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Home/bangalore/The Square-Food Outside the Box, Novotel Bengaluru Techpark

The Square-Food Outside the Box, Novotel Bengaluru Techpark

BellandurSouth Bangalore  

4.6

31 Reviews / 33 Ratings

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Global Buffet Oct 11 - Oct 31

  • Come over and enjoy a global buffet with an eclectic mix of live cooking at The Square!

    Day: Monday to Friday

    Lunch/Dinner Buffet: Rs. 1099 + taxes 



The Square-Food Outside the Box, Novotel Bengaluru Techpark Reviews

foodie85 - Burrp User

foodie85

36 Reviews

December 03,2012

5.0

Perfect Food for a perfect evening !

Visited The Square last nite on our Marriage Anniversary and oh boy wat a spread !!!!!
It ranged from Oriental to Indian and Japanese to Continental. Name a global dish and very likely it has made its way in the buffet !
We started with a triangle shaped mushroom starter which was super soft and tasted heavenly esp.with the Mayo dip.. Soon , we were pretty full and had to take a break of sorts to make way for the rest :P They even have a live counter for the stir fried rice/noodles and Italian delicacies... The presentation was in tandem with standards of the place - very uber and chic .. The stewards were attentive and very helpful.. Now comes the most important part - Desserts ( my personal yardstick to rate a buffet) ! I gobbled down 3 portions of dark choc dessert , 2 coffee based dessert and another choc mousse kinda kind !!Its been a while since I had this kinda perfect balanced desserts - neither too sweet or bitter ! If i had more place in the tummy , would finish off a few more but maybe next time....
The food is absolutely worth every penny spent and I will surely not think twice before heading here again for another special occassion !
My surprise anniversary dinner ended on a super note !!! :)

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Live to eat! Ooh la la...

The Square presents a "global cuisine" idea, and their menu consists of offerings from various parts of the world. Chef Kailash, a quiet and friendly man, certainly seems to have done a great job with the place. The buffet is well-spread out over a large area, food sculptures and other sundry decorations watching over discerning gourmets and gourmands trying to decide between pasta and paratha.

My visit to The Square was through Burrp Chef's Table 2012, so we had a limited menu.

To begin with, I must mention the complimentary breads. I am always a huge fan of bread, especially foccacia, and The Square does not disappoint! The foccacia had these beautiful little nutty nuggets of cheese on top, which was so lovely. The other bread, which was like a small baguette, was chewy and crusty and simply divine. Just 2 points here:
1. Warm, fresh bread would be an improvement.
2. The condiments (herb butter, balsamic vinegar, olive oil) could be served up in larger quantities. The trace amounts we got were not enough for sharing.

We were served one drink, a choice of cocktail or mocktail. My lady friend had a mocktail, which was standard fare, hemmm-hawww. My gentleman friend and I had the Tiramisu cocktail, which was pleasant; alcoholic, yes, but not milky-heavy. I would imagine the Aztec chocolatl to be like this (frothy, light, refreshing), except that the Tiramisu cocktail was sweet.

The starter. I had "Shichuan Pepper And Sea Salt Crusted Tofu Tossed With Celery, Scalions And Roasted Garlic". Seeing "Sichuan" instead of "Schezwan" always makes me a little happier, heh heh. But yes, this dish showed me what one can do with tofu; a silky, smoother version of paneer. As I was expecting a more Oriental dish, I was not expecting an understated spice level. The roasted garlic was brilliant! Some of the cloves were crunchy, some soft, and I could not decide which was better.

My gentleman friend had "Bacon Wrap Scallops With Mushy Peas Puree, Shrimp Salad And Orange Segments". Being a huge bacon fan, he pooh-poohed us vegetarians and was very happy with this. His modus operandi for demolishing this dish was to put a bit of each element of the plate on a spoon, and eat it all together. I was not impressed with the mushy peas puree, but the rest was very good.

After this, we were served a green apple sorbet to cleanse the palate, ooh la la! I was expecting this to be less creamy and more frozen, but when the chef has worked 6 months with Gordon Ramsay, I cannot complain about fundamentals!

Mains. Ah, mains! I was in trepidations as I expected a dainty, unfilling dish. And that was true. This was all about taste, not belly-filling. I had "Goat Cheese Ravioli, Spinach Cream Sauce, Topped With Oven Dried Tomatoes". This was superlative! I have never had goat's cheese cooked and liked it, but this blending of it in a sauce was just inspired. The ravioli pasta could have been a tad thinner, but then again, who complained. I also found out that oven-dried tomatoes is the norm; nobody uses the sun in Bangalore!

My lady friend had "Grilled Vegetables In Phyllo Pastry Served With Tomato Coulis Balsamic Glaze", and she was absolutely tantalized by it. The dish first looked like a halved spring roll, which was very worrying. Until she cut into it and gazed upon sheet-thin delicate pastry, wrapped around well-grilled vegetables. Melt in the mouth!

My gentleman friend had "Pan Fried Bassa Fish With Saffron, Fennel Sauce Served With Sweet Potato Mash And Sauteed French Beans". He enjoyed this one, but I must say that the sweet potato overpowered the rest of the elements, which were all much more mild-mannered and subtle.

All ten of us at the Chef's Table ordered "Trio Of Cheese Cake" for dessert: Mocha, Lemon, Chocolate Cheese Cake. Not one person opted for the sticky date pudding with fig ice cream. The cheesecakes were good, but I find Caperberry's Trio Of Cheesecake to be much better. The plating of this dessert was fun. Preserved gooseberry and strawberry pieces laying about. Powdered wheat cracker (yes, the cheesecake base) scoring the plate here and there. Sheet-shaped confections of egg white and flour that melt away to a sweet memory in the mouth. And a glass-like sheet of sugar with sesame seeds cut in a wavy pattern. This sugar-sesame combination was a bit off-putting, due to the overpowering taste of the sesame. Reminded me strongly of some varieties of chikki.

After this, we were served more food! My stomach, which was rampantly half-full, set up a quick celebratory Mexican wave. This post-dessert dessert was, to say the least, amazing!
Tiny little shy colorful macaroons that melted away as soon as they touched the tongue!
Miniature Napoleon pastries with gold leaf on top!
Strawberry tarts! Imagine a butter Danish cookie -like tart base, with quartered fresh strawberries on top! Some chocolate-toffee chewy goodness that was just okay. We topped all this up with a Cappuccino, which was good, but not great.

All in all, one amazing experience. Educative, delicious, and beautiful.

Burrp gave me the chance to show two great friends a really great time, and for free! As my gentleman friend put it: we always saw such parties happening, with the chef hanging around the table, and wondered "What would it be like over there, dang it!" Now we know! Thanks foodlibraries, I am going to give you my life savings in gratitude!

Thankee sai and mahalo, Burrp.

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soumya_k - Burrp User

soumya_k

23 Reviews

November 17,2012

4.0

man yummmmmmmm:-)))))))))))))0

we had been their with our family for a lunch hot buffet session:-0
and it was un believable that for the first time i got to taste such an amazing superb quality food of lunch buffet

with lots of items .

we just felt to b their and keep ordering the food again and again .

because we want to rush deep in to the food square all the time with all with great smile:-))))))))))

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leagueivy - Burrp User

leagueivy

14 Reviews

November 15,2012

4.0

Good! Can be better

There's a wide variety and they include many a cuisine from all around the time. The buffet is popular with the professionals around the area but it also makes for a nice outing for a family or a group of friends.

The live pasta counter is not that great. The pasta was watered down and done up in an uninspired sauce. But the sushi counter is out of this world! It's a good thing it is on, on all of the days. The desserts are phenomenal! Everything at the dessert counter is made beautifully and deserves your attention. Do pick up a sorbet on your way out.

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5.0

Food is sumptuous

This is the best place to have food with your loved ones in the entire area of outer ring road..

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Awesome lunch buffet (business days)

We'd gone for a company lunch to this place.. and it was AWESOME. Loved the variety, and the taste.

They had everything from asian/chinese, Indian and Italian. The desserts could have been better, but the pizza was awesome.

All in all, a great place for a company lunch!

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5.0

Wow!

I think they have the best buffet spread in this part of the city. I was there for a team lunch and was blown away by the spread and the variety. There was something there for everyone of us and even our vegetarian colleagues weren't disappointed. We had a wonderful lunch at The Square.

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5.0

Great!!

Visited again and like the food a little more this time. Good job guys.

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5.0

Awesome Buffet!

Went there for a meal yesterday, the idea was to have ala carte but got tempted with the buffet spread. Live Italian and Chinese counters, soups, salads, kebabs, steak, sushi, dumplings, 6 varieties of Indian items and a lavish dessert spread comprised the buffet. The Kebabs were a little cold but that was by far the only crib we had as the food was just amazing. Special mention to the pizza and pasta that was made to order and also the Yakhni pulao, the coconut fish curry, the prawn dumplings and the steak. The service staff is very courteous and extremely well trained. Truly 'out of the box'.

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4.0

Thankyou Burrp & Novotel!!!!

My review for Square as per the Novotel contest got me Dinner vouchers for 2 courtesy Burrp! & Novotel Hotel. So this time for a change was there with my sis for the dinner. As we entered we were warmly welcomed and escorted to our table and presented with the drinks and food menu.
We settled for the buffet. The buffet at Square is lavish with so many varieties that you are spoiled for choice. The service is very prompt.

The best part of there buffet is desserts, loads of choices.

Thankyou Burrp! & Novotel for the vouchers, we had a fabulous time.

Will be back soon!!!!

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awesome

This is my second visit to this place I just luv it.the food,ambience everything and not to be missed is the hospitality of people.
Thank u

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dinner feedback

The spread was elaborate, great service and overall a very good experience.

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5.0

it was a great experience.

Excellent food as well as the staff.ambience is also apreciateble.had a very nice day.

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5.0

it was a great experience.

Excellent food as well as the staff.ambience is also apreciateble.had a very nice day.

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novotel lunch buffet May 25 2012

It was a wonderful lunch experience. The food had a wide spread and tasted quite well. The pasta

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Great food and Service

The selection of food was excellent and everything I tried was great. The service was the best the staff helped me understand everything!
I would highly recommend this as an excellent place to eat.

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Wonderful

The variety , presentation, multiple cultural foods are of the highest quality.
The staff is attentive and exceptionally friendly. This is definitely a dining experience not to be missed!!!!!
RMJ Atlanta Georgia USA

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Wonderful

The variety , presentation, multiple cultural foods are of the highest quality.
The staff is attentive and exceptionally friendly. This is definitely a dining experience not to be missed!!!!!
RMJ Atlanta Georgia USA

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wow what a lunch it was

Really a marvelous time spent with the friends

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nice place

Really like the spread n hospitality of the staff

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Excellence in all Things at Novotel

The Novotel Techpark in Bengaluru is a relative newcomer to the hospitality scene but has obviously started off with an amazing array of food and service. They are professional, exceptional and have every single detail right. One night or even one meal here will showcase all the great culture and shatter your ideas of Indian cuisine in a phenomenal way! You can't go wrong at Novotel or its in-house restaurant The Square. My only regret is that 5 stars is not enough to truly give you a sense of the exceptional quality you will find here.

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Excellence in all Things at Novotel

The Novotel Techpark in Bengaluru is a relative newcomer to the hospitality scene but has obviously started off with an amazing array of food and service. They are professional, exceptional and have every single detail right. One night or even one meal here will showcase all the great culture and shatter your ideas of Indian cuisine in a phenomenal way! You can't go wrong at Novotel or its in-house restaurant The Square. My only regret is that 5 stars is not enough to truly give you a sense of the exceptional quality you will find here.

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nice evening to remember

We with our cliental had a luxurious buffet at square really enjoyed

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5.0

great experience

Nice place and good spread n very delightful experience

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marvelous afternoon

Eat to the fullest hugest spread ever experienced. Well clubbed with great hospitality

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good experience

A very huge spread gelled with get hospitality a delightful experience

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Good Romantic Restaurant....

Food is good with decent business class service. Drinks are a bit costly, but foodies like me would love to be there.

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LARGE spread with eye to detail and AUTHENTIC!

I’m writing a review here after a good 8-9 months! And why not!? This experience is worth enough to share on a public forum.

Heard about the excellent buffet spread @ The Square from a dear friend and this place was an obvious choice for our team lunch. Multiple parameters that were considered before we zeroed in on this place. The default one was definitely the spread itself in addition to the quality of the service, ambience and the most important one was the proximity to our office – we had a lot of firang visitors in our office and we were looking for something really good that has international standards and doesn’t take us more than 15mins to commute.

As we entered, we were pleasantly surprised by the gesture of the staff. They were very courteous and extremely pleasant.
Our table was all set and we made ourselves comfortable there.

The chairs were comfy with colored cushions on it and the cutlery was the usual. The dining hall was spacious and the tables were well spread without any congestion. The tall window panes had enough natural light coming in and minimal use of the artificial light was just perfect.

They had a long menu for drinks with some good variety. However, it wasn’t as exhaustive as I would have expected it to be.
A few of us picked from fresh fruit juice and mocktails - alcohol and cocktail was a complete no-no as we all had to get back to office.
There was also complimentary bread with balsamic vinegar, olive oil and butter. The bread was perfectly baked with herbs on it. Not every place makes it well and fortunately for us, this went down well – my firang colleagues agreed on this too!
Next, we were served tomato and basil shooters – this was absolutely fresh and refreshing.

Next was for all of us to try out their largely spread buffet – started with the soup : 3 types – 1 non-veg and 2 veg and all the 3 were fantastic. The variety of breads as accompaniments were all warmed for us and served onto the table. Amongst the starters, there was a baby potato starter in veg and a mutton starter on non-veg. This was ok and nothing too great to talk about.
The salad was good – lot of zucchini and good dressing options. Good cold cut options where available too! Though I loved them, I only wished there was a live salad counter and somebody could make it for me the way I wanted it. My salad was nice and heavy!
For the main course, there was a good spread with oriental, Indian and Continental cuisine. Definitely, a large spread and we were already spoilt by the choice. It was indeed to difficult to decide to try and what not to! I picked a couple of things from all the 3 cuisines.
Apparently, all the seafood preparations were fantabulously made. The golden prawns and fish are definitely worth mentioning here! The beans puriyal was surely homemade type and the south-indian in me craved for more of it.
The beef, my colleagues said, was nice and succulent. In the live Pasta counter, they had only farfalle and spaghetti were the only types with tomato and cheese options! We choose the farfalle with loads of vegetables and tomato option. This was ok and nothing that I would crave more for. I would have also preferred wheat based pasta. Unfortunately, the only option was the pasta made of refined flour. The different variety of rice and noodles were again nice and overwhelming. In the Indian counter, the rotis and the gravies were a usual fair but, indeed heavy on the stomach.
The live Pizza counter was constantly busy making some variety of pizzas one after the other. We could choose the option we wanted to at the counter. This was made well and the thin crust pizzas were loved! I’m not really sure if they make non-veg pizzas too as I noticed them making only veg pizzas.

The sushi in the oriental counter was indeed well made!! It was so well made – authentic and not modified to suit to Indian palate : our firang colleagues vouched for it too and loved it.

Now, comes the last and an interesting part of the buffet. There was a huge variety of desserts and if I’m not wrong, there were close to 13 desserts. Each better than the other and we were all confused on what to try and what not to try. This had a good mix of Indian and western desserts.
Chocolate brulee was indeed nice and is making me drool again as I write about it. Loads of variety in chocolate, kiwi, berry desserts! And in Indian desserts, there were variety of jamoons and Bengali sweets.
By now, we were all almost done! But, I had made to leave some space exclusively for the sorbetto and the gelato! I asked them to make a platter of it and serve it to me together. There were 4 variety of sorbettos and each had a subtle flavor and spread really well in the mouth. The gelato was creamy and I loved the wild berry flavor.
While my colleagues were thinking this is what I was gonna round of my meal with, I requested to get them a platter of cheese from the buffet spread. They had only 4 variety of it and a few of did a small cheese tasting and rounded off the meal with great satisfaction.

The patrons were mostly from the IT companies in and around and I must say, I had such a good meal and enjoyed a big spread of buffet after a long time!
The total bill was approximately around 23k and our bill number is 1048 dated 27th Apr, 2012.

I would surely recommend this place for large groups and also to those who want to enjoy multiple cuisines which are authentic in a single place! Indeed a great place to dine-in.

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4.0

Good experience!!

Wanted to check out this place as I've seen the contest running on Burrp. I work in Eco Space and since a few of my colleagues were also aware of this contest, we decided to try our luck and the place and headed there for a team lunch. Our Bill number is - 713, date 19th April. 4 of us settled for the buffet and 2 of the girls in our team opted for a la carte Italian. The buffet spread looked impressive with about 3 soups, a nice antipasti & starter spread, a live Pasta and Cantonese counter, sushi, Indian veg and non veg main courses and Peri Peri chicken. The starters were interesting, chicken kebabs in particular was quite nice. I was quite keen to taste Peri Peri chicken for the first time but was utterly dissapointed as the meat was stone cold and there was hardly any taste. In fact, most of the food was laid out cold and that goes for the Biryanis and kebabs and all the other Indian & Thai items on the buffet. Our choice of pasta and noodles were served hot on our table and tasted fine. But overall the taste and quality of the items were just average considering that the buffet was priced at 1k plus tax each. The dessert spread however made up for the not so great buffet. The presentation was really nice, there were at least 6-7 items to choose from other than gelatos and sorbets and most of us had our fill with the dessert. The a la carte pastas were quite nice too. The staff was well trained and the service quite impeccable. I would've definitely given them a 5 star had it not been for the few cold and tasteless items on the buffet. It'll be great to be back at The Square again if the management chooses to improve the quality of the buffet.

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5.0

Great place with great food

An amazing place. The food spread is huge and the quality of food is amazing. I liked the Pizzas and all live counters that they have. Their hospitality is something that would leave its mark on you. A must go for people who keep looking out for premium dining options

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4.0

Nice food, great service but overpriced!!

The contest for The Square on Burrp.com looked interesting and I thought of giving this place a try last night since I live close by.
So me and my girlfriend headed to The Square for a quiet dinner around 8.30 last night. The restaurant is swanky and the decor classy but there was not another soul to be seen dining at the restaurant. Anyways, the maitre'd escorted us to a table and presented us with the drinks menu. The menus were imposing with their laminated covers and neat layout. We noticed that the drinks were expensive but can be passed as reasonable for Novotel standards (at par with The Skyee Lounge @ UB City). I settled for a Kingfisher pint while my girl friend ordered a Cosmopolitan. The food menu looked exhaustive but we found out that the options were quite limited. The Square specializes in global cuisine but the items on the menu were primarily limited to Western, Indian, Oriental & Sandwiches/Wraps with a choice of about 4-5 options under each food type. What stood out however were the prices. We thought the prices were really high even for a fancy fine-diner that The Square claims to be ( at par with Citrus at The Leela Palace or even Mynt at The Taj Westend). I have stayed and dined at The Novotel Hyderabad but did not find the prices exorbitant there. I settled for a Chicken Fajita and my girl friend ordered the Thai red curry with chicken and steamed rice. Thai red chicken curry was not on the menu but the chef was happy to rustle it up for her. Complimentary bread basket was served on the table and we were a little disappointed with the quality & quantity. There were just about 4 pieces and they were cold, hard and chewy. I pointed it out to the waiter serving at our table and the breads were replaced with fresher ones. Our food arrived shortly. My fajitas were served as wraps with fries and Mexican accompaniments. It tasted great. The Thai chicken curry was also delicious. We had a hearty meal and were happy with the food. In all The Square has everything going for it, nice decor, great service (even the restaurant manager came to our table to enquire about the food) the only crib however were the prices which I think is too steep for regular diners. I'm sure the business traveler wouldn't mind eating here as the company will be picking up the tab but for casual even fine dining, I feel we have plenty of other fancy restaurants in the vicinity (even within Hotels) which does not charge half as much. Maybe the management can revisit the price point for The Square. Our bill came up to Rs 3,200 and our bill number is (30001 Ranjit C).

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