Le Cirque, The Leela Palace, Bangalore
I was just recovering from the food coma I had during Diwali time with parties lined one after the other, serving the most gorgeous food, but when I got an invite for Le Cirque, The Leela Palace, I couldn’t resist the urge to try it out. I’ve loved The Leela Palace since I moved to Bangalore more than a decade back. The lush gardens in the middle of a bustling city with a marvellous architecture has stood the test of times. I had also heard very good words about the food served at The Le Cirque restaurant at The Leela Palace Bangalore and wanted to take a personal take on it. So here I was closing the last week at one of the most famous hotel landmarks in Bangalore.
Le Cirque is a Franco Italian Fine Dining Restaurant at The Leela Palace Bangalore with private dining and restaurant option. Being close to up market hubs of Bangalore like Indira Nagar and Koramangala, its a perfect place to celebrate a special occasion or host your guests. The subtle tones of beige, ebony and ochre against the grandeur of the Murano glass chandelier create the ambience of snug sophistication, which go hand in hand with with the delicate flavours of its French cuisine and hearty aromas & piquancy of Italian gastronomic fare.
We started with an Amouse Bouche which was whipped goat cheese served with a thin cracker, apricot jelly and beet. Fluffy goat cheese was paired with the things it go best with and the flavours were quite fresh.
The first dish that came to the table blew me. The Pecorino Cheese Creme Brûlée had the crisp shell that shattered perfectly under the spoon and the rich, smooth cheese sauce underneath was spot on. Served along with red onion marmalade, balsamic reduction and flat bread this dish was winner for the day for me. Slather the cheese on the crisp bread that comes on the side or just keep licking it on it’s own, it’s up to you.
The next course was pasta and I went for Fagottini Burrata. The Fagottini were stuffed with Burrata Cheese and were served along with green asparagus and black truffle sauce. Light and easy, the dish had a perfect balance of flavours with the black truffle sauce shining out.
Next came in the Strawberry and Elder Flower sorbet as palate cleanser. The best thing I liked about this dish were the dehydrated strawberries served on top as the garnish. They were giving a perfect crunch after every bite and the elder flower spray that the team did on the sorbet and on us just before serving it, added to the experience.
For the main course, I chose to go with Duo of Duck. Seared breast of duck was served along with Confit leg (which was very very delicious) and Couscous and Sicilian caponata and pomegranate jus. This dish was inspired by the Arabic influence in Southern Italy and hence the inclusion of Couscous and pomegranate jus. I am not a big fan of seared meats and hence could not do justice to the dish but everyone else on the table loved it, so I am most sure it was superb.
Desserts have always been my weakness and I always keep some room for them. We were served Creme Brûlée, a traditional french custard with Caramelised sugar. One of the best I have had in the longest time. The crust shattered perfectly when stroked with a spoon and the inside was a smooth, creamy goodness which definitely perked up my mood. Obviously, I licked my plate clean :).
The food at Le Cirque is Ingredients Driven and utmost care is taken to make sure the ingredients are of best quality. The meats and fishes are mostly imported to maintain consistency of the dishes and the Chef takes a lot of pride in it.
So next time you are looking for a perfect fine dine experience head to The Leela Palace and enjoy the gracious service all through along with menu created with some of the freshest ingredients. Booking a table is recommended.
Le Cirque, 5th Floor
The Leela Palace,
Old Airport Road, Kodihalli,
Bangalore – 560008
Ph: 080 3057 1540/41
080 2521 1234