88 Reviews / 93 Ratings
Not as impressed with the buffet
So we are doing a lot of team lunches this season. And yet another one was in Khansama, priced quite reasonably at 525 + taxes for non vegetarians, and slightly lesser for the vegetarian fare. The interiors, like most BJN restaurants is royal, and impeccably designed. A pretty big area, and comfortable seatings. Lush carpets and paintings adorn the place.
We started off with the salads and soups, the mutton shorba was quite nice, even though there were hardly any pieces of meat, the taste itself was quite unique, rich and brown broth. The salads and pasta were pretty nice, except the veg potato salad, which just seemed stale. As we proceeded to starters, I noticed how small the spread really was. There were like 4 veg starters and just 2 non veg, in chicken and fish. For a lot of people, that narrows options drastically, considering they may not eat fish. The starters were pretty tasty, specially the hara bhara veg and even the chicken. In the mains, the veg biriyani was quite noteworthy, very nice flavors, and the dum chicken had a very rich gravy with succulent pieces of well cooked chicken. Dessert had a white chocolate fountain, marshmellows, brownies, halwa, ice cream etc. This was pretty good, and as the place filled up, the queue kept increasing, but totally worth the wait.
Service was quite prompt, with plates being removed, and water refilled. And the décor is quite amazing to take in. I would definitely recommend the place, but probably for a-la carte. It would be more expensive, but a much better experience of the food.
NICE RESTAURANT WITH LUXURIOUS AMBIENCE
The moment you enter the place you find it impressive! Service is good and the food is of good qulity. Its a nice place to go out for a date. The staff is friendly.The only drawback is that i found it more expensive than what it should have been! Otherwise its an awesome place and a must go!!
Dine like the Royal Moghuls???
This place is located in the wow UB city mall and it is mind blowing to look from the outside too....We went there for my friends birthday...We had to wait for long as it was a weekend....We got to know they have buffet lunch on weekdays too....Too bad missed it...We were swept off our feet by the ambiance, the dim lighting with candles and the aura of the moghul era...But a serious let down was the service they provide...The waiters here think they are some kind of moghul kings and we are here to eat free food....Would be great to have people who are benevolent serving you....The food if served hot would have been great to eat.....It boasts of wonderful ambiance but the food and service are serious let downs.....Next time I ever visit by chance I hope the service and food is upto the mark
Not Worth the Money
Khansama is well known in the UB city food hub. The ambience is perfect for dinner since they provide a Mughal atmosphere with candle light.
The menu has description of various Mughal kings in the left side of each page. Food is up to the mark for vegetarians but quite expensive as expected. This place could be visited during special occasions. If its for a team, lunch buffet is a better option. Surprisingly they provide good options for both veg and non-veg. The service has a royal feel in it. Non veg section as I heard from my friends is not so good. The dessert, though with limited options is just yummy. With the wine and dine facility, the venue attracts more foreigners. Very good choice if you want to take your foreign colleagues to an Indian restaurant.
Nice ambiance , bad service , the servers here act as if they are doin favour to us , and we get service charge on top of it :( , located in UB city , which has such good restaurants , this really is a blackamark . The paneer was as hard as a stone :P , aloo tikii was average , if u just wanna tell people that u were in a posh place then go to meet the mush man who greets u at the door , or else stay away from this place , go to someother place rather
Waiters are Hooligans / Goondas !
This is the worst hotel i have ever been to in my life. If i had to negative rating ill give them minus five. We had ordered for starter followed by main course. First of all the main course was served cold, none of the waiter attended on time, nor responded properly to any query. Later we found a hair in one of the roti's, which was not dealt with properly. None of the waiter nor any staff was ready to accept their mistake about the hair in the roti, instead blaming us that it must have fallen from one of our ladies guest. We had asked for a proper explanation for misconduct of the waiter for talking such rubbish, which was supported by manager. They blackmailed us to pay the full amount and even asked the security guys to closed the doors and not let us out unless we dont pay.
This was the kind of treatment we received from so called 'Hi-Fi' restaurant in Bangalore.
- Waiters used foul language about ladies
- Staff threatening us to pay up the bill for the food which we had not consumed at all because we found hair in the roti
- No proper explanation for misconduct and no apologies for mistake committed.
At the end we had to pay for what we had not even eaten and my whole family had to come back home without dinner.
Not really upto the expectations
This is my second review for Khansama and I must say that I have to take back my words in my previous review. Hitherto I had recommended Khansama to anyone looking forward to one of the best buffets in Bangalore but Alas!, now I wont. My last visit to Khansama was really disappointing in terms of value for money. The spread was quite limited and the starters (veg and non-veg both) were more or less bland. The only thing I had from the main course was the chicken curry and even that was way below expectations and I am sure boiled chicken added to semi cooked tomato gravy shouldn't make its way to the spread of a Restaurant that boasts of food quality and taste. The salad menu was a bit of a savior but even that has a large scope for improvement. Overall the entire menu and preparation needs to be revisited if Khansama really expects to live up to its name and legacy.
Thumbs up for the ambiance and hospitality. The waiters were really courteous and so was the Manager who was prompt enough to immediately have a talk with on on seeing our feedback.
A closing note for Khansama management, I have been a big fan of Khansama and trust me, the sole purpose behind writing this review is to bring to your notice that people still have big expectations from their experience with Khansama, please dont let them down.
I've been here about 4-5 times.Each time,the quality of food has been different.
However,the patthar ka gosht is the best you'll find in Bangalore.Once or twice,the meat has been a little rubbery,but I've found that relatively its the most consistent dish on the menu.Not a big fan of the main course here,desserts are not great either.
The lunch buffet can be avoided.
Went there with colleagues. First they dictated separation of Veg and Non-Veg folks so that they can have their "convenience" of serving. Veg serving is 1100 and Non-Veg is 1300. They were concerned that some Veg folks might eat their 200 priced more Non-Veg stuff. They took 2 hrs to serve. By the time main course arrived, we were done eating papads and drinking water. Didn't even serve soup. Utterly overpriced. I think the only reason they charge is because they are in UB City. Food is just average. Do yourself a favor, avoid it.
Khansama is one of the restaurants not in the main food court terrace of the UB city complex but tucked away at the end of one of the corridors. My first visit here was for a week end lunch buffet and i realized that this was a very busy place in an equally busy UB city.
The lunch buffet seems to be the place to be on week ends with a massive spread and generous varieties of food in all categories be it starters or desserts. The food though quite tasty does not measure up to the top standards for north Indian cuisine being set by some of the current front runners in Bangalores culinary scene. For no fault of their own they have fallen behind simply because their competitors have really set the bar very high.
All in all a good dining experience and if you look at the price point which is rather reasonable, along with the taste and quality of the food its a must visit at-least once and more often for those who like A class grub but find it hard to shell out on a five star meal.
Word of caution though when you first take your seat you may mistake the large copper plates to be part of your dinner ware and i ended up embarrassing my self when a plate was brought later on to be placed on top of it. The copper plate which is rather huge is only a surface to hold your dinner plate LOL !.
Over all a good experience slightly let down by the overcrowding on week ends with good food and a star hotel ambiance at a much more reasonable price. Khansama gets a thumbs up in my book for hitting the difficult sweet spot between price and overall experience.
Pros: - Value for money
- Good location
- Good interiors and decor
Cons: - food doesn't measure upto the best available
Went there on 7/2/13 and upon the recommendation of the staff ordered the prawn kabeb. Immediately after we had severe food poisoning, stomach cramps and vomiting. Considering the prices charged, the quality of the ingredients used was really poor and unhygienic.
Would not recommend the place to anyone.
Cockroaches running around on the table
Went there for dinner last night and we found a cockroach running around in the table. Now for the price they charge - atleast they should maintain a basic standard of hygiene. When I complained to the staff- they just swatted the cockroach and mentioned what to do sir we use pesticides and they still come. Now I wonder how clean their kitchen is and how well they clean the utensils. Absolute nonsense- enter at your own risk.
Outstanding food and service
Delicious food. No pressure from the waiters to order expensive items and actually made suggestions that were just right for us. The appetizer was huge so we were full. They suggested small mozarella kunchas which were great.
I never tasted Dal Makhani that was so good.
A nice place with great ambience
Located in the hot spot of Bengaluru, Khansama, without a doubt is one the best restaurant in this location. The buffet choice is wide. The taste is very good. The quality, need I say, is great. I loved the paneer items. My friends, who had non-veg food, also liked it. The crowd is also good. We spent about 2 hours and it was quite a nice experience. There was a bit of delay in serving the rotis/naans. Except that, it was a great time
Far away from Nawabs and Badshah's
I went to this restaurant along with my husband to let off my pregnancy cravings, but alas it was a big disappointment for me :(. The only thing which was average is the ambiance and nothing else is worth a penny talking about.
1. Water is served in a goblet like thing, which actually lacks hygiene factor, it looked like it has not been cleaned properly
2. I get a green salad palette which is not fresh and had bitter cucumbers and when asked for an exchange, it took 20 min for them to get another one.
3. The chefs seriously need to get trained on making authentic kebabs and tandoori items. They just combine all available ingredients according to their whims and fancies and make a fool out of us.The description on the menu card and one served to us is totally deceiving. Please don't test the guests, we aren't ignorant about what real kebab tastes like !!
4. Even main course was bad,,, sabzi served cold and the masala's lacked flavor
5. Lastly pathetic team of captains and a irresponsible manager who dont attend to guests requirements properly.
Hugely priced for a meager, below average meal. Not a good place for a foodie
Smug management and less than spectacular food
Khansama is a bustling place, which is a good sign. Although there are no windows in sight, it is spacious and does not feel stuffy. The decor is gaudy, but if you don't mind munching on your mutton with larger-than-life paintings of royalty and bad taxidermy specimens hanging above you, you'll be fine. The food at Khansama is not spectacular. They have tried to improvise on the traditional Mughlai fair and so have unusual dishes with water chestnuts, zucchini, broccoli, peppers and olives. Unfortunately most of their dishes are heavy on the masala, or the cream, or both and on occasion it's tough to distinguish what exactly you're eating. The two things we did like there were their rotis, which were exceptional, and their ambada chicken, which was well balanced for flavours. However, just for these two dishes, we will not go back there, considering it's an expensive meal (1200 per head with a glass of wine). This is not a place of fine-dining. And considering how up-market they are, it's inexcusable that they have a dish on their menu that seems to suggest that they might be marinating something with 'whole Indians'! But most importantly, we will never go back there because of their smug management. They showed a lack of grace in dealing with a situation that could have been dealt with in a far more dignified manner. And especially for this reason, we give this restaurant an 'awful' rating.
Khansama - India's Masterchef for sure
Our nomination for India's Masterchef if there be one for the best food at restaurants would definitely go to the guys working in the kitchens at Khansama at the UB city.
The food was great and while we strolled in hoping for a business lunch, it turned into quite a feast with everybody going quite overboard with the food. The choices are great too in every section - starters to the desserts. This is definitely not the place to go to if you are looking to stick to a diet. Here's looking forward to more visits to our clients office at UB City. Beyond your business, thank you for the great treat. Only problem is we cannot return the favour until such time we have a Khansama in Delhi.
Very arrogant staff
Khansama is a Horrible place... Had a very very bad time... I wanted to indulge into a yummy starter. I asked the waiter to suggest something which was medium spicy.. He suggested a chicken starter and when it came to my table and went to my mouth I realised it was SWEET... worse - the waiter was not apologetic about it... I has two bites of it and asked for the manager so tht he could suggest something better.. (yes, all that while I was ready to pay for my horrible starter even though I hardly touched it) ...But I was told by the waiter that the manager was busy and would be unable to serve me... Pissed, I asked for the bill and the waiter just obliged.. I asked for the manager again ( his name was Sanjeev). He too couldnt care a damn... he was justifying the sweetness in the starter and how he was sooo busy... As if he was doing us a favour by attending to our grievances.. I went home hungry and 800 bucks poorer
Went here with colleagues, 8 of us and tried out the lunch buffet. In one word ....boring. Though there were no disasters jumping out from our plates, there was no excitement either. Just a run of the mill lunch outing. Nothing spectacular about the food, the ambience or the variety. Drop by if you've run out of options!
Some time back I decided to take my folks to Khansama. Have been to the place earlier with my boss and collegues and was quite impressed with the decor, ambience, food and service.
We had booked for a table for 5. We were welcomed by a warm and courteous lady at the reception desk. We didnt like the table they reserved for us as we had my little 7 month old neice with us. she would be comfortable only if we had a chair/Sofa with a back rest and broad enough. They were more than willing to accomodate in a corner. The food was terrific as usual ( we had the Jhinga prawns which was amazingly spiced and terrific overall) and the biryanis were amazing. the desserts too were good. Overall amazing spread
I must make a mention that they took the trouble of sending someone across to our office with a duplicate bill when my boss lost the bill that he had to submit as part of his expenses. Overall, I would rate them *****
We went to Khansama on a Friday night and it wasn't an enjoyable experience. We have been to most of the BJN restaurants in Bangalore and have loved the food in most of them. However, this one fails to pass muster. Firstly they have put many interesting items on the menu - Kandahari Chicken (chicken with pomegranate and beetroot juice), Tabak Maaz (a Kashmiri dish with lamb) but most of these items that we asked for were not available. The chicken that we ordered (Chicken Rubaiyat or some such name) was poor because the marinade had overpowered the chicken completely. All you could taste was the saltiness of the marinade. The prawns in garlic butter were somewhat better but the garlic went on the overdrive here. As regards the main course the mutton dish was good (it tasted very much like a roganjosh but had a different sounding name). To top it all the waiter smartly avoided giving us the feedback form with the bill. I have never associated such an attitude problem with any of the BJN ventures. Come on folks you might have an off day but rather than acknowledging that or letting the customer give his/her honest feedback you are trying to hoodwink the customer.
Did not enjoy the food
Went with my team for lunch today .. Liked the ambiance but did not like the food at all .. The soft drink i ordered - frozen ocean - was pretty watery and useless ..
Starters were ok . nothing great about it .. the veg folks had even lesser options ..
Thought the main course would be better, but it was a let down too ..
Here again vegetarian guys in my team were upset since there were lesser options .. there was not a single rice option other than white(plain) rice .. And on top of it, the place was extremely crowded, with the line extending for about 20-25 members.. they could well have had two counters for such crowds, but I guess they would rather use valuable real estate to seat more and more people which means more and more bucks ..
Dessert was ok .. Rose kheer , moong dal halwa and some not so rich/tasty ice-cream .. There was cake and chocolate fountain, but the cakes were getting over faster than they were being refilled ..
with around 480 bucks for the lunch, I was pretty disappointed ..
But the good bits were that the place was nice and decor beautiful .. There was bronze cutlery but you could not actually use them , since you had to use the ceramic cutlery placed near the food ..
Overall go if you care less about food and more about the place ..
Royal Dining Experience
I was there with my family for dinner yesterday on recommendation of my local friend. The ambiance of the place is terrific... the restaurant was full which shows how popular it is! Every thing was royal including the cutlery though bit difficult to handle ;) we were received well at the reception by the girl and escorted to the table kept for us... the bar menu was good but was bit disappointed to find many of the recommendations were not available. We ordered couple of signature dished recommended by the staff and they were real good. being a hardcore non vegetarian I liked the mutton starter which was very good, we had ordered couple of more starters which were also yum, as i was full with starters I could only eat a little main course a special mention was the dessert anjeer ka halwa a unique one, 3 cheers for that. Special mention was the service which was equivalently great as food; staffs were polite, courteous and helpful. i will surely visit again when I am in Bangalore again.
Go if taste is what you give a premium...
Get a reservation done before leaving to this place. Enjoy the UB City Mall and then go to this place for dinner. I recommend only dinners (lunch buffet is not good). You find at Khansama, a limited menu. But good thing is that, whatever they prepare, they do that well. Chicken seems to melt into your mouth. Starters-and all of them are great. Chose any. Shorba is dissapointing. Always have to do with beer, for lack of options. Maincourse too is good. Over time, I have experienced service levels falling down; when footfalls were lower there was great service but not anymore. Make you wait for long before the food is served. Earlier used to serve meetha paan, but not anymore. At least not the last time I went there. But all said, for me foremost is the taste, and there are few places to beat Khansama on that account. Food is good, and one of the best in Bangalore.
Amazing ambience, great cutlery, average food
We were at this place on a weekday for the buffet lunch.Full marks to the amazing Royal Mughal ambience of the place. The copper cutlery matches the royal finess of the ambience. However, food is not any different from other Punjabi/Mughalai buffets served at many other places - nothing special or different at all for the palate. Suitable for a official lunch/dinner but not really to just enjoy Mughlai food.
Khansama - Take me home country roads
Tucked away is this great place to tuck away some delicious indian food. Having just come in from the US with a bunch of delegates - this place came highly recommended. And me supposedly the expert on the indian market better had put my mouth where my money is.
Khansama was just perfect for all the guests. We were welcomed by smiling faces at the waiting area outside and quickly escorted to a table - slightly away from the hubbub. The food was just fantastic - and they took pains to keep it suitable for the delegates. Not too spicy .. not too oily and with a really great array of choices.
Some of the delegates even rolled up their sleeves and decided to eat with
The place has a nice sense of warmth to it. And the waiters are friendly and promptly appear from nowhere as soon as you need them. Great work guys. Keep it up and let me know when you plan to open something in New York if not already done so. I so miss home food.
Waste of money & time
Its a total waste of money... we were two couples (4 adults and 4 children) who wentt out for usual weekend dinner assuming it will be high quality food, but turned out to be a total dissappointment... Service = zero, food quality = zero... over all experience zero...paid almost 9 grands for thsi experiences.... Except for ambience nothing is good.
While I think Khansama people need to improve upon their food quality , more important is to change their attitude towards customers.... till then there are other good places in Bangalore.
My Son just loves it
Contrary to some of the reviews posted here, we have always had a decent experience at this place.
The food of course wouldnt be rated as exceptional (no dearth of options today for this cuisine) however overall their buffet does have a varied spread and is definitely value for money. Yes, agree that its a mixed bag when it comes to starters, some of the kebabs are so so, especially the vegetarian fare, but the meats are definitely worth the money spent.
For this very reason, If ever me and my husband are left wondering as to where to head for a nice family lunch on a Sunday afternoon, this place wins hands down.
The service has never disappointed us and is very very kid friendly too. (My husband always tells me this could be the reason for me being biased in my POV)
Overall thumbs up and definitely worth every rupee spent.
Gets your hopes up but dissapoints
I am basing this review only on their Buffet, have not tried theri a la carte and hence will not comment. Reason we zeroed in on Khnasama was one of our team mates wanted cushion seats and hence the choice :).
Will note out the good and the bad points
1. We reserved a table and they called in the morning to check if we were still coming in. Waited 20 minutes after the alloted time and gave us our table
2. The service was brilliant and non intrusive, let us have our lunch in peace
3. The ambience and decor is great, you could have a conversation without fear of disturbing your neighbour
1. For a BJN group restaurant a big thumbs down for the food. I have been to 200 Rs buffet which have whipped up better dishes. Only saving grace was the mutton roghan ghost which was juicy and tender. The chicken smelled like fish. The biryani which was supposed to be the delicacy for the day was too spicy and lacked character
2. Many of the dishes were almost empty and the staff took their own time to reload the dishes
3. Accessibility to the buffet was not well planned and we were witness to long queues
The buffet was priced at 482 Rs inclusive of taxes and I was left wanting more. I understand them charging a premium considering they are based out of UB city but the food was a let down.
Waste of time and money
We had been to this place last Sunday. The ambiance was really good, the waiters were really helpful and the place was awesome. But the main thing one would look at is the food and it was average. For a place which is situated at the heart of the city and that too in one of city's best mall, the food was not up to the mark.
The starters were oily. There was no white rice. The mini jamoons that they had was made from the regular jamoon mix and had a smell as if the mix has been lying in the store room for ages. The biriyani was too oily. Generally biriyani rice would be a mixture of plain basmati rice, the ingredients and the masala. Here it looked like they have fried the rice too.
Sorry to say, it was a big let down for me after hearing so much about the place. To me it looked like the buffet charges was more because of its location and less because of the food quality.
Food and fun with crockery - a rare combination
On one Sunday afternoon, three friends landed up at UB city..we were greatly impressed by the line of brands on the ground floor and were very excited to have lunch at the much recommended 'Khansama' - we made an on-the-spot reservation and were called in within the promised time..and then the story begins..
We opted for the buffet..only to be faced with soggy wafers, fresh salad with no salt to taste and I shall not say anything about the veg kebabs coz they don't deserve a mention..It was a hot afternoon and we asked for chilled water to be served and all the waiter could manage was to say 'sir, this is how chilled it is' and served us water at room temperature..but that was not a big disappointment as the water glasses we had..well..let me just say that we had to use both hands to hold them..it was almost like inverted toy roman helmets stuck shabbily on a crooked base!
Well..anyway, we went on to taste the tomato shorba..which was quite good, its just that we could not enjoy it much as our hands started hurting holding the, what appeared, a 1/2 kilo spoon..none of us really got the point of having a soup spoon made so heavy..I mean, all it has to hold up is 20gms of liquid!
Anyway, eating the not-so-great kebabs was an experience really..I say experience because it takes great skill to eat something using a fork whose prongs are squished (is that a word?) together that it is a 'spoon with vertical holes in it' ! (try it sometime..its fun)
Since we didn't have much excitement with the food our attention was naturally drawn to other things in the restaurant..the floor for e.g. - perhaps no one has noticed it till date since you can hardly see anything in the poor lighting (I know it is supposed to create an ambiance..but I prefer being able to see what I am eating rather than stumbling around in the dark in the name of ambiance)..have you ever seen the floor..well, just try and see how it is..I won't spoil the surprise here!
Well, the restaurant still gets a 2 star because the fresh fruits in the dessert counter were pretty okay (although you have to have atleast 6-months experience in an ice-cream shop to be able to take a scoop out from where the ice-creams are kept)..and overall we had a hearty laugh in the end..
We ofcourse are planning to visit Khansama once again and perhaps this time with our own forks and water glasses..we will ofcourse sit at a different table then, far away from the shabby tiger and bison artwork on the wall..Im not sure if these were supposed to add to the generally dark and gloomy ambience or remind us how not to decorate!
Second time, not so impressed
Last time, I parked in UB City parking ( INR 40) and this time thought of using valet parking since the Hotel's website advertised it.
But was disappointed to know that Khansama does not have complimentary valet parking ( other restaurant in UB City: Oakroom has complimentary Parking) and so we ended paying INR 100 for this Paid valet parking.
My colleague was hungry and we planned an early dinner @7:00 PM. We happened to reach there at 6:40.
So we thought of getting in and ordering drinks till they can take food order. But Khansama staff insisted we come back at 7:00 PM!!
Well that's Khansama's loss since we went to City Bar and made a cheque of INR. 5000 on drinks :D
Well, once more food at Khansama was good. But the other two listed things were the filpside and so the scale-down to average rating
One time visit
Went there with my mom, husband and in-laws. Too many dishes but nothing exceptionally good. Very crowded, maybe coz it was a weekend and we had to wait patiently in the queue to get the food. In an hour or so, the crowd got even worse and there was a really long queue for the buffet. Service was slow, we had to keep reminding the waiter to get the cutlery and water. Too crowded and noisy.
Bell Captain Arrogant Behavior !!
We had booking @ Khansama for 16 ppl we happen to arrive 20 mins late...and we had listen to how loss they incurred because of us...all this even being a repeat customer....
Mr Ashok is the person...very rude!! You ask for a feedback form...they won't give you...you write a feedback to them on their website...they won't respond...
Anyone experienced this?
Worth a Visit!!
I had been for lunch Buffet... It was nice.. there were lots of starters (veg and Non veg) and main menu was also good... we did have ice cream, pastry, jamoon and rasagulla as well for sweets and also a choco dip cake... i liked the ambience of the place.. it gets crowded after 1:00PM.. however i really liked it and worth a visit.. I would recommend to visit and experience.
only one visit enuf!!
was very excited about the visit..went there for a party with my friends..the ambience is good..and they have got an exhaustive menu..but somewhere we all did not find the food to be spicy enough..we ordered for 3 gravy based main course but they all tasted the same..i would prefer angeethi over this palce any day now!!
I was so excited for khansama, but experience was poor.
We went for dinner thr......it was too crowded (It's okay) but the service was really really poor, for serving drinks only they took arround half an hr, you can imagine for getting the main course. food was just okay, not as great as other BJN group's restaurants.
Went to Khansama for the lunch buffet.
The place is huge, the table setup is amazing.. Everything seemed perfect until we came to the buffet spread.The selection is very very limited.
2 non veg starters of which the fish tasted good. And a mutton biriyani which I think is common to all buffet's in Bangalore.
Feeling rather upset we decided to check out the desserts.. the selection was horrifying. a gajar ka halwa and a milk choc fountain.. and the dip was gulab jamun and rasagulla... thats it.. the desserts end over there.. no pastry, no cake, no ice cream, no nothing !!!
All in all, 450 inclusive of tax, I think there are 100's of other places where you can get better food for the same price :)
On the bright side, its probably the cheapest place to go to in the Mallya mall :D
Have been there twice,, the restaurant is huge, plenty of seating, and that means, a little noisy as this place is usually full. Which means you need to wait a little longer for food to reach your tables, only if they had a bigger kitchen like there dining area.
The food is good, but nothing irresistible, Samarkand is anytime better.
The drinks are a little too expensive. The Tandoori dishes are good and Dal Makhani is passable.
Overall a good place to go and enjoy food with some luxury(window)shopping.
Good food but long queues at buffet counter.
Buffet being priced reasonably I decided to go to Khansama for lunch with family. Frankly BJN group has not disappointed me when it comes to food taste... but I think they need to better manage the crowd who turn up for buffet, and have more counters and bowls refilled promptly. The only bad experience was standing in a long queues.. and more than half the time the bowls were empty. I sometime thought they purposely ignored so that we leave the place sooner. Some people just take away more than what they can eat and empty out the bowls.. but that is something commonly seen during buffets. They should have managers at the serving table to make sure food bowls are refilled on time; there was a queue every time I went to get something. And finally my wife and I gave a miss to the deserts as we just didnt want to stand in queues anymore. But I must say that kids really enjoyed.. as they thought standing in line was fun!
Okay, nothing great
I have gone twice to Khansama. I have only tried the buffet there. While the ambience and decor is great, the food is nothing extraordinary. A lot of restaurants have similar dishes and the food here doesn't really stand out. Go there only if you are expecting standard Indian fare that seems synonymous with so many restaurants these days. The weekday buffet is priced around Rs. 300.
Wait - Wait - Wait & Wait More !!! Not worth it !
My uncle from gulf was in Bangalore & we all decided to go for the Lunch Buffet on a Sunday to Khansama..BIG MISTAKE !! Being UB city & reading reviews on Burrp..we were really looking forward for a pleasant time...didn't happen though !
When we reached the place, we were happy to know that our table was ready & we were immediately seated...this impressed us.but that was it ! after ordering our drinks, we decided to start with the starters...there was a super long queue for starters. after we "waited" and reached the starters, we found that half the food trays were empty!! then the second wait - for the staff to refill the trays...which trust me wasn't all that quick ! after the we finally got our starters, we went back for the main course...n yes ofcourse it was mandatory to stand in the long queue for a plate..then to our surprise & disappointment, we had to request the staff and manager for the refill ! why weren't they just refilling it on their own ??! desert was just another line of waiting and request for refilling the tray ! i had to scrap out the last bits of the saffron kheer ! although I liked the taste of it...i just didnt have the patience to stand in the line again !!
i am not sure if this is the restaurants way to control the amount people eat at their buffet or was the staff really that in-efficient !! Either ways I would not go back - the food was just "OKAY" ! the only memory I brought back with me of the restaurant is the paneer bhurji & kheer (watever I managed to get out of the tray !! )
Total NO NO for Veggies
I happened to visit this place a month back or so. Dint have the time to post my comment... Now, here it is.....
Had been out wid family on a saturday after booking the place much in advance. It was really crowded n very noisy all thru the eve... We could hardly hear eachother, let alone the music... I dont exactly remember the menu... But the veg starters that we had, werent all that tasty.. sabzis were bland... As the restaurant was packed, the waiters were confused as to which table they were serving n wat.. All was ok until we ordered Veg Biriyaani...In a matter of 5mins, the order was on table n was also served... My husband observed that the Veg Biriyaani dint really seem/look lik one.. On immediate enquiry, we gotto kno that it was Mutton Biriyani... this was freaky!!! The veg biriyani that was served later was bad too...Probably, as veggies it was our mistake to hav picked this restaurant.. Anyway, lesson learnt!! The star rating is only for the location - UB city!
HUGE..OVER-CROWDED...NOISY...YET WORTH A VISIT
Just walked-in to Khansama last week-end not knowing what it is..As i entered i could see soooo many people...lot of noise.....reminded me of Hell's Kitchen for a moment..The best thing about this place was the service,the service guys took care of everything we were looking for...food was served right on time,cooked well,other than the fish (which was over cooked).
On the whole,i had a fanastic time with my friends.
DEFINATELY WORTH A VISIT..
I visited khnasama long ago and never got an opportunity to pen down my views.
Khansama is a pretty place. The interiors are royal, its a small restaurants but the architect had used up the place intelligently to allow the seating not to disrupt or undertone the beautiful interiors
Yup , I went here for the lunch buffet and stuck to vegetarian food, Though there are not much options the veg kebabs were good and from my friends I got the word that the non vegetarian dishes were better.
The main course was same as you would find in any other buffet service , nothing extraordinary , dont expect much, The Veg Biryani/Pulav was a turn down.
Desserts ( my fav section) Well I cant rem much , but I do rem they had some fruits dipped in chocolate and some Indian puddings which were good too.
I think the buffet cost rs 450 per person, im not sure if they have sacked or increased the prices now.
Well its worth a visit. More so because the UB city then was not so popular and not so crowded either.
It been a long time i have visited UB city.
Khansamas live counter just got livelier
n evening out to the UB city can be quite an eclectic experience for both shopping as well as a fine dining. With some 10 of us and kids in tow we decided on dinner at Khansama. Firstly the staff needs to be lauded for their patience in dealing with a naughty bunch who decided their idea of fun was to make faces at the chefs. You can see them preparing your order through a glass kitchen. It was heartening to see that they actively participated in the game making faces back at the kids.
The food was superb. The roti basket comes with loads of choices of kulchas, rotis and parathas... The seating large enough to not knock the neighbors glass and the kulfi falooda was simply to die for. One suggestion to the restaurant owner....use a one way mirrored glass so the chefs don't have to be subject to funny-face-making kids.
I had been to this place called Khansama last Sunday had an awesome experience. Its at U B City mall 2nd floor. When we entered the restaurant we were out of this world the ambience is just royal it makes you feel that you are in some kind of kingdom with surroundings of kings photos, guns, swords makes you feel that you are back to 18th century. Now let us come to the food part the lunch buffet was just too good. The has a huge spread with mouth watering salads & 4 Veg starters & 2 non Veg starters and Paneer Tikka was just the best I have ever eaten . 3 Veg gravies & 2 Non Veg gravies and Veg gravies were delicious & Indian beards consists of Roti, Naan & Parantha & rice items last but not the least dessert counter one must not miss this you have huge variety in ice creams, pastries, chocolate fountain etc.
The Service was too good the stewards were down to earth they treat you like a king & queen. That sums up everything about Khansama in that sentence.
I recommend this place to every foodie in Bangalore.
PEDESTRIAN FOOD IN ROYAL AMBIENCE
I went to this place along with a dear friend of mine..the moment we stepped inside, we were spellbound with joy for the royal ambience and even the cutlery also stands apart...
Later arrived the bulky menu which featured some of the rare and unique food items of the restaurant..we selected the most unique dishes and placed an order..
Then arrived the real disaster of the day..panner starter did'nt cooked properly...a word of advice(never ever even think of ordering a starter namely KAND KABAB..it's a real night mare)..the main course consisted tomato cheese kulchas and missi roti with veg..handi..there is nothing to rave about these items...mocktails did'nt had any special flavour except too much of sugary syrup blended with ice cream...
Utterly disappointing food for 2000 bucks, the 2 stars are for ambiance and cutlery
Paid a visit recently (4th of July 2010) and the experience was not even satisfactory... definitely not worth the price we paid for it (468 including tax). The buffet was not elaborate but in that too there were only a few things which could stimulate the taste buds.
So among the seven kinds of salads only the Hawaiian egg salad was palatable. The chicken soup had too much pepper in it.... enough to throw a lot of people into a fit of hiccups!!
Thankfully the starters were a little better with both chicken tikka and fish balls having a different flavour to them.
But there again tandoori cauliflowers were pretty ordinary and so was paneer tikka; veg kababs too had nothing new to offer. These veg items seemed to be coming out of the recipe book of some nondescript north-indian caterer serving local population.
On to the main-course, the gosht-curry was bland as water. Chicken curry sweetish-okayish...
I tried out paneer teen pyaz and meloni sabzi only for their unique names and found nothing unique neither in smell nor taste.
Mutton biriyani was good as was Gajar Halwa
Now, whats the point in having both raj-bhog and rossogulla when u also have gulab jamun? Is somebody counting your desserts?
Dipping your cake in white chocolate fountain could be fun for children but I didnt count it as a dessert. It wasnt even pleasing to the eyes (an essential quality of any dessert!!!)
Save the best for the last... The icing on the cake was the ice-cream which had more of ice and less of cream. We could actually feel the crackling sound of ice-crystals between our teeth!!!!
No. I am not exaggerating.
THIS IS NOT WHAT YOU EXPECT OF A PLACE THAT BOASTS OF A FINE DINING EXPERIENCE.
I wish service, ambience, utensils were edible things so that I could have come out more satisfied... I won't even consider it for a next visit... there are far tastier options in Bangalore for the same price or even less!!
Friendly advice...DON'T JUDGE THE BOOK BY ITS COVER!!!
I have been wanting to try this restaurant out for more than three months. Finally, a few days ago, a friend and I made it here. We were greeted by the hostess at the main desk and after leaving our contact details with her, were ushered into the restaurant. My first impression as I looked around was "Wow!". The hostess handed us over to the maitre d' who escorted us to a table and gave us the drinks and food menus. I looked through the impressive selection of liquor on offer and chose a Finlandia vodka with orange juice. My friend decided on a cocktail. We also chose a chilly paneer dish as a starter. The drinks came very quickly and we settled down to relax and enjoy the evening. I enjoyed my drink very much. The vodka was smooth and the drink was well-iced and delicious-tasting. The starter when it arrived was also lovely. We took our time with the drinks and it was nearly an hour later, that we decided to start to eat. The food menu was a rather cumbersome one and it was with a little difficulty that I thumbed my way through it. There were loads to choose from. Being rather non-experimentative when it comes to Indian food, I settled on the time-homoured Mutton biriyani with an accompanying Raitha. The server brought us this very quickly and after politely serving us, discreetly departed. We settled down to enjoy our meal. There was plenty of food left over and my friend decided to take a "doggy bag". We decided to skip dessert (there wasn't anything too appealing anyway) and requested the bill. This arrived soon and was accompanied with a stainless steel bowl containing two sweet paan on a bed of ice. I haven't seen this way of presenting paan before and, stared in fascination at the bowl and its contents. My friend likes paan and swallowed her share instantly. I, on the other hand, took a tentative nibble and left the rest of the paan on its bed of ice. My overall impression of the place is that its fantastic - lovely decor, lovely furniture and amazing lighting. The restaurant is massive and so there is no feeling of being crowded against strangers of a neighbouring table. The service is terrific. The waiter for our table was absolutely amazing - discreet, polite, well-mannered, knowledgeable and well-spoken. The time taken to serve the food and drinks was negligible. The price is a bit steep I feel but then most BJN enterprises are and the food and drinks are certainly worth the cost. This is definitely a place to try out.
Heard quite a lot about the restaurant and our anniversary was D-day we visited.
had booked table in advance, ambiance was just great.my wifee' really loved it.
dinner was just mind blowing.a drink with food came upto 1500/- which seems to be reasonable for a place and food like this.
this place is sure gona give a treat for your taste buds...:-)
The food is good. I was skeptical coz the older reviews said not much for vegetarian. I'm a veggie and I liked it. There's enough choice for lunch. The salads are very good - Beetroot and mint.
Ambiance is good - quiet, without loud jing bang music. They pretend to serve in a copper plate. :) Nice place to go to if you want to impress someone. :)
Go there well dressed, you wont regret it. I saw some men in shorts and it was quite repulsive for the place.
A meal for 2 comes to around 900Rs. They claim it's 375 per buffet, but they add vat and 10% service tax, so work your math. Since they add service tax, you don't need to tip - and really it's a buffet. The service at the table is quite poor - for stuff like extra spoons, etc.
i went with my husband yesterday to celebrate my 1st wedding anniversary after reading the reviews here....and trust me it was mind-blowing expereince....more than i expected...amazing buffet where each and every item was tasty....last but not the least Rest. people provided us the cake..click our snap and immediately they gave us the print-out of snap with cake !!!! Keep it up BJN GROUP !!!
Great Location. Very plush feel to the place with subtle Indianness to the feel. The menu looked very appealing. I was excited and my friends were busy talking about the richness of the place.
The hospitality was robotic, food ( I think I have tasted better, but this was not bad).
The group felt that for the money, we have seen places that serve better food.
Overall, another peek into Indian cuisine.
COMPLETE VALUE FOR MONEY
this place seems expensive but its preety moderate... considering you know there is something like a BUFFET!!! d spread was well structured... with d highlight being there "FISH TIKKA" and also there fondue' ... the soup for d non veg was super horrible!!! but cream of mushrooms was gud...
price= good (rs 350)
and u would love the copper metal cutlery the use.
All Well tht starts Well....
the place had nice ambience , the bronze cutlery oozed royalness , along with the royal decor sorrounding you...and i think i can stop praising it too much and come to the food.The mutton starter was good and so was the corn sheek kabab..never thought veg kebabs can be so good., okay the main dish wich was mutton rogan josh i suppose,was made with shreeded muttons!!! and the biriyani was the WORST i ever had....To me a basic criteria to judge a mughlai cuisine is the byriani and they sc***d that up.. try the corn sheek kabab(for veggies only)
Garish & Ordinary
You'd expect a place in UB City to ooze with opulence. This one does that well. The use of mirrors cleverly creates the illusion of a huge space (which it is anyway).
The food is nothing to talk about. For a vegetarian group, the fare is pretty pedestrian - something you can get your local xx sagar to concoct sans the spices and oil. i will give them the benefit of using the lard conservatively.
The food was good, but not extradionary. The ambience pleasant, the staff a little confused and immature to an extent. An argument broke out between the waiters a few feet away from us - guess one of them was shirking his job. Not something you want to see as a customer.
I'd like to try out the meat dishes another time, but first impressions are lasting
Good food but Poor service and Pathetic staff
We had been to this reataurat recently.
On weekdays the lunch buffet is good.
But one day we decided to go for the ala carte dinner. The food is good but ufortunately the choice on the menu is very very limited.
Also the waiters are not obliging at all. Quite rude too.
So next time if you are ready to spend lot of money on a dinner, please do not go to this place, because its not worth it to be treated without any regard.
A Royal Treat.
Beautiful Decors, lovely ambiance and delicious food. We had the buffet lunch. The salad bar was stacked wit so many kinds of salads and it was delicious. The starters and the main course was good.. Our roti's were roasted a bit too much but other than that every dish was delicious. Desserts were good too specially the chocolate fondue.
A wonderful place.
good food... good decor
have been to this place a couple of times already and i really like it here. the decors wonderful. gives you tht royal feeling. but weekends are crowded like crazy and gets very very noisy. so if you want to enjoy a nice peaceful dinner this would not be the place for it unless you hit the place on a weekday. i jus love the missi rotis and dal makhani here. there is a good variety of vegetarian food here. they also serve meetha pan at the end of it which is really awesome.
For a Royal Feeling
It was two of our colleague?s birthday and 6 of us decided to gently rip them off. We decided to goto Khansama of BJN Group in UB City. This restaurant gets completely full on a weekday too! Thanks to all the IT companies in UB City and around. The dining hall was totally noisy.
The dining hall is really huge and the grandeur look is well done ? splendid and magnificent. The paintings are wonderful too. The furniture, the cutlery set and everything else makes you feel you are dining in a palace.
The tumbler is huge and made of copper. So, are the ceramic plates ? huge and heavy. Well decorated, magnificently built and heavy drapes used all over.
They only serve soup on the table and the rest is on self service basis. There was 1 veg and one non-veg soup. I had the dal and pomegranate shorba which had a subtle flavor and taste of pomegranate in it and was like by a few of us.
Starters were not much in choice. There were some kebabs and the deep fried thingy. Kebabs tasted good but the deep fried ones were just average. It had too much of artificial color added to it.
The main course had 4 ? 5 veg curries and 3- 4 non-veg curries for the Indian breads and the regular veg biryani and the mutton biryani. Amongst the veg curries, I loved the palak and water chestnut gravy. Probably this was the first time I tasted water chestnut and fell in love with it immediately. Initially, we could not make out what it actually was. Later, one of the waiters told us it was water chestnut and got us a few fresh pieces of the same. This indeed tasted great and we all loved it. One of my colleagues felt it tastes like an apple though!! The other curries were nothing great!
Since, it was the birthday treat, we stealthily checked with the waiters if they could arrange for a cake. They immediately obliged and got us a lovely butter scotch cake. This, they said during the billing as a complimentary gift from their end!
The dessert section had 4 flavors of ice creams, hot gulab jamoon, kheer, Bengali sweet, cake and the chocolate fountain. The kheer was the best amongst all of these. The creamy, sugary thick rice kheer with lots of cashew and raisins and all of us rounded off our meals with a huge bowl of kheer.
The damage for the 6 of us was close to 3K. But, believe me, I?d still prefer buffet at Café Masala of the same group which has a better buffet spread and better taste anyday!! If I could, I?d have given this place a 3.5 stars instead of 3!!
I was fortunate enough to attend an Overseas Women's Club lunch at Khansama and had a great experience. The chefs went all out to ensure we had a lovely meal. We had a wide variety of veg and non veg options and just when I thought that we were through eating, fresh clean plates arrived and another round of feasting continued. I was very impressed with the service and the thoughtfulness of the Khansama event coordinator. No detail was left undone, including a warm Indian welcome and many traditional Indian elements, like mehendi. Would certainly return with friends in the future.
i can put it down to that as to why i was disappointed..had been there for lunch on a saturday. i had expected something different from the regular other popular weekend buffet outlets. more so as it enjoys the UB city address!
the food was average. the variety could definitely have been better (check out standard places like banjara or cafe masala and you will know what i mean).
but the ambience was fine. the place was busy without being crowded which was also good.
if you have read this review and then decided to visit khansama, you will enjoy your outing!
What is a restaurant for?
I mean this place is very expensively decorated (though I have seen better ) but the food is far below the standard expected from a highly priced place as this. In fact I can get much better food in a standard dhaba in Delhi.
The tikkas with much fancy name and price were most ordinary and available for 1/10 the price in any dhaba in Gurgaon or Delhi.
I will definately not visit the place again and definately not recommend it to friends.
Being a vegetarian puts a lot of limits on options especially in a place like khansama. Therefore, I can only rate this place from the point of view of a vegetarian. In that sense, the options are very limited, the food is quite ordinary, slightly overpriced, the biriyani was not pleasing. One big plus point for this place: the ambience is awesome..
Nice Decor .. OK Food
I have only tried the Weekend buffet here, so my comments are only on this. The decor is really nice and quite spacious. They server Indian cuisine here and the buffet consisted of mostly indian dishes. There was two kinds of soups , Lots of veg salads for starters , a few veg and non veg dishes along with biryani for main course. For deserts there was jamoon and rajbhog, fruits and a chocolate fountain.
The spread was not very big but the dishes were tasty.
The price was reasonable at 430 for adults and 250 for kids compared to most of the places , we felt the rates were reasonable. Though the price of drinks is very high.
On the whole a pleasant experience , without being exceptional.
Royalty @ A Price Not Worth
This place is really uptown and oozes with royalty .
The food is good service is ok pricing is over the roof .
U cant go here often . It aint worth that big a hole in ur pocket ..
For such a royal and lavish place they have a 10 * 10 loo which feels very claustrophobic .
One time visit give it 2 stars just for its amazing interiors and veg biryani
A meal fit for a King!
Khansamas, while working in the stately palace kitchens, generated rare and flavorsome recipes to satisfy their Kings' gastronomic fancies. Religiously maintaining a record of every exotic ingredient, technique of preservation and even the art of presenting food, the Khansamas kept their recipes, a closely guarded secret.
The BJN Group's most recent offering Khansama, boasts of a luxurious Royal Indian setting with the life size paintings of Birbal and Akbar and several Mughal emperors depicted in dramatic scenes running along the wall. The tables are adorned with copper plated water chalices and matching plates and cutlery. Several private alcoves full with plush recliners and divans make a great setting for a private luncheon or celebratory affair.
The menu is extensive and very impressive with a varied range of popular Indian dishes as well as several unusual chef creations, notably the pomfret with basil and olives and the Norwegian salmon tikka.
Masala Bheja Fry is a favourite order of mine, and the combination of fenugreek and brain in a moist curry was absolutely delectable.
Get the rest and the pictures at: http://meagan-megalomaniac.blogspot.com/2009/01/khansama-royal-indian-cuisine-of.html
Awesome food & great ambience!!
Awesome !!! the first word that comes to your mind when you visit this place. The food is really tasty and there are plenty of variety. Around 4-5 starters, salads & 3-4 types of desserts. Quality of food is good & the cost of a buffet is around Rs. 350/- on a weekday except Friday & around Rs. 450 - 500/- on a weekends. The place just justifies its cost. All in all an eventful place to be :)
Best indian food with ultimate ambience
The best indian food in the city if u clasify under the restaurants category...this place is the ultimate place to go for lunch or dinner...i went to this place on valentines day for lunch with my partner and came to know that it has buffet in lunch and we ordered for 2 buffets...the food was so amazing that we couldnt stop licking our fingers and on top of that the ambience was just giving it a location advantage to the highest point....i was so impressed by the service,the food,the ambience that i couldnt just wait and then again went to khansama on 15th feb for dinner with relatives...the ambience was just even more royal at night...i just got impressed...and the food it was even more tastier.......I have been to like almost 90 % of the restaurants of bangalore and will just tell that after the food of windsor manor's restaurant royal afgan....this is the best restaurant on all levels...and if u ask for the value for money...it gives u the highest satisfaction for the money u pay...if u have not been to this restaurant then its high time to just go and check it out....
and now if we talk abt the bill which came is like...
for buffet:-on weekend Rs 432 per person inclusive of all taxes(without drinks)...
for a-la-carte:-Rs 1500 inclusive of all taxes(without drinks)
this place is great and offers complete package ( Price Quality Ambiance)
Go for the buffet its fantastic good quality and variety
ambiance does make you feel you are int he kings court
service is attentive and decent
price is great
My 20 Paisa
if you want to impress family / clients / loved ones take them here and u will not hurt your pocket its classy yet affordable and oh by the way food is excellent too !!
Good food and excellent ambience
Food was good.But the tax part of the bill is very expensive ( Vat 12% + 10% Service Tax) , Also the service was really slow when we had been there today.
It is must visit place atleast once just to go around the building which is claimed to be built like venice, also the ambience of restaurant is good.
Good Food, Good Ambience & Great Service
Tried their lunch buffet and its quite good, lot of salads fruits, desserts both western & indian and lot of starters too.. The only problem I saw was that they had less selection in their main course dishes for vegetarians but everything was well made and left you satisfied. All in all good value for money. I am still to try their ala carte which I was told is only available at nights.
I normally get turned off by buffets - too much choice, and usually average or below-average food. So when I met some friends at Khansama and learned it was a buffet, I was ready to be disappointed ... inspite of the good ambience, and the location.
First thing that appealed to me was the fact that there were only 5-6 appetizer choices, 4-5 vegetarian choices, and a couple of dessert choices, plus some ice cream. The starters, the food and the dessert were all excellent. I had also one of the fish dishes, and it was excellent too.
I was impressed with the service too. We just had to raise our head, and someone was at our service. The place is only ~2 weeks old, so maybe that's part of the reason for the impeccable service ;-)
The price for weekday buffet is 275+tax, and the weekend was 350+tax. A bit pricey, but considering the location, I guess it's par for the course.