What: Ciclo Café, Bengaluru
Where: 12th Main Road, Indiranagar, Bangalore. Call: +91 8048664512. Timings: 7:30 AM to 11 PM
Ambience: The 80 plus cover restaurant from the house of Absolute Speciality who have partnered with TI Cycles has a theme of everything to do with the cycle. From beautiful black and white images of cycles, to customized light fixtures that use cycle chains and cycle tyre rims, the décor of this space is quite funky. The cool factor of this space is accentuated with geometric monochrome patterned flooring as well as blue and cherry coloured chairs.
What we ate and drank: The menu at Ciclo Café is quite extensive with a good mix of Indian and Continental specialties so we decided to try out vegetarian food as recommended by Chef Mrinmoy, Culinary Head. We started with the specialty – Gun Powder Karari Roomali, a huge Roomali roti that is roasted till it becomes like a papad and smeared with butter and gun powder and seasoned with coriander that is simply awesome. We also sampled the Spirulina & Jalapeno hummus with pita bread, a clever way to add a touch of health as well as the delectable Nachos served with refried beans, Queso, Salsa and Sour Cream that is a sure shot hit with both kids and adults. I also loved the Mini Bombay Vada Pav that is a special bite sized version served with mint chutney. The Crisped Zucchini Taquito served with roasted tomato salsa and sour cream is another must try for its lovely textures. For a healthy twist, I recommend you try the Quinoa, Beetroot and Orange salad with fresh lettuce that adds the crunch and each element combines together perfectly. While you are here must try are the sour dough pizzas that are freshly baked and hand tossed 9 inch versions. The Whole Wheat Verdue is a great choice topped with assorted vegetables and moong sprouts and no cheese. And this is a dish where the cheese is not going to be missed as the taste is superlative. The other pizza that packs a punch is the Ciclo Full House topped with assorted peppers, olives, sun dried tomatoes, mushroom, jalapeno and onion. You also have an option to just order a slice of these pizzas. In the main course, try the absolutely brilliant Barley & Cottage Cheese Construct that combines barley and cottage cheese together to create a winner of a dish. The Watakka curry a spicy Sri Lankan Pumpkin Coconut curry that has delicate taste of coconut milk that teams perfectly with steamed rice. I also recommend you try their array of cold pressed juices served in a glass bottle that is so fresh that you will not stop at one. Do keep some space for desserts and sample the Matcha mile crepe cake that is not too sweet as well as the melt in your mouth Chocolate Ganache Cake that is a must if you love chocolate. The Crème Brule that is demoulded and served here is made with almond milk and tastes heavenly as well is available in a special flavour of the day. This is a meal that will certainly leave you feeling content and happy just how food must be.
What we’d eat again: Definitely the Gun Powder Karari Roomali and Barley & Cottage Cheese Construct.
Price Points: Rs. 1000 for two, approximately exclusive of applicable taxes.
Here is a recipe of Quinoa, Beetroot & Orange Salad by Chef Mrinmoy
150ml Hot water
1 small Beetroot
1 fresh orange
100g assorted lettuce
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
2g roasted almond
Salt and pepper, to taste
Take a bowl, put 150 ml of hot water, soak the quinoa for 10 minutes. Then strain quinoa and transfer it into a fresh bowl. Add some seasoning like olive oil, balsamic vinegar, put assorted lettuce mix it properly, then put it in a fresh serving plate.
Take the beet root cut into small cubes and marinate with seasoning salt pepper and balsamic vinegar and olive oil, put these in the same plate of quinoa and top up with peeled orange slice.
This story appeared in Femina issue dated Mar 15, 2018 here: