WORDS ANINDA SARDAR
Tucked away in Bangalore’s Shanthi Nagar is The Courtyard. You could go there for a cup of coffee, a sip of wine, some food or an open air movie!
SURE YOU CAN ORDER FOOD HERE AND SIP ON FINE WINE BUT THE COURTYARD IS SO MUCH MORE THAN JUST ANOTHER CAFÉ
Meet Whitey, the fat white fur ball that you might mistake for a cat. Impetuous beyond belief and forever roaming around with that air of casual nonchalance that separates royalty from aristocracy, Whitey is the rockstar of The Courtyard in Bangalore’s Shanthi Nagar. Passing on the deliciously vibrant Sicilian Citrus Salad I chewed on the wonderful Spaghetti Lamb Bolognese and tried to place The Courtyard in the corner labelled restaurant/ café in my head. It didn’t fit, because there are a couple of well-furnished rooms here that you can rent out when you come here.
THE COURTYARD IS LIKE A SELF-CONTAINED COMMUNITY
So a hotel then? Nope. Because apart from the availability of lodging and dining, The Courtyard also has a studio and quite literally a courtyard in the middle of the building for screening movies or hosting exhibitions. All in all, a thoroughly charming place in its own right. But what adds twice as much charm to the whole thing is that beyond the modern façade on the roadside that houses the café, The Courtyard is actually an old world Bangalore building that is still painted in red Oxide paint with white borders and old world red Oxide flooring. One of the few remaining reminders of a pre-IT Bangalore.
The food itself is absolutely fabulous and tasted even better when matched with the lovely white wine that our host cook (she refuses to be called a chef) Kanishka Sharma, known on Instagram as The Tenth Muse, chose for us. Honestly, the fare is limited. To a combination of an all-day breakfast menu, finger food and Italian. But the chefs who work under Kanishka’s direction are excellent at what they do and you’ll be at pains to find flaws. I had come here just to meet Kanishka over a quick cup of coffee or something like that and ended up staying for almost a couple of hours, lured by bouts of laughter and carefree conversation. Which, precisely, is the charm of The Courtyard.