Taste Of Afghanistan
V goes to Samarkand in Bangalore to savour some north-western
often than not, visitors frequent Bangalore's new fine dining
restaurants and nightclubs expecting a whole new dining experience
that would inevitably leave them spellbound. Truly so, tourists
are bound to discover a few hidden gems in unexpected places
in the most mystical and magical circumstances. One such foodie
destination is the Samarkand, a theme based north-west frontier
restaurant. Launched by the BJN group of hotels of the Museum
Inn fame, the restaurant, a first of its kind in the city,
has sought to recreate the rustic ambience of Samarkand, a
place known for legendary personalities, culture and lavish
delicacies. Prakash B Nichani, managing director, Museum Inn
and the brain behind Samarkand, said, "The crowd in Bangalore
is always open to change and very experimental, when it comes
to trying out new cuisines. The ambience in the restaurant
has been created keeping in mind the rough arid terrain of
Afghanistan. The response has been terrific and we intend
to launch more such restaurants in the near future."
Exquisitely designed by Shiraj, a renowned architect, Samarkand
features 4 different divisions which can accommodate around
140 people at any given time. The interiors of the restaurant
incorporates a unique combination of subtle elegance and sumptuous
luxury deeply influenced by the northwest frontier provinces.
The dim lit surroundings, rough stony floorings and walls,
aesthetically designed low-seating tables and wooden chairs
valid insights in to the glory of the Afghan era. To add to
the ethnicity of the restaurant, a portion of the roof is
tastefully adorned with decorative shiny objects giving it
a sparkling blue sky look and making it an ideal place to
sit, relax and unwind after a hard day's work.
This apart, the glory of Afghan is well depicted on the rugged
walls through classy paintings, ethnic paraphernalia used
by men of yore.
Further accentuating the finesse of interiors are the flame
like torches mounted on the walls giving it rather a romantic
look. Being an theme based restaurant, the samarkand offers
a wide variety of rare Afghani and Peshawari delicacies. This
is further complemented by exotic tandoors, kebabs and other
drinks from the Central Asian regions.