Saturday, November 15, 2008

The Rogue Elephant

Mr P's away to the US on work, and so it was only Mr VP and I who set off to this place called The Rogue Elephant. I don't know why it's called that, and sadly, I couldn't ask the owner why it's called so. But tucked away behind no.119 next to FotoFlash near the Ulsoor lake is a quaint and quiet little place with just 6 tables and a whole lot of plants with a quintessential backyard look and feel, serving Italian/European cuisine. Thankfully there aren't too many who know of this place as yet and so Mr VP and I were able to get a table as soon as we walked in. The menu is little limited, but I can assure you that every item on it is awesome!

The owner was a nice gentleman who took our orders and explained about the dishes while taking the orders and while serving them. We started off with customary lime juices

and the soup of the day, which was a cream of tomato,

and it was perfect - not too thick, not too thin, and not too sweet. Along with it, we had the special salad of the day - a savoury pannacotta with caramelised figs in a balsamic vinaigrette reduction,

which was a first for me in terms of taste, and it was quite light yet delightful to taste. Also as part of the appetizers was a 'just like crab meat' with a garlic mayonnaise.

This was the first time I had even heard of this, and it's actually fish that is used to replicate crab meat, and just for the effect, a crab claw was added. The garlic mayo perfectly complimented the dish.

For the main course, we had another special, seer fish medallions in a mildly spicy Putanesca sauce

and a herb roasted chicken with a mild lemony sauce

along with mash and beans. Both the dishes were good and even at the end of the meal, I certainly didn't feel heavy, which usually is the case after you eat a north-Indian meal.

We finally rounded up lunch with a sweet peach pannacotta for dessert,

and I have to say that I think pannacotta is my new favourite in the dessert section. A point to note is that this place is open only from 12 to 5 and closes after that, so lunch is the only option here.

Wonderful location in the backyard, away from the traffic and noise, great food and atmosphere and conversations with friends...sigh.

Food: Very good.
$$$: Moderately expensive (around 400 or more per head)
Service: Decent, prompt
Verdict: A must visit if you love conti food.
Extra Info: Come to FotoFlash and look out for the Ambara board. Enter the compound, and go to the back of the building through the garden.

The Rogue Elephant, No 119, Annaswamy Mudaliar Rd, Ambara Complex, Ulsoor Lake, Aga Abbas Ali Road, Ulsoor, Bangalore

5 comments:

Chailey said...

Very close to my office on Ulsoot Road - I'll have to check this out.

There's also a new place opening up on Ulsoor Road called, I think, The French Loaf. Looks good from the outside...

Karthik Shetty said...

French Loaf? Hmm, interesting, because there's a French restaurant opening shortly on 100 ft rd in indiranagar near cake walk called The French Quarter Bistro.

meghna said...

Is this the place that has replaced Secret Garden Cafe?

Karthik Shetty said...

Secret Garden Cafe? Hmm, I must say I've been in Bangalore all my life and this one must've slipped through! :) I'm not that old, or that knowledgeable, so I don't know if Rogue Elephant is what replaced Secret Garden Cafe. As far as I know, Rogue Elephant has been in it's current location for about 4 years or so under different managements. So if Secret Garden Cafe was where this place is, then yes :) Sorry I couldn't be of too much help here.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the reco and the writeup. Had googled for a place to have lunch today and found this page. And just back from the place. Very yummy food; those seer fish medallions were fabulicious.