With a cafe, pub and soon a microbrewery, TWA is worth a stop
The IT hub of Whitefield, as we know it today, was once a quaint little settlement of Anglo-Indians. And, VR Bengaluru is trying to conjure up the charm of those times with its ground floor property, The Whitefield Arms (TWA). You first enter a cafe-style setting, with wing chairs and Winston Churchill quotes. This leads to a typical British pub, furnished with wood and leather seating, a wide bar, and a microbrewery that will be functional in two months. Its outdoor area, lined with bright flowers, and a cobbled pathway, is an Instagrammer’s delight.
The menu is peppered with names of British soldiers and trivia of the colonial era. Lavelle, a cocktail dedicated to Irish soldier Michael Lavelle, is a refreshing mix of vodka, gin, butterscotch, honey and lime. Earl Grey Mixture is also recommended. This 19th century Jermyn Street-inspired blend comes with Earl Grey, whiskey, chamomile and gingerale.
The Whitefield Arms Chips & Gravy tosses French fries and jalapenos with dal makhani. We like our good ol’ fries better. However, the Cottage Cheese Butty, a take on Indian vada pav, is a mouthful of deliciousness. The slider packs in onion chaat and spicy apple chutney between two cheese buns. Its Barrack Special (coriander and mint marinated chicken, served with saffron-yogurt dip) is spicy, sweet and sour all in one bite. Grilled Honey Chilli Beef, and Goat Cheese and Caramelised Onion Tartlets are impressive too.
The mains are equally elaborate, with well-executed dishes such as Spinach, Cheese and Potato Dumplings (with Basmati rice) and Crepes With Spinach And Ricotta Cheese. The grilled galettes in Pan-seared Vegetable And Yogurt Cakes, and Green Pea & Corn Filo Parcel are delicately done, and go well with the tomato fenugreek sauce. Wind things up with the Hot Fudge Brownie Sundae or Sticky Toffee Pudding.
Rs 1,500++ (for two, with alcohol). At Whitefield. Details: 45128631
— Barkha Kumari