153 Biere Street is a European themed restaurant cum bar in Whitefield, east Bangalore. So far, we had not gone here because we don’t drink. And we had heard it’s a drinker’s paradise. But this time around, we thought enough of waiting, lets go here, if not for a drink (oops..forgot to mention we don’t drink) then just for the ambiance and some quiet relaxing time. So finally, one Friday evening we made a reservation here. We headed here right after work.
How to reach
The location is quiet straight forward. Head to forum value mall (which is known to everyone in Bangalore) . Head a little further. There is a street at the left hand side . A little inside the street , almost 300 meters down the lane, you will find 153 Biere Street on the left hand side. We made an early reservation on purpose. Because we wanted a quiet evening and the place starts getting crowded by the night.
When you walk in here, it really looks like a quaint european street, but actually it’s not a street. Actually, 153 Biere Street is a collection of restaurants and boutiques. It is made on the theme of a cobbled street with tiny boutiques and shops lined on side of the street and eateries lined on the other. The open area in the middle provides rustic benches, chairs and tables for dining under the stars. The ambiance definitely is one of a kind and immediately impressed us as we entered here.
A lot of detailed thought has indeed gone into the decor of 153 Biere Street to give you that impression of being in a mini – europe right in the heart of Bangalore. The cobbled pathways, the shades on the sitting area, the shades across the restaurants, the colorful boutiques lining the other side of the campus and the windows on the first floor all add to it. Indeed it all works together to bring the theme out. And, you will love the ambiance for sure.
153 Biere Street has three different restaurants : The Biere Club, which is a microbrewery, Mustard and Cress which is a casual dining and Everything stops for T – a desert parlor. Check here for details of the restaurants, timing, pricing and reviews. Since we arrived early at the restaurant, we chose to sit at the Biere Club and order something light. The place was not at all crowded at this point of time (around 6 in the evening). We spotted only a couple of other groups sitting far off in another corner. Apart from this, only the restaurant staffs were there.
The good part is that all of these restaurants have different timings. Due to it, you can head here any time to enjoy the place. You need not wait for that typical lunch or dinner time if all you want is to enjoy the ambiance of the place and some quiet time in the morning or the evening along with your near or dear ones. If you want to have a party in a bigger group, the place is perfect for that as well.
I won’t talk much about the food. Being the weird non-alcoholic vegetarians that we are, we obviously had a very limited option to choose from when it came to food. What we ordered was decent but nothing extra special compared to many other restaurants of similar cuisine in Bangalore. However, the restaurant has a good rating on all the review sites. So, the non veg and the pub must be good I assume. However, the service was quiet slow, I guess they are trying to blend the slow paced lifestyle with the theme 😉 .
But the ambiance definitely wins the heart. Even if you are not a crazy for food or an avid drinker, you can just walk in here and spend an evening to experience the unique theme of the restaurant and the great hangout atmosphere. It is like a mini picturesque Europe inside Bangalore. We ordered a simple veg platter which consisted of some roasted cottage cheese (paneer tikkas), roasted mushrooms, barbecued potatoes, vegetarian Kebabs with different dips. The platter did look beautiful.
After we were done with the food, we decided to take a stroll to the exit along the boutiques. There are several small boutiques lining one side of 153 Biere Street. Some of them were closed at this point of the time. I guess these boutiques lining one side of the “street” in the restaurant need a special mention. They were very cute, dipped in different colors and selling equally cute items. As you can see in the picture below, they were painted in shades on blue, deep pink, yellow, light pink, green etc. , looking like a rainbow of boutiques. There was a baby cloths and accessories boutique at the beginning, just near the entrance, that I loved the most, although we didn’t have time to venture inside any.
Will we go again?
Yes, definitely. For the sheer love of the ambiance and the quiet atmosphere. But this time around, I will prefer going later in the evening. I have heard the place looks even better at night with all the lighting and the people around. The atmosphere then is quiet charged up and vibrant. I also couldn’t take a peek into the boutiques, so , I will do that next time. And my sweet tooth has not got a taste of the desert parlor, neither did we try mustard for dinner. So, definitely I have to go here again. And once I come back, I am definitely going to share with you the night time view, and my experience with the fine dine and the desert parlor.
Tips for visiting
- Directions to the place : 153 Biere Street is located just besides Prestige Ozone. It is on Hagadur Main road. (the first right after crossing forum value mall, when commuting from Kundanhalli signal towards Hopefarm). One can check the directions on google map as well.
- Timings : Different restaurants inside here have different timings . The Biere club starts around 3 in the evening and continues till 11 pm. Mustard Cess , being a casual dining, its opening hours are 12pm-3pm and 7pm-midnight. The desert parlour is open 11:30 am to 10 pm.
- Should you book in advance? Yes, particularly on weekends since the place seems to get overcrowded on weekends.
- Commute : You can drive down here, take an uber or ola taxi, take one of the 333 series buses that comply in this route or take an auto. The place lies in the heart of the city, so you will have no problem reaching here.
- Avoid going in the afternoon during summer months, because you will not be able to enjoy the beautiful outside sitting here.
- I will personally not prefer to go to this place with children and toddlers who are quiet mobile. Since there is not much space to move around. Also, there will be a lot of smoking going on in the area, particularly in the evening.