Restaurant Review: Loft 38





Lip smacking food, High voltage ambiance at Loft 38


 
Bangalore has become a hub of interesting food joints lately and Indiranagar tops the chart for the number of posh and sophisticated restaurants. It was couple of months back that I heard about Loft 38, located on 100 Feet Road, Indiranagar and ever since I wanted to visit the place. 

Last week, I had a chance of visiting Loft 38 with my friends. As we stepped in the restaurant, our first impression was Superb! Exciting! Wow! It is spread across three levels. There's the outdoors, a bar setting on the lower level, and dining and lounge areas on the second and third levels with a common ceiling for all. The icing on the cake is the wall done up with logs, the dance floor and the lively music. 











I am very particular about ambiance when I visit any restaurant and Loft 38 scores brownie points for spectacular and high voltage ambiance. I have visited end number of restaurants till date and I will not stop myself from saying that Loft 38 is the best restaurant in terms of ambiance. The attractive woody and rustic ambiance almost feeds energy into you.

Ambiance is great but what about the food? 

Loft 38 offers a wide array of drinks but as always I stuck to mocktails. It was a hot summer evening and after a hectic office schedule definitely needed some fresh appetizer. After rolling through the menu, I decided to go with ‘Virgin Stripper’ and ‘Honey Rider’ (Oh yes, they are innovative names of two of many appetizers at Loft 38). The taste was as innovative and refreshing as its name. 



                                                      



For the starters we ordered Assorted Crostini Platter, Mezze Platter and Grilled Cottage Cheese (Veg), Ginger Lemon Grass Chicken Skewers Lamb Kibbeh and Thai Grilled Mackerel (Non-Veg). 

The veg platter had three different ingredients as toppings. It was toasted bread with creamy mushroom, balsamic tossed peppers and spinach & feta. This platter was truly a veggies delight. Next for the veggies was Mezze Platter. It had Hummus, Babagnoush, Tzatziki, Falafel, Marinated Olives, Kidney Bean Salad, Syrian fattoush, pita and crackers. I and my friend is a huge sucker for lebanese cuisine, and when you give us a platter filled with it, we will be the first one to jump on for it. The third starter we were served was the Grilled Cottage Cheese, which was an Apricot, chili salsa stuffed and grilled and served with homemade herb marinade. The portion was huge and the paneer was very soft and grilled to perfection. 











In the non-veg starters, the chicken skewers were a perfect start a food lover can have. Boneless chicken leg marinated with ginger, lemon grass and cilantro had a very unique taste that leaves you craving for more. I am not a big Lamb fan but I do not turn my face to it. The Lamb Kibbeh which had cumin and paprika favoured mini lamb patties with tzatziki and pita. To say the least, I haven’t enjoyed eating lamb like this in the past. It was lip smacking. Lastly for the non-veg starters, Thai Grilled Mackerel was just perfect. It was a fresh mackerel fillets marinated with turmeric, galanjal, lemon grass and grilled.








We were later served Crispy Greens. It is basically Spinach, Red Amaranthus and Bathua leaves tossed with peanuts, sesame seeds and asafotedia. To be very honest it literally spoiled the tasteful experience of the starters. It was bitter and had too much sugar sprinkled over. This was a spoiler and a big no no for the people trying. A strong recommendation for the chef, it definitely needs to be off the menu.




Moving on to the main course, we were first served with Eggplant Pamigiana, which is a baked dish with Eggplant and parmesan cheese, more like a Lasagna, but more juicy and tasty. I always enjoy eating the deep fried Bengali style eggplant and this time I just loved it and the cheese just added to it. Next was Thai Yellow Chicken curry. The chicken was cooked in a fresh turmeric, galangal, lemon grass and coconut flavoured homemade yellow curry which was served with steam rice.  




Next, we were served, Fettucine Primavera, a fettucine pasta with fresh vegetables, green peas, aromatic herbs and light cream sauce. The taste was very buttery and is a perfect fit on the menu. 

As we say, the best is saved for the last and indeed it was. For the desserts we were served with a Philadelphia Cheese Cake and Flourless Chocolate Cake. To keep it simple, both were lip-smacking. It was just perfect to end the evening on a high. 








Before we left the restaurant with a smile on our face and hands on our stomach, we did hit the dance floor and did a jig.

Loft 38, has a particular sophisticated vibe for the entertainment, food and service they offer. The attractive woody and rustic ambiance almost feeds energy into you, and also lets you savor the best of food and signature drinks, put together by a team of talented and spirited people. In simple words, Loft 38 is a place you should be with your friends if you want to have a great food, a high voltage ambiance, brilliant music and show off your moves on the dance floor to the tunes of in-house DJ.

Suman

Dreamer, Blogger, Writer, Foodie, Movie buff, Public Relations. Contributor for The New Indian Express and recently started a news publishing website 'Unkrate'.

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