‘Unique’ would be an apt word to describe my experience at “the most romantic restaurant in Bangalore”. We are always on the lookout for new experiences, be it with our food, decor or ambiance, the very reason why there are a variety of unconventional themed restaurants coming up in Bangalore, but the Grasshopper experience is definitely a notch above the rest. Last week, I was invited by the Grasshopper team for an exclusive Grasshopper experience.
The restaurant is located near Meenakshi Mall on Bannerghatta Road, I say near here because I’m not familiar with any other landmark in the area, trust Google Maps to lead the way. It’s a huge farmhouse of sorts and the security guard will guide you to this serene dimly lit paradise once you get there. What’s unique about Grasshopper you ask? Well for starters, they have exactly 5 tables, it’s a reservation only concept, serene ambiance and the food is simple out of this world. This place throws in so many surprises, that you are going to be in love by the end of it all.
The restaurant if I may call it so is located just outside their boutique where they retail a very unique line called Hidden Harmony. They have a beautiful collection that speaks of elegance and minimalism, with an alluring mix of colours and textures.
Just outside the store, on the porch, you’ll be greeted by a beautiful set up, candle lit tables with beauitful flowers adorning the tables, soft music playing in the background and the aroma of lilies wafting in the air. That there just sets the mood for your experience ahead. We were then greeted by the ever smiling and friendly host, Mrs. Sonali, who took us around the property and told us about the inception of the place.
This is one place where they take individual experiences very seriously, a few days before I arrived at Grasshopper, Sonali called me to take note of my dietary preferences and allergies, quite unheard of in this day and age I must say.
Given our busy schedules, it’s very often that we don’t have time to take a vacation or spend sometime away from the city life. Well if you’re planning a super quick romantic getaway, then Grasshopper would be the perfect place to head to, covered by close to three acres of rich green forage, it’s one of he best experiences you could treat your loved one to. The place is all about sophistication and minimalism at the same time, the steel chairs might not be the most comfortable to sit on, but I assure you, you’ll settle right in and maybe even meet some fuzzy friends along the way.
Coming to the grub on offer, what I liked most, given my indecisiveness is that there is absolutely no need of indulging in any menu perusing, except maybe a slight bit towards the end for desserts. For a refreshing start, we were treated to a Watermelon Cooler and a delicious Ginger Spritzer, both of which were light and not too sweet, just the way I like it.
We started our meal with an amuse bouche of sorts of subtly flavored Cucumber gel with herbed cream cheese and flying fish roe, I loved the technique used to create this dish, but the cream cheese has a little more salt than just to taste. This was followed by a bite site appetizer of Zucchini and Goat Cheese Crostini which was delicious.
The next dish, Prawns with mango, ginger, sesame and seaweed had just the perfect mix of flavors to tingle my taste buds, this one for me was a true winner.
As we were slowly moving on this gastronomical journey of fresh flavors with a touch of sophistication, we were told that their contemporary continental menu was redesigned and planned based on the availability of seasonal ingredients. That being said, we were treated to a refreshing Salad of Mixed Greens with en exquisite citrus dressing, walnuts and a few bits of black olives. The salad for me was nothing short of phenomenal, in fact it was the piece de resistance of my meal at Grasshopper.
For mains, we were served a fine dish of Sea bass with balsamic red pepper puree and basil oil, the different components of the dish came together beautifully and this one was a treat to all the senses.
Given my inclination to a Pescatarian diet, I was served a Mixed mushroom and herbed couscous, whereas my mom was treated to an ambrosial combination of Lamb shanks in red wine.
Personally, the mushroom dish just didn’t do it for me, it lacked flavour elements and I missed that cacophony of flavors, which was quite consistent with the other dishes.
For dessert, the only time when you’re allowed a quick glance of the menu. We decided to try the Salted dark chocolate with mustard ice cream, well just reading the name of this dessert brought a smile on my face.First dark chocolate ( love, love, love), then salted and ooh this dessert story has an interesting twist too, did someone say mustard ice cream, now that’s something I’ve never tried.
On Chef Pritham’s recommendation, we tried the Orange Pannacota with a pomegranate reduction which was absolutely divine, pannacotta perfectly wiggy and it just melted in my mouth. We also tried a small portion of the Lemongrass ice cream, made in-house, which brought just the right amount of freshness to our meal.
So if you’re looking at a place to celebrate food and love, look no further. Bask in the beauty of this serene paradise. Service is impeccable and if you’re looking for a relaxed meal, ensure you’re prepared to spend sometime at this beautiful property.For a meal for two, it could come upto to about 6000 plus taxes.
Important : Reservation only , prix fixe menu, they are open for dinner on weekdays and lunch&dinner on weekends.
Location: 45, Near Meenakshi Temple, Kalena Agrahara, Bannerghatta Road, Bangalore