Phobidden Fruit, Indiranagar
Bangalore visits call for mandatory fancy lunches, and if it gets to be Pan-Asian, me and my tummy get to be all the more happier. Indra nagar being our preferred location, we were spoilt for choice with the numerous good eateries that it has to offer. After endless confusion, Phobidden fruit was decided on. Thanks to the intriguing name and their menu that describes the dishes in a line or two and gets you salivating already.
It’s an adorable, tiny place that invites you with hanging pots and all such pretty things. The interior is dimly lit, with wooden chairs and tables and walls sporting abstract paintings and murals.
We were a bit late for lunch and the kicker was that they close their kitchen closes at 3.30 PM. So we had to place our entire order at one stretch. We ordered one starter and a main (not our hungriest day).
Being new to Vietnamese food, we decided to toy with seafood. We agreed on the red river riot with prawn for the starter and the bun rieu for the main course.
The service was pretty slow and some of the staff were sluggish. The starter arrived after quite a long wait, and we dug into those saucy, tangy pieces of shrimp like we hadn’t eaten for days. The crunch of the bell peppers and onions, the herby bursts of flavour from the basil and the perfectly cooked prawns were all a win. Not many dishes leave you licking the sauce off the plate.
You know the sort of food, that relaxes and soothes you, with the mild, yet powerful flavour with no extravagance at all? The bun rieu was exactly that. With bits of shrimp, crab and scrambled eggs, the mild, soupy noodles captured our heart.
A lovely place that I would love to visit again. We closed the meal with a smile on our faces and seafood in our happy tummies.
Food – 4.5/5
Service – 3.5/5
Ambiance – 4/5
Location – 4/5
Price – 3.5/5
Overall rating – 4/5
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