WHAT THEHEEBEE SAYS :
It was 31st December and four food bloggers wanted to make it memorable. After a lot of brainstorming we decided to try our luck at Republic Of Noodles, Lemon Tree Hotels, Electronic City, Bangalore. As you will encounter through this blog, our decision turned out to be a wise one. Lemon Tree is a well known hotel in Electronic City and hence should not be tough to locate it.
So far this is ‘the’ best restaurant in Electronic City serving food from various different world cuisines like – Chinese, Vietnamese, Thai, Malaysian, Sri Lankan, Laotian, Cambodian, Burmese, Singapore, Bangkok and Indonesian.
AT THE FIRST STEP :
The grand entrance of Lemon Tree and all the feeling that anyone will get in an business/executive hotel. Orange juice was served as welcome drink in the lobby area. Elevator took us to next level where the restaurant is located. We entered and again it was all decent furniture with clean tables and cutlery. Apart from us there was only one more group of 4-5 people dining and hence for the sake of comfort we occupied a bigger 6-8 seated table. The steward was prompt in asking us to occupy a smaller table stating that this table was booked. He said that a big group is expected soon. Now this was completely unavoidable. There was no ‘Reserved’ sign placed on the table. Also the place was completely empty. Till we finished our lunch we did not find any ‘big’ group enter. Hotels like Lemon Tree should train the staff properly to avoid such mistakes.
It is a very calm and quite place. Dark décor adds to it. Overall the ambiance is soothing. There are interesting pictures hanging on the wall reflecting history of Asia. Dim lights are provided by hanging lamp-shades. Tables are clean and well laid. Apart from normal cutlery, they also provide chopsticks which creates a strong impression of the cuisine.
Crispy Duck Sticks
While surfing through the starters, our eyes stopped on this dish made out of ‘Duck’ meat. It was a unanimous decision to order it considering that ‘Duck’ meat is a rarity. It turned out to be a lovely dish. Duck meat along with some vegetables was stuffed inside thin layer of flour and fried. Served with salad and a sweet-tangy sauce. Duck meat did smell different and was also having a different texture than Chicken or Mutton. We liked the starter very much.
MHAD Chicken Noodles
A nice mix of soft and fried noodles with a lot of vegetables and chicken pieces. It had strong flavors and tasked very delicious.
Prawn Stir Fried
Fresh prawns cooked in Chinese sauce along with a lot of vegetables. Prawns were very soft and of decent size. The tail of prawns was not removed and hence for fun you could also eat it with bare hands. This one was also a thumbs up dish.
Fiery Sri Lankan Fish Curry with Jasmine Rice
Very delicious fish curry with a lot of flavors and vegetables. Tender bone-less fish pieces in good quantity. This will be one of the best Fish curry we would have every had. It had a rustic flavor and feeling to itself. For a fraction of second it take you away from hustle-bustle of city to a peaceful beach. Went very well with Jasmine Rice. It will be sure one of the #MustHaves in our list.
We were served few different kind of sauce of which we don’t remember the names as we are writing the blog. Also they served everyone a complementary helping of salad made out of onions, raw mango, chilies and peanuts to start with.
The staff is well aware of the dishes and preparations and hence can be very helpful in selection of the food. But they are way too low on the staff and hence service is very slow. It will take some time for you to get the menu. Even to refill water, you may need to call them. This is an aspect where the management need to think about.
They also have very good desserts. People who have tried the desserts have very good feedback for ‘Water Chestnut Rubies And Longan In Coconut Milk’. We gave a skip to desserts so that we can take it as an excuse for next visit 🙂
Meal for two along with desserts will cost around 1500 Rs.
THEHEEBEE SCORE CARD (1 = Lowest, 10= Highest) :
Taste and quality :8/10
Ambiance and presentation : 7.5/10
Service : 6/10
Value For Money/cost : 8/10
Overall : 8/10
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