Inviting and trendy
Probably the handsomest restaurant I’ve seen so far in Bangalore, Sunny’s is one of my favorites, and I will come back often.
Downstairs is the dining room, with 30-foot ceilings, large windows, and expensive-looking designer accents - the walls painted in a yellow faux-finish that makes the space very inviting. The music, however, could use some updating. OK, props for the vintage Dylan upon my first visit – the ragged sound of his voice a fitting match to this city. But the John Denver / Don McLean I heard on my second visit isn’t cutting it for a Saturday night. iTunes, anyone?
As for the food, Sunny’s is reliable and rather competent at what it does: eclectic international food with some local color thrown in.
In my first visit, I went with a soup for starters, in this case a miso soup. The broth was tasty, though probably the same broth used as a base for French onion soup (the onion in particular was quite pronounced). I followed with a tournedos of beef (yes, beef – thoughts of home race thru my mind) which was overall well executed – the presentation was crisp, the beef tender and cooked to order, the bok choy on the side was crispy, the potato gratin was nice and cheesy. The sauce it came in was very good, although the overall impression of the dish was marred by the fact that the oil used in searing the beef was all too present in the final taste.
On my second visit in a week (I’m done with curry), I opted for the lounge upstairs since it was a busy Saturday night. On this visit I ordered one of their specials and it was a winner – chicken cutlets in a saffron sauce served over angel hair pasta. Special mention to the bread which is served with a pesto butter.
Prices are on the steep side for the locals but cheap by international standards: entrees range between 200 and 350 INR, or 4.50 to 8 US dollars. There’s an international wine list, but I found rather quickly that just because it’s on the list doesn’t mean it’s on the shelf – both my Argentine and Chilean wine choices were sadly out.