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Claytopia

Indira Nagar 2nd Stage ,Bangalore
December 2, 2009 Rating
Painting This is what is truly unique about this place. You can eat while you paint. You can buy white pre-baked clay in different shapes and they provide you with, paint, brushes, palette, design books, stencils and pencil to create your own designs and paint on these white bases. Then they keep it for 10 to 15 days when they wait for it to dry and glaze it with a machine and fire it to 1100 degrees Celsius in their electrical kiln. They have one at the back of the property. Once it is baked, it is glossy and the paints never go away and you can eat from it and wash it. The paints are non toxic so it is safe. This is amazingly relaxing, and it supposedly has therapeutic properties. It is so much fun to do. I must warn you that it takes a long time to do. Expect to spend a couple of hours on even small pieces. They have magnets, cups, bowls, plates, spoons etc. It is nice; again the service is very unobtrusive. They never push you to buy anything. The prices range from 200 to 600 Rupees as far as I know and everything is included in the price. The place to paint is mostly inside, but you can paint outside as well. I prefer painting out. They have a lot of Birthday parties for kids inside. It can be quite packed on the weekend so it is better to call and go there to paint. They will arrange it for you before you get there. What a place! This is what Bangalore is all about

Bistro Claytopia

Indira Nagar 2nd Stage ,Bangalore
December 2, 2009 Rating
It is places like bistro Claytopia that spoil us Bangaloreans and we never want to leave this city. It's made for our weather. The food is what we love. The service is laid back and relaxed. You can see trees around you. The people who sit are from all over India and abroad, wearing different styles. Everyone from different walks of life chilling out together. This place can exist only in Bangalore, like this coz our weather and people allow it. I don't know how many of you remember Victoria where Bangalore Central is now. I used to love that place for similar reasons. It was outdoor, you could see trees, there were people form all walks of life hanging around relaxing. The food was really good. The waiters never pushed you to order more or hung around like hawks. That was Bangalore to me. I am glad places like Koshy's, Airlines and Eden Park still exist for us. I left the country for a few years and felt sad my Bangalore was becoming extinct. Bangalore was turning into a "rush rush" city where people need to dress like each other and eat at fancy places. Finding places like this really makes me feel good. It has the old world charm of Bangalore, yet it is new and contemporary. They have actually created a place keeping the essence of Bangalore in mind. I don't know if it was a conscious decision or not. It is charming anyway. You enter the gate and there is a little bench with candles lit on it, next to it a little frog plant holder and on the other side of the gate an old plant, under a coconut tree. There are ceramic cups, butterflies, starfish, jugs, plates and bowls that decorate the place, placed very casually. There may be 10 tables there. They do have some inside, but the outside is nicer, at least during the night when I go there. They have some lanterns in different colors hanging on white tree branches at the back. This is the best place to sit. It is really beautiful. This place is unique for the added value they provide in the form of recreation. You can paint and create your own unique ceramic ware while you indulge in their amazing food. I have tried to give my perspective on the food and painting below. The menu is quite extensive. Let me break it down the best way I can remember: Drinks They have a variety of coffees, teas, granitas, sodas etc. the green apple granite, caramel coffee, cappuccino, Irish coffee, sweet hearts coffee is a must try. Starters They have some really nice starters like crispy chicken, fried Aubergine with salsa; their chicken nuggets are really good. Great garlic bread platter. Soups They have two soups, lisa's which is non spicy with pasta and Tupka. They are both really good. Tupka when you have a cold for sure. It will really clean your sinuses. Salad The bistro chicken salad is good but please don't forget to tell them to put less dressing. They have given it to me with a vinigerette dressing as well. I can't spell Vinigerette. It was light and different. They do have a salad on their menu that they don’t serve. This I think is bad. Burgers They have a bunch of burgers that are all good. The best would be their incredible Bistro lamb Burger. The bbq chicken is also excellent and they actually have a good veg. Burger. All my veg. Friends swear by this. A burger is never veg. to me. Sandwiches The best sandwich here is the chicken supreme. It is amazing. The chicken salad sandwich is also really good. Rolls The keema roll is good. I haven’t tried the others Hotdog The slum dog is good. Caramelized onions, delicious. Pasta They have amazing pastas. The grilled chicken and mushroom pasta is unbelievable. The mixed mushroom pasta is also really good. Desserts The chocolate mousse and cheese cake are the best. They have good muffins as well. The hot chocolate fudge is good in small dozes. It is sweet as ever. Hersheys overload. Decadent! I think I have covered all the food. The service can get better, but it is also the charm of the place. The take away is really good. They pack the food well and deliver it well. Painting This is what is truly unique about this place. You can eat while you paint. You can buy white pre-baked clay in different shapes and they provide you with, paint, brushes, palette, design books, stencils and pencil to create your own designs and paint on these white bases. Then they keep it for 10 to 15 days when they wait for it to dry and glaze it with a machine and fire it to 1100 degrees Celsius in their electrical kiln. They have one at the back of the property. Once it is baked, it is glossy and the paints never go away and you can eat from it and wash it. The paints are non toxic so it is safe. This is amazingly relaxing, and it supposedly has therapeutic properties. It is so much fun to do. I must warn you that it takes a long time to do. Expect to spend a couple of hours on even small pieces. They have magnets, cups, bowls, plates, spoons etc. It is nice; again the service is very unobtrusive. They never push you to buy anything. The prices range from 200 to 600 Rupees as far as I know and everything is included in the price. The place to paint is mostly inside, but you can paint outside as well. I prefer painting out. They have a lot of Birthday parties for kids inside. It can be quite packed on the weekend so it is better to call and go there to paint. They will arrange it for you before you get there. What a place! This is what Bangalore is all about