L’art de vivre is French for ‘the art of living’, and this is exactly what Café Noir in Bangalore (Bengaluru), India, strives to represent. Located throughout the city, in shopping malls such as UB City, Phoenix Market City, Orion Mall, and even at Kempegowda International Airport, you are sure to find this up-scale café nearby. If you plan on staying in this beautiful city, you may perhaps find yourself turning into one of their regular customers, as the prices are incredibly affordable, and they always have something new to satisfy your taste buds!
When you enter through the doors of Café Noir, you will feel as though you have transported into a typical bistro resting along the streets in Paris. The environment is classy yet unique, and full of delightful aromas from the freshly baked bread. You’ll find the daily specials are neatly written on a chalkboard next to the register, and typically change daily. There are comfortable seating arrangements where you and a group of friends or business partners can relax over a cup of coffee or tea. You’ll also find the staff is very hospitable, and always eager to help answer any questions about their menu.
Another interesting aspect about this café is that they always have something going on! Almost every month you can head here for a cooking demo to learn how to cook delicious meals at home, such as spaghetti carbonara, perfect French macaroons, how to prepare the perfect pastries, and much more! Oftentimes, the chef will also go over some valuable key factors that include explanations and how-tos of different dishes. Some of these have included, everything you need to know about cooking with eggs as well as learning about the different variations of pasta. There are also themed dinners that take place throughout the month with a special menu. These special menus are only prepared on the night of the event, and past events have included a French delicacy themed menu, a special Easter menu, the gastronomic menu (which was for the huge international French event that only takes place once per year), the Paris by night menu, and there are many more coming up for you to choose from! Just make sure to stay up to date with Café Noir’s Facebook page!
As with all cafés or bistros, you’ll easily be able to enjoy lunch, tea time, or dinner here with your loved ones. Not only does Café Noir have delicious coffees and teas, but a wide selection of fine wines. If alcoholic beverages aren’t really your thing, do not worry, because the café serves up many fruit-flavored mocktails as well! The Four Seasons mocktail is a must try, especially during the summer time if you’re dining with family or business personnel. It is a lovely mixture of mango and pineapple juices along with kiwi and strawberry. For the coffee lovers who are wanting to try something new, the Café Virgin Irish is it. It’s very similar to a latte however, there is added Irish whiskey flavoring, with lingering hints of cinnamon.
The fresh pastries and baked bread are simply mouthwatering. You’ll find yourself going back just for the sake of tasting them all. There is a Blueberry & White Chocolate Mouse that is incredibly creamy and full-flavored. The white chocolate is not too overpowering and pairs nicely with the blueberry. There are many tarts, including the Lemon Tart, Apple Tart, Chocolate Tart, and the Mango/Pineapple Tart, which is unique and pairs exceptionally well with the infused herbal teas. Café Noir’s lunch and dinner menu consists of vegetarian and meat-filled dishes, such as pasta, pizzas, quiches, do it your way sandwiches, and burgers. The dishes are proportionate in size and are sure to satisfy your hunger.
For such an extensive menu and for having incredibly fresh home-made options, the prices are especially friendly towards your wallet. Many desserts, including the tarts, cakes, and eclairs will run anywhere from 185 INR to 250 INR. Beverages may have you ordering a second, priced at only 110 INR to 190 INR for the more chocolaty creations that include cookies or brownies. Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner varieties range from 185 INR maxing out at 380 INR for the French Lamb Stew. Daily specials continuously change, and there’s always something new going on here at Café Noir. With so many appetizing dishes, satisfying desserts, and many varieties of beverages for you to choose from, this is definitely a café you will find yourself coming back to again and again.