Hogging at Phileas Hogg!
When one of our team members at PoshVine recommended Phileas Hogg, we just thought we imagined him saying the peculiar name of this restaurant. But, how wrong we were! This beautiful restaurant modelled around Jules Vernes’ character Phileas Fogg in his most popular novel of all time, Around the World in 80 Days, is located in Marathalli and is patronized by everyone who loves good food and wants to have a great experience altogether.
What’s the connect with Fogg, you ask? In 1872, Phileas Fogg made a £20,000 wager with his friends that he’d travel around the world in 80 days. After racing across ocean and plain, he made it back to London just in time to win the moolah. Today’s Phileas has made a slightly different wager. Mr. Hogg (as he’s known in foodie circles) has a bet that he can take his friends—that means you—around the world in as much time as they’d like, allowing them to savour the lands his predecessor had to zip through.
At Phileas Hogg you can eat your way around the world in 80 days or 80 minutes, any way you want. But you shouldn’t miss a single stop on our journey, with signature dishes from the amazing countries the original great race passed through.
There’s the searing openness of the American plains in our Buffalo wings, Tex-Mex tacos and burritos. Take shelter from the cold English rain with their crunchy, hearty fish and chips. Taste the Mediterranean sun in the pastas and grilled seafood, the warmth and laughter of a shared meal in the Middle Eastern dips platter. Get a taste of home as you head through India: tender kebabs, perfectly spiced paneer and their quite astonishing slow-braised and slow-grilled dishes such as Nalli Nihari and the Raan e Hogg. Leave the Bengal coast sustained by a Machher Jhol and take the spice ship through South East Asia, starting with a Khow Suey and burning through Thailand’s colourful curries before being presented with Indonesia on a stick (their excellent satays). Travel through China with stir-fried greens or chilly prawns with fried rice. And if it’s tempura, this must be Japan.
Since you find everything under the sun here (no, really, everything from burgers to steak to Bengali food to Burmese), picking our favourites was quite a challenging task. For starters, we recommend the oh so soft Galouti Kababs and the Chicken Gin Balls (chicken mince marinated in gin, fried and served with a sour-spicy sauce).The Chicken Yakitori (grilled chicken on skewers with Teriyaki sauce) and stir fried Prawns with orange and ginger are equally good.
They have a plethora of sandwiches available here as well, and we suggest the super yummy chicken Hogg Dawg, which is chargrilled and served with loads of cheese. In the mains, we loved the Beef Burgundy (which is marinated in red wine and cooked in some more red wine, served with mashed potatoes) and Garlic Prawns (marinated in garlic, parsley, pepper and olive oil, grilled and served with veggies and mashed potatoes).
With such an exhaustive menu and some delicious food served up, it’s a pity that the restaurant has a very limited dessert menu (any more pages in that menu, and it becomes the size of the Bible), they do have their specials which are prepared fresh daily. It is a nice touch, but also a tad disappointing as we wouldn’t want a day where we would have to choose only between a Lemon Cheesecake and a Chocolate Ganache. Do keep this is mind, owners, since all your patrons have an insatiable appetite, and like to complete their meal with some really yummy desserts.
Head to Phileas Hogg for a true blue global cuisine experience altogether. Experience the fare amidst a creative backdrop which journeys back in time. And, don’t forget to book your table through PoshVine to get attractive offers!