Bangalore played host to Social Media Week (#SMW Bangalore) this year and it was definitely an honor to be a part of it! The FB page states that “SMW Bangalore is where we make progress in regards to how humanity and technology come together”. Taking place in eight cities simultaneously from February 17-21, 2014 it is truly an amalgamation of the best social media mavens in the world. #SMWBangalore is powered by Nokia India & Hosted by R Square Consulting, and I was invited to take part in the Live Food Blogging Session at Fava. I also spoke in a panel discussion about Social Media and its impact on the restaurant industry, but I will focus my efforts on taking you through the live blogging session.
Let’s be honest first off. It is super difficult to eat, listen, interact and finally blog at the same time. Especially when people like me are attached to their DSLR’s like conjoined twins. My Samsumg S3 takes fairly good pictures compared to other mobile phones but it really cannot do justice to the food presented. So in all fairness, the blogging that happened at the event was restricted to my FB page. I could not however deprive you of the beautiful pictures from the lunch at Fava and so this post materializes!
Fava is one of those exceptional restaurants that you always eat at, but never bother to write about because you visit it so frequently. So in case anyone had doubts about whether I love it or not – I LOVE IT. The restaurant has won the “Best Mediterranean Restaurant’ award twice in a row from the Times Food Guide awards and definitely deserves the adulation it gets. The freshness of the produce, the meticulous execution of the dishes and the almost sublime presentation, just attest to why Chef Abhijit Saha will always be in the elite league for me. The best part is, he never stops inventing or in this case, re-interpreting classics to arrive at something exceptional and new! And to top it all off, some of the items from the Pre-Fixe Lunch Menu that we tried today, are priced at an absolute steal! So without further ado, here’s a photolog of my lunch today. P.S. I didn’t eat it all…we shared some dishes and frankly, I would have eaten it ALL if my stomach was bigger!
12 different types of Mezze for you to pick from – A dozen Mezze is definitely a fun way to share food! This is a new innovation from Chef Saha and is a separate order. I literally swooned at the mint labneh, tabbouleh and babaganouj.
The plated Mezze is a modern interpretation of the traditional Mezze which is served in a big bowl from where people whould help themselves. The Avocado and Hummus combination and the Smoked Salmon with Hummus is definitely not found anywhere else. This kind of traditional with a twist, I could get used to!
The Live Micro Green Salad is a fantastic offering from Fava, The inspiration to grow the micro greens inhouse, came from the lack of availability of the same in the market! This is also presented in a unique way where they actually prepare your salad at your table – right from chopping off the micro greens fresh and adding them to salad leaves and dressing them with artisinal produce.
The rest of the pictures are a showcase of the Pre-Fixe Menu. Trust me when I say, each and every dish was exceptional. Head there for a lovely afternoon lunch with all your friends, rest assured you will fall in love with Fava.
#203, 2nd Floor,
UB City, 24 Vittal Mallya Road
Phone: +91 80 22117444
Parking: In the mall
Cost: Pre-Fixe Lunch Menu – 3 courses – Rs.550/-+ taxes