My wife and I distinctly remember our very first meal at Navu Project, when it was at its previous location, being one of our very early meals outside after the lock down of the pandemic years. I vividly recall telling my wife after the first few bites of the Cauliflower Creme Brulee that food like this makes me want to write again and share my experiences. While I never did get around to writing about that meal, and the many others that we had in the months to follow, here's our experience of a lovely dinner from two weeks ago at Navu Project's new location.
For the main course, my wife chose the Gnocchi with Sage Brown Butter and Mushrooms from the special menu while I chose a more traditional Lamb Chops with Roast Carrots and Pistachio Pesto. The perfectly cooked gnocchi was elevated with the roasted notes and aroma of the sage brown butter and mushrooms. Perfect food for the soul. With Navu Project, perfectly cooked lamb chops is a given. What stood out for me was the pistachio pesto and the carrot puree that took a classic lamb chop to a whole new level. I decided abandon the fine-dine decencies of the fork and knife and used my hand to clean up the lamb chops with dipping every bite in the pesto and puree.
We all know that the stomach has a separate compartment for dessert. (wink wink). That coupled with the fact we could not agree on a single dessert, we ordered two. Navu Project's re imagination of the classic Baklava with a very airy custard in a paper thin pastry was something else altogether. Besides bursting with all the right flavours, the lightness of the dessert was such that one could almost inhale it. We closed dinner with the Navu Chocolate Bar..
I'm delighted that Navu Project is open again. A farcry from the loud ( interior decor and noise) places that one has come to expect with every second restaurant that opens in Bengaluru, the ambiance of the new space of Navu Project is intimate and perfect for the kind of fare they serve. The focus is clearly on having the "biggest" flavor and not the real estate. At the moment, they're open for dinner with relatively limited seating. Make sure you block your seats in advance, I would recommend sitting by the high table near the kitchen for a more homely experience. The wife and I are eagerly looking forward to our next meal there to try everything else on the menu, before it changes for the season.