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AB’s -Absolute Barbecues – BTM Layout

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Absolute Barbecues BTM Layout Bangalore

We went to the BTM outlet of AB’s -Absolute Barbecues, Bangalore few days back for a promotion treat of our team mate. Initially the idea of traveling all the way to BTM when the Marthahalli outlet was much closer was debated. Then we decided for a late lunch so that everyone can go home after that, which made the travel to BTM look feasible.

A lunch at 2 30 pm on a wednesday was booked and that day happened to be Karva Chauth too. Since there are no ladies in my team who observe the festival, it didn’t turn out to be a wrong day to celebrate :)

Absolute Barbecues BTM Layout Bangalore

I loved the ambience of this outlet compared to the Marthahalli branch. It is more spacious,have better lighting and the seating capacity is higher. We were served by an enthusiastic bunch of waiters and they were urging us to eat. Their cheerfulness and a more casual approach made interactions with them a lot more fun. Imagine asking a serious faced guy to bring 5 chicken legs when we have already gobbled up around 20 of them and lot other stuffs.

Absolute Barbecues BTM Layout Bangalore

The  committement of the hotel people to ensure a great experience was when they made a special paneer dish for us because we were not impressed with the dish they served. And it was yummy, but we were regretably beyond the point where we could enjoy the dish.

We had pappaya, pineapple, water melon etc on the barbeque along with the regular paneer, capsicum on the barbecues. A dry version of corn salad was also greatly appreciated. This was the first time when we had more vegetable starters than non-vegetarian dishes. This is another reason for to make vegetarians happy about this place.

I truly wished I have taken more pictures of the lunch. Though I am known as the official photographer of the team, I felt shy to take pictures of all the food that I eat. But when I was leaving, I just couldn’t resist taking a few hasty pics and the above pics are from that lot.

Now about the money – We paid around 689 INR for non-vegetarians and 564 INR for vegetarians. This is way cheaper compared to Barbeque Nation outlets which has the buffet system with similar concept and quality for a long time. I believe AB’s – Absolute Barbecues should get a 5/5 for being a value for money establishment.

Overall, a great experience and worth every penny spent!


Kaikondrahalli Lake-Sarjapur Road, Bangalore

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kaikondrahalli lake sarjapur road bangalore

Last day we went back to Kaikondrahalli Lake on Sarjapur Road with the kids to spend some time walking around the lake. What a wonderful day it was and I was able to capture some beautiful images using my MotoG3 phone.

The first picture captured the reflection made by the SJR Edge Waters apartment and is one of the best pictures that I have ever shot. I wished I had picked up my DSLR with me, but then it is tough to carry it when you are out with your kids.

kaikondrahalli lake sarjapur road bangalore

This picture of the birds’ nest on the trees was taken when the sun was starting to set.  We were rushing out of the lake area because it was closing time, but I just had to stop and take this picture.

kaikondrahalli lake sarjapur road bangalore

I love the color tone of the water in this picture which is due to the Instagram filter.

About the Kaikondrahalli lake

Did you know Kaikondrahalli Lake was rejuvenated by the help of local citizens and BBMP? I visited this lake in 2015 for the first time, hence couldn’t understand the extend of work done until I saw this YouTube video.

kaikondarahalli lake sarjapur road bangalore

It was both surprising & shocking to realize that the central island itself is man-made and very new, made to give birds & turtles a space of their own without human interaction. It is just too exhilarating to see birds sitting on trees on that small island, the thick groves near the jogging trail, the birds’ nests. You feel like you have reached somewhere far out in the wild. When you realize that you are having an exceptional experience in the midst of a city, you tend to thank all those individuals who has worked to make this place so beautiful.

If you are in Bangalore and is yet to see the Kaikondrahalli Lake, please spare some time to visit here. Trust me, it is worth all the effort despite the heavy traffic that you might have to endure to reach here. Do remember to wear your running/walking shoes, carry water bottles and strollers for kids because the entire lake trail is around 2 kms.

Location: Just next to Market Square Mall (previously Total Mall) on Sarjapur Road

Area: 48 acres

Trail Length: Approx 2 km

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Kaikondrahalli Lake on Sarjapur Road Bangalore

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Kaikondrahalli Lake on Sarjapur Road

One of the things I love about Bangalore are the umpteen number of lakes in the different parts of the city. These lakes and the trees around keep you sane in the midst of the mad traffic. I do wish we had some good solutions for the traffic problems. But a comprehensive solution is yet to come..

Kaikondrahalli Lake on Sarjapur Road is a lake which I started visiting after we moved to the side of the Outer Ring Road,Bangalore. This lake is right next to the Total Mall on the Sarjapur Road and is around 1.5 km from my place. We have started going there on weekends for a walk or a short run.

When you compare the area and the infrastructure around this lake with the general infrastructure of the choked you will be genuinely impressed. The lake is maintained very meticulously and you cannot even see any water hyacinth growth or dirty stagnant water anywhere. The secret of this impeccable maintenance is because the lake and surroundings are maintained by private parties and is funded by well wishers.

Kaikondrahalli Lake on Sarjapur Road

The best thing that I loved about the trail around the lake is that there is a concrete block as well as mud trail around the lake. Those who want to take a better care of their knees while running can run over the mud trail and the concrete block laid path is good for casual walkers. Kaikondrahalli Lake on Sarjapur RoadThere is a small butterfly park in one corner of this lake trail where you can kind different varieties of butterflies. I saw this while I was jogging around the lake, so I am yet to take a closer look at the butterflies here.

I don’t have any affiliation to the Kaikondarahalli lake or its caretakers, but it is my genuine request to all Bangaloreans to contribute to preserve this beautiful place. I have added the Facebook page for your reference.

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Wall Painting Idea. In Bangalore

Wordless Wednesday #3

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I saw this wall painting many times during the last few weeks, but it never felt anything extra-ordinary until one evening. The sun rays in the late evening were highlighting the colors so beautifully.

Now the question – who did this? I don’t know. Few of the residents in the umpteen apartments in the neighborhood decided to spruce up this wall by some paintings. This is just one of such efforts.