29th August, 2017

This new destination in Bangalore will blow your mind -If you don't believe see it yourself

XU - Fashion Bar Kitchen, is Bangalore's new fashion destination with a luxurious 200+ seater capacity in a 9000 sq. ft area. With a sharp appeal and a focus on green / sustainable environment, the plush bar has opened at The Colonnade [ The Leela Palace, Bangalore].

XU brings a brand new dining experience to the city with a modern Spanish & Indian fusion menu and an amazing selection of spirits & wines from around the globe.  XU is brought to Bangalore by Syed Haris Ali, DJ Nash and Ehtisham Alam of Bohemian Soul Hospitality.

Space :

The ambience draws its inspiration from the world of fashion. Subtlety and abstraction hold sway. While not screaming ‘fashion’ at the occupant, space induces a sense of poise and rhythm. This might also be because the moment one alights from one’s carriage a series of the most lovely catwalks are configured to allow one to present oneself. A singular continuum of space is treated to create a variety of ambient pauses. A unique selection of comfortable and beautiful seating and furniture perhaps is to aid this process.


A minimalist palette of greys and hints of colour washes stands in everywhere in the backdrop as a canvas for the fashionably dressed patron. Green-wails and technology combine to maintain an air quality which might make one want to stay. Abstracted uncut diamonds subtly make appearances everywhere a sub conscious aura of the fashion world. Sit there for a while and one feels comfortable, relaxed and poised fashionably. 

Streaks of sparkle and glitter seem to be what walls and columns and in places even the floor is made of. Artistic brush strokes of light are everywhere. Yet the place is comfortable and has. Intriguing is the word that comes to mind. VIP Lounge, however, is lit for the Czars of the fashion world.

The food:

The sense of fashion at XU does not bid adieu with the ambience. It peeks into the kitchen and challenges our chef to 'create' too. Our chef is an artist of considerable depth and an inventor par excellence. One should not be surprised if one doesn't recognize much on the menu and at the same time, a sense of Deja-Vu is evoked.

The reason for this might be a superlative genius of fusion. Contemporary Indian fusion & Modern Spanish is what one might call the overall ensemble but there is a lot of detail which escapes definition.

The soups are deconstructed, the Salads embrace a chaotic harmony which competes directly with nature itself while permitting a modern contemporary influence. The fusion appetizers take pride in their modern Spanish-Indian origins. The Spizzas - that's what the chef calls them- go beyond the taste buds and challenge one's sense of convention geometrically as well.

Find out more about this in person. While you are at it, go through m the in course on the XU menu. A catwalk of creations like none other. Some might use the phrase avant garde. The finesse with which the flavours hit your palette is just addictive.

The show stoppers (some call them desserts), on their arrival at your table, will leave you intrigued by the magical liquid Nitrogen show that goes into the whole process.


The Bar:

Our Bar is fashioned after the open seas. Internationally acclaimed and more importantly, inspired mixologist, Jamie Walker has created a range of Signature cocktails which are numbered instead of being named.

Each one of the cocktails are composed of a number of homemade purees and syrups which give it the unique flavour. The rest of the curated bar too embraces a panache, representing an era, a persona or an idea. Like fashion, their drinks too represent the peaks of culture and civilisation. They have a good collection of Indian and International brands.

The Music, Stage & Fashion:

The curated stage boasts of Bargrooves derived from the fashion world through the weekdays to Retro, Disco & Club Classics through the weekends. A fun mix of Old School & upfront hip hop surely makes it the soundtrack for your weekends at XU.

Add to that some fun Karaoke to wind up the weekend, some stand up comedy & bands, they have a lot to offer apart from the amazing ambience, food & alcohol!

The VIP Lounge is designed for fashion shows as it almost immediately turns into the green room capable of handling a full fashion week. XU is fully equipped with all the necessary framework to accommodate everything from lights, ramps & podiums to host fashion events effortlessly.


Located at C Level, The Colonnade, Leela Palace Hotel, Bangalore.

Seating Capacity: 200 Pax.

Open from 1PM – 1AM everyday.

Meal for 2 People with a round of drinks: Rs.1500/- + taxes


Reservations: 9513344440 / 9513344441.

[email protected]

by Ragini Arora

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