With new restaurants opening almost every second week in the city, there’s more than enough fodder for the enthusiastic food blogger to graze on. For someone like me, balancing it all out has been a challenge. And somewhere in this challenge, I’ve ignored something that’s a lot closer to home… or in this case…closer to work. I was a bit surprised when the team at HMSHost reached out to me a few weeks ago through a friend to come over to the food court at RMZ Eco World in Bengaluru. Instead of absent-mindedly making my way through a meal while talking shop, they wanted me to sit down, draw a deep breath and see what all they had to offer.
If you’ve travelled through the Bengaluru, Delhi or Hyderabad airports, you’re probably more familiar with the brands of HMSHost. The company offers traditional fare from Taste of India and 4-States, to the more popular Indian-Chinese from Noodle. Also bringing in international brands like KFC, Pizza Hut and Lily to such establishments, HMSHost has over a decade’s worth of experience in India.
Now, it was impossible for me to go through everything on the menu at each of the 12 brands they run at RMZ Eco World, so we decided to choose a handful of restaurants and have the executive chef present what he felt were their best dishes. We began with food from 4-States, a restaurant that’s traditionally been my choice for breakfast. Priced at INR 140, I was very sufficiently impressed with the quality and (a tad excess) quantity of the lunch thaali. With rice, sambar, kheer and a south-Indian styled curry that was very homely for place that looks at mass production, this meal was an absolute steal. For someone with my appetite, this meal can be shared by two people quite easily. No wonder it’s a top-seller. I also liked the ‘very-instagrammable’ appams and wished I had a delicious mutton stew instead of the veg stew, which was quite nice. (I’ve been brought up on the mutton stew-appam from Koshy’s combo) The masala dosa served was crisp, with fab chutneys… and quite filling.
From Noodle, their Indian-Chinese outlet, we tried the Malaysian Noodles which were well cooked and met the expectations I had in mind. We were confused as to why the dish was being served with both a boiled egg as well as a fried egg. (I can hear a Master Chef contestant going, ‘Eggs done two ways’). What I really fell in love with, thanks to a wonderfully prepared sweet-soy-sour sauce was the Pan-Fried Crispy Noodles. It also was my favourite dish among everything that we tried that afternoon. The fried rice with XO sauce is also something I’d recommend. (Do ask for a fried egg instead of the boiled egg that it’s served with)
Moving on to the Taste of India, we began with a plate of kababs, which could have been a lot more enjoyable than they already were, had they been boneless. The paneer tikka was surprisingly good. Not dry, not overly spicy, and relatively soft. However, the popular Chicken Biryani from Taste of India was what stood out for me. Wonderfully flavoured rice, with a tender leg piece of checking that was perfectly complemented with one of the better salans I’ve had in a while. The meal closed with a sizzling brownie.
While I’ve got another visit scheduled to try out some of the other non-mainstream brands they have at RMZ Eco World under the HMSHost umbrella, it’s important for me to point out that these joints are open to the general public, and operate on weekends as well. So, if you do work in the area, do check out the numerous options available under one roof.
PS – One stand out point, is that the Pizza Hut here serves Pizza by the slice as well for those of you who, like me, have cravings which you know can be satisfied with just one slice.