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Resto Review – Via Milano

Posted on: September 16, 2010

The first thing that strikes you as you enter Via Milano is the rich vibrancy of the colors – the tables are dark wood with beige tablecloths, maroon leather upholstery for the chairs and a white roof. This rooftop restaurant at 80 Feet Road, Koramangala is one of the most visually appealing when you first set foot in. The tables are set uniquely with a raised platform housing about six tables right in the middle of the floor. The rest of the tables are lined along the three walls with a well equipped bar on one side.

Once seated you are welcomed by the cool Bangalore breeze, and lovely sights in the distance. We were lucky enough to see trees covered with yellow, orange and lilac flowers in the distance which made for a pleasing alter-ambiance. The common bread basket followed with bread sticks, a roll and sliced bread – along with the usual accompaniments of balsamic vinegar, and olive oil. The courteous staff explained each item in the bread basket along with the oils.

The menu is very helpful with dishes and ingredients stated in both Italian and English which makes it easy to choose from and people would know exactly what to expect. However, what does arrive is quite unexpected. There is minute detail to attention and presentation with every dish. And no, the presentation is not made to deceive. If what you see on your plate impresses you, what you taste would take you to another world.

We went for a sea-food outing and our starters were Fried Calamari with Garlic Mayonnaise and Basil sauce. The calamari was fried right, not too oily and sort of melted in the mouth; the sauce delectable! The garlic and the basil were a good complement to the mayo and in no way overbearing. A fine balance.

A special mention to the Iced Tea. Unlike most restaurants, they served the sugar concentrate separate. Ideal for people who would like to manage the sweetness of their drinks.

Over to the main course. We ordered –

Filetto di cernia alla griglia purè di pomodori secchi, insalata con olive e caperi OR
Grilled fillet of grouper with sun dried tomato “pesto”, garden greens with olives and capers, sautéed potatoes


Filetto di pagello in crosta di patate, salsa al limone e zenzero OR
Red snapper fillet in potato crust, lemon and ginger sauce

When the plates arrived, our initial thoughts were – the food looks amazing, but will it be enough? Halfway into the dish, and it seemed it would be more than enough.

The grouper was grilled, again, just right. The garden greens were fresh, and the tomato pesto was quite literally the icing on the fish. The tangy, sweet-sour taste of the pesto added a rich taste to the fish, and the bed of sautéed potatoes on which the fish rested was a nice addition to complete the dish.

While the greens added the visual appeal to the grouper – the red snapper was made enticing as it floated on a bed of sautéed potatoes and the yellow lemon and ginger sauce with a hint of egg whites. One of the most visually appealing dishes the writer has seen yet.

Although we were quite stuffed, we decided to check out the desserts section and we ordered –

Coconut pannacotta with pineapple and strawberry and chocolate sauce

“Yummy” is the only word that can describe this dessert. The pannacotta was nicely wobbly with only a hint of coconut. The tangy strawberry and the sweet chocolate sauces along with the pieces of pineapple just teasing your senses. A perfect way to end a meal.

A meal for two would cost around Rs. 1800 depending on the choice of meat, fish or vegetarian and drink. The tag line for the restaurant is “Excite your senses” and the writer agrees – the whole experience did hit the right buttons and all senses were heightened if not excited.

It’s highly recommended if one wants to enjoy a fine dining experience without burning a hole in the pocket, along with visually appealing ambiance, fabulous presentation and an overall feeling of being satiated.


Food: 4.0

Service: 3.5

Ambiance: 4.0

Overall: 4.0


607, Asha Plaza, 3rd Floor

80 Feet Peripheral Road, 4th Block, Koramangala

Bangalore – 34


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