If you plot the restaurants of Bangalore on a map you will find that the area most densely populated with restos are Indiranagar, Koramangala and central Bangalore. But if you move towards north, it becomes sparse and after Sankey road and Hebbal it diminishes further.
Having lived in the old Airport road for six years, which was dotted with range of restaurants with Indiranagar and Kormangala at arm’s length, and M.G Road at comfortable distance, it was a heaven for people like me who loves to dine out on every occasion or just for a casual weekend dinner. But after moving to North Bangalore, where options are limited, dining out has become a thing of the past.
So when ‘S’ told me about Saaga I was overjoyed, he has dined there twice on weekdays as part of corporate lunch, and was quiet impressed about it. We went there first on Last Diwali night, and again on Holi this year. Both the experiences were good and menu was different on both the occasions brings variety to their buffet style.
Saaga is a business boutique hotel by Savera group of hotels, situated on the Bellary road, Hebbal next to Baptist hospital. Restaurant is at first floor where usually the buffet spread is arranged and has a private dining section for the hotel’s in-house guest.
They are open for only lunch buffet which spreads around Indian, South Asian and sometimes Continental cuisine, cost 375 per head on weekends.
As with any other buffet, soups and breads were brought to the table.
We opted for vegetable soup laced with soy sauce and topped with crispy fried noodles and was perfectly flavoured.
Next was platter of starter, with four veg and three non-veg , accompanying with 5-7 types of salads and two – three types of chutney and pickles. Seen here is threaded paneer and karare aloo / crispy potatoes in top right of the picture followed by hara murg reshmi / green chicken tikka and stir fried muttons / lamb cubes in hot garlic-soy sauce (a south asian prep). Threaded paneer surprises us, quiet unusual but was very good, gobbled up three – four in a row. Stir fried lamb cubes was perfectly balanced with hot, sweet and spicy flavour and I liked it the most. Mint chutney and pasta salads are other accompaniments.
Coming to the main course, vegetarian counters has five main entries apart from staple plain rice, sambar, rasam and curd rice, but the non-veg counters looks more interesting with murg malaidar, Hunan mutton and prawns in coconut milk, a coastal Indian prep. Seen here is Hunan mutton which again wins my heart, followed by mutton biryani on the right which was sort of okay if you can spot the pieces of mutton and vegetable tawa pulao on the left which was very decent and good, murg malaidar / chicken curried in velvety and creamy yogurt based sauce with generous flavouring of nuts was another dish which deserved special mention, accompanied by noodle and sprout salads.
From the bread basket we chose tandoori roti flavoured with cilantro, others being kulcha and butter naan. If you are wondering about that half filled glass of drink, well this is some coconut milk based drink which is being served as welcome drink and was highly amusing. We liked it .
Since both of us has a sweet tooth so it is a common practice for us to rank or judge the restaurants as per their dessert menu, art and style of creation and overall preparation. This dessert counter bears a un romantic assortment of spongy rasgullas which was just passable, small pieces of vanilla-pineapple pastry, a chocolate pastry, warm gajar ka halwa / carrot pudding and a tiny cup of cream and pectin / gelatin mix (not moose) topped with some choco chips.
Overall we had a nice and enjoyable experience without being sounded too critical.
Location : 24 Bellary road, Hebbal; as I have said earlier location is their biggest plus point in north Bangalore where hand full of options are there.
Ambience: is very good, upholstery bears a refined taste. Great place for a family dining
Cuisine: multi cuisine
Service : prompt and courteous, not over bearing
Cost : Rs 375 including 13% vat and service charge on Sat / Sun ; Rs 325 on weekdays
Reservation : yes, on phone. On weekends a prior reservation is always better
Card accepted : yes
Recommended : yes
Disclaimer : this is not a paid review and I do not enjoy any merchandise or discounts from the restaurant or its business associates.
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