Address: The Oberoi, 37-39, Trinity Circle, MG Road, Bangalore, Karnataka, India
Time: 6:30 AM – 12:00 Midnight
Meals for two: Rs. 3,300
Cuisines: North Indian, South Indian, Mediterranean, European, American, Italian
Facilities: Breakfast, Vegetarian Only, Full Bar Available, Indoor Seating, Outdoor Seating, Wifi
Lapis: The Oberoi, MG Road, Bangalore: Decor
The Oberoi’s all-day restaurant has received a makeover and has returned in a new avatar. Renamed Lapis, it is now made glamorous with a blue and gold ceiling that evokes a night sky. The restaurant also flows onto the patio and gives diners an al fresco setting made even more pleasant by the profusion of greenery around.
Lapis: The Oberoi, MG Road, Bangalore: Food
For lunch, there’s a buffet and a compact a la carte menu. At dinner, you can order off a longer list of dishes; it contains international and Indian small plates and mains and what I thought was an unusually large selection of bread-centered options from pizza, stromboli rolls and flatbread to burgers, sandwiches and wraps.
I enjoyed my appetizer, Brulee of Goat Cheese and Herbs, served with a granola wafer and zesty passion fruit vinaigrette. The brulee had a pleasing, creamy texture, even if the flavor of the goat cheese was underplayed. My companion chose Indian; the Hyderabadi Lamb Kheema Tikki was all meat, juicy and very good.
My main course of Ravioli, Truffle Egg, Bacon Cremeux, Black Truffle and Parmesan Broth contained many of my favourite ingredients. It was skillfully crafted with the egg yolk oozing out when the ravioli was cut. The Indian main we ordered was the Bengali Daab Chingri that came in a green coconut in which it is to be cooked. We found the mustard hit of the gravy sharp, but it lacked the sweetness of coconut. Also, the ghee rice served with it was grainy and hard, taking away the pleasure of truly savoring the curry.
For dessert, I decided to get experimental, ordering the Pot of Gold. It’s gluten-free and vegan and had ‘creamed’ guava, almond milk, berries and granola streusel. Next time, I shall stick with the Classic Tiramisu.
The Oberoi’s service has always been impeccable and it continues at the newly revamped all-day restaurant.
Plus & Minus:
The new restaurant looks lovely and the menu has several interesting options.
I would, however, have preferred a more compact menu which would have enabled uniformly high quality.