I don’t usually write about a buffet at a hotel, but I wanted to make an exception for My Place, the casual restaurant at the Movenpick Hotel in Bangalore, India. If you’ve been following this blog on twitter (and if you haven’t been, do it now!), you know that my Air France flight was canceled due to mechanical problems in the middle of the night leaving Bangalore when I was last in India. Air France was kind enough to put my wife, daughter, and me up at the Movenpick Hotel while they sorted our our flight situation (okay, they were required to by law, maybe). Our meals were also included, all at My Place, and they were quite good.
The first thing to know about My Place is that I came here shortly on the heels of my dinner at Jamavar. Jamavar, as you may recall, is considered one of the top restaurants in Bangalore — and it charges you accordingly. Our prix fixe dinner ran around $100 per person. At My Place, I thought I had very comparable quality food, for about a quarter of the price. The dinner is set up buffet style. The center area features Indian dishes; one side of the center is vegetarian and the other side is non-vegetarian. (The kitchen area is in the middle, that is, to the left side of the picture above. There were plenty of “classic” Indian dishes here — rice dishes, curries, etc. — and they were all very good. Nothing was a runaway hit, but everything was satisfying.
Then, along one side were a series of salads, vegetable dishes, etc. These were not typical Indian dishes; overall, the restaurant mainly featured Indian dishes, but there were a lot of non-Indian items around, too. In fact, that’s one of the things that impressed me about the buffet: there was a huge range of food available, and most of it was very good.
Rounding out the offerings were some fruits, fondue, and a dessert selection. Again, nothing here was earth-shattering, but it was very good for the price and quite impressive in terms of breadth.
The Movenpick Hotel asserts that it is the closest five-star hotel to the (new) Bangalore airport. I don’t know if it, but it’s pretty convenient, and the prices are great (just over $100 for a room which easily ranks among the nicest city hotel rooms I’ve ever stayed in–and I’ve stayed in some fantastic places). So if you need a very good hotel and some very good food to top it off, the Movenpick should be on your list.