Sunday, December 29, 2013

Sattvam - A Vegetarian Delight

Sattvam is new and a distinctive restaurant, offering more than 75 varieties of sattvic food dishes including soups, shorbas, starters, salads, breads, rice, main courses with accompaniments and desserts in Indian and adapted world cuisines which is turning out to be a great food exploration among Bangalore vegetarians. The restaurant has both buffet and ala-carte but one way or another I found it puzzling to understand the ala-carte part of Sattvam because I could only interpret the place as buffet dedicated.

Sattvam is situated in Sadashivnagar off New airport road, Could not locate Sattvam identified as restaurant but its located just above Godrej Nature’s basket,

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The interiors of the place are quite elegant, the seating area and cutlery adds to the fascination. The place offers an imperial experience that most mid-range restaurants these days fail to comprehend. They spend excessively but miss the mark to craft the mysticism.

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Now let’s come to the food, as soon as you are settled; the soup and the starters are served on the table and as soon as you taste them; you know that this is going to be a fun ride,

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The buffet spread is not ‘The longest Vegetarian Buffet’ or ‘The Biggest Buffet’ as others claim but it has limited dishes that do not compromise with the quality at all. I have been to many buffet places but always found quality a concern somewhere or the other, even in Barbecue Nation. Customer is offered 200 dishes but only 10 would make sense to taste buds. With Sattvam the dishes are right on money and everything is made with perfection.

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The virtuous thing that Sattvam has done is that they have kept small cups that provide only a small serving at a time of anything and hence reducing the likelihood of any food wastage.

And last of all, the variety in dessert course is superior with refinement, pastries and cakes were very fresh. They were even considerate enough to offer Sugar Free Carrot Halwa with a very right extent of sweetness that my in-laws who are diabetic thoroughly relished.

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Sattvam has reasonably decent seating capacity of about 140 people. But even with such large volume; the number of servers positioned is laudable. When we were there; it was a house full and for not even a second it felt that the place was mobbed or clogged or the service went from good to bad to worse. The service could well be comparable with that of Barbecue Nation (I am yet to see a restaurant matching service level of Barbecue Nation) but it was obvious that the man at work were under pressure. There were couple of instances where two different attendants dropped and broke the serving dishes because they were under tremendous stress to clean up hurriedly and were carrying back way to much cutlery then they can handle.

Last Thought:- Little Expensive for a vegetarian buffet but isn’t that bad knowing that Barbecue Nation is charging almost 800/- for vegetarian buffet !!

Here is my report card for Sattvam,

Price – 7/10

Taste – 8/10

Service – 8/10

Ambience – 8/10

Value for money – 7/10

Will I go back – Sure why not

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