I visited Ebony on a Sunday for a get-together with friends. The place was highly recommended by a friend who had been here with her family on multiple occasions. Ebony has seating indoors but it is really the rooftop area that is best due to its amazing view. Also pleasant Bangalore weather was just perfect for outdoor seating on a Sunday afternoon.
Ebony also has a very reasonably priced buffet option over weekdays that is priced at around Rs. 520 + taxes. On Saturday, the buffet is more expensive though.
The terrace area is a perfect place to enjoy the breeze and a view of Central Business District of Bangalore. The place is cheerful and spacious and the servers let you indulge in conversations without disturbing you much. A good ambience overall.
What Did I have?
Since it was a Sunday lunch, our bunch of friends opted for a la carte.
I had heard a lot about the drinks at Ebony and I wasn’t disappointed. The red wine Sangria with apple and citrus fruits cut in big chunks was the best Sangria I’ve had in a long time. My friend enjoyed her white wine Sangria as well. And the mocktails that other friends had like Florida (a watermelon, grapefruit and mint cooler) and a coffee cooler were all top notch.
Since we had both vegetarians and non-vegetarians, we went for platters. Guldasta platter for the veggies which included vegetarian tawa and tandoor items like broccoli, paneer, mushroom etc.
Maharaja platter for the carnivores which included prawns, fish, chicken and mutton tikka and kebabs.
Each platter was top notch. I especially liked the prawn and the mutton seekh. Broccoli and mushroom were my favourite in the veggies. The non-veg platter could have more seafood.
We went with Veg Istew, Mutton Istew and Prawn Moilee with Appams among the 8 of us. The stew servings were pretty large but each came with only 2 Appams. Three people could easily share one Mutton Stew and order more appams. Mutton was very well cooked, tender and tasty. Veg stew was nice as well. The prawn moilee was good but could do with more prawns which is my pet peeve at most places who serve seafood. Flavour wise everything was mildly spiced but flavourful. The appams were soft and fluffy. Neer dosa would be a nice accompaniment too.
Since we had a tween among us, dessert had to be ordered despite being stuffed. 🙂
Tender coconut soufflé with caramelized Kerala banana and coconut jaggery crumble was delicately flavoured and absolutely delicious. It was my favourite from all the desserts that we tried.
Ebony and Ivory – Swirls of dark and white chocolate tart over a biscuit base was decent, nothing spectacular.
Chocolate Moksha: Baked chocolate fondant served with salted caramel ice cream was really tasty and well done.
Thus, we wound up a gorgeous meal amid friends, chatter and laughter. We were there for almost 3 hours on a busy Sunday afternoon but not once were we rushed. Full marks to them for this.
What I loved
- Excellent quality of food
- Great view of Bangalore skyline from 13th floor
- A large menu with many food options
- Great drinks
- Polite service staff
- Wonderful location
What could be better
- Definitely pricey especially the a la carte options. The buffet is highly recommended and easier on the pocket.
- The main courses took a long time to arrive. Perhaps because it was a Sunday though the starters were reasonably quick.
- The stews could have more ratio of meat/veggies to curry.
- The Maharaja platter can have more seafood items.
- Definitely increase the number of appams served with stews.
I loved the place. I am keen to go back and try the buffet with my family next.
Disclosure: I paid for my own meal.