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Magnolia

KoramangalaSouth Bangalore  

  • 08041102222
  • No.37/38, 7th Cross, 3rd Block, 80 Feet Road, Above Reliance Fresh, Koramangala, Bangalore
  • Chinese, Thai
  • Meal for 2 - 600
3.7

46 Reviews / 48 Ratings

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2.6

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Average Thai Food

We set out to try quite a few restaurants in Bangalore that offer Thai cuisine. We had tried a couple earlier and Magnolia was third in the list.
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Pad Thai ordered had too much of a Chinese flavor and hardly had the Thai tinge to it. A big thumbs down to this. The green curry tasted well and had a good bamboo shoot content as well. However the rice was not jasmine rice and the option was not available either. This could be improved slightly more.
Overall this is a Chinese restaurant that attempts to offer Thai as well.
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The rooftop restaurant has average to good ambience with choices of both covered and slightly open seating. My only concern was with the lack of a ramp for either children's prams or wheelchairs to move up right at the entrance of this restaurant.
A small disaster was the presence of a small cockroach (a baby one) on the cutlery. A small shocker!!
Service
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Pleasant and courteous staff and very helpful as well. Thumbs up here
Price
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Nominal and decent, doesn't burn the pocket.

Summary

Chinese Thai food, average ambience, good music, good food and decent pricing.

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4.6

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Great Thai Food

I visited this place based on the reviews that I read here... Truly this place lives up to its reviews. The Thai food really is one among the best I've had in Bangalore.
Good mix of Thai and Chinese dishes with both Veg and Non-veg varieties.
Very well priced for the quality of food provided.
I loved the A la carte dinner and almost ordered every side dish that I like in Thai and Chinese. Every food item was finger licking good.
Do try Tom-Yum prawn soup, Dumplings, and do not miss the Thai Yellow curry.
The set lunch on weekday is also OK, however is not up to the quality compared to the A la carte dinner version.
Sunday brunch is not recommended as it is just a costlier version of the weekday brunches with lesser varieties offered.
Does not serve alcohol / beer.
Highly Recommended as a regular joint for Thai food lovers .

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3.0

Nice restaurant for chinese cuisine

Ambiance: Good : 3/5
Service: Good : 3/5
Menu: Nice 3.5/5
Food: V Good 4/5

SO the good things about this restaurant are: the location - It is in a very known and accessible location. The ambiance is great. The color theme and decor is warm and welcoming. The menu is good.. offering variety to both vegetarians and non-veg eaters. The service is quick and efficient. The taste of the food also good and authentic.

I had asked for a candle lit dinner and they had arranged for the same.

Only problem can be with the parking of 4 wheelers.

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4.0

Awesome ambience food tastes too good

Ordered Drums of Heaven,magnolian prawn..chicken melted right away in mouth slrrppppp...prawn were real fresh n tasty ....will surely visit again

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sisinthy

14 Reviews

January 28,2013

4.0

Enjoyable rooftop experience

Visited last month. Located right opposite SBI RACPC Koramangala.

Lives up to its burrp! rating. Enjoyed the food and drinks here.

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A favourite!

Love this restaurant. Though its on Koramangala 80 ft Road, you can easily miss it since its a rooftop restaurant. The ambiance is nice, been there with family a few times and was surprised by their veg options. Really good Chinese and Thai food that does not burn a hole in your pocket. I highly recommend this restaurant to all Chinese food lovers.

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rastachef

46 Reviews

November 13,2012

4.0

Excellent food and service

Easily one of the best places ever that serve chinese food in Bangalore. The flavours are very delicately layered through the dishes and you enjoy the taste, often wanting more.

The decor is fantastic. This place is usually crowded because it is just so good.

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PravKrish

7 Reviews

November 10,2012

4.0

nice place

We had been to this place as a large group and everyone liked the food here. Their chinese and thai varieties were nice, especially their thai green curry. the ambience is pretty decent and the hospitality and service was really nice:) This is a very peaceful place with excellent food. We got to order some starters and main course with the help of the host. All the items were nice. You can dropn in here when you feel the need for chinese food :)

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One of the finest Chinese in Bangalore

I like Chinese food a lot and I find the food at this place suits my taste buds. The waiters and nice and friendly. The ambience is Okay and they have a lot of variety in food for both vegetarians as well as non-vegetarians. I would say this restaurant providers value for money. A must visit for all chinese lovers.

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ramani75

18 Reviews

September 17,2012

3.0

Good food ..

The food is good and is priced right. The service is good. The ambience is not really high fi, but is well done. Overall a good value for money

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4.0

Great food, Nice ambience

After scouting the net for some affordable Thai restaurants, I decided to give Magnolia a try. I must say, I’m glad I did that. The service is prompt and the staff courteous, without giving the feeling of hovering around you. The ambience is great too, especially if you plan on spending some quiet time with your family or spouse. As for the food, we tried the Thai chili basil fish for starters. This dish has subtle flavors that don’t confuse your palette, and the touch of basil adds to the zest. Next up was the Thai chicken eggplant green curry with steamed rice. Generous portions for two, and delicious food. Maybe next time, we’ll make room for dessert, which we were too stuffed to try out. The best part? It doesn’t burn a hole in your pocket!

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rishi28

1 Reviews

February 26,2012

1.0

Bad food and no apologies...

Visited magnolia this weekend..ordered for a chicken starter and a prawn gravy the non veg part of the lunch..both the chicken and prawns were half cooked..i don't think i will visit the place again..it was one of my favourite places but not any more..wouldn't recommend it..even after complaining regarding it,there wasn't any response from them..

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4.0

Valentine Day

A Big Thank you all the guests for 14th.Feb '12 and our apologies to those who had go disappointed for we could not give them table.
Magnolia-where your taste bud blossoms..We are there to take care of you on your next visit.

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Amandine

4 Reviews

November 08,2011

1.0

Food poisoning !

I went yesterday night and I took a "Thai Fish Coconut Curry".
During the night, I suffered such stomach pain that I spent all the night in my bathroom (I will not give the details) and today impossible to go to work. I have a lot a fever too.
So AVOID this restaurant ! It is the first time it happens for me in India in 5 months and I do not want other people to have the same.

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5.0

Great Job.

Went to Magnolia for dinner a couple of days back after a fairly long time. The food was as good (if not better) as ever and the service matchless! The staff were extremely courteous and service was pretty fast in spite of the fact that the restaurant was fairly crowded. Was pleasantly surprised to note that the place is still very much affordable given the excellent quality of the food. Thanks guys.

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4.0

Wonderful Chinese food

Ordered Thai curry, fried rice, noodles and starters. The food was very relishing and the portions appeared to be quite generous. Ambiance and service is also good. Highly recommended.

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1.0

Bad food

Ordered chicken manchurian and thai red curry today - Take away and both were just short of horrible. Also not feeling good after eating the thai red curry..ordered after reading all the 5 star reviews... would opt for china pearl or chung wah anyday...its overpriced for the quality of food provided

450 bucks for the thai curry and chicken manchurain - portion - Medium ( if u order from china pearl or chung way or rice bowl , quite lesser than that)

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Best Thai I Ever Had

I've been couple of times for dinner here with my family. The roof top ambiance is excellent and the food is awesome. The Thai red curry with rice is the best I ever had.

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True to its name!!!

Aww...this place is so amazing.
I have been to this place thrice and each time mah experience has been worth the visit.
The starters,the main course,the ambiance and the service are extremely good. Each time i have been there with colleagues and heck ya we had an amazing time there.

Hats off to the waiters!!!!
The service is note-worthy. The starters are absolutely mouth-watering and the waiters are ever ready to fill up our empty plates.Both the veg and the non-veg starters are amazing.

The atmosphere is very soothing and collection of music also adds a color to the entire set-up.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!!

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emilia

1 Reviews

March 24,2011

4.0

Value for money

Good quality Indianised Chinese and Thai food. Very friendly service. Outside seating is pleasant. Recommended.

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4.0

classy

i went 2 magnolia for my bday and invited around 10 other people. The decor is realli classy with flowing waterfall type in the glass windows n dim lighting. The food was set as a full course meal wic tasted yummy. The staff was polite . it wasn't very expensive around 430/- per head . All in all a gud experience. Though the amount of food was too much for any1 to finish .

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2.0

a disappointment it was to write my first review :

I went here on 31st Dec for lunch. They had a buffet and we are not impressed with anything other than soups. Dont know if this is one off they for them because I can see a lot of positive reviews. This is my first review and just thing how much a of a disappointment it was to wake up a lazy bum like me to write a review :). All the starters were dripping with oil. I mean so much oil was there that it was tasteless. We could hardly have more than 30% what was on offer. Ambiance was good as it was a rooftop and service was average at best. Not at all in the league of ping mainland china or china pearl. Not a value for money compared to beijing bite or chung wah.

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Excellent Service and Wonderful ambience..

Have been thrice so far. All 3 visits food and service was just wonderful.
Must try. Hope to visit soon..

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foodie03

2 Reviews

August 26,2010

3.0

Not quite there!

It was my first visit to Magnolia after having read lot of favorable reviews so naturally expectations were high coupled with the fact that it was to be my friends b'day treat.We hadn't made reservations since it was just the 2 of us and were pleasantly surprised to find a table instantly.However the parking space at the basement was too limited so it's better to park your vehicle on the road.

The decor is adequate and in line with any fine dining restaurant in Bangalore,surely one can take his/her date there.The waiters were quick to furnish the menu card which boasted of some signature dishes in addition to the usual chinese and thai fare.

We ordered a spicy crab meat soup which was far from being spicy but found it light and tasty though they could go low on the coriander.The crispy fish with onion and green pepper was a tad too bland for our taste.In fact the fish was not even properly seasoned.The prawn dimsums did not impress much either though it was palatable after dousing it generously with the sweet/hot dip they provide.

Must admit the service was attentive and efficient and the main course arrived without delay.The tripple Schezwan fried rice was extremely spicy even by Schezwan standards :).My tear glands went on an overdrive with each morsel i took.The Mongolian chicken was decent and moderately spiced though I personally prefer bite sized chicken pieces to strips.

Magnolia is pricey compared to other chinese joints so it is reasonable to expect higher standards as far as the food goes.

So although we did not repent going there,but I am skeptical about visiting it again!

Final verdict: Good ambiance,efficient service but average food!

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A wonderful experience.

First and the most important thing for me when I go to a new place is the quality of the food and the 5 star rating I gave is well deserved when it comes to food.

4 of us went to Magnolia for dinner and the ala carte dinner of all the below items cost us around 1400 which I think is reasonable as opposed to the expensive tag that this restaurant has in this site.
(2 Chicken Starters, 1 Veg Starter, 4 Mugs of Beer, 3 different Fried Rice,
1 Chicken Thai Red Curry, 1 Veg Curry, 2 Sizzling Brownies)

At first we ordered only 1 chicken starter but it is so tender and tasty that we ordered the second one as we are not able to resist eating just one dish.

And veggies need not get disappointed. The Veg Satay that we had is one of the best veg starters I've ever had.

Beer is super chilled. That's enough to make me happy :)

Chicken Thai Red Curry. This is the reason we went there. Awesome. I recommend this 100% to all the non-veg lovers reading this review. Go and taste it. Enough said.

And now another reason for the Veggies to be happy. Veg Szechuan Triple Fried Rice. Its simply delicious and a very good choice for spicy food lovers.

And now the diamond the crown. Sizzling brownie. I can simply challenge anyone that they can't suggest a better Sizzling Brownie. The taste is mind blowing and as I write this review, I yearn to go to Magnolia once again to taste this delicacy.

Thanks to the Magnolia team for a wonderful experience and keep up the good work.

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excellent

I've had the lunch buffet - a real loot @ 295/- & had ala carte as well and the food is exceptional. the thai isn't authentic - neither is the chinese but its very satisfying. Service @ the old magnolia used to be really grumpy & the portions miniscule. This kept us away for almost 5 years. The new mag i'm very happy to say is nothing like the old one. great food, very good service with a smile & real value for money.

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Awful appetisers...

I remember having been to this place a few yrs back when it was in a house in Koramangala - was a nice and cosy place with average food. The new location is far more spacious, though dimly lit and is teeming with people on weekends. We ordered for Dim Sum and Onion rings - while the first round of Dim Sum was good, we found pieces of ice in the second round ! Obviously these werent freshly made but frozen stuff reheated. The Onion rings that we ordered was dripping in oil which also tasted like it had been reheated many times over. Overall made me very suspicious of the food on the freshness count. The main course of Red Curry and Pad Thai Noodles was good though. Veg balls in sauce was way too strongly flavoured for our liking. All in all, this isnt a place I would visit again. While I was very keen to share my feedback, everyone seemed to be running around trying to manage the crowd...Avoidable place - atleast on a weekend.

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Not exactly Thai, but good

I've tried a few different places that have Pad Thai (or how about some Pad Kee Mao) but it's never quite the same as you get in Thailand. In any case, the "Pad Thai" was still good and the Panang Curry actually did taste like Panag curry, which was nice (had the coconut flavor to it).

Didn't order an appetizer but wish I did, the satay comes out on these cool little mini bbq boxes that really makes you want one.

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4.0

NICE!

Great ambience, very good food, courteous service, we will go here again. Its a good place to go for anyone, for any occasion. I quite like the mix of crowd we find here.

I went here tonight with this boozappa person.
She forgot to mention that we did have crabmeat soup, and it was nice, after i added some vinegar to it.
I had two pieces of the dimsums, it had an aftertaste or some strange aroma lingered after i finished it. it was nice nevertheless. boozappa finished the rest.
we had ordered the fish she say we did and she had a very small bite off one piece. the rest i finished cos she didnt like it. i loved it and was fishy, not like chicken.
then indeed we had chicken in thai green curry, which came along with rice on the same plate, hidden under the curry.
Dr Science below has mentioned a lot of dynamics about rice getting soggy and it being a mish mash etc. the thing is, one can order the same dish separately, but the quantities are much more. this dish, its called something(the rice and curry being served together in one plate), is actually a smaller portion; if you have gorged on starters and want a mini main course, you order this. which is what we did, and you can hanker around with it to the point where it gets soggy or mishy mashy and you definitely dont have to hurry thru it! putting the curry in the middle of a ring of rice may look more presentable though.
we both have been to magnolia on a number of occasions, and have always found a reason to go back there for good quality food.
Yes, we have found it much quieter than what we did today. but its nice to see them do more business and more ppl finding the place. the service has been spot on every time we have been here but today, maybe cos of the unexpected crowd, i'm sure they'll catch up.
dont think too hard before going here.

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3.0

Good green curry

We had 2 starters - chicken dimsum and thai crispy fish with red chilli paste. The dimsum was very good, and the fish was just ok - texture was more like chicken!
We then had a Thai Chicken steamed rice with green curry. The green curry was excellent. However, the dish doesn't look too appetising. The rice and the curry come in a sort of mish mash on one plate and the rice gets soggy if you don't eat it quick enough.
One suggestion would be to put the rice in a ring around the plate, with the green curry in the middle.
Dessert was Darsaan - a lot of honey noodles and one teensy weensy scoop of ice cream!
All of this was for Rs. 850 which I think was pretty good.
A bit noisy on a Saturday night and service has room for improvement

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mchang

1 Reviews

February 28,2010

4.0

fiending for some pho?

(Disclaimer: there is no pho here and you will still want a bowl.)

However, if you are not from India and wish there was some real Chinese food or something to combat your pho craving, Magnolia will definitely do better than "___ manchurian".

They have complimentary kim chee that tastes like the kim chee powder you get at asian grocery stores (you know, the stuff next to the instant miso soup packets). Not good but an "A" for effort.

The recommended "lobster soup" was really good. It has great flavor and a good amount of spice. It was definitely my favorite course of the meal.

Their "pad thai" is more like a chow fun. But, hey, it hits more of the spot than anything I've tried.

Their "ginger onion steamed fish", of course, is drenched in a gravy. I asked the waiter/host if he can actually steam it with only ginger and onion next time and he said he would. Stay tuned.

The staff is super friendly.

The place is dark. They could use a votive candle on each table. I was tempted to bust out my cell phone light to see my food.

The Kingfisher was cold and tasted like Kingfisher.

The restaurant itself has a nice decor.

Will I return? Absolutely.

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aishik

2 Reviews

February 26,2010

5.0

Fantatistic...

Till today my best thai experience....
3 of us went there to celebrate one very special occasion last night, 25th Feb 2010.
I was looking forward for a fine dining resturant within my budget.... One of my foodie pal suggested this place...
We ordered..
crab soup... (as suggested too good...)
crab meat cake (only thing that was not upto the mark...)
chicken dimsum (best dimsum in bangaluru..till now...)
chicken pad thai noodles with basil leaves..(yummy and spicey..)
chicken pad thai noodles with nuts (too good...)
chicken hot pot (with a real candle & boiling gravy)
hunan lamb (mouthwatering)....

Apart from over priced crab meat cake every thing else was too good... Ambience is nice, waiters are really helpful and suggestive(first as usual me and my foodie friend decided to go for 4 rice/noodles & 3 side dishes, to my utter surprise our waiter suggested us us not to order so much!!!!!! 3 noodles and 2 side dish will be more than enough.....).

And for 6 people with a mocktail, mind that the total bill is 2.5k...... VFM.... a really good fine dining returant.......

Guys don't u dare to miss it.. if u have a lil fetish on thai food and a soft corner for fine dining......

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5.0

Best Crab Soup in Bangalore

The crab soup is the best I have tasted .. period ...

PS - Other dishes are good too ... been there many times as it is very close to where I live and have never been disappointed ..

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5.0

Good place, great food and good service

I have been here so many times that i have tried everything on their menu. This place is yet to disappoint me when it comes to the food they serve.
Their service was a bit sluggish a year ago but has seen tremendous improvement in the recent past. It's warm and friendly and if you complain about something (normally, they don't give u an opportunity to complain), the apology is genuine and immediate, and they are willing to make amends.
The best part is that the food is not very expensive.

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great food !

Thoroughly enjoyed the experience....
Great food and a very comfortable and relaxing setting made the experience even more worthwhile. Try out the thai red curry here, trust me you wont regret it :)

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ad_an80

41 Reviews

October 06,2009

4.0

Good Thai place

Finally, a nice and somewhat not a very expensive thai place.
The food was delicious enough, that we will be back here again.
For starters, we tried a clear tom yum soup and a tofu dish, both were very tasty. The tofu was done with basil and was pretty interesting.

For starters, we ordered a vegetarian noodle dish along with a side dish of veg and non veg.
For non-veg we tried the spicy fried fish with chili paste, which was very nicely done and tasted great. There were 8 size able pieces of fish.

Definitely a place worth visiting again for the ambience (cool breeze on the terrace (not completely open), dimly lit and clean.

The bill for 2, without dessert, came up 710Rs.

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4.0

The experience counts

Cool breeze, greenery all around and the feeling of rooftop seating. Utter peace and restfulness is the best thing about eating here.

The food itself rocks... it is indeed one of those restaurants who CAN call themselves fine dining without embarrassment.

Cooked right, sauteed in the right heat, nothing burnt, nothing undone, but portions are really small.

I'd go probably once in six months, purely because fine dining at the Leela's Jamavar is more filling.

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Good food, good ambiance, excellent service

I used to visit the Magnolia often, several years back when it was near the BDA complex. Now, it's moved, but it's food and service have changed. I've been there twice, and I'd go back there again.

The service was excellent. The waiters were attentive, and extraordinarily patient.

The food is as good as usual. Not tremendously outstanding, but good, nonetheless. The Thai fare was good - the coconut soup was just right, and not overly spicy. The red curry was good, though a tad bland.

The starters were very good, especially the calamari equivalent - the fried squid with salt and pepper. The stuffed mushrooms were average, and the chicken with the peanut sauce was as good as it's always been.

It's a very child-friendly place, and the ambiance was very good, especially with the "waterfall on glass". The open air area was a tad warm, but for most Bangaloreans, it will be ideal.

Definitely worth visiting again and again, for a meal that's not terribly expensive, but satisfies the discerning palate.

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megabytes

6 Reviews

October 07,2008

4.0

My favorite in bangalore!

Its been 5 yrs in bangalore and am now far away from Koramangla but Magnolia rates very high on my chinese/thai food fixation. The favorite to try here is the Chicken Satay and the Red Curry. Chilli Fish Basil is high on chilli but the flavor is amazingly tasty. Magnolia moved to a more conspicuous place from its initial old bungalow place but somehow the old place was more inviting. The greenery even on the top floor gave just the right "you are at home" kind of feel which I miss in the new "more busy restaurant" feel.

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Welcome to Chinglish

If its Indian chinese you are looking for, goto Chung Wah - the food tastes awful.

We started with a crab soup. you'd expect the soup to have some hint of seafood aroma/taste - nothing!!! it might as well have been corn soup minus the corn and thickened water. the pieces of crab had been boiled for god knows how many days - there was no flavour or taste left in them

The green tea according to me should have come with a small tea strainer. I'm not a milk tea drinker but i sure do not want to be chomping down on tea leaves while sipping my tea.

we ordered a fish starter(thai basil fish) which was nothing special. the way you'd probably do it is to leave some semblance of bassil in there rather than batter frying the poor guy like kfc chicken!! the best part of the meal was the chicken dumplings. btw, i am a firm believer that dumplings taste best with just soy sauce, not dousing them in all kinds of garlic, chilly, tomato ketchup stuff. this became apparent when i had homemade dumplings made by a chinese friend (with pork filling). anyway, back to food.

Ordered hunan chicken(why???), thai red curry chicken, taro nest fried rice, plain rice and noodles. To start off, the noodles were burnt, but dont think anyone else in the group noticed. there was nothing special in the thai red curry - just the mundane coconut-limegrass mixture.

All in all, Magnolia is as good as going to Chung Wah - nothing chinese in this, just chinglish food.

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Very good Thai food

The ambiance is quite quaint - it's a single storied stone house converted into a restaurant.
The parking leaves something to be desired. Since it's a residential area, you need to park in some by-lanes and walk to the restaurant. There's no valet parking.
Once you are in, the Thai food is worth writing home (and on burrp) about. The red, green and yellow curries are mouth-watering, as are the soups and appetizers like Satay,
Stay away from the Chinese food though. It's not quite as good as the Thai.

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Awesome food!

I'd give this place a ten on ten! Though I haven't been to the new place yet! The old place was originally someone's house which was later converted to make it a restaurant! Great food, love the honey on something dessert at the end! [ sorry I can't remember the name of the dessert! look for something which has sesame seeds and honey in the desserts section of the menu card!]

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Warm, comfy and pink!

This is one restaurant which it call itself a restaurant. All the elements are very well balanced and gives a wholesome dining experience.
First of all let me tell you the place has been shifted from the homely stone house to a a more commercial premises, but let that not deter you. Nothing has changed.
The ambiance still sports a lot of pink, in a very chic way. The dining area is nice and airy. Perfect for a late evening meal or even dinner.
The cuisine is mostly thai, which i would say is, not top notch but quite good. The service is prompt and you have friendly waiters, with a smile on their face wearing, you said it, pink.
I've tried quite a few dishes and wouldn't suggest anything in particular as they are all delicious. Though a chicken shashlik serves as a fantastic starter.
You can relax and keep nibbling at your food as its served at a good slow pace.
Don't think twice if your planning a date with your girlfriend or boyfriend or any other friend for that matter.
Cheers and ... burrp!

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Excellent Food.

I have been to a number of high-end Far-eastern places. This is the BEST. Food quality is GREAT. Cost is average. Its just perfect. MUST VISIT.

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just_food1

18 Reviews

February 20,2008

2.0

Not worth the price

The food is very very dissapointing, the decor was okay. The service was also average. But at the end if the food tastes bad everything else does not matter. There are so many places is koramangala which serve better chinese. Has moved to a new location, but have not been there yet.

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Nice Thai & Chinese restaurant

An excellent option for lovers of authentic Thai and Chinese food, Magnolia is a restaurant located in a really nice part of Koramangala within an enormous stone bungalow.

A good amount of pink has been used in the interiors (calm down guys, there is a plus side to this, just read on), and as a result, there are plenty of all-girl groups lunching and dining here (see I told you!). In any case, I did’nt think that the pink was too overwhelming and the restaurant does look cozy and warm. If you still would prefer a more manly hangout, the terrace is a nice place with bamboo and plants, and is especially nice for that intimate candlelight dinner where you can focus only on your girlfriend. The indoor seating is popular with families and large groups.

I started my meal with the Thai chicken and lemongrass coconut soup – every drop was delicious. A complementary plate of pickled salad appeared in front of me – kimchee (pickled cabbage) and pickled carrots and cucumbers – the kind that goes with satay – absolutely yummy. For starters, I had the Thai chicken chilli basil and the Chinese-style stuffed pepper bean curd. The former was marinated, barbecued chicken – spicy but hearty. The bean curd was fantastic – I am not a big tofu fan – but this semi-gravy dish rocked. Since the portions are enormous, I just about managed to eat the main course – steamed rice and Thai chicken mudsamman curry, but it was completely worth stuffing myself. Magnolia is a good option for vegetarians as well – they have a vast range of vegetarian stir fries and curries. Portions are huge, so order with care. And if you must have beer, you can, since that is the only alcohol they serve.

If you are coming from St.John’s on to 80 ft road, take a right turn after the BDA complex – Magnolia is located on this road, on the right. Parking is available on the road, or on the particularly lovely side street, which has beautiful villas and trees. A meal for two with beer is approximately Rs.850.

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