Aloft Hotel at Bangalore is nestled peacefully in one of the most happening corners of the city, Whitefield. I had never been here earlier but the husband had entertained a few guests, official ones, here. He adored the food and the drinks they had to offer.
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. is one of the leading hotel and leisure companies in the world with 1,146 properties in nearly 100 countries and 171,000 employees at its owned and managed properties. Aloft is under the wing of the giant.
We were ushered to WXYZ bar on our arrival. There was a three member band playing excellent music from Beetles to Dido to Lady Gaga, over all my kind of music. I would have loved a more cozy seating with lounge chairs than the rather uncomfortable sofas. The lighting was little sharp on the musicians which was then promptly removed on the request of the patrons and the musicians themselves. “Live at Aloft Hotels” serves as a programming platform that features live acoustic performances from emerging artists. It also drives hotel exposure, generating buzz through social media channels, including videos, blogs, and social networking sites. For artists and bands, the performance series promises a venue to connect with new audiences, as well as access to thousands of music fans worldwide.
We were told by the Manager, Mr. Rajdeep that the cocktails are one of the best in the town. We nodded in glee and waited for the elixir for the evening to arrive. The first one to come to us was Late Night Rum. It was a pleasant mix of fresh pineapple, some lime and white rum. We happily gulped it down.
We met the new head Chef who told us about his contributions to the menu and the new twists and turns that we should expect at the hotel in the coming months. The first starter that reached us was Chicken Tikka. The scrumptious tikka was very well seasoned and was succulent. However it was carelessly thrown on the plate which made it look little less appealing. I would discount the hotel’s service one only one account that they were hosting a 400 people gathering in the lawn. Else it is an unforgivable thing for me.
The lamb kebab was the next, I found it to be high on the lentil content to bind it which made it rather dry. It could pass for a nice lamb tikki than a kebab IMHO. The Panner tikka was melt on the mouth and the taste still lingers on. The mild spices and the extra hung curd that charred on the tikka was an inviting sight.
The vegetarian Spring Roll were a little too thick on the outer cover for me. I would skip it.
And it was soon the time to get the next drink. It was Lychee Fizz this time and though it was a little sweet for me the vodka notes were just right to get the evening started. For the rest of the evening I stuck with a white wine.
Post the drinks and the music, we found ourselves at Dot.yum. The restaurant serves buffet dinner with an impressive range. Out of the Roast lamb, Paneer Butter masala, numerous salads, rice, murgh Makhni and mix veg, I chose the fluffy biryani, paneer and a butter roti. Trust me when I say this this was one of the best butter roti’s I have ever had. Soft, straight from the tandoor and made with love.
Since we had enough of the starters, I could not really enjoy the dinner. Over all I would recommend Aloft for the buzzing corporate crowd and music lovers.
Value for Money: 4/5
17C, Sadaramangala Road, Off Whitefield Main Road, Opposite, ITPL Bengaluru, Karnataka 560066
080 66 707777
Buffet at Aloft: (Details courtesy: Zomato)
WXYZ: (Details courtesy:
1700 for two people (approx.) With alcohol;VAT extra