian cuisine in Bengaluru.


Haldiram’s Nagpur Expands Its Culinary Delights to Malleshwaram, Bengaluru

Haldiram’s Nagpur Expands Its Culinary Delights to Malleshwaram, Bengaluru

By Nithyakala Neelakandan

Published on April 18, 2024

Haldiram’s Nagpur, a household name synonymous with delectable Indian cuisine, has recently inaugurated its latest restaurant and sweets outlet in the vibrant neighborhood of Malleshwaram, Bengaluru. Nestled within the Gokul Complex, this new establishment offers an enticing culinary experience for travelers, commuters, and food enthusiasts alike.

The grand opening on April 12th marked the debut of Haldiram’s 14th outlet in Bengaluru, showcasing the brand’s continued growth and commitment to delighting customers across India. Boasting an extensive menu, the restaurant invites patrons to indulge in a plethora of offerings, ranging from popular snacks like Aloo Bhujia and Kaju Mixture to authentic Indian delicacies such as Gulab Jamun, Rasmalai, and Raj Kachori. To commemorate the occasion, Haldiram’s is also extending a special breakfast offer, providing a 50% discount on South Indian dishes from 8:00 AM to 11:00 AM until April 30, 2024, exclusively at the Malleshwaram outlet.

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Neeraj Agrawal, Director of Haldiram’s Foods International Pvt Ltd, expressed enthusiasm about the new venture. Agrawal said, “We are excited to announce­ that Haldiram's has opened its 14th outlet in Bengaluru, in the he­art of Malleshwaram. This latest addition underscores our unwavering commitment to delivering delectable sweets and authentic Indian cuisine. We eagerly anticipate welcoming our guests and offering them a memorable dining experience, complete with unparalleled food quality and service excellence.” 

Renowned for its unwavering focus on quality and taste, Haldiram’s continues to innovate while honoring tradition, ensuring that each dining experience is memorable and satisfying. The launch of its latest restaurant in Malleshwaram underscores the brand’s dedication to providing food enthusiasts with an array of authentic flavors and exceptional hospitality.

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About Haldiram’s:

With a rich legacy spanning over eight decades, Haldiram’s has established itself as a leading name in the Indian culinary landscape. Known for its exceptional range of snacks and delectable dishes, the brand is committed to creating memorable dining experiences for its customers. Whether through its restaurants or packaged food products, Haldiram’s remains dedicated to delivering quality and taste that truly delights.


Radico Khaitan Unveils The Kohinoor Reserve Indian Dark Rum

Radico Khaitan Unveils The Kohinoor Reserve Indian Dark Rum

By Nithyakala Neelakandan

Published on April 18, 2024

Radico Khaitan, one of India's largest liquor companies, has launched The Kohinoor Reserve Indian Dark Rum at the IAADFS Summit of the Americas in Florida, USA. The event, held from April 14th to 17th, 2024, showcases the company's commitment to introducing luxury Indian spirits to the global market.

Crafted with precision and sophistication, The Kohinoor Reserve Indian Dark Rum embodies the essence of Indian craftsmanship and tradition. Made through small-batch distillation using fresh cane juice harvested during the North Indian winter season, this rum undergoes a unique maturation process. It is aged in American Oak Barrels previously used for Rampur Indian Single Malt, followed by further maturation in Cognac XO and Vermouth casks.

Abhishek Khaitan, Managing Director of Radico Khaitan, expressed excitement about the launch, highlighting the company's dedication to delivering innovative and refined spirits. He sees The Kohinoor Reserve Indian Dark Rum as a testament to Indian craftsmanship and a symbol of luxury.

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Sanjeev Banga, President of International Business at Radico Khaitan, “We are thrilled to announce the grand unveiling of The Kohinoor Reserve Indian Dark Rum, a true jewel in the crown of the spirits world, at the IAADFS Summit. Crafted with meticulous care and inspired by centuries of tradition, The Kohinoor Reserve Indian Dark Rum embodies the essence of luxury and refinement akin to world renowned Kohinoor Diamond.”

Kunal Madan, Vice President of International Business at Radico Khaitan, says “As we unveil The Kohinoor Reserve Indian Dark Rum at the IAADFS Summit, we invite you to join us in celebrating the artistry and ingenuity behind this extraordinary creation. Experience the epitome of Indian luxury with The Kohinoor Reserve Indian Dark Rum.”

The Kohinoor Reserve Indian Dark Rum will soon be available in global markets, including the USA, UK, EU, Asia, and Global Travel Retail outlets. Packaged in an exquisite glass bottle reminiscent of the Kohinoor Diamond, this rum exudes opulence and sophistication. With an ABV of 43%, it promises a unique drinking experience for connoisseurs worldwide.

Radico Khaitan's foray into the luxury spirits market reaffirms its position as an industry leader committed to innovation and excellence. As the company expands its global footprint, The Kohinoor Reserve Indian Dark Rum stands as a shining example of Indian craftsmanship and tradition in the world of spirits.

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Noida's First Metro Coach Restaurant Takes Dining to New Heights

Noida's First Metro Coach Restaurant Takes Dining to New Heights

By Nithyakala Neelakandan

Published on April 17, 2024

If you're someone who loves exploring themed restaurants and unique flavors, Noida has a delightful surprise for you. Imagine dining inside a metro coach, surrounded by the ambiance of a stationary train. Yes, you read that right! The Noida Metro Rail Corporation Ltd. (NMRC) has recently transformed a metro rail coach into a vibrant restaurant, named The Coach, Culinary Express, and Bar, located inside the Noida Sector 137 metro station on the Aqua line.

This innovative initiative aims to offer passengers a quirky fine dining experience within the unique setting of a metro train coach. The restaurant, currently operational on a trial basis, recently had a soft launch. However, the official inauguration is scheduled for April 20, 2024, after which it will be open to the public from 11:30 a.m. to 12 AM.

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The menu at The Coach is diverse, offering a range of multi-cuisine dishes, including a cocktail menu and child-friendly options. According to reports, their Kashmiri kebabs have already become quite popular among food enthusiasts.

The NMRC's decision to venture into commercial activities within the metro network is not new. In the past, they have successfully established small kiosks at metro stations and leased commercial spaces to private companies for business purposes. This innovative approach aims to enhance passenger experiences and generate additional revenue streams.

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The Coach, Culinary Express, and Bar is not just a restaurant; it's a destination offering a unique dining experience. With its quirky ambiance and diverse menu, it's an ideal spot for families, friends, and solo diners alike. Whether you're a food enthusiast or simply looking for something out of the ordinary, The Coach promises an unforgettable dining experience.

So, if you're in Noida and craving a unique culinary adventure, make sure to visit The Coach and indulge in the flavors of a metro train. It's not just a meal; it's an experience!

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