A Mexican and Continental special

Upland Bistro has brought in a refreshing change in the food scene of the city

Updated - April 19, 2017 08:41 pm IST

Published - April 19, 2017 04:47 pm IST

Refreshingly new The teal and white interiors of the newly opened continental restaurant Upland Bristo

Refreshingly new The teal and white interiors of the newly opened continental restaurant Upland Bristo

The subtle teal and white interiors of the newly opened Upland Bistro is classy. But a peak into its menu will make you understand that this place has not only got the design aspect right, it surely knows its food well too. This restaurant is the newest Mexican and Continental special in the city’s food scene. The rumbling in our stomach on a busy week day after work takes us to this place – for this is our binge-on-carbs day.

The small cosy restaurant offers an exhaustive menu to make a choice from. Kalyan Kumar. J, the man behind Upland Bistro, took the inspiration of his continental culinary expertise during his stint in leading hospitality groups and restaurants in India. After working in hotels across the country, he finally decided to open a place of his own. His home-town was his natural choice of place. After years of his experience and planning for over a year in searching for a good location and building together a team, Kumar finally started his restaurant at Waltair Uplands, opposite to Waltair Club, in January this year.

Creme Brulee, a French dessert

Creme Brulee, a French dessert

 

While there is the Flying Spaghetti Monster, an Italian restaurant, right beneath Upland Bistro, what makes the new restaurant stand out is its menu which is probably the best of continental array any city restaurant offers. The menu consists of starters, soups, salads, pizzas, baked pasta and pasta from the pan, risotto and an equally tempting variety of main course. The short dessert section has some all-time favourites like apple pie, chocolate explosion, brownie du bistrot and crème brulee.

Delicacies dished out at the newly opened continental restaurant Upland Bristo

Delicacies dished out at the newly opened continental restaurant Upland Bristo

 

For the starters, we try the chicken souvlaki. This is chicken chunks marinated with Greek herbs, skewered and grilled. The flavours and the spices were just right for not being too overwhelming and yet give a feel of the ingredients. Served with Tzatziki, pita and fries, this will be a favourite of mine for quite a long time. In the main course, the pan seared fish looks promising. When it arrived, the dish did a complete justice to what I had in mind. Mustard and garlic marinated, the tender fish is grilled to near perfection with a generous dose of lemon butter sauce. This dish is a must-try for all fish lovers. My eyes moved to the risotto section which had chicken and parmigiano risotto and pollo florentino risotto in the non-vegetarian section. The veg section has wild mushroom and risotto con verdure e rosa. But I save that for another day. Kalyan says all the ingredients and the special ways of preparations are done to retain the authenticity of the cuisine. After trying the starters and the main course, I precisely know what he means.

When the dessert time arrives, it doesn’t take us a minute to make our pick. Upland Bistro’s crème brulee is easily is the best I have had in any city hotel. A wonderful gourmet experience in itself.

This restaurant also offers home delivery. For orders, contact 8088261886.

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