A fortnight ago on a beautiful afternoon in Bangalore, I was privileged to dine with my friends Roma Patil and Monica Bakre at ‘The Only Place ‘ restaurant on Museum road Bangalore. It is a restaurant I visited as a child, it was established in 1965, and it was a time where the concept of American food was unheard of.
We were greeted by a warm ambience and staff. The heavenly aromas of the food to come wafted heavily in the air. Once we were seated we ordered grape juice (Rs 80), made from fresh ‘Bangalore blue ‘ variety of grapes. It is nice and very purple. We ordered a fresh vegetable salad which was dressed with a Thousand Island Dressing (Rs 100); it was lovely and met its match in the garlic bread which soon followed.
For the mains, Monica settled for the BBQ chicken (Rs 300) which was grilled chicken breast smothered in a beautiful sauce, with a moist and smoky flavour. It was accompanied by veggies, wilted spinach and mashed potato. Roma being a vegetarian was quite skeptical, but was pleasantly surprised by a wholesome vegetable lasagne (Rs 240 which had loads of flavour and was filled with cheese, tomato sauce and veggies. The piece de resistance was the Tournedos beef steak (Rs 320) which had two thickly cut roundels from a filet mignon spiked with pepper and a hint of garlic. It was presented alongside a mound of silken mashed potato, wilted spinach, vibrant peas and grilled tomato. This is their signature dish and scored high in flavour!
Another speciality of the house is the Chateaubriand beef steak (Rs 460) which is a thick cut of tenderloin, lightly seasoned with garlic and pepper served with vegetables, mashed potato, grilled tomato and wilted spinach. The show stopper was the humongous beef burger which is a feast for any carnivore’s eyes! The buns, tailor-made to that size , housed an incredibly moist beef patty, layered with coleslaw, tomato, sautéed mushrooms, a fried egg and accompanied by French fries. The most important condiment here was their piquant mustard sauce and is made in house and is a favourite with many patrons. The patrons are however warned with the judicious use of the mustard sauce as it can cause a mini flare in the nostrils.
It was time for desserts, and we were spoilt for choice. There was chocolate mousse, crème caramel, chocolate cake, and many pies – apple pie, peach pie, cerry pieand strawberry pieWe settled for their signature cherry pie.(Rs 120). It was freshly made and delightfully warm, with lashings of fresh cream and a dollop of ice cream, enough to send the taste buds into tango!
Heaven on a platter if I could define, it would definitely be – The Only Place!
Rating out of 5
Food: 4.5 | Ambience: 3.5 | Service: 4.5 | Overall: 4.0
Meal for two: Rs. 1200| Alcohol: No | Credit Card: Yes | Timings: 12.00 noon – 3.00 pm , 7.00 pm – 11.15 pm.
Address: The Only Place. 13, Museum Road, Bangalore 560001 | Telephone: 080 32718989