Koramangala has always been an ideal place when it comes to restaurants. In fact, I envy the Koramangala residents for having great restaurants in the vicinity. A number of times when I drove 80 feet road, Koramangala 3rd block – The red lanterns of Magnolia always impressed me. Also, read that this place started in early 2000 – used to be the go-to restaurant to dine in Koramangala and still has been the recommended restaurant for Pan Asian food. On an evening, we finally stepped into this rooftop restaurant to savour our taste buds with Pan Asian cuisine.
The ambience here is spectacular with spacious lit up roofs – a feel of starry nights, hanging stars and umbrellas, red lanterns to adore, water wall – a feeling of rain, comfortable sofa seatings and indoor plants. The special interiors include a 3D wall – this was one of the unique interiors which Magnolia impressed me. Shockproof led lights to capture a long exposure shot – that’s interesting to try some photography skills. It also includes an AC hall – suitable for summers. There are a hell lot of events happening here – Karaoke nights for Valentine’s day was the recent one. The ambience is totally a win in this place. If you have to dine out with friends, family or your beloved ones, then this is the place you must head to.
The menu is perfect for Chinese, Thai and Asian cuisine lovers. From soups to deserts the food impressed in with its authentic taste.
We were four of us and ordered the following:
Soups – Tom Kha soup, Chicken Manchow soup, Wonton soup and Sweet corn soup. Tom Kha soup was a perfect blend coconut, mushroom, cauliflower and lemongrass to lit up the dining experience. Chicken Manchow soup was great with crispy chicken dipped in. Wontons are my favourite and wonton soup here was one of the best I have tasted.
Starters – Good number of vegetarian options and varieties of non-vegetarian starters. We ordered Crispy Lotus stem chilli honey – aptly fried, a blend of chilli and honey gives a unique taste. Apricot glazed cauliflower in wonton – Soft, a hint sweet and delicious cauliflower wontons. Crackling spinach and Corn – Crispy corns to munch on. Lat Mai kai – marinated chicken with chilli paste tasted the best. DimSum – How can the Asian starters are satisfactory without a pretty DimSum – I loved the steaming Shiitake dumplings. The starters were great the best were Crispy lotus stem and Lat Mai Kai.
Beverages – We ordered Peach and Cranberry sparkle, Mango Sangria, Watermelon basil cooler and Virgin Pina Colada. They have a pretty good collection of beverages. All were equally great and I loved – Peach & Cranberry sparkle and Watermelon Basil cooler.
Main Course – Believe me Magnolia is the best restaurant for the Thai curries. Their Green Thai curry is so refreshing with steamed rice. A must try when you visit here.
Deserts – Coconut Panna Cotta – Coconut pudding topped with blueberry compote – Omg, I loved this – The blend was great and it got over in a blink. Fired Date Wonton with Icecream – A unique combination to please your ice cream cravings with dates.
The service is a great and the staff is friendly. They will make sure the visit is comfortable. The service speed is optimal letting us spend the quality time.
Overall, Magnolia is one of my favourite go-to places – be it a romantic night with lit ambience, a hangout with friends or a family get together or even a craving for Asian food, I’m right there to enjoy them.
- Positive – Ambience, Rooftop, Great food
- Cost for two – Rs.900
- Recommended dish -Lat Mai Kai, Crispy Lotus stem, Chicken Manchow soup, Green Thai curry and Coconut Panna Cotta
- Add-ons – Good playlist of songs,
Overall Rating – 5
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