Rooftop restaurants, cosy bars, and dreamy weather: Bengaluru holds the ideal settings for the perfect date night. Quiet and intimate or lively and large – whatever your style, there’s a bar or restaurant in the city that’s right up your alley. As that special day in February rolls around, you’ll want to pick the best place to fit your mood, style, and date. A number of new restaurants in the city are upping the bar on food, cocktails, and ambience. If you’d rather play it safe, stick to the tried and tested old favourites that never disappoint. Check out some of these romantic spots for the perfect Valentine’s Day date.
If you’d rather stick with tried and tested places on Valentine’s Day, you can’t go wrong with Olive Beach, a long-standing Bengaluru favourite to celebrate special occasions. With al fresco seating under warm yellow lights, the setting is intimate and private, while the candlelit tables and elegant décor add to the dreamy vibe. Choose from a range of Mediterranean dishes, order their signature sangrias, and enjoy the attentive service.
(16, Wood Street, Ashok Nagar; 9945565483; www.olivebarandkitchen.com)
With multiple branches in the city, this Italian restaurant scores big on location and ambience. The newest branch in Koramangala’s Forum Mall is an ideal spot for a post-movie and shopping dinner date. With candle-lit tables and a glass frontage, the restaurant retains the chic, festive vibe of its predecessors. On a special night out, the mojito bar and signature wine cocktails are a big plus. The thin-crust, hand-stretched pizzas are top-notch, and the menu features a long list of Italian staples such as pastas and quiches, along with many seafood options. Go here for an intimate yet lively vibe, and quick, attentive service.
(Forum Mall, 201, 2nd Floor, Koramangala; 080 2206 7757; www.toscano.co.in)
Broadway- Gourmet Theatre
A vibrant new spot in HSR Layout holds plenty of promise with its city views and extensive menu offerings. Fans of Japanese cuisine, rejoice, for within the long, multi-cuisine menu, is a large selection of fresh sashimi, flavourful sushi, and gyoza. Watch the theatrics at the Teppenyaki counter as a range of meats and veggies are grilled live. The al fresco balcony is perfect on a breezy evening, as the city lights twinkle below you.
(2802, 27th Main Road, Sector 1, HSR Layout; 9845856677; broadwaythegourmettheatre.com)
The Druid Garden
Among the newest entrants on the city’s culinary stage, the very name conjures up images of fairytale-like settings under starry skies. The décor does not disappoint: a large restaurant and bar with several nooks and corners, including an al fresco terrace, The Druid Garden has considerably livened up North Bengaluru’s dining scene. For a romantic night out, dine under the open skies to make the most of Bengaluru’s perfect weather. The seasonal menu incorporates 15 cuisines from around the world, so you can enjoy a mixed spread of Danish smorrebrod (open-faced sandwiches) and Travancore fish curry, if you’re a couple with wildly divergent tastes!
(40/1, Century Corbel Commercial, 3rd Floor, Sahakaranagar Main Road, Sahakaranagar; 080 4677 7777; www.thedruidgarden.in)
Toast and Tonic
Barely a year old, Chef Manu Chandra’s latest offering has all the ingredients for a special night out: innovative cocktails, experimental and delicious food, and cosy, lovely interiors for a romantic setting. Done up in warm tones of wood and dressed to recreate a New York East Village vibe, the basement is especially intimate and ideal for a date night. There’s an extensive wine list with bubbly, whites, and reds, but it’s the gin cocktails that steal the show. The in-house specialty cocktails are imbued with flavours like pomegranate, jasmine tea, and elderflower. The food stresses heavily on the use of local Indian ingredients, such as Gobindhobhog rice and Naga chillies, to create unique fusion dishes unlike anything else in the city.
(4/1, Wood Street, Ashok Nagar; 080 4111 6878; www.toastandtonic.com)
Another long-time favourite, Chianti is known for its intimate vibe and extensive wine selection. Featuring authentic Italian staples, the antipasti offerings are especially interesting, with options such as roasted eggplant rolls stuffed with goats cheese, and ricotta and spinach crostinis. The vibe is cosy and quiet, ideal for a romantic night out, and with wines from Italy, South Africa, and France to choose from, the night is sure to be a hit.
(960,12th Main, HAL 2nd Stage, Indiranagar; 080 412 65000)