Brand ambassador for an international whiskey company Robert Scannell, F&B manager Shashank Sharma, and chef Gaurav Paul are in the thick of the food and beverage industry in the city. The three young guns share their go-to places for everything that’s fried, diced and poured
Robert Scannell, 26
Brand ambassador for Jameson Irish Whiskey, has been in the city for a year. He already has a list of favourite places to hang out at, and he sure likes his whiskey! Here‘s a look at his list.
After snacking on the Goan fried chicken or the Chicken Philly Burger, I love to open up my night with some of Brewsky’s beer options and chasing it with a whiskey. The beer and the whiskey flavours really complement each other.
Shiro at UB city
I love the Whiskey Sour over here, especially after tucking into their Thai Green Curry. The Humming Tree, Indiranagar: With Anuj Mehta behind the bar, I never need to worry about my drinks. The best options for food is to start off with the perogies, followed by the pumpkin ravioli,
and finally the bacon and chocolate tart is unmissable.
Monkey Bar Indiranagar: The Copper Monkey is my favourite cocktail here; it‘s packed with so much flavour. One of my favourite things to eat from this menu is the fried chicken, and the waffles — it‘s a real guilty pleasure.
Church Street Social
The fish tacos or the Southall Fish & Chips are my favourite things to eat here. And I like to wash it down with ginger ale, spiked with whiskey, with a squeeze of fresh lime.
For home style vegetarian food, I often drop by this restaurant. As I am a vegetarian, my choices tend to veer towards places that serve a good selection of vegetarian food. Being away from home (Delhi) from time to time I crave authentic North Indian fare including some good, wholesome parathas.
Tandoor, MG Road
For that rich North Indian fare, I like dropping into Tandoor. They have some old favourites that I keep revisiting from time to time.
On my day off, I like venturing for late breakfast at any of my neighbourhood Udipi restaurants for hot dosas, idlis and vadas.
Lakeview Milk Bar
I have a sweet tooth and I often go over to Lake View Milk Bar in Indiranagar for their thick milkshakes.
This is one place I sneak into whenever I feel like biting into Bengali sweets. I like what I see, and taste most of the time.
Gaurav Paul, 29
A senior sous chef at Vivanta by Taj, MG Road, Paul’s personal preferences are quite different from the European cuisine served at the hotel’s Graze and Café Mozaic. Here are his five food haunts:
This restaurant, run by Subhankar Dhar at Double Road, is a home away from home for me. From chingri macher malai curry, kosha mangsho, bhetki paturi to chholar dal, Esplanade is highly recommended for a lunch or dinner outing. Take it from a Bengali.
Toit Brewpub, Indiranagar
Toit is another one of my favourites. So much so that I can spend an hour or two just by myself for a quiet lunch here. I was introduced to this place by a friend and have taken a special liking for their crumb fried chicken and grilled lamb chops. TGI Fridays, Old Madras Road
I go to TGIF in Lido Mall for quick bites in the evenings. Everyone should try their Rs.77 promo offer – order any item for Rs.77; just about everything on the menu tastes great. This is my latest fix.
New Hilal Restaurant, Shivaji Nagar
This is a midnight stop for me, and my gang of five-six friends. While the restaurant is small and even shabby (let’s not even bring up the kitchen), the food is brilliant and pocket-friendly. Try the Punjabi butter chicken, kaali dal, roomali roti and biryani next time you are passing by.
Ottimo, Residency Road
I am quite intrigued by the deconstructed eggplant parmigiana served at ITC Gardenia‘s Italian restaurant Ottimo and absolutely love the presentation. Don’t forget to try their tiramisu.
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