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Village - The Soul Of India

JayanagarSouth Bangalore    & IN 1 MORE LOCATIONS

2.7

26 Reviews / 28 Ratings

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Village - The Soul Of India Reviews

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Please Don't go

People, don't go to this place. They bluff us that they'll give gifts and all if we win a game. They 'll conduct games and no gift for that. I won in both games but no gifts. In the beginning they bluff. Food was the worst.
I suggest you to not go.

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A Perfect Family Get Together !!

The very setup of a village itself is very inviting for anyone.
The moment you enter, you are amazingly surprised to see the whole setup of a tiny village. Still you actually get the vibes of an actual Village. No wonder they have tagged it as Soul of India. Very Apt!!
They welcome you with a drink - jal jeera. In there, you find Drummers, an Astrologer, a Tanga, Tattoo maker, Mehendiwala, Puppet show and typical stuff that you find in a small village. The waiters and other attendants organize dandiya, musical chair and few other group games among the restaurant visitors, which I would say is quiet an engaging thing. And, I bet no-one can miss-out on clicking some lovely pictures posing in this Village.

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Perfect for Group Outings

Village is a very nice place to go for an outing with friends and family... I have been there twice and I love this place a lot...
Ambience- ambience is really too good... You will feel like you are actually in a village... Everything is very perfectly set there...
Food- one can find each and every type of food there from north Indian to south Indian... Quality and taste is delicious... Snacks served are very yummy...
Service- there are waiters dressed as village people who serve very politely and nicely...
There are entertaining options too... like dandiya dance, mehendi, horoscope reader etc...
It is the best place to go in groups for 3-4 hrs and have full on fun...

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A Sad and Noisy Village it is....

It is all over the place...It is messy....crowded.....there is so much happening it is confusing and over whelming....We were here for a friends get together and we regret having visited this place....The food here is average and they are understaffed most of the time....The staff is rude, unruly and arrogant.....They boast of a huge menu of all those things but everything is cold and boring to eat....The food has no life....We couldn't experience the food in any way as there was a noisy garba on all the time and people pulling you to dance when all you want to do is eat....For 400 odd rupees we couldn't not even food worth 200 as it was tasteless.....If I were you I would not go to this place ever again.....A total disappointment....Naans were rubbery, paan was priced extra over the food.....There was hair and plastic in our naans and khichdi....We thought it is a total waste of money and time...A serious no place if you have old people as you would get a heart attack with all that noise and bad ventilation....

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4.0

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Nice group outing

A lively and colourful place to spend some good time in a group.
Ambiance is really nice and set up as a rustic village. The buffet spread (Veg only) is really huge. Lot of variety on offer - Chaats, South Indian, North India, Desserts, a little Chinese, etc.
They also have fun activities like Musical Chairs and Puppet show.
For Rs. 399 per head on a weekend lunch, its worth it.

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Highly Entertaining

Wow, this is one word I would like to call to this place. It feels like I am in some village.

1) Ambience is perfectly awesome. Everything is well arranged.
2) Price is ok. Once you enter everything is free.
3) Food is very yummy. You get every kind of food here.
4) Service is highly appreciated.
5) Perfect place to go and get refreshed. Full on enjoyment.

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A Total Mess

The place is a huge mess , the place gets cramped up, noisy and disorganised on the weekends. It reminds me of village choupati Pathetic service.The items mentioned in the buffet got over quickly and I didn't find anything later :( got disappointed ;. However they have Pani puri, jal jeera, dosa's, jalebi's, paneer dishes, pav bhaji and the list is endless. You have dishes ranging from Gujarati, Punjabi and Rajasthani cuisines which will completely satisfy your appetite.

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1.0

Worst manager possible

Every thing about this restaurant is good except the manager who spoiled the mood after just we asked for the bill..

Visit this restaurant only if the manager is changed otherwise who knows when he will start abusing or man handling you when you just ask for the bill.
Complete mood spoiler this manager.

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Shiltan - Burrp User

Shiltan

14 Reviews

December 26,2012

3.0

Great fun, Average food.

1. Is it easy to find - Very easy since it is located in a mall, you can't miss it :)
2. Atmosphere - Excellent! As the name suggests, you actually feel like you are in a village! the place is decorated with real life places such as a jail, tailor's shop, cart wheel .... It also has a puppet shot and typical gujarati garbas. If you are with a wide group, three hours of fun assured !
3. Menu - The place offers a buffet only and does not serve anything "a la carte"
It has everythin ranging from street chats, punjabi, rajesthani, south indian to golas!
4. My Order - I tried pretty much everything there since I have been to the place quite a lot of time :) their food is kind of mixed up since half the things taste great and the other half unfortunately falls under the average quality. This might be due to the wide range of items they serve.
5. Service - Since it is a self service restaurant, I would not expect much from the staff. They are there to just help you out when you need something or if you have a problem with the food! haha ! But they are very warm and reply extremely nicely :)
6. Bar - NA
7. Price - Moderate.
8. Conclusion - The Village is a great place to visit if you are in group. The food might not be of extremely good quality but it is not that bad either! Be careful however, the place becomes very crowded in evenings and during week ends!

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what a waste of a sunday evening

i went there yesterday with my wife...it is the worst place to have buffet...there is nothing indeed to say good about this shack...its shabby...to the core...they charge before you step in...i was wondering m i entering in a club or what...well they have a so called dance floor...which is funny...you will find all sorts of families dancing dandiya or playing musical chairs...right in the centre...making it impossible to walk for others...toilets are breathtakingly smelly and slippery...i actually sliped...food is aweful and ekdum thanda...

i find no reason to go here again...

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foodartist

6 Reviews

December 03,2012

1.0

Poor food, Ruffian staff, Badly managed - Pathetic

If you like getting humiliated, embarrassed, disappointed after having paid through your nose then please feel free to visit this Village.

The place is manned by morons who have ZERO sense of what customer satisfaction means. Without even trying too hard, they are guaranteed to make you feel like a complete idiot for having come into this Village.

My disappointment started the minute I entered the place - you are required to pay upfront. They even charge for toddlers (200 Rs each). Two 4 year olds in our 9 member group were charged despite we trying to explain to the moron manning the cash desk that both the kids don't eat outside food. The cash desk is manned by ruffian looking characters who don't even know the ABC of customer care. Their response was "we don't care. if u want to enter, u better pay up now"....

Despite this warm and enthusiastic welcome (I thought villagers were good at hospitality), we paid up & went inside and man what a big mistake it was. The place was overflowing with people, the food was scarce, the place was so loud that we couldn't even hear each other speak. No exaggeration, this place sucks to the core. The food is pathetic to say the least - any food court in any mall in Bangalore will serve you tastier food for 1/4th the price. To top it all, there is no privacy.... with hundreds of ppl milling around you, it felt more like a langar than a restaurant. I wish I could see some order in that chaos. If the food was good, I would have forgiven and forgotten, but that is not the case with this shoddy village manned by ruffians..... I wonder if all the people who have given high reviews for this place have ever eaten good food or are these postings by the ruffian gang itself ?

If you are going with kids, beware the ruffians will loot you at the entrance itself (Rs 200 per which is actually not even worth Rs 5). And once you are inside, they try to loot you again by selling your overpriced toys (marked up by atleast 50%) !!

Try this Village at your own risk.

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Nigzy

1 Reviews

October 22,2012

4.0

Entertainment Entertainment Entertainment

If you are looking for a way to spend three good hours, head to the village at J.P. Nagar Central! The ambience of the place is an instant mood lifter. You like the place right at the doorstep.
I had lunch there on a monday afternoon with a bunch of my girl friends and it was easily one of the best times we've had.
The buffet has been spread out in an interesting way- there is a panipuri and chaat counter (kachori chaat was yum!) ; an ice gola station; a dal batti churma rickshaw (yes, rickshaw) ; a tandoor jail and your regular food spread. The main USP of The Village is that it offers interesting entertainment by teaching you how to play dandiya (win win since its navratri) and dance the garba. They also have a puppet show, mehendi counter and a palm reader to add to the appeal.
The food is good,yes. But if i went back, i would go for the experience more than anything else!
Now the cons - AC is horribly low for the activities involved, the place will be overcrowded on a weekend and is not at all suited for a sit down meal
Remember- go with a fun gang, don't wear high heels, take a camera and let yourself free. It's not fine dining. It's a slightly posh nakhrali dhani.!

Food-3/5
Ambience - 4/5 (-1 for low AC)
Value for money - 5/5
Entertainment factor - 5/5

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Fun and Food

My suggestion for this place would be: Go with a group of friends.We were a group of 13 people. The games are fun.But the day we went the place was over crowded. We missed out on some games. The air conditioning was not sufficient, we had to take a break from the games or dancing every 5 min to stand under the fans or in front of the ac to cool off.Food is not mind blowing, can be considered little above average though. The fact was we were too tired to eat. The Golas, tea and the buttermilk are very refreshing. I felt the buffet closes soon, after the games and dances get over v hardly get half an hour to eat.The ambiance is very good,apt for the name. The rotis and dosas are made on order. The chats are amazing: typical lucknowi chat! Though pani puri seemed a little plain. You can take a lot of pictures here. Overall i give it a 3.5 on 5

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Gaurav Singh

1 Reviews

September 10,2012

2.0

Average Place For A High Price (Worst Main Course)

We have been to this place twice .....
First on a weekday and next on weekend ...
Weekday was fine as footfalls were less and people could enjoy some dance & music... Food was average .. Staters specially CHATS and pakoras were good. But the main course was worst ..we got to eat TORAI Ki subjzi & noodle which was overboiled.

Next time we went there on weekend ... The Place was highly crowded .. No place to stand ... Anyway i was hungry .. went to have my dinner ....Again staters were fine .... But when i came back for Main Course .... It came down from WORST To WORSEN .... AGAIN i had TINDE(Kundari) Ki Subzi .. and again the same OVER Boiled Noodles .. .. :(..
No One expect this kind of food after paying 350 .
Suggestion :: if you are going for some Quality food ... Dont go for village.

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vaibh

1 Reviews

September 01,2012

3.0

Not just a regular hotel :Something different

Costed me Rs 350 on a saturday.Has Chats ranging from panipuri sevpuri dahi puri,
paapdi chat, with jaljeera drink. Thats the prestarters.
The actual starters are after this which include the same cucumbers,tomato,papad and regular starters. Alongwith this is garma garam pakode with some awesome chutney.
Next we can start with either south indian dosa or get started with main course: roti,naan..all prepared hot. Sabzees are too many to list here( all served super hot).
Theres Pav bhaaji too. To end so many things there are hot hot jalebis,jamun,golaas(NO kala khatta),ice cream(vanila,strawberry only).
This ends the lunch session.
At the entry they say everything is free inside and at the end we found out the PAAn stall requires us to pay!
So that was about the food.
Next I will list the things apart food.
= Daandiya
= Musical chair
=Puppet show
= Bhangra
= Palm reader
=Pottery
There are some autos,truck like things where people keep clickin pics.
All this happens with some moderately loud music.
So in general DONOT visit this IF:
* you dont like loud music
* you wan2 have a peaceful lunch
* you want to have a light lunch

DO VISIT this IF:
* you like variety in the hotels u visit
* you like to check out new hotel themes
* you like to have general fun with kids/Friends
* you eat MORE
* you like to click pics more than enjoying food and want to click pics for fb :P
* you want nobody/waiters etc to disturb your group.

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1.0

More HYPE than quality FOOD

Okay. Weekends can be chaotic in some public places: like shopping malls, cinema theatres, railway stations, etc.

But when it comes to food, i don't mind waiting a bit (in case i didn't have any prior reservation). What i find difficult to digest is that i pay for a service in a restaurant that is expected to be of a certain standard and I end up walking around like a refugee fighting for food amongst a big crowd! That's exactly what happened here.

Total chaos! The food quality was average but we were dying to get out of there asap.

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2.0

Not really that great :(

I have been to this place twice and both the times it is the same experience.
First thing is food taste is not all that great and very very ok kind, especially the items in the main course. I didn't feel like eating any item once again, even though there were quite a few items available.
Only thing is you can get somewhat a different experience than going to a regular restaurant. There is puppet show, dandiya etc happening.
If you are planning to visit this place don't have too much expectation especially with the food but that is what ultimately matters when you want to eat out.

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Its a Mess!!

The restaurant intends to create a village-fair-like atmosphere where you can enjoy the ambiance and savor good food. But that's the on-paper-concept and the reality is just a big mess. No empty tables (all lying with leftover food), no body to guide to a table, you find the guy to pick used plates and clean the place (because you have already paid for it). Its a buffet but if it will be tough to find spoons, bowls, etc. You get into long un-ordered queues to get any food. Some food is tasty, some is badly made (jalebis were sour in taste). Overall a horrible experience.

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Nice place on a weekday for lunch

We visited this place on a wednesday. We thought its not going to be crowded on a weekday, but we were wrong... There were many north indian couples and some group of college friends. We went at around 12:20 PM when it had just opened for lunch... paid around Rs.500 for two and when we entered they put a seal on our hand and told that we can come any number of times between 12:30 and 3:30 ... this was really cool... So we had welcome drink and then some chats like Pani puri etc and went out for a walk. The taste is really good and the place is neat and clean. They have some dance programs in which we did not participate... We had the main course at around 1:30. Its a nice restaurant for people who like spicy food. Also a nice place for a couple to celebrate any special day.

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WORST RESTAURANT FOR A SUNDAY

THE PATHETIC MANAGEMENT SHOULD UNDERSTAND THE AMOUNT OF PEOPLE THEY CAN LET INSIDE THE RESTAURANT FOR FOOD, ON A SUNDAY SPECIALLY ITS PACKED, YOU DON'T GET PROPER FOOD, AFTER TAKING THE VEGETABLES, THE TIME U TAKE ROTI'S UR VEGIES ARE ALREADY COLD.
vERY BAD MANAGEMENT, IRRITATING LOUD MUSIC

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weddin reception

If u want to attend a weddin n pay for it, this is d place 2 be.. Very crowded, heavy music, hardly can u hear urself..... Their logo - "restaurant nahi anubhav hai", its certainly an experience i wish to forget.. All servings r so small, i have lot to learn when i start a resto as 2 how to save.money..... Food quality is awful, golgoppas used old puris, pav bhaji without onions, no cutlery nd platez to even have food at times... Sweet stall had no visitorz bcoz it hardly had ny sweets... If u r misssin wedddin coz u dont get invites, visit this place!

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4.0

Great ambiance and Food

I liked the food there. Most of the starters were good and they had authentic north indian taste. I enjoyed the food. Another thing is that they had huge variety in their buffet menu.

Service was fast. I didn't have to wait for anything. Its definitely not a fine dining restaurant but I liked the ambiance. The combination of style and colors is awesome. Definitely worth a visit.

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5.0

Too much food. Satisfies everybody

I had heard of the Village restaurant in Ahmedabad but could never get a chance to dine in. I tried it in the Bangalore Village restaurant for my lunch. It has a great ambience for a mini party. Typical village fair with lot of noise of music and dhol. It's not a fine dining restaurant. It is the best place to go along with a big group. There are various counters (carts) serving different types of food. There is a cart for peanuts and chana jor garam at the entrance. There is another cart for chats and one for pani puri. The chats were delicious. Pani puri was ok since they used jal jira instead of regular spicy water. There is a guy providing pakodas and dhoklas roaming around. Another guy has hot masala tea on his bicycle. The main course has north Indian, south Indian, Chinese and Rajasthani items. All the items were delicious. The pav bhaji was awesome. Last but not the least, they also serve ice golas. I was happy to have one but the golas are not really authentic ones. They use sharbat instead of gola syrup, because of which the sharbat always dripped out of the ice. Typical golas have a set of thick syrups put on the top of the ice so that you can have various tastes in one iceball.
Overall, my experience was excellent with this restaurant. The only problem is that they have too much of food. I could not try all the items there. I will have to go again for that ;)

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mecca for veg food lovers

This place is seriously fun ,for the first timer.Great concept and fairly good execution.You pay for the buffet on the gate and once inside you can savor the food from 7-8 counters.The whole place is done up like a village with fake barber shop/school/jail etc.The variety is huge.Some key items are as follows
chats,masala peanuts,6-7 veg dishes,biriyani/curd rice/normal rice,pav bhaji,dal bati churma,dosas,pakoras,all kinds of kulchas and nans,4 types of mithais etc.
The price what you pay for all this is 300 ,which i feel is fairly VFM for the place and food.
The only sore point as of ow is the service which tends to be un-attentive.There is a huge variety spread of a large space ,so it is even more imperative for the stewardesses to guide and be helpful.

Verdict : surely recommended.
Tip : avoid the rush hour.

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4.0

Great Experience

Good Ambience,Nice food, Relaxing,Good to have Friends Party & Family get together.

Jyothiraghu

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3.0

Village - Great Theme with not so great service

My first impression about Village was - 'this place is awesome'. I was awed by the colors, energy, people playing dandia on loud music, huge tree in midst of the restaurant with astrology, henna, tattoo counters surrounding it, puppet show, some tables in the shape of auto and old trucks. One side of the restaurant is made to look like a Jail while other side there are chaat and pani-puri counters. All in all a wonderful effort to create a very enticing and engaging ambiance for people to enjoy along with the food.
The ambiance itself makes you expect a lot from the food being served there especially when the cost of the buffet is almost 300 bucks per person! For a first timer, the whole experience can be very confusing on where to start as there is no particular order in which the food counters have been arranged. Some help from the staff in the start would have been much appreciated. Some chaat counters are near the entrance while some were on the other side which we could see just because we decided to change our seating from one end of the restaurant to the other. Its a spacious restaurant and the counters are arranged in different corners of the restaurant. So to get something you have to walk though the crowd a number of times. The most disappointing thing was that the staff was not at all friendly or even helpful. From people running the chaat counters to the staff walking around, the warmth and humility was definitely missing. I am a complete foodie and more than anything I visit a restaurant for the taste of the food. The food in Village is pretty ordinary and also the selection of items very weird. I could not understand the concept of sitting in a village eating chowmein and manchurian! We reached the restaurant at 1.45 pm (which atleast to me does not seem like too late for lunch). But by the time we could finish with the starters, announcement of closing the restaurant in half an hour started. While we were rushing through the main course, half of the things were already over. Even to get the rotis, there was a waiting time. We rushed through the main course and before we could start with the sweets, they started turning off the restaurant lights and there were still 20 to 25 people inside the restaurant!!!! If the restaurant is so strict about the closing time, they should stop giving out their food coupons atleast one hour before the closing time because there is no way that you could finish your buffet in this chaos in 1 hr. For the decor and entertainment I would definitely give 5 star rating, but for food, service and value for money I would have to go with 2 stars !!

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