Lumiere – The organic restaurant in Bangalore

LumiereHow many times have you been to an organic restaurant before? How many times have you really bothered if the food you eat is really organic or not? I have never bothered. So, when our office fixed a team lunch at an organic restaurant, there were gossips and giggles among all of us about ‘organic’. But the experience was nevertheless interesting.

Lumiere is Bangalore’s newest (and the only as far as I know) organic restaurant. It is located at Doddanakkundi on the Outer Ring Road connecting KR Puram and Marathahalli. Look out for the decorative ‘Jalsa’ restaurant as you drive by, and Lumiere is right next to ‘Jalsa’. The restaurant is on the fourth floor of a narrow building. The basement parking lot was very narrow and could hold around 5 cars, thats all. However, the restaurant itself is quite spacious and well decorated.

Ambience

The ambience in the restaurant is quite refreshing. The decor has been tastefully done with an elegant stairs leading up to the next level being the center of attraction in the restaurant. There was enough lighting, and to fight the noon-time scorching heat of Bangalore, they had pedestal fans all over. This was definitely an eyesore, as you don’t want to see tens of plastic-looking fans all over the place spoiling the feel of the decor. But they have chosen fans in lieu of AC to be environment friendly it seems. There was also an air cooler next to our table, which was causing more discomfort than anything else. The seating was reasonably comfortable, and the there were large table mats that could hold all of your cutlery, plus some juice glasses. There were some paintings on the wall, and carnatic music was being played in the speakers. Overall, an interesting ambience.

Food

We had booked the lunch buffet. There is a difference in price for the vegetarian and the non-vegetarian buffets, and this is really appreciable. We were served beetroot-ginger juice as a welcome drink, which was surprisingly tasty. The chicken clear soup was ok, and there were wheat breads and bread sticks and accompaniments. The main non-vegetarian dishes were Fish manchurian, fish masala, Chicken schezwan, and a chicken gravy. The fish dishes were refreshingly good and tasty, especially the fish masala.

Chicken pulav was good, but tasted more like chicken fried rice. There was something called ‘herb rice’ on the vegetarian side, which was nice. The veg noodles left a lot to be desired. I tried only the lady’s finger with salt and pepper from the vegetarian side, which was okayish. The desserts were nothing extraordinary. There was some kind of khoa sweet, rice kheer and fruits salad. We washed it off with a cool saunf sharbat, which I had for the first time, and found it surprisingly nice.

I don’t know if the ‘organic’ tag of the restaurant made any difference to the taste of the food. Nevertheless, the food was fresh and tasty. Even items which I do not normally enjoy were good enough in this restaurant. The best part is, they update their lunch menu everyday in their website. Full marks to this. In summary, the food was above average.

Service

This was the best part of the experience. The service was really good. The waiters were all prompt and at their heels to cater to the customers. The used plates were being cleared in no time, and the water glasses were being refilled even before you know it. Also, they answered all our questions on the food items patiently. I would rate the service excellent.

Verdict

Organic food is a new upmarket concept that is catching up in the big cities. Still organic food is rare and quite expensive too. However, this restaurant is priced reasonably (Rs.375 for non-veg, and Rs.300 for veg buffet), and the quality of the food, ambience, service are all good. Parking at peak hours could be the only setback. Overall the restaurant is worth trying – you might actually find the ‘organic’ part interesting after all.

Rating: 3.5/5

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Comments

  • Padmakishore B  On April 26, 2010 at 8:16 pm

    I feel a little skeptical that he Organic tag is more like a fashion statement. Just like any cosmetic product with tags like herbal or ayurvedic sells easily.🙂

  • Deepak  On April 27, 2010 at 1:54 pm

    Yes, even I feel that way. I don’t see any big practical difference in them. Anyway, the food was good, whether it was organic or not.🙂

  • Padmakishore B  On April 27, 2010 at 8:07 pm

    I have heard of Organic vegetables and crops. What is organic about fish anyway . Aren’t all Inland and sea fish that are caught organic

  • Deepak  On April 28, 2010 at 4:19 pm

    The explanation on their site for organic fish was funny. Take a look here: http://www.lumiere.co.in/sea_organic.php
    It seems deep sea fish is organic, while coastal ones are contaminated.

  • ng  On August 31, 2010 at 11:39 am

    am sure you wld also like the BEST MOMOs I ever had,
    a new place MOMO SHOP, in RT Nagar, BDA Complex. Its Super clean & momos are..freshly made in front of you. Owner is a young Entrepreneur from the corporate world – Ronald George 9845141954

  • Locket Necklace :  On October 30, 2010 at 3:14 am

    the best thing about organic foods is that they are free from hazardous chemicals that are present in non-organic foods~.*

  • Contact Paper  On November 17, 2010 at 10:20 pm

    organic foods are the best for our health since they are free from dangerous chemicals and toxins **.

  • Edmundo Gregan  On December 8, 2010 at 6:29 pm

    Thank you. I’m supposed to cook for my new vegetarian girlfriend this week and have absolutely no idea what to make! I found a loadlots of recipes at this vegetarian recipes site but with soo many to choose from I just got confused. Do you have any favorites youself, like .. the tastiest vegetarian recipe, ever, or something?! Thanks in advance! I hope it goes well

  • noopur  On January 25, 2011 at 2:06 pm

    One of the best restaurant in bangalore

  • www.eveningflavors.com  On January 25, 2011 at 2:09 pm

    Good restaurant

  • Organic food in Bangalore  On July 29, 2013 at 5:43 pm

    Organic food in Bangalore is the best healthy food that is very hygeine and natural

  • Organic food in Bangalore  On August 5, 2013 at 5:28 pm

    Organic food in Bangalore is very healthy

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