Forklore Bistro brings together food, music and art
Koramangala residents have a new bistro to look forward to. A study in Mediterranean white and blue, Forklore Bistro on 80 Feet Road is a quaint bungalow converted into a restaurant, which boasts a menu spanning Mediterranean, Continental and Tex Mex cuisines.
Having opened its doors barely a fornight ago, the bistro is run by Sanjay Bhandari, a member of the Bengaluru band, Prognosis and his wife, Tripti Naswa — a passionate home chef.
Bhandari takes us back to the start. “It all began when we were living in Texas,” reveals the musician, adding, “We sampled a lot of local and Mexican flavours and simply loved it.”
A trip to New Orleans exposed them to an amalgamation of food, music and art — things very close to the couple’s heart. “We wanted to bring that to India — a space where all of our three interests come together.” Bands perform unplugged in the bistro, and can also sell their music and artwork. They also promote local artistes, especially ones whose paintings revolve around the theme of music.
The breakfast menu has classics like eggs on toast, scrambled eggs, frittatas and combos with fruit bowls, crostinis, wedges and juice. We tried one of their Savoury Pies with asparagus, tomato, basil and cheese. More like a tart, the puff pastry was crisp and buttery. They also have an impressive salad menu, with favourites like Couscous Salad and Watermelon and Feta Salad. From the lunch section, we asked for the Smoked Chicken Pizza with a pesto sauce. The pesto was fresh and the cheese, stringy but we found the chicken a little tough. You can also choose from their list of sandwiches and sliders. The Nutty Mushroom Slider, served with wedges and tartar sauce is highly recommended.
If you’re in the mood for something Mexican, try the Spinach and Mushroom Quesadilla. Apart from the tortilla, everything else about the dish was perfect. Along with our meal, we also tried orange and rosemary coolers, with just a hint of lemony fizz. Desserts include interesting creations like the Holly Berry cheesecake that brings together the flavours of mulberry, raspberry and vanilla. The Monk in the Middle — a coffee-based dessert also deserves a special mention.
While the food checked all the boxes, the slow and uninformed service was a let down. However, the charming ambiance and the music make this a good option for a leisurely weekend brunch.
Rs 1,000 for two. At Koramangala. Details: 8861561000
— Anagha M