A wide selection of brews and nibbles at U4IA, a wallet friendly brew pub in the city
North Bangaloreans don’t have to make the tiresome trek into the Central Business District to get some good beer thanks to a new micro-brewery called Euphoria or U4IA as they like to call themselves. Spread over 4 floors, this ambitious project boasts of a discotheque, a fine dining space and an open terrace with a massive screen to lure sports fans during matches while they enjoy home-brewed lagers and stout beers with a choice of barbecued meats and vegetables.
Skipping the buzzing lower sections, we headed to the top floor to get a taste of their unique rice beer, their stout and the robust lager and Oktoberfest brews. All accompanied by homely, robust and no-fuss cuisine – mostly Indian and Indo-Chinese. Though they do boast of an Italian kitchen too, where they dish up a choice of pastas and fast food like hamburgers and their ilk. But we stuck to the grills which were excellent. Their chicken platter comes with a selection of outstanding char-grilled kebabs — Lahori malai kebab (succulent smoked chicken with a hint of cardamom), banno kebab (double-spiced chicken and coated with an egg batter). My clear favourite was the lal mirchi chicken kebab marinated with Kashmiri red chillies, yoghurt and coated with spices and char-grilled. The spicy Singa-pore prawns were also a great hit at our table and went perfectly with their robust and chilled lagers.
Euphoria has all the makings of a happening hotspot which has something for everybody – movers and shakers, the quiet diners or the chilled out beer lovers.
Rs 125 upwards for beer, Rs250 upwards for food. At RajMahal Vilas, New BEL Road. Details: 45334533
— Rubi Chakravarti