Haven’t we all experienced the Indian version of International cuisines, be it French, Chinese, Italian or any other cuisine at the restaurants in India. Such restaurants undoubtedly offer the most relishing cuisines but with the adjustments suited to the Indian taste buds and hence adulterating the authentic flavor of the food.
But last Saturday was different when I experienced the most authentic flavor of Europe in “Cafe Max” located in one of the poshest areas of Bangalore, Indira Nagar. This food story begins with my craving for some very fresh flavor and aroma. I immediately dropped messages to my friends asking for suggestions. A friend suggested this place based on the reviews she had received from her colleagues and we, a couple of friends set out to explore this cafe.
It looked like that cafe stood on its own and did not require a lot of pomp and show around it to make its presence felt. There was a very simple name board of the cafe with no glittering lights or any other fancy stuff to shout for it. I think the cafe’s food and service does its own marketing through word of mouth. I wouldn’t have really noticed the cafe on the street, if I were not told about it and would have missed relishing the extremely enticing food.
It is a roof top restaurant located on the 3rd floor of Max Mueller Bhavan. Upon entering the cafe, the sense of smell overpowered the rest of the senses. The aroma filled the cafe with the most pure European experience and I was already in awe of the place. We took a table for 4 and settled ourselves appreciating the rustic, raw and very simple ambiance of the cafe. The stewards were dressed in all black with such class and charm. Even when there was a waiting at the cafe, the waiters did not intervene our conversations and gave us our time to decide our picks from such an exhaustive menu of food and beverages.
We ordered a variety of non veg dishes like Chicken Stroganoff, Fresh Basil Calzone, Butter Fish Frankfurt Style,Tarragon Chicken and Beef fillet Roulade along with beverages like Capuccino Strong, Pine Apple Kiwi Smoothie, Spiced Mango Colada. Everything was served to us in 20-25 minutes even at the time when restaurant was full.
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The food served left us wondering whether the plating of the food is better or the taste of it. Here the sense of sight and taste prevailed and we applauded the food generously and kept talking about it for a hour.
While leaving the cafe, we noticed that there is an institute “Goethe-Institut” on the same floor which provides German language courses. If anybody in Bangalore plans to learn German, you can check out this institute as well.
All in all, it is a must visit cafe for non vegetarians who can appreciate the local and authentic flavor of a place. The European expats will enjoy the food and surely be reminded of their homes. So, do not wait for the next weekend, step out right now and pamper your taste buds with the food of this cafe which is straight from Europe.
Address : 716, Goethe Institute, Max Muller Bhavan, CMH Road,Indiranagar, Bangalore
Cuisines : Cafe, Italian, Continental, French, German and Spanish