Let cupid strike at India’s first and largest crafthouse. Roxie has taken flight and how. This Italian-themed crafthouse is every whimsical, hopeless romantic’s dream come true. In a city as fast-paced as Bengaluru, Roxie housed in an Italian mansion has all the right ingredients crafted to create memories as it teleports diners to a comfortable European setting, where great food from different parts of the world meets lively service and fine craftsmanship.
Ambience: With the establishment’s inspiration lying in the story of an Italian adventurer who journeyed around the world to share stories and her family’s traditional recipes while picking up local cuisines and preparations from distant shores, their culinary team has a vivid platter to play with. Whether it is in the finely-decked kitchen where they craft a gastronomical experience or the play on obscure local cuisines or an unconventional spin on crowd favourites, the crafthouse is a haven that inspires and satiates epicurean fantasies. All of this old-world charm, magic and nostalgia is brought to life in a 35,000 sqft. palatial mansion spread across three floors with every shade of Roxie capturing a different mood. With large halls, high ceilings and an extravagant mood that speaks the mind of Roxie’s carefree yet elegant persona, the main dining hall reflects the opulence with plush sofa seating with the showstopper of a grand stone-cladded bar adorning the focal point of the room. Ideal for connoisseurs of fine spirits and cocktails, it is easy to lose yourself in the colonial architecture of the ground floor. The open courtyards and gardens house laughter and memories under green foliages and massive trees hosting Sunday brunches and evening sundowners. The first floor is a plush crafthouse with patina-coloured ornamental fabrication with stunning European balconies overlooking the serene gardens outside. The rooftop is a quiet section allowing one to enjoy candle-light dinners and let love bloom under the starry skies.
Food: The culinary trio at Roxie is led by Chef Vivek Pawar – a savant in melding culture, history and traditions which has helped him helm teams at India’s first Cambodian restaurant and first plated Sattvic restaurant. He is joined by senior Sous Chefs Baljeet, who is a proponent in European, Thai and Mediterranean cuisines, and Chef Gurbaj, whose prowess in the art of bakery and patisserie is of great repute.
Amongst their expansive curation of delicacies, you simply cannot miss Korean Garlic Bread, which comes straight from the streets of Seoul with its buttery soft Korean-style pull-apart brioche bun filled with Philadelphia cream cheese and garlic butter and the Palak Patta Chaat. Also, Genovese Star Pizza, Chicken Larb Gai, Ricardo Caprese, Samurai Scotch Eggs, Asian Nachos, Spiced Florets, and Mandarin Asparagus Dumplings are crowd-pleasers and have enchanted taste buds. For mains try the Gowda Style Mutton Chops, Coorg Pork Roast and Bombay Koliwada Prawns. If you’re a fan of Asian cuisine, you can try the Thai Green Curry here for some earthy, umami flavours with some steamed rice. Add to that, their patisserie creates the quintessential Italian cafe vibe with artisanal teas and coffees with French pastries, breads and Venetian cookies.
At Roxie, no celebrations are complete without a scintillating cocktail – a whiff of romance, a tinge of desire, every soiree finds its voice through the magical potions that held the establishment’s inspiration, Roxie, in good stead through her escapades. Imbued with the ingenuity and flair of master mixologist, the award-winning Karthik Kumar, Roxie boasts of a selection of cocktails that would put the beverage Gods to shame. Amongst reasons to visit this stunning establishment, Roxie is the only craft house in the country which has a unique setup of Italian cobra taps hung from the ceiling and is distinctly designed to serve 16 craft brews which is the maximum variety one can offer.
Why Roxie? In the words of Pravesh Pandey, one of the visionaries behind this venture – “In 2003, I was working on a cruise ship as a maitre de. While doing the world cruise of 90 days, I met Roxie Cattaneo, who was an Italian guest. She was fond of me and the love was the same from my side. She taught me many life lessons, and showed me the value of relationships and people. For me, crafting memories to make the world a happier place is the core mission at Roxie. Roxie is an ode to the lady who transformed many lives, including mine, and it is my hope to share her story with the world.”
The team: Roxie is born from the love and passion of Pravesh Pandey, Ajai Satnur, Venkatesh Prabhu and Vishnu Priya.
If you’re on the hunt for a romantic clandestine dinner for this month of love, then you know where to go.
Where: 26, Haralur Main Rd, near HP Petrol Station, Amblipura, PWD Quarters, Ambalipura, HSR Layout, Bengaluru.