We recently got back from a family vacation to Bangkok (posts on which will be up soon! Can you imagine sifting through over 600 photos for a logical sequence?!). It was a hectic vacation as one can imagine and when we got back, we were happy tired, like really tired! And so, when the opportunity for a staycation over the weekend at the Crowne Plaza in Electronics City appeared, it sounded like the best thing to be able to get that relaxing vacation we were in desperate need of.
The Crowne Plaza is part of the InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) and is a business hotel, perfectly located in the business hub of Electronics City. So whether you are looking at hosting visiting colleagues or at entertaining them in style or even simply looking at getting away from the grind of the corporate world, Crowne Plaza gives you the opportunity of not venturing into the CBD (we all know what traffic in Bangalore is currently like), some great restaurants in Alloro (Italian), East (Pan Asian), Terminus (the bar) and 24@43, the all-day cafe and a Spa, an infinity pool and more. You will read more on the offerings of Crowne Plaza is an subsequent post. For now, let me take you to Alloro, their Italian restaurant.
We left the entire meal in the hands of Sous Chef, Chef Arun and asked him to decide on what we should have and even the wine that should accompany the meal. He chose to serve a heavy red Reserve- The Castillo De Molina, a Chilean wine, that could have done with some decanting, but still proved to be one of those wines that worked well from Antipasti to Dolce.
Our meal began with Zuppe - Minestrone de Verdura alla Genovese - this was the classic Minestrone, with a vegetable broth base, cherry tomatoes, zucchini, carrot, all in little scoops floating around. What gave it that Genova touch as the touch of pesto that had definitely been done in a mortar-pestle. A hearty soup, that was as delicious as it was colourful.
The Antipasti Platter with Cured Meats and another with the classic Bruschetta
Anoushka requested a Gnocchi considering that is her current Italian favourite. The Gnocchi al Pomodoro - potato gnocchi and in a basil pesto and tomato sauce with boncoccini. Packed to the rim with flavour - the Italian tomatoes internationally sourced but locally grown - add to profile of this dish. The cheese makes it a treat!
I got the Vanilla Pannacotta, over a biscuit base with candied oranges over it. Need I say more!
Alloro is quite the gem hidden in Electronic City and deserves much more attention than it gets. The restaurant offers a separate dining area for larger groups (that you see in the image above), making it good for both parties or office breakouts. A meal for two here is approximately Rs 3000++.
Address: Crowne Plaza, #43, Electronic City, Phase 1, Bangalore.
Phone - 080-39854710
Cuisine - Italian
Accepts cards - Yes
Parking - Valet
Location - You can find the hotel here