Lunch at the Grasshopper: A Lipsmacking Experience
After days and days of eating Indian food with the gravies and the curries and the rice and chapathies, all I want to sink my teeth into is some crisp, crunchy, cold lettuce in a well-tossed salad.
And the place I like to do that in is Grasshopper, one of the best places in Bangalore for continental dishes.
You have to call a day in advance to book your table (the restaurant only takes people by reservation, there’s no service for walk-in clients), tell the hostess, Sonali, how many people are coming, tell her what your dietary preferences are (how many of you will eat vegetarian, chicken, veal or mutton) and then show up there at the appointed time.
Grasshopper is located in a farm house off of Bannerghatta Road after the Meenakshi Temple. When you go in, you might see may be another family or group at the restaurant and that’s it. The restaurant serves about 2 to 3 groups at a time. Chairs and tables are arranged on a longish portico that looks out on to a beautiful garden with gravel on the ground and huge trees and plants around, and looks into a studio that exhibits and sells designer clothes, jewellery, shoes and artwork.
Once you settle down and place your drinks orders, the dishes start coming out one after the other. First the appetizers (crackers with olive tapenade, for example), then the salad, then vegetables or meat, then the main course and finally dessert. There’s no hassle of looking over the menu, wondering what to get. You sit back, relax, gab with your friends and enjoy the food. Grasshopper has a prix fixe menu (except for the drinks). With drinks, the bill usually comes out to about Rs. 1,500 per person.
The food is extremely well prepared, tasteful (with lots of flavors spicing the meat and the vegetables – garlic, mint, olive oil, simple salad dressings – but not overwhelming the natural flavors of the food), and very well presented.
It’s a great ambience for a lazy, relaxed lunch with a bunch of friends. Because it’s outdoors and the weather has been holding up nicely these past few weeks, it’s a wonderful place to go to for lunch on the weekends. We’ve been there for both lunch and dinner and we’ve enjoyed the experience at both times of day.
Grasshopper apparently also serves quick lunches on weekdays.
For reservations call Sonali on 98454 52646.