The good ol’ Spiritz gets an uptown makeover, and a revamped menu
TO KEEP up with the competitive bar scene of the city, the good ol’ Spiritz has undergone a makeover, and now reflects an American bar vibe. The Spiritz outlets, spread across Brigade Road and Koramangala (plus, a new one coming up at HSR Layout), have been renamed House Of Commons. But despite the reboot, House Of Commons continues to be your budget-friendly, neighbourhood bar and restaurant, one that you can walk in to after work, to hang out over a few drinks.
We visited their three-floor Koramangala branch over the weekend, and the 240-seater, upgraded with steel bar stools, wooden benches, wall art, pendant downlights, glass facades, and WiFi, swelled up with patrons in practically no time.
Keep it simple
The food and drinks menu has been revamped as well, with many new options. It nonetheless revolves around the usual American and continental pub grub, and standard choice of alcohol (vodka, gin, whiskey, wine, draught beer). For heavier bites, choose from Thai Curry, Schezwan noodles/rice, Dum Ka Gosht and more. Dessert seekers have to contend with just gulab jamun or walnut brownie. Caramel custard, cheese cake and apple pie will be introduced soon.
We sat down with their signature Electric Lemonade (a refreshing cocktail of gin, vodka, white rum, blue curacoa and Sprite), and Mango Bellini (with sparkling wine). Their vodka-based Apple Cucumber Martini is another good cooler. Don’t forget to avail the ‘Buy 1, Get 1 free’ offer on weekdays.
Their four-page food menu spells out the veg, egg, chicken, mutton and seafood (fish and prawns) starters under different sections. The Bar Bites section will put a smile on your face, as it also features Indian street favourites like Chatpata Chana Chaat (quite tangy and spicy), Papdi Chaat, Bhel Puri, and Cheese Masala Papad. The Masala Peanuts are served in a small glass jar, which is a pretty sight. And, you can ask for Alu Bonda in starters.
Except for some hard-to-bite French fries in our Mushroom Loaded Fries, we had no complaints about our food, which included Sesame Chilly Paneer, Pepper Chicken (flavoured with garlic), Masala Fried Prawns, and Panini Sandwich (with crumb-fried chicken).
The HOC Mixed Vegetables is a winner. It brings together smokey brocolli, zucchini, bell peppers, onions, pineapple, marinated in a mix of oregano, orange juice, chilli flakes, black pepper, and Oriental sauce, and is served on a skewer. The HOC salad, of lettuce, bell peppers, black olives dressed in honey, vinegar, chilli flakes and lemon juice, is a great option as well.
Rs 1,000 (for two) with alcohol. At Koramangala. Details: 45128604
— Barkha Kumari