As soon as you see the words Chutney and Chang, I am sure you will be confused as to whether this is an Indian or Chinese Restaurant. Well, your question can be answered by two simple words
.Its both! Yes, thats right. Chutney Chang is the most popular restaurant serving buffet in Bangalore. Other than the buffet at Kahwa, The Zuri, I have never seen such a huge spread for lunch and for dinner.
I finally had the privilege of visiting this hip and happening place last Thursday as we had an office dinner held there. As soon as you enter the hotel, you can find a nice lobby wherein the décor is cute and unique. I believe the lunch buffet is served on the ground floor while the dinner one is served on the first floor.
Reservations are a must, especially if you are coming in a big group like we were. As there were 30 of us, they had arranged part of the first floor just for us. We sat inside even though there was seating available outside. The ambience is really nice and lighting is sober too. The music is pleasant, but since all of us were talking away, we could hardly make out what song was playing!
After a quick round of photos with everyone present, I dashed towards the buffet with my camera so that I could take a photo of each and every item available that night. Luckily, we had reached at 7:30 and it was not too crowded, or else I would have had to run in between people to take the photos!
Here is the list of the lavish spread that was served for dinner that night, as well as my comments on the dishes:
Veg Sour & Pepper Soup I am not much of a soup person, so decided to skip this item. But I heard that the soup was really good especially on a chilly evening.
Chicken Clear Soup Heard the soup was good and had just the right amount of chicken to make it a yummy clear soup.
Pickled Cucumber - This was the salad that everyone really enjoyed, whether they were a vegetarian or non-vegetarian.
Kimchi Salad This salad is made of cabbage and tasted great by itself or even with noodles or fried rice.
Garden Salad Too cute to eat!
Chatpata Egg Salad - Thanks to the chaat masala which added the extra flavor, everyone devoured this yummy egg salad.
Spicy Chicken Salad The spicy chicken salad looked spicy as it was totally red in color. Am sure it tasted wonderful too.
Macaroni Melon Salad I love macaroni, so I definitely took two helpings of this. It was creamy and tasted delicious.
Green Salad - The usual onion, tomato, and carrots on a tray. Very nicely decorated.
Live Chaat Counter: I dont think anyone headed towards this counter as its normally something we eat everyday for snack. But the counter was filled with items and I could see the other guests making their way towards this lively counter.
Live Dimsum Counter: Dimsums or Momos as they are popularly known were cooked well and so soft that it would melt in your mouth. They tasted great with the sauces that were kept on the table, or even by itself. There were two kinds of Momos that day.
Appetizers (Veg & Non-Veg) There were a total of 8 veg/non-starters in the buffet. My favorite was the Thausi Potato as it had a unique flavor to it which made me go back for more. Even the Kacche Kele Kitikki was something different and tasted good. I heard that in the non-veg list of starters the Tawa King Fish and Murg Tikka Baluchi was the best.
Diced Chilly Style
Prawn Fried Wonton
Murg Tikka Baluchi
Tawa King Fish
Sesame Fried Crispy Veg
Paneer Kalimirch Tikka
Kacche Kele Kitikki
Non Veg Main Course: In the non-veg Main course list, there were two Chinese Style and two Indian Style gravies. Each of the gravies was colorful and filled with fish or chicken (as per the dish). Many people gorged on the Kacchi Gosht Ki Biriyani with Raitha or Murg Saagwala.
Kacchi Gosht Ki Biriyani
Tender Chicken Oyster Sauce
Fish Hot Garlic Sauce
Veg Main Course: In the veg list, I loved the Veg Moon Fan Fried Rice. It had so much of flavor that you didnt need to have it along with gravy. The Subz Pulao was also a popular item which tasted great with the Dal Tiranga. The overall favorite was the Aloo Karela Bhurjee as its something many of us have not tasted before. Happy to see a variety of dishes for vegetarians!
Veg Moon Fan Fried Rice
Veg Hong Kong Noodles
Curd Rice with Pickle
Panfried Chinese Greens
Mix Veg Sweet & Spicy
Tofu Beans Black Pepper
Aloo Karela Bhurjee
Desserts: Some of us were too full to eat desserts, but people like me, who keep some space in the stomach for dessert, did full justice after seeing the long table to sweets! I really enjoyed the Mousse, Eggless Pineapple Cake and Marshmallows in chocolate sauce. Those who normally stick to Indian sweets told me that the Gajar Ka Halwa tasted heavenly and even the Black Currant Cake was worth a bite. Of course the vegetarians had a limited number of desserts to choose from as the Black Currant Cake and Walnut Brownie contained egg.
Gajar Ka Halwa
Eggless Pineapple Cake
Black Currant Cake
Marshmallows in Chocolate Sauce
Walnut Brownies (with Egg)
Fruits: The three fruits that were in the buffet that day were watermelon, pineapple and melon. I didnt taste them as it was quite a chilly evening and I didnt want to catch a cold. The fruits were fresh, bright, and looked so juicy and delicious.
Chinese Tea: There was a table at the beginning of the buffet wherein cups were kept to drink Chinese Tea. But I dont think anyone ventured into tasting it. Something for next time of course!
Rotis, Naans, & Kulcha Basket The waiters served the rotis, naans, and kulchas at the table. However, some people had already finished eating by the time the servers came. Point to be noted: Please serve the rotis as soon as the customer has been seated at his/her table.
Overall, I would recommend this place for either lunch or dinner, a group of two, or even 30 or more. Its really worth the price and you can do full justice as there is such a wide variety of items served in the buffet. The ambience is really pleasant and even perfect for a romantic dinner for two. Families will really enjoy this restaurant as the kids can choose from a huge variety of pastries and ice creams.
The seating arrangement is also well organized and there is sufficient room for the buffet in the restaurant. In some places, the buffet looks quite crowded and cramped, but in Chutney Chang, I found it to be the opposite. Even though it was quite crowded that night, the line was moving quickly and people didnt have to wait in line for a long time.
Also, I suggest you bring your camera along to take beautiful photos with your guests. The backdrop of is really nice and the most popular place where we were clicking photos was at the entrance right after you reach the first floor. Its a cute little two seat sofa where in three people can sit and take photos.
But if you are a food freak like me, the camera will be useful to click photos of the items in the buffet, and when I say the word items, I mean ALL of the items!
Do visit Chutney Chang today and make sure you make reservations, or you will end up waiting for a table and since this is a pretty crowded place, I am sure the wait will be a long one!