Friday, February 25, 2011

Oyster Bay: A Lunch Date with Food & Foodies

What does a seafood multicuisine restaurant bring to your mind? For me,its an aquarium,walls and ceilings of octopus,lobsters,crab etc,raw fish smells but never vegetarian. So while walking into Oyster Bay,Koramangala, for a lunch date with Bangalore Foodies,I was surprised by the subtle ambience. It provided you a tinge of sea in its sea coloured canopies,but was never overpowering.

The restaurant which has the the usp of SeaFood as its promoters are from seafood processing, has also equally tasty vegetarian delights. The food meet was during the weekend and the Bangalore bloggers who could take time off for the meet on Sunday were Suma of Cakes n More, Reshmi of RookieQookie,  ShreeLakshmi of ShreeSudhi and yours truly. With the exception of Reshmi all of us were vegetarians and I was curious to see whether the restaurant will live up to its tag  "paradise of seafood with something for everyone including vegetarians". Its tough or rare to find a seafood restaurant that also delights the vegetarian palate. I even quizzed the PR person Ms.Dimna (through who I had got the invite) about this and she assured me that I will not have to return empty stomach.

After introduction and the usual food talk we got down to business and were served our delightful lunch starting with a simple amuse bouche - chickpeas& olive in a mayo based sauce.

After that there was no looking back,we enjoyed an array of vegetarian and non vegetarian starters like Cajun spiced Aloo Tikki,crumb fried paneer and the show stealer Jalapeno Poppers. A distinct element of the restaurant is the  acompaniments with the dish you have ordered. Like a small yet hearty paratha pizza accompanied the hearty coriander & corn chowder an also the the non veg option of lobster capucchino.


The main course had authentic regional delights and few vegetarian options like Mangalorean style vegetarian ghee roast  which is a gravy with choice of free accompaniments like pulaos or parathas.

We were in no mood,but still the dessert platter of Missisippi Mud Pie, Walnut Brownie,Lychi Bavarian tempted us but the show stopper for me was the Goan Bebinca.I am upset that I do not have pics of the bibinca and jalapeno poppers as I was too busy in polishing them off. :)

In a Nutshell: The restaurant has a good menu for vegetarians and thay have plans to add more authentic delights.The ambience is relaxing and puts us at ease.Though they have an open kitchen,the gourmands are treated only to the delights  and not the disapproving raw fish/meat smells.There is an lunch buffet priced Rs255/- which is economical for  a seafood restaurant and the quality of  food is high.Basement parking is available and the service is friendly up to the mark. The distinct feature is the accompaniments they serve with each order which I have not seen in other restaurants. The portions are more and can easily be shared between two people.The vegetarians enjoyed the fare and the only non vegetarian among us, Reshmi was very happy with the quality and taste of food served.There is also a lounge bar with  choicest cocoktails and mocktails attached to the restaurant.


We had the opportunity to meet the executive chef, Mr. Thomson and also the MD Mr Philip Thomas.We also wandered in the The restaurant is promoted by seafood processing firm Ms. Penver Products ,Kochi and you can have asneak peak of the delightful menu in the restaurant website and if you are planning to go to Koramangala side this weekend,make sure you drop in at

Oyster Bay,
Cygnus Chambers,
Near Bhima Jewellers,
Jyothi Nivas College Road,
Bangalore.

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