Seashells - Off Residency Road, Bangalore

If you've ever wondered what happened to all the dance bars that were closed down last year, you should visit Seashells. This, I believe, is what all of them would look like. Large, spacious, dimly lit, a bar, multiple cuisines, many, many waiters, and few customers.

The first thing you see when you enter is a fish tank on the left with a large single silvery white exotic looking fish swimming in it.

The restaurant's name suggests that seafood is good here, but they still label it a multicuisine restaurant. For those who do not know, multicuisine generally means that they get all of them wrong. These guys aren't too far off that mark.

Their fish isn't too bad. You could enjoy it if you weren't thinking about the price you were paying for it. The unpublished prices are really high, and quantities are really low, so make sure you ask before ordering.

The chinese cuisine is really bad, and lacks any semblance of being food. The chopsuey we ordered had only fried noodles and sauce. There were three strands of carrot, a flake of a cabbage, a single cube of pineapple, and several slivers of capsicum. This in a bowl for two people. Do not order chinese at this place.

They also claim to serve tandoori and sub-continental (hyderabadi I think) food, but I wouldn't expect too much from it.

There are a large number of waiters - outnumbering the number of available tables, and three or four of them will descend upon you to take your order and serve you.

Blues rates it:
Food - Mostly bad
Service - Overwhelming
Price - Too high to be worth it
Ambience - Boring
Overall - Not worth it

Recommendation - Don't waste your time going here

Getting there:
The restaurant is on the lane that connects Residency road to MG Road at Symphony. It's the building next to Corner House. You can get in from either the Residency Road back entrance or the front entrance. The restaurant is on the first floor, with bright blue neon lights spelling out its name.


Khyber - Kala Ghoda, Mumbai

I'd read good reviews of Khyber at various places, and read the entire story of its burning and rebuilding, so decided to visit during the Kala Ghoda art festival.

The first thing that you notice is that tables are placed very close to each other. It's easy to overhear conversations happening around you, even if they're not in your native language. The lighing is dim, and varied kinds of music plays.

The food isn't great. The rotis and naans are a tad hard, and not easy to hold onto. The Badaami Chicken (Almond Chicken) that we ordered was quite nice, and sufficient for two people.

All in all, I don't think I'd go back too soon, but I wouldn't put it on my never visit again list.

Blues rates it:
Food - Good
Service - Okay
Price - Uppish
Ambience - Cramped
Overall - Not the Khyber of old

Recommendation - Go there once maybe

Getting there:
Head towards Kala Ghoda from the VT side. The black building on the left hand side corner just before where the black horse used to be is Khyber.