Nestled in a corner, hidden away from the hustle-bustle of the city in Kormangala, Bengaluru is a place called Bistro Claytopia, where tiny sharks, cute dinosaurs, beautiful sparrows, and coasters await you to come and fill them with beautiful colours. Bengaluru’s first paint-your-own Pottery studio and bistro is a name to be reckoned with.
Carrying a rustic and homely appearance once you walk through the wooden doors, be prepared to be transported to a different world altogether. The serenity and quaintness of the place are a sharp contrast to the busy street outside. Covered with Mother Nature all around, you would understand why this place is actually a Utopia in today’s world. Pieces of beautifully painted clay works cover one side of the wall, giving it a personal and rustic touch. Inviting its observers to come and wash their stress and worries away by filling others like them with delightful colours. And the open ground in the middle makes sure to rejuvenate any tired soul with its fresh air and bewitching beauty. The warm welcome and friendly attitude of the staff will surely put any introvert’s anxiety at rest. In fact, the work environment here is so good and peaceful that the staffs themselves have nothing bad to say about the place. And as we all know, happy staff leads to happy customers. As said by Jorge Paulo Lemann, co-founder of Banco Garantia; “The greatest asset of a company is its people.” And in the case of Claytopia, these words couldn’t be truer, for it is the staff that makes sure each and every customer is happy and satisfied with their prompt service and helping attitude with a smile on their face.
Pottery is something that requires one to be gentle and firm at the same time. Finding a balance between that is something that is hard to master, and one may wonder what if I never excel at it? Don’t worry you are not alone, and in order to help us on this road to mastery, Claytopia makes sure to arrange some really informative and easy-to-follow and understand workshops on pottery. But if gaining mastery is not what you’re looking for, then you can always have a good time by selecting any one or more, out of a wide array of pre-moulded and heated white clay pieces, and painting them to your heart’s desire. And the best part is you don’t need to bring any of your art supplies with you, they provide it all to you for free, all you really need to pay for is the piece that you selected. Now, imagine, you painted it, you feel relaxed and happy but you don’t want to leave your exquisite creation back there all alone but then again, where will you take it for glazing and firing? Not to worry, the bistro makes sure to glaze and fire it for you, all you need to do is write your name and date on your creation and provide them with your contact details and after 10-15 days they will give you a call when your masterpiece is finally ready to be displayed to your guests in your living room.
True the activity and the ambiance is the highlight, but let’s not forget about the delicious lip-smacking dishes that can satiate any hungry soul. From finger-licking appetizers like butterfly prawns, spicy chicken strips, spicy sesame baby corn, etc. to drool-worthy main courses like wild mushroom pasta, smoky pesto prawns pizza, etc. they have it all. But don’t forget to try their burgers before leaving, as they are known to be one of the best burgers in Bengaluru, and for all the right reasons! If you’re still wondering, don’t all the options sound so basic? Wait till you hear about their amazing lip-smacking Asian fusion dishes, which might we add, you can never go wrong with. Now if a restaurant offers such a variety of dishes, it’s not exactly possible for it to maintain its quality throughout the menu, but we are glad to inform you, that it is one of those few rare gems which is very consistent with its quality and trust us when we say that their quantity is not at all a joke, for they make sure your stomach leaves 100% happy and satisfied.
Compared to other restaurants, it hasn’t been long since the bistro has set its roots. But since it has, it had made sure to captivate anyone who enters through their doors, with their unique focus on pottery art. Started with the aim to provide a space for families and people to enjoy and bond over food and activity, it does more than just that. Known particularly well as a spot for family events and corporate team building, this bistro is truly a hidden diamond among the innumerable mines of restaurants in Bengaluru. The global pandemic affected millions, and Claytopia wasn’t an exception to it. But like true diamonds that rarely break, the bistro remained resilient and is trying their best to get back to their feet. So, the next time you may visit Bengaluru does not forget to stop by this gem of a place to see for yourself what Utopia literally looks like.
Accompanying a sharp tongue and a flair for writing Alisha Das is never afraid to express herself. Being an avid reader, she began writing at a very tender age and majorly used her writing as an escape from her day-to-day life, as for her, when the going gets tough, the tough get going, and her writing starts flowing.