The food trio — AD Singh, Chef Manu Chandra and Chetan Rampal —
is showering Bangalore  with more good stuff. Their new eatery,
tucked away in a quiet lane in  Whitefield, is all about
 whimsy, starting with the name: likethatonly. The décor
— by designer  Anshu Arora, painter Murali Nagapuzha
and landscaping artist Rashmi Attavar —  is a lovely
 mix of turquoise and coral, lime green and pink, with interesting
 kitsch aplenty, like a bathtub with a running shower serving as a fountain,
 hanging tin kettles and attention-grabbing chandeliers.
The food, as is to be expected from this team, is guaranteed to
delight both gourmets and gourmands. The 100-seater bar and
restaurant may be high on quirky ambience  but Chef Manu is clear
that there will be no compromise on quality.
Besides a comprehensive selection of liquor, the signature cocktails
are interesting: Mary Pops In (a smoked Bloody Mary), Lotta,
Adams Apple, Fru Fru Colada, champagne, wines, sangrias…

The food itself, from starters and soup to dessert,
runs an eclectic gamut: seven spice salmon atop a
local yam puree, salted seaweed on kohlrabi, fresh fennel
and cabbage heart veloute, tomato with creamy burrata
cheese, smoked corn soup, fish, crab and prawn broth,
steamed pork baos with a sweet and moist slow-roasted
pork shoulder, sweetbreads, sake poached pear,
coconut chiboust and kaffir lime creme brulee.
The last is ambrosia on a plate.

Bangalore gets lucky. Again.
Bottomline: Likethatonly scores high in ambience, cuisine and service.
Where: #14/31A- Hagadur Road, (Behind Forum Value Mall), 
Whitefield, Bangalore. Ph: 08065475610.
Wallet Factor: Meal for two including drinks: 
Lunch: Rs.1,500 plus taxes; Dinner: Rs.2,500 plus taxes
Timing: Noon to 11:30 p.m.