German brews, world cuisine and noughties prices make this one a north-side favourite
The discreet-fronted basement location elevates itself to the swanky District 6, at Brigade Gateway. This brew pub with its reclaimed railway log interiors, is designed for quick after-work drinks, quiet dates, cheery family get togethers or even for large (or boisterous) groups at either of their two private sections. Sporting fans can catch all the gaming action as well with the discreetly placed TV screens which don’t hamper conversation either.
Settling into a booth, we started with a craft brew sampler of each of the six beers on tap, the brew master taking us through the flavours. We loved the The Liberator – a light pilsner, while The Chief, the house special, is a pale wheat ale which was a bit too fruity for us. Going darker and heavier was The Guru, a rich, malty and aromatic brew, but our favourite was the Dark Lord, a caramel flavoured beer also recommended by the brewer himself! The Smoking Konig is for the serious beer drinker while the light fruity award winning Radler is not for strictly, picky beer connoisseurs. We were thrilled that the brews were served in typical German willibechers, isarseidels and even the infamous boot!
Along with the beers, we opted for crunchy nachos – with generous dollops of guacamole, salsa and sour cream. And a vegetarian kebab platter with paneer, dahi kebabs and a tasty raw banana galauti kebab. Bullet chicken resembling the popular street chilli chicken with hints of a Mangalorean bezule and the pork belly yakitori with Chinese five spices, came with a wasabi mayo and hit all the right notes.
Far East wonders
The Sichimi fried corn stole the show in the appetiser department, even for the non-vegetarians. An original Japanese recipe, Shichimi togarashi seasoning added bursts of hemp, ginger, black pepper and orange peel – a wonderful dish with extra points for innovation!
Swapping the fresh brews for a mocktail – a spot on Virgin mojito from what they call a ‘Toddler District’, a Mai Tai from the classics and Tamarind Bronx (vermouth, vodka, tamarind) from the experimental zone, we found that District 6 gives equal importance to all their mixes, besides the beer.
Almost in a food coma after the starters, we picked a rich Mac and cheese and Germain snail sausage for the mains. The snail pork sausage was juicy and while slightly less salty and strong in taste than what we’re used to, the roast gravy to douse it in, fried onions and creamy mash, more than made up for it. The mac and cheese was simple comfort food laden with cheddar, parmesan and even processed cheese to form a melted (and sinful) delight with juliennes of potato in the mix as well.
Now bordering on sheer gluttony, we squeezed in some waffles and whipped cream. Then a big cheese cake with a fruity base and a practically perfect chocolate fondant cake – and we say practically only because we couldn’t manage another bite. All in all it’s a fantastic place to enjoy great food and even better brews.
`2,000 for two. At Brigade Gateway, Malleswaram. Details: 9663277766
— Aakanksha Devi