Planter boxes with local flowering plants
Our first invite for our site came from the good folks at The Whitefield Arms @ VR Bengaluru and we can say that this was a great first post on food. Considering we don’t drink or eat non-vegetarian food, we were a little skeptical but a call from Executive Chef, Bharathan V, put our concerns to rest. Finding out our dietary preferences in advance, he assured us that he would take care of what we needed.
A view of the al fresco seating space
Choosing a Sunday lunch turned out to be a good idea as the traffic was quite manageable. Located on the ground level, this place has a quaint decor reminiscent of a British Pub. With potted flowering planters making for an interesting contrast to the wood brown furniture, the open seating here transports you to some place else. To add the salubrious climate of Bengaluru, you have a perfect setting for a meal.
The exterior seating space has wood benches and tables with a distressed finish
Chef had very thoughtfully designed a special menu for us which we sampled and with each dish that was sent it was really his three decades long experience that shone through.
We started with the stunning Mulligatawny soup that had robust flavours and combined well with the rice and dash of lemon to whet our appetite for more. The soup is wholesome and flavourful and the right amount of spices make this an ideal way to start this meal.
Swizzies Bangels (left) and Haymarket stacked salad (right) with signature mocktails
Next up were the delectable starters including the healthy Haymarket stacked salad, a melange of veggies, beans and cheese strips, topped with micro beans and tossed in a mustard based sauce. The crunchy onion rings played perfect foil to the salad as did the Zucchini Parmesan Crisps and Corn Meal Chillies, that had long green chillies stuffed with corn and cheese!
Corn Meal Chillies
Zucchini Parmesan Crisps
Even the crispy vegetable burger is a winner – it is quite huge and is best shared. In fact, the portion sizes here are very generous and although two of us sampled this meal, it is good enough to be shared by at least 4-5 people!
The crunchy and filling vegetable burger
For the main course, we tried the Vilayathi Subzi, a continental style vegetable gravy served with saffron rice that was delectable as well as the filing Vegetable Sheperd’s Pie.
Vegetable Sheperd’s Pie
We ended the meal with a couple of desserts – again all eggless and made to perfection. The London Trifle had a melange of fruits on a custard top and the Poached Pear Crumble Sundae had a chocolate ice cream with whipped cream and hints of cinnamon and chopped pear on the top that combines beautifully.
The signature desserts
If you are vegetarian like us, this is a meal that certainly does not disappoint. So what are you waiting for? Soak in the British atmosphere while you munch on some delectable food at The Whitefield Arms.
The interesting decor at The Whitefield Arms
Address: VR, 60/2, ITPL Main Rd, B Narayanapura, Mahadevapura, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560048. Phone: 080 4512 8631
The rock garden with this beautiful succulent caught our eye
P.S. We were hosted by The Whitefield Arms for this review but all opinions expressed are our own.