I am a freelance writer, editor and teacher based in north London.
Published November 3rd 2012
Dinner in a bunk bed?
This restaurant mixes elegance with quirkiness, rustic dishes with contemporary twists, light and fragrant dishes with jugs of beer. It is not your typical Indian restaurant. It's far better than that.
The first thing you will notice when you walk through the doors of Bangalore is the two-tier seating system. Looking like a cross between bunk beds and an international sleeper train, the upstairs sections form little coves while the space underneath provides a quiet hideaway.
The dishes are largely based on Indian classics, but they are presented alongside international cuisines from South Africa or Afghanistan. The tapas selections allow you to try and share (if sharing is your thing) a wide range of flavours and dishes without spending a fortune or getting bogged down with masses of carbs.
I tucked in early as my train to Waterloo arrived in the late afternoon, so I was able to get 2-4-1 on pitchers of Kingfisher (a truly neglected beer), which makes the perfect accompaniment to any meal.
I went with my parents, who suggested that it was more a date venue than a family restaurant and I think the owners would agree with that. They have gone for funky, clean, enjoyable and somewhat romantic. I can imagine sharing a giggle getting up and down the stepladders with my date, especially after two pitchers of Kingfisher.
Bangalore offers something a little bit special. Unique and extremely high quality, this restaurant is an enjoyable place to bring friends after work.