A cafe offering global cuisine without taxing your pocket
Paradox by name but not by virtue, this little resto-cafe is literally off the beaten path. Tucked away off Hennur Road, the brick red house-turned-restaurant, is a welcome change from its former avatar – Cafe Moksh. Antique type writers, bicycles and sewing machines add quirk to the wooden garden bench seating (and breezy terrace).
The menu offers only house-specials, and we were honestly not expecting too much when our starters arrived. Pint-a-chicken – fried chicken in a heady beer batter, that tasted and smelt good, Magic Mushies, cheese stuffed mushrooms served with garlic mayo, Lilly Livered (crumb fried chicken livers) and Beer brains (again crumb fried brains) were all excellent. Vegetarians can opt for the crunchy tempura vegetables with a soya chilli sauce.
Now with raised expectations, we tried Al Pacino, Nut Case and a roast chicken sandwich. Again, we were gobsmacked by the flavours of the dishes. Al Pacino, almond pesto sauce with oven-dried tomatoes cheese, and chicken, was bursting with fresh pesto and herbs. Nut Case was a creamy sauce with a hint of wine, generous mushrooms and walnuts with al dente pasta. The sandwich too was brimming with pulled roasted chicken and the caramelised onions on the side went perfectly. Do try the Shakeela – Kerala-style beef with cheese and fries. Or the Mallya Lee veg or chicken stew served with rice or bread. Steaks, especially the tenderloin with wasabi or mustard and a tangy pomegranate sauce are good choices as is The Dorai chicken with pineapple sauce. Desserts – tiramisu, rum and chocolate cake and butterscotch sponge, run out quickly, so reserve a slice with your table before hand. Rs.350 per person. At Hennur Main Road. Details: 9886157231