61 Reviews / 61 Ratings
Launching Cocktail Evenings at Fava - Experience the Med. The evening will get you exciting Cocktails & a very special 2 + 1 (from 7pm-8pm). Not just that, enjoy the Live Band between (7pm-10pm), after which DJ Nasha takes over the house all the way until 12:30am.
Fava - The Mediterranean Restaurant (feel-good)
Brownie point for feel-good factor!
On the table was complimentary Lavash and a dip which tasted a lot like sun dried tomatoes and roasted bell peppers. It was so good we kept asking for more. We had the mezze platter with pita which were great. All the dips were very different from each other and really got the taste buds excited. As Mediterranean style is an acquired taste, ensure you like the best of Mezze is your cup of tea. I am sure you all would like the Pleasant al fresco seating. French Classic Fondant au Chocolat and my mouth was watering.
Fava - Great Service!
Well, the 'one' thing that comes to my mind when I think of Fava is the lovely waiter who helped me with the menu a great deal. He was friendly, pleasant, patient and quite well-informed as far as the flavors on each of the dishes on the menu were concerned. Since I was not-so-familiar with Mediterranean cuisine, he helped me make the right choice with my main course. I chose grilled chicken breast with a Moroccan rub which was cooked to perfection and the flavors were ever-so-delicate and balanced! :)
We chose to be seated inside while the happy hour was still on because it was quite noisy with the all the merriment of the folks around indulging in happy hours and the little ones running around. I went there straight from work on a Sunday(Yes! WHHAttt?? I know right? lol) and I really needed some peace and quiet and the ambience inside was just that; Soft lights, mellow music, no chatter of the people around, it was calm and peaceful, just the way I like it! :)
Three cheers to the chef and the waiter for making the whole experience linger on.
Would I recommend this to others?
Ans: Maybe because nothing was that exceptional except for the service
(Raju, I think the waiter's name: Good job, mate!! :) )
Lamb Chops is a must have!
UB city is a brilliant landmark and one always wants to know what is there in it, but usually reluctant to get in assuming the prices of the stuff available.
But then, I happen to be lucky enough of being treated for lunch at a place of my choice. And yes, I opted for Fava :)
We reached there at around 4PM (kinda late for lunch, I know) and quite obviously, we were out of options. Then Kishen Kumar, a waiter, came to our table to help us out. Gave us our menu cards and I decided to take "Lamb Chops" and a "Tiramisu".
While waiting fo the order Kishen served us soup-sticks and a chily-mayo-dip. On asking for a garlic-mayo dip, he got us that too, without too many questions.
"Service with a smile" was followed religiously there. Very welcoming and a happy set of people.
The dips were just 'yumm'! I kept munching on the sticks, Kishen kept refilling, and I had to say "STOP!" so that I could have some space for the chops.
The Lamb chops, were a delight to just look at. Served with miniature rotis and vegetables, I start to enjoy the meat.
The meat was tender, soft, and oozed with flavours. I kinda expected it to come off the bone with a little more ease though as compared to how it was. The herbs gave a significant aroma to the meat as well.
There may have been some excess oil here and there but then, considering the taste of the meat, one, honestly, wouldn't just care.
And then Kishen kept on serving us various dips. The mini-roti + lamb + garlic sauce was epic! The salsa sauce, the chilli mayo were all just beyond awesome.
After the chops, I move on to the Tiramisu, only to realize that it was 'over' :/
With a bill of over 1000 bucks of which 25% was tax alone, this isn't a place you'd wanna frequent regularly. But then yes, Lamb Chops is a must have!
Fava has an absolutely amazing lunch buffet which is pretty much the only time i find the place worth a visit. The food is not really bad otherwise its just that the buffet experience is something i enjoyed way more than the alacarte dinner i had there. The buffet is basically a soup, salad, starters and desserts with a choice of one main that they serve at your table its the perfect light lunch amidst a working day and if you love Lebanese food the mezze platters here are amazing. They have a pretty well rounded menu and seem to cook the food well. The place has an outdoor area with a bar which can get pretty crowded on week ends so book in advance if you dont want to wait.
Pros: - Well located plenty of parking
- Great food well prepared
- Amazing lunch Buffet
Cons: - can get a bit over crowded on week ends
- Not too much for vegetarians
So it was my birthday yesterday and I had to take my friends out for a nice dinner with wine and I chose Fava after a lot of deliberation having heard a lot of great reviews about this place in Bombay. And oh boy! What a fantastic dining experience it was. We had a lovely table with a beautiful chilled breeze and light Jazz. We had the Martinis and Cosmopolitans to start off and then we got some great wine offered at a great price specially to our group. The food was mind blowingly good! We started off with Hummus and Pita bread, Crispy cheese and fresh herb cigars (the best of the pick), mixed vegetable and mushroom shish Kababs. We also had the Fava bean soup. For main course we had an amazing Penne Arabiatta, Greek Vegetable Moussaka the mushroom & asparagus pizza and the nicely named surf and turf. The food was so good we went ahead with desert even though we were bursting... and was the mudpie worth it!! And all this worked out so reasonable also! The ambiance was perfect and the music was great. The service was friendly, polite and not intrusive at all. Thanks Fava, for helping me usher a new year in my life so well! I definitely recommend this place to all foodies visiting Bangalore.
Dine & Wine on Med food!
If one is in UBCity trust me, he's in for a nice ambiance!!! Great food good veggie options (the pita bread with Humus is a must have) & awesome hospitality. What else do you ask for.....? In my humble opinion, the best Mediterranean food around, although slightly expensive.
Nice food .... pricey though
They have yummy baklava. Again, the baklava here is awesome. The pita bread with 12 dips is unique. I like the hummus the best. The ambiance is stylish. The waiter is always in a hurry so we have to slow him down.
The food is pricey though.
Once it was pouring outside and they escorted us through the kitchen. I think that was very thoughtful.
This was our first time at the Fava, a cousin joint of the more popular Caperberry. The ambience was regal but not flashy. It had a formal air to it, though not intimidating. The high ceilings and the comfortable seating are a nice touch.
As a started a had ordered a dish with prawns and hummous. The Hummous was the best I had tasted anywhere and would really recommend it. Going by the hummous alone I think their Mediterranean cuisine should be superb.
Though for the main course we ordered Ricotta & Cherry Tomato Stuffed breast of chicken with assorted beans in red wine sauce; Grilled Cottage cheese steak with Corn Ragout and a Pizza (do not remember which one!). The Ricotta cheese stuffed chicken breast was a revelation and all of us at the table wanted to takeover the dish! The cheese stuffing in the chicken was sublime and complimented the meat very well. The wine sauce on it added an interesting touch as well. The cottage cheese steak was a tad too plain and didn't stand a chance next to the chicken dish.
The pizza, which one I fail to recollect, would come at the very last in terms of taste, uniqueness or in recommendation. Pretty much what you can expect from any specialised joint. For desserts we went for the Trio of Pannacotta. This dish too fares well, however lacks the overall quality which will make you drop everything else and dive deep into it.
The pricing would fall under the premium category, we spent around 3000 for these dishes plus a soft drink. But wouldn't mind visiting again for an occasion (any excuse), to try out their other dishes.
Good food but not worth the money
Fava is a good attempt at Greek food though its positioning is a bit diluted with mixing of other cuisines. We had the Lunch Buffet which is not exactly cheap at Rs780 plus taxes but not over the top either. The starter menu was sufficiently large and the warm pita with the cold dips were good. Desserts were a bit of a let down and perhaps because it was a "diet" meal the fish I had did not seem that appetising. Oh well, brave attempt...
I went to Fava for dinner this Valentine's day with my wife. We had a prior reservation, but what followed there was pathetic.
We were made to wait more than 30 minutes after the first course had finished to get the second course. The staff did not look at all concerned about the delay, and the lady who seemed to be running the show never even bothered to visit our table to tell us about the delay. It was not just the delay, but their whole attitude about it is what pissed us off completely. I would never go to this place, and would recommend you to go there only if you want to spoil a perfectly good evening.
Coming to the food, I didn't understand the parsimony. Our salad just had some lettuce leaves and some pieces of tomato thrown in, and there were exactly 4 microscopically small pieces of feta. The last course of the set 3/4 course meal they had that day was just not befitting for a special occasion meal for which they had decided to choose the menu for the guest.
They knew we hated the experience, and we did not even see an earnest effort to put forward an apology. Overall, this place has no heart, and I would never visit them again.
Ooooh one of the best late Sunday brunches I've had. The ambience is awesome, grab a table outside if you can, especially if it looks like a tiny spell of rain. The food's good too. Wouldn't call it very authentic, but you can enjoy a long idle chat maybe catching up with an old friend after aaaages :) Would definitely go here agin :)
Nice ambience, excellent service, average food but happy hours is something which brought a smile on my face. Selected drinks are buy one get one free from 5pm to 7pm every day of the week. My friend had a peach cream brulee (dessert) and that is definitely worth a try! i loved it!
Chicken sheesh kabab as starter and turkish style pizza as main course. They were just about average. I had panacotta trio (pomegranate, melon and chocolate flavoured panacotta served separately) for dessert and i dint like it much.
Suggested for a couple of drinks and gr8 smbience not to forget smart service. The food menu needs more variety.
One of the worst places I have eaten in Blore. The food was not even close to being authentic. I've had a lot of mid-eastern food in various parts of the world, this was the worst adapatation I've had. Hummus was horrible (which is something every such place should be able to create). Chicken was undercooked, spent the night vomitting. Bakalava was more like pie with filing than actual bakalava, and even then it was bad.
This place caters to the those who are ignorant of better mid-eastern fare. And the prices are ridiculous. For 2 ppl, w/o alcohol it came to 2k. I would not recommend anyone who has add mid-eastern food before to go, it's a complete waste of time and money, as the staff are not very good either. Service was slow, as many waiters were just milling about and talking amongst themselves.
Fava - Wah Wah
Had been to this place Sunday evening. The place was decorated for Christmas and it was a candle light dinner. Ordered Turkish-style fish kebab. Mildly flavored and delicious. It was accompanied by 2 chutneys and salad.
Overall, good ambiance, nice service. Quite expensive Rs. 502 (for 1 item including taxes).
Good chill out place ..
I popped into Fava about 15 mins prior to opening hours & the hostess allowed me in regardless .. Fantastic !! There was huss or fuss unlike 2 other places I popped before Fava.
Service was prompt, I ordered a cappuccino which was great .. I love my cuppa cappuccino & many a place tend to never get it right. Kudos.
Lovely ambience, staff were attentive & smiling (so important in my point of view as it sets a tone for a customer), place was clean & weather was just fabulous :D
I decide then to grab some light breakfast & order the half plate bacon, lettuce & fried egg panini. Food comes promptly, presentation was good. I have never been a ketchup guy so I ask for tartare or mayonnaise to which I get a blank expression (here I am thinking that now way they don't know what I am asking for). Hostess goes inside & returns with answer, 'no we don't' !! Seriously .. 'no tartare or mayonnaise' no way right. So another wait staff takes initiative & bring what he thinks is tartare sauce .. which in reality is 'yoghurt paste'. Hmmm. Product knowledge is the foundation pillar of staffs ability to deliver great service with confidence .. I would suggest that management retrain service (in fact all) staff to be familiarized with everything available in restaurant.
All in all, I had a great time despite the hiccup. Staff were genuine, place is great, location is fantastic & price is reasonable. I would definitely recommend Fava.
Nice place to have a relaxed afternoon meal
We wanted to get a taste of Mediterranean food in Bangalore and we thought, what better place to taste than Fava :)
Firstly the location : Its located right in the center of 2nd floor of UB city. Lesser crowd compared to the other restaurants in UB city. Tables are well laid. We took the outdoor seating. But if you are looking for a romantic place, then Fava is not the one !
Service : Very good. Well taken care of. Table booking was done and i found the exact table that i had asked for.
Food: Amazing food and great serving sizes. We went for Potato Sheesh Kabab which was made really well and the flavour was spread all through the insides. Pizzas are good and the size is quite decent enough to fill 2 hungry people. A few good options in desserts were available, but we could not try them, as we were completely full with starters and main course.
Drinks: Their drinks menu is very good. Very good choice of wines... but the price is on the higher side.
Overall, its a great place, if you want to have good food and wine. I would recommend it to everyone !
One of the best !
This review is based on a couple of dinner experiences with fave.The ambiance is minimalistic at the same time very elegant and chic.The menu comprises mainly of loads of mezze platters(they have great veg option too in the same),pizzas,pastas,good choice of meats and seafood.;love their wine sangrias.A detail review will be up soon.
outing with my girls
Thanks Fava for a special day with my girls ... we just came for cofee/dessert and stayed for dinner (like the board outside said). Loved the place, the setting, the ambience, the service and the food. It was delicious all the way. I will be back for sure. Would reccommed the lamb hummus, the ragout and mud cake to everyone!
Disgusting Service and sad place
We made the mistake of trying Fava once. It's an upmarket dingy restaurant. First thing that amuses once inside is that tables are so close that it's easier to hear the people on the next table than your own partner.
The service is extremely slow. It took more than 15 minutes for someone to attend our table, only to get a rude shock that they needed to take our order again after half hour of waiting. So we did get delicious food after waiting for over an hour. One thing was clear that the staff was least bothered or apologetic.
After such a sad experience we were pleasantly surprised the food was good, but we had lost our appetite for good.
In fact the mistake was ours. Fava was the least crowded restaurant @ UB City and we should have taken cue from that. We are definitely not going back.
STRICTLY RECOMMENDED :))
After enetring UB City & roaming around for over an hourme & my wife went to the 3rd floor terrace where all the restaurants are nestled. We were hungry & the confusion started from choosing one of the 7-8 lovely eating joints up there. We finally decided for FAVA.
We were warmly greeted by the manager & taken to a 2 chair table. The wooden look table had a flower vase & candle lit on it & was located at the edge of the restaurant, perfect for a romantic couple. Very comfortable seating, lovely ambience, a big projector screen playing video songs facing the bar counter at one end of the restaurant, well positioned tables so no one is so close as to hear the other tables conversation, lot of privacy & yet you are part of the crowd of elite customers at the place. Great hospatility, very polit & patient waiters will never keep staring at you to finish you plates & will wait till you are ready & then come promptly to give you their suggestions on the menu. Required because its a Meditaranean, Moroccan, Lebanese, Turkish cuisine & you wont be able to perfectly guess the dish by just flipping thru the menu card. Lot of variety on the drinks & food, inclusing veg & non veg. We were suggested the Chicken Aljila something, cooked in olive oil for starters with a beer for me, Kingfisher ofcourse in UB city & a mocktail, Impeachd for my wife. We loved the drinks & the chicken was awesome. Then for the main course we had one more Chiken dish cooked in cream sauce & vegetables surrounding it alongwith another dish consisting of Chicken & prawns in tomato gravy. We were left licking our spoons & then our plates, literally. Very Very tasty food, perfectly cooked. Oh & we were given a complimentary welcome snack which was fun to have till we decided on the large menu difficult to understand & waited for it to arrive. And some lovely soft round chocolates instead of saunf when you are done & leaving. Overall Amazing Food, Wonderful Hospitality & Service, Lovely Ambience. Although its expensive, considering you are in UB City so better be earning good to be in such places mingling with rich people. Great place & you'll come out happy having a memorable time. Strictly recommended for a group, gang or a couple !! :))
great food !!
the fava restaurant for the fact it is very new , is among the best med retaurants bangalore has. the variety of options and service is great. we were 6 of us who started with happy hours , they have 1+1 offer and we landed staying for dinner and having the signature mud cake.
great place !!
Bad customer service
We were in the UB City mall the other day and thought of downing a couple of drinks after a long day of work. The choices were many in UB CIty but since Fava & Tasty Tangles had advertised prominently that they have happy hours till about 7.30 in the eve, we thought of taking advantage of it. Fava won hands down as our choice for that evening.
First surprise. Unlike places like Couch or TGIF (may its soul rest in peace and hope it takes a new avatar soon in namma bengalooru) or Indi Joe or scores of other lounges/restaurants, the offer on happy hours is very limited here. Restricted only to Indian brands, even in that rather limited choice. I wonder what makes owners/chefs to come out with offers like this which will clearly put off people. Anyway, it is their choice and we have to respect it if we want to drink there. And a few cocktails really attracted our attention and we thought of ordering them. We even called a few of our friends from nearby office to join us in Fava.
Second surprise. When we entered the place at 6.40 and enquired if the happy hours are still on, the lady at the entrance very clearly told us that it was on. However, when we decided to place the order, the steward rudely told us that the happy hours have been closed. And the reason given for this is even more ridiculous. Apparently they had a party going on at that time and the Captain has ordered that happy hour offer should not be extended to any guest. I asked him when they decided on this and he replied that he got the information 5 minutes back. Duh???? When you tom tom everywhere that your happy hours are till 7.30, dont you think your customers atleast deserve to be told any changes in this in a polite manner??
Fava, you clearly lost quite a few customers forever on that day.
Overpriced tasteless food
We went to Fava for dinner in a group of five. Initially we were seated in the outdoor section but as other diners were smoking, we protested and were re seated indoors in a cavernous but dingy room. Service was indifferent, the food was terrible and the grossly inflated prices added insult to injury. In a word, NEVER AGAIN
Something is a changing
I have been to Fava across the years and there is a definite dip in quality of service and in the food over the last couple of months. Gone are the delicate seasoning, the well informed maître d. My last two experiences was a surf and turf, where the chicken was obviously overcooked. It was hard and stringy ugh! Followed by a waiter who seemed to be in a hurry and didn't even have the time to take my order. He was more like, if you dont give me the order in the next 30 seconds, I am gone. Wow, what happened to my restaurant experience.
It also looks like they have added a few more tables on the deck and/or have lost a few waiters. New staff, more customers, new problems.
In any case, I think I will be going elsewhere for those prices.
Not worthy of Abhijit Saha's talent
Well, even though we had a not so 'WOW' experience at Caperberry we decided to visit Fava. We ordered the veg kebab platter, hummus, sauteed mushrooms in white wine, falafel pockets, fish tagine, lamb tagine, some lamb kebab and spinach - puff pastry sheet item. Except the hummus everything was a disappointment. The pita wasn't soft and had no character. The falafel had too much jeera powder which over powered the dish and killed it. The quality of vegetables in the salads adorning the dishes was bad. Unlike caperberry even the presentation wasn't great, though portions were definitely more agreeble. At a restaurant like Fava I wouldn't accept anything less than the best and freshest produce. Somehow, turned out to be a very disappointing show with almost nothing calliong for a 'wow'! Mezzeh on 80ft road, HAL - though it had a limited veg menu - showcased better culinary talent. Chef please get behind your kitchen and check what's wrong. Bangalore is abounding with many mediocre restaurants and let's not add FAVA to that list.
awesome food + the best service I've experienced
let me begin by saying this place is expensive. 5 and a half of us blew away 5500 bucks last night - but money well spent. excellent ambiance, excellent food and excellent service (special mention mohan - i hope i got the name correct). they gave a complimentary chocolate cake for the b'day boy (the half) in our group and without us even mentioning it.
the mezze platter (veg) is to die for. the grilled chicken with saffron cous cous - exceptional.
we had a blast. the bill burnt a hole in my pocket - but money well spent.
Yummy Finger-licking food
Went here on an impulse while hanging out at UB City. The restaurant looked quite empty at 8 PM on a Friday, so we werent too sure of how good it was. We decided to go in anyway and I'm SO glad we did. It filled up real quick!
The food was great. We had zucchini kebabs for starters and they were absolutely yummy. For main course, we had khous-khous with veggies & falafel and a veggie pizza, both were amazingly tasty. The quantity was quite high and I struggled to finish mine. Our cocktails were good as well, with a good amount of alcohol in them :)
The service was very good with friendly and knowledgeable waiters. We sat in the outdoor area, the ambience was just beautiful with a cool evening breeze.
Slightly on the expensive side, but that is expected in a mall like UB City.
An evening in Fava
4 of us went to Fava on a Saturday evening. As expected this place was buzzing with life. We were a hungry bunch so decided to skip the starters and jump to the main course. While we waited, we ordered for drinks.
Cranberry Juice - Cranberry flavor sugar syrup!!
Impeached - Mix of some Peach flavor syrup, soda, lot of ice. In all very diluted. When we asked the waiter to make it better, he added some syrup but it st
Worth a visit..
Good ambience, food and drinks (recommend the Fava martini). Service staff is knowledgeable. Had the Falafel and Chicken Salad for starters -- both were good. Main course Mushroom lasagne wasnt all that but the braised chicken leg in red wine reduction was really good. Deserts were fantastic! Ample parking in UB city really helps.
I must say I was disappointed with this restaurant. After reading all the reviews , decided go and try out. Having eaten the most authentic falafel in Isrel, thee falafel here was nothing close to it. It was more like an aloo tikki!!! It din taste anythign like a falafel. The hummus was pretty good though. We ordered pastas for the main course and the portion was so small, and for the price you pay for it, will hardly quench your hunger. We also ordered tiramisu for dessert, and again highly disappointed. The only nice thing about this place is the ambience. Would not visit again.
The recent visit to Bangalore was turning into a disaster so friends & i decided to pamper ourselves. Went to Fava at UB City. Sat outside on the deck area. Started relaxing over a couple of drinks. Tried their cocktails named & created after the zodiac signs-awesome!. The food, when it came, was lip-smacking & the ambience just right to have a chilled out evening with friends. So Fava was the Best Ending to a not so great day!!!!!
Lost faith in Fava Staff-Suman
I have never been embarrassed by the Fava staff like the way today especially by Suman.Ventured into a Peroni Painting show at Fava and was offered beverages by the hostess there.Suman a staff at fava makes it a point that the promotion by Peroni was not focused towards me & my friends and made a scene that i need to pay immediately while the others at the promotion need not.Paid i did without any qualms but the high regard i had towards Fava as well as Peroni just died due to profit they were trying to make on a promotion.I will never drink a Peroni again.Best regards to Fava & Peroni & Suman who should be given the employee of the year award.One request please don't fleece guests on a promotion.You can make better profits on the food u make rather than charging guests during a promotion.
Just wanted to commend Chef Abhijit Saha and his team on the excellent lunch we had at FAVA recently. A cousin was visiting from the States, LA-no less, where she has every choice of quality world cuisine, and she too thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience.
To begin with, it was a lovely day weather-wise, and so we chose to sit outside, and got the full benefit of the breeze and the cloudy skies. Added to this the lovely look and feel of the wooded floor of the deck and the doors, and the ambiance created certainly enriched the experience. The cousin was really impressed with the decor.
Then of course, the food - Non Veg Mezze Platter, followed by some lamb chop kebabs and chicken shawarma, and not be left out, the chocolate tasting dessert at the end.
We were stuffed and truly fulfilled. The food was DELICIOUS, the meats soft and flavourful, the quantities just enough. The cousin's husband is Iranian, so they do eat a lot of Persian food, so it seemed like an even better endorsement when she was so appreciative of each dish.
A truly delightful afternoon! Made us proud to be able to take an overseas visitor to such a classy place for such a wonderful experience.
Here's to many more successes!
I honestly think this place might deserve a 3 overall outta 5. But it gets a 2. Reasons below....
Ambiance was pretty good. love the wooden flooring, oh and a good rainy evening, sitting under the shelter and looking out to the common space at UB city could be an introspective moment. the Menu seemed fairly priced. Rs. 160 for a Tuborg Pint. considering its VM Road, and UB city it was fair askance. The Vegetarian dishes varied between 250 and 500.
The menu was variation of italian and med cuisine which was expected... small range. Me and my girl ordered for one pizza (we weren't too hungry) and jesus (a friend who looks like son of god) ordered a steak (rare) and his his girl ordered something i can't recall. Our Waiter was prompt and courteous at all times, so the service wasn't bad at all. pretty normal and expected from a place like this.
what disappointed me is that our mushroom pizza which was literally a sampler. I almost wanted to call our waiter and give him a thumbs up so he could bring the massive pan waiting for us in the kitchen!! For 350 Bucks even if i did not share it, was barely enough for a 12 year old. jesus loved his steak though his grouse was the same, that the portions who satisfy only a 4 year old. The Pizza was actually great taste wise... green onions cheese and mushrooms. soft thin crust.
Maybe they pay such heavy rental for the space they can't afford to feed it patrons.... or maybe they don't want anyone to waste food. maybe....
BTW, Fava means broad bean in italian... somehow i didn't spot it on the menu... maybe i missed it. but i thought it'd be their specialty....
Very satisfying executive lunch
My wife and I had gone here for lunch. The seating was pretty comfortable (both indoor and outdoor). The bar has good collection.The executive lunch was very fresh (choose from a soup/ salad, and one main course) and correct in quantity.
They claim to be mediterranean but have lot of italian built in their menu.
Its not about the food
I was sceptical to try this place out for my wife's bday, considering mixed reviews. But I did find myself there on a nice windy monsoon evening.
The seating is mix of outdoor lounge and indoor formal. I am sure most people will opt for the outdoors except in summers or on formal occasions. The outdoors is done nicely, soft lights, spaced out tables. I wish they had given a better view of the bar.
Food - Things are a little confusing here. They call themselves a Mediterranean restaurant but I am not sure if that's an apt description of their cuisine. The appetisers & salads have a Greek, middle eastern touch with a few Tapas thrown in. The rest is pretty much Italian - pizzas, pastas and main course all strongly Italian. For a slightly knowledgeable person, this menu would come across as, for lack of a better word, confused. Med. food doesn't mean Italian.
We ordered a greek salad which could have done with more & better Feta cheese. Not sure if pickled onions are part of authentic salad but they stood out very strongly against other milder flavours. The chicken starter - Chick Al Ajilo is highly recommended. In main course, we ordered lamb chops and Greek veg moussaka. The veg dish was ok, the lamb chops - again a treat. well cooked, right blend of spices. Again more mid eastern touch - could be easily passed of as Indian as well.
Drinks - Excellent drinks menu. All the usual suspects, nice scotch collection. Excellent wine list though they should offer more wines by the glass. We tried the Sangrias and they would definitely be must have on your first visit there.
Service - now some bad feedback has been written on the service here. But my experience was more than good. We were attended to promptly. Good advice on food was provided and everything was served quickly. Maybe because it was a light week night. The only complaint was that they seemed to be in a hurry to make us eat. The moment they cleared our starters, they presented us with the dinner menu knowing fully well that we were celebrating an event, still had our drinks on the table and it was still more than 2 hrs to closing time.
As a special touch, they offered us a chocolate mousse/cake and for any choco lover, it was beyond heaven. So were the truffles given as post dinner sweeteners. I understand its all baked in house and deserves a try.
Prices - Definitely on the higher side but I think its value for money considering the overall experience.
If only they worked on fine tuning their menu, it would be a delight to visit this place again.
On this site, its listed that their beer collection is a feature. That is not true as their beer collection is pretty standard for what you can expect in a place of this class & scale.
Ever since this restaurant opened in UB City, my friend and I have been wanting to try it out. Finally, we made it there yesterday. The exterior of the restaurant looks very non-descript. However the interiors more than make up for this. We walked up the entrance steps and were greeted by the hostess who asked us to provide her with one of our names and mobile number. Details carefully noted, she showed us to a table for two next to one of the large windows. After ensuring we were comfortably seated, she discreetly departed and her place was taken by a smiling waiter bearing the drinks and food menus. I looked at the drinks menu and was very impressed by the wide variety of wines on offer. To my surprise though, the restaurant didn't offer Grey Goose vodka. A bit odd for such a high-end establishment. Anyway. My friend chose a vermouth and lime drink and I settled for a mock beer. Drinks ordered, we turned our attention to the food menu. There were a lot of interesting options on offer and after much deliberation, we settled on an appetizer and two main courses. We then proceeded to crunch our way through the bread sticks in the complimentary bread basket on our table. The dip which had accompanied these sticks was the perfect accompaniment and we happily crunched away, while gazing at the beautiul skyline of UB city. Our drinks, when they arrived looked lovely and mine looked exactly like a beer would. It was excellently made, of apple juice, lime juice and with lemon foam. Definitely a drink worth trying. Drinks downed, we turned our attention to our starter. We had ordered assorted Labneh with Pita bread. The Labneh came, in four spoons, each labneh having a different flavouring. My friend and I enjoyed every creamy bite and smothered the pita bread with it. For our main courses, we had ordered Duck confit with Pomegranate Sauce and Rice for me and Lamb Shanks with Couscous for him. The food didnt take too long to arrive and when it did, was absolutely delicious. We enjoyed every mouthful of our respective dishes. Feeling extremely full, we decided to skip dessert. The desserts menu though, had an array of tempting goodies, some quite unusual and we felt quite sad that we were too full to try any. Before the bill arrived, we were presented with four complimentary chocolates which we promptly swallowed. They were lovely. My overall impression of the place is that it has lovely ambience, a most interesting lounge bar which my friend and I intend to try on our next visit, great music, comfortable furniture and fantastic service. The food is amazing - well cooked, well presented and absolutely delicious. The price is quite reasonable, considering the quality and quantity of the food. The crowd is a mix of up-market and not so up-market. This is certainly a place to visit, time and again. We also intend to visit Caperberry, which I understand is run by the same person who runs Fava.
What a total dissapointment
Now this is probably one of the most dissapointing meals I have had in a very long time. Now obviosuly my standards are much higher for the place given the history of the Chef and mangament. So to be the fair the food wasnt all bad, but just dissapointing.
As soon as you walk in the ambience leaves you wanting more for some reason. Not bad, but just not to my liking. The staff seems slightly in experienced and bit sloppy.
The drinks were watered down and took a very long time to come, even though the place was not that crowded.
The appetizers was very average, with only the hummus bening the saving grace.
The grilled lamb chops were actually the best thing I ate the entire night and was begining to feel happy and staisfied. And then the biggest disaster of them all. The duck. Yuck was what i said when i saw the presentation. And when I tatsted it, it was pretty much just very ok. This was probably the worst presentation of food i had ever seen in my life at such a high caliber restaurant. It was in a bowl of terrible rice with the duck just thrown on top.
I honestly dint want to eat anything else there ever again after that. But my friends did order desert, and the creme brule did calm me down just a tad. Quite good.
So I dont think I would ever go there again. I think Caperberry can expect my loyalty over its ugly step sister.
Great wine and non-vegetarian food!
Went there for lunch with colleagues. Chose the inside dining area, though the terrace was also very inviting. They have the wine festival going- 4 kinds of wine, to match the different courses. The chicken kababs, lamb with humus, prawns, tiramisu, were all great! The wines were also good. The UB city ambience, without the restaurants being crowded too close together is awesome.
Did not have the same richness of choice for vegetarians. For kids the "wine festival" would of course not work out. Their a la carte selection looked pretty good as well.
This would be my second visit to Fava. I remembered my first time being somewhat pleasant and the dish I ordered (seafood ravioli in saffron sauce) was delicious, even though the ravioli was a bit too soft and fell apart before I could put it into my mouth. More info and photos http://khaana-khaana.blogspot.com/2010/05/fava.html
Chic dining in UB City
A wonderful new addition to the UB City restaurant scene. Absolutely adore the attention to detail that is not typical at other restaurants. From complimentary breadsticks and dip to unique place settings and staff to swat pesky mosquitoes, Fava offers a lovely dining experience. With the option to dine al fresco for a casual experience (great for people watching!) or inside which offers a sophisticated ambiance. I enjoyed trying an assortment of mezzes and kebabs. My favorite being the apricot and pumpkin kebabs- heavenly. The seafood soup was also divine- not sure how to describe it...never had anything like it before but it was delicious! My husband also really enjoyed the tenderloin, which was of a high quality and cooked perfectly. For desert the baklava and signature chocolate volcano were decadent and rich enough to make me feel guilty but so good that I didn't care. We had a fantastic meal and Fava met all of our very high expectations. Definitely recommend visiting.
2nd time less impressive
This is my 2nd review. I feel compelled to write a second one, as I feel the standard has lowered. There were a few little niggles which brought down the experience.
I think there was a disparity between the menu description and the food served (eg cous cous instead of baby potatoes, but we weren't warned of this). Ordered Missippi Mud Cake but it wasn't that but something different - was a hot melting chocolate fondant.
Staff were slow to bring menus, the bill. Or brought 2 menus when we were 6 people.
The coffee machine wasn't working properly, but we weren't informed of this...otherwise we wouldn't have bothered ordering coffee. To be fair they didn't charge us for the coffee.
So, was less wow than before and more blah average.
They did manage to serve us all - 6, at the same time for the mains, which is good though.
I went to Fava with great expectations for authentic Mediterranean food. Unfortunately, the food wasn't great at all. I found the menu extremely limited. The pita bread served in one of the starters was very thin, and nothing like what it should have been. I wish they had paid more attention to the taste of the mezze than just the appearance. The quantity of the main course was miserly, and the taste is nothing to rave about. I think Bangalore has restaurants which serve better tasting Med/Italian food at similar prices. The waiter was curt and unhelpful. When we couldn't make up our mind between 2 dishes and asked for suggestions, he just replied "u decide for yourself". The lively UB city atmosphere if you're sitting outside is the only saving grace for this place. If you haven't been here, don't bother visiting - u haven't missed anything!
PS: i feel such a passionate dislike for this place that i registered at Burrp so i could warn people!!
Good Service+Ambience! Bad Food! :(
Like always I wanted to try this place from the day it opened as I love to try out new places in town. Went there with a friend to review it for lunch and was left utterly disappointed. Going by what Caperbery is, we were hoping to be overwhelming experience but were left rather disappointed. The service and ambiance were exceptional and extremely pleasing but when it came to the food, better said as little as possible.
We ordered for a chicken appetizer, which was supposed to be kind of a satay. when it came to our table it looked anything but pleasing and tasted even worse. the chicken surely had died a natural death and had been overcooked. the meat was extremely dry and had hardly any flavour or juice. was quite an exercise to the one piece each we ate before sending it back to the kitchen. we did not want to risk by ordering anything for an appetizer and waited for our main course. I had ordered for a flattened chicken with balsamic vinegar and pesto which was again quite dry and didnt taste right and my friend's medium-rare tenderloin was cooked till it was grey and overly grilled!!!
The server was extremely apologetic and kept coming back to our table figuring out that we werent enjoying our lunch (was nice of him to do that but there was nothing he could do anyway)... Before going into the restaurant, I had hoped for a nice dessert too but again I didnt want to end on a bad note again so we chose to move to Cafe Noir opposite the restaurant for our desserts and have a happy ending at least!
Dont think I would return to the restaurant again soon unless I am told the chef changed or the food fairy descended on their restaurant and changed the way they cook!! :-)
Average; not up to Caperberry's standards
I'm a huge fan of caperberry and also love meditteranean food, so I was excited to try fava. The experience was not disappointing exactly, but it was average. The food was average - we ordered the calamari, chicken shawarmas and a couple of salads. None of it was particularly memorable. The service was polite but unbelievably slow (it wasn't even very crowded).
attitude is bad
I am extremely annoyed by the attitude of the owners of this place, once you have foreigners in the place they don't care about others. worst of all was today the whole place was swarmed by houseflies & it was sick. food is good but people owning this & caper berry are really too snooty & these kind of people really make you want to throw outsiders out of OUR CITY.
Fashion, like food is big when its branded. Saha has become for Bangalore, what Valentino is for Italy a brand, an iconic symbol of what a place can produce. For Saha, 2009 was a big year with his baby Caperberry coming into existence. Barely a month in the unveiling is his second restaurant Fava.
The wine list is rich, and at that on tap, while the bar is well stocked. , I skipped the wine list entirely and opted for a jug of Sangria, trying the watermelon and basil rose option, that was refreshing, the perfect afternoon cooler.
The place boasts Mediterranean fare, leaving a lot to the chef to play with, since this refers to Middle Eastern favourites blending with the razzmatazz of Greece, Spain, France and Italy, as well as extending to Egypt, Morocco and Tunisia.
Favas menu is extensive perhaps a little too much so. This is maybe where they fall down trying to deliver too much variety instead of specialising and triumphing. Their tapas and mezzes are spot on, with several delightfully pleasing hummus options, notably the cinnamon and orange. An absolute must is their mezze platters that come in ½ a dozen or a full dozen of choices it offers dips that are drool-worthy along with pita pockets, and you will not be disappointed I promise!
For the full review with pictures: http://meagan-megalomaniac.blogspot.com/2010/02/fava.html
Outstanding - can it be beat?!
Had an excellent meal here last night (Friday night).
Service was extremely attentive and food was served very quickly, even though the restaurant was very busy.
Great cocktails. Food (I had duck, partner had lamb) was very tender, tasty and well presented. Dessert was lovely, I had the baclava, partner had trio of chocolate.
Excellent value for money, given the high quality of food and service.
Nicely placed in UB city, nice outdoor seating and view.
Music was a bit too techno at the start, but became more ambient relaxed after which was much nicer.
Would just like a larger choice of wine by the glass.
Puts other restaurants to shame, where you wait forever!
Very impressed by the whole experience and I will definitely go back.
Wah Wah Fava!!
My colleague dint get his lunch today and it was just another reason for me go out! Out of all the places, Fava being one such place where I had to go without fail in addition our ad hoc decision of lunching out led us here. After liking Caperberry and The Tapas Lounge so much, I knew this would be another classy place by the same management.
Located in the beautiful UB City, this restaurant has both outdoor seating and the indoor seating. We wanted to enjoy some breeze and natural light. We opted for the outdoor seating. We reached by around 1:10PM and the restaurant seems to be full with bustling customers. Wow!! This is already a hit. Its a weekday and lunch time and this one was full. It could be coz of the location. Well, it could definitely be coz of the great food and great people there!
They have both a-la-carte and set menu. The set menu comes in 2 types. One for Rs.375 which is two course and the other is for Rs.450 which is three course. My colleague wanted to keep it light and zeroed in on the two course menu (1 Soup / 1 Starter + 1 Main Course) where as I, dessert lover opted for the three course menu (1 Soup / 1 Starter + 1 Main Course + 1 Dessert)
My colleague wanted Chicken in Pistachio and sesame crumb with tomato dip and I wanted Cream of Porcini and mixed Mushroom Soup for the first course. My colleagues Chicken thingy was so well presented, the look of it itself would make one pounce on it and dig into it. My colleague gobbled it up though at the end he said, it was little bland for his taste. Well, when ones stomach gets full, they would say the same :)
Its probably good to be bland coz I noticed a huge percentage of the crowd there was of Firangis and they all would prefer their food on a blander side. Its not just that. Authentic Mediterranean food is meant to be that way and may not satisfy the spicy Indian palate.
My Mushroom soup with the drizzle of Olive oil on it was excellent. For whatever reason, I have started to like mushroom so much these days and places like this is only making me falling in love it again and enjoy it more!
For the main course, as my colleague wanted to keep it light, he ordered Chargrilled Vegetables with Roasted Potato and Garlic and I was confused (as usual) between Penne Arabbiata with Chargrilled Vegetables and Grilled Polenta with mushroom ragout. Though I was badly tempted to eat mushroom again, the waiter suggest, I should opt for Penne Arabbiata and I blindly went by his suggestion. The main course arrived in a while and there were no words that were exchanged between my colleague and I. We were just totally engrossed into our food. My colleagues chargrilled vegetables looked more attractive than mine and of course very healthy as well.
After this, it was time for my dessert. And there was again confusion between Turkish Coffee Cream with Almond and Cherry Crème Brulee with Citrus Salad. The waiter again came to my rescue this time. He suggested I should pick the Coffee thingy if I love coffee else I should take the citrus one as its very nice. I guess hed tasted it before and suggested the same to me. But, his suggestion indeed was great. The combination of Cherry Cream Brulee with a layer of hard caramel on with some citrus fruit in the next bowl was an excellent way of rounding off my meal.
Theres a bar counter in their outdoor section. I did take a look at the indoor dining section which is better suited for the larger groups. They also have a dining section on the first floor which is extremely well made with wooden flooring and the wall. Looked like its an apt place for the corporate get-together / lunch / dinner / meetings and more! Theres also a TV and other facilities if one would like to make a presentation.
I was told, they also have a much elaborate dinner (sounds interesting for me). The new Fava seems to be The Place to dine in be it with family or friends or colleagues. One small note you may want to keep in mind is, please make advanced bookings else you may have to end up dining in some other place!!!
Being a huge Med food fan and growing up around the region, I had high expectations out of Fava when I came across it in UB City.
I have tried 3 meals there so far - went twice for dinner and once for lunch over the weekend. Overall, I liked the weekend lunch over the dinners. I think, they are trying to do the best they can - but the restaurant doesn't match my expectation of a true Med experience.
The food quality isn't bad, but isn't mouth watering yummy either. I loved the thin crusted pizza I tried there and the mushroom cappelletti isn't horrible either. But the tagine - darn that tagine was such a let down :( I expected an aromatic slow cooked tagine in a clay pot, and all I got was a cold, yes COLD, fish over some cold cous cous and prunes in a disgusting gravy. It was a big let down. My friend also tried the arabiatta, and that wasn't anything remember-able either.
During lunches, they are nicer and keep refilling your tables with nice dips, but dinners, the highly untrained staff runs around in in a chaotic frenzy and mess up everything. We got out appetizers with the main course during dinner once. And we also got a salted lime soda when asked for a sweet one. It took them over 1hr to change it. Then there was the time we waited for over an hour for our food. Once, we must have had over 4 waiters at our table - I really wonder who was in charge of the table. And, YES - I made table reservations well ahead of time every time. They REALLY need to train their staff and improve on the service.
The first time I went there, they didn't have take out bags, and gave me the pasta with dripping sauces in silver foil. The next time I went, I was lucky - they had containers by then.
Overall, I'd give Fava the following rating:
Food: 3.5/5 (I am still being generous here!)
If someone from Fava ever reads this review, please improve on the food and make some yummy dips. You cannot have med food without the dips! And, what's with the service - really!