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  • Good different! Jan 19, 2012

    It’s rare to find a restaurant that dares to stand apart in Bangalore’s ‘different but actually same’ culinary-scape. And it’s next to impossible to find one that manages to pull off the daunting task with a good degree of panache. Thankfully, Thulsi n Thyme does the impossible, blending two very distinct cuisines, Indian and European, into a gastronomical harmony that is unique while ensuring that your taste-buds have a fine time savouring the union.

    Spread across two levels, Thulsi n Thyme is an elegant space, accentuated by warm browns with a dash of white that breaks the monotony. On a breezy Bengaluru night, seated out in the deck, you could heighten the joys of your dining experience by breathing in the splendour of the setting.

    All settled in? Then, the staff won’t waste a moment to get you started. You’ll encounter the usual suspects on the beverage menu, all good. But before you settle on your choice of spirit we’ll ask you to give the mocktails a second glance. Truth be told, they’ll easily be one of the highlights of your repast. The Velvet Fog, in particular, is a burst of flavours that nudge your palate into consciousness.

    Thulsi n Thyme has separate menus for lunch and dinner. The lunch menu keeps in mind that you possibly have to return to your desk and, moreover, would like to work once you get there. The dinner menu, on the other hand, is indulgent and lavish…eager to pamper while cajoling you into a blissful gastronomic submission.

    For starters, the tandoor chicken platter is an absolute must! Laid out on a bed of coriander scallion chutney, boiled peanut chaat, black olive tapenade and murabha – each perfectly tandoored entity unleashes a riot of flavours. And as you greedily gobble the succulent meat, you’ll be made aware of the game of hop-scotch that it plays on your tongue.

    The smoked salmon comes drenched in lime-marinated red onions, capers and horseradish mousse. While the dish is a winner, be warned, it may not go down well with those who like their food ‘well-done’.

    The entrées can cause a flutter or two. For the uninitiated connoisseur, the baffling combinations of cilantro pesto with paneer kadhai, Dijon-crusted chops with roganjosh gravy and butter chicken mousseline is bound to induce a twist of nervousness. But,you’ll soon realise that the across-many-culinary-worlds elements come together nicely on the plate.

    When you’re ready to take your pick from the dessert menu, you’ll surely breathe a happy sigh of relief. Thulsi n Thyme doesn’t go for the overkill and serve you rasmalai on your cheesecake (thank god!). Instead, you can pick from classics like créme brûlée, chocolate pecan tart, New York-style cheesecake and the likes. Take your pick, it’s very unlikely you’ll go wrong!

    Like many restaurants that serve the manna from foreign shores, Thulsi n Thyme too is partial to the non-vegetarian. The vegetable-lovers amongst us may have to give the Indopean a miss and make do with Indo here. Give Thulsi n Thyme a try! It’s one place that shows you how thulsi can be treated nicely without insulting the thyme and vice versa. It’s one place where different is good.

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