Hardly a fortnight old, and The Table Blue already shows great promise of taking on the big ‘uns on 100 Feet Road in Indiranagar. Set above the Wills showroom, this charming little café is a true blue Mediterranean escape, quite literally. The serene blue and white theme is enlivened with bicycles, framed photos of Jimi Hendrix and blue tables that make it very ‘Santorini beachy,’ while the music and menu carry notes of Goa, Spain and even an inexplicable hint of Punjab in the form of tandoori starters!
Malai kebab had to justify its presence in a Euro menu. And it did not disappoint. Nine chunks of well-done, tender chicken arrived accompanied by an interesting beetroot and pineapple sauce. A Greek souvlaki was a delightful combo of meat, lemon, garlic and olive oil, the succulent chicken went beautifully with a refreshingly tzatziki (a yoghurt and cucumber dip). Both starters come with a coffee cup of crisp French fries. Do try their shakes (the Irish Cream and cold coffee) and fruit slushes – both greatly satisfying on a summer day. The pint lemonade is super value for money, if you want to keep things simple.
The seafood chowder proved a good choice, as we could smell the dish as it left the kitchen, and the Dr Samuel salad – with plenty of walnuts, olives, capers, tomato, crunchy lettuce and croutons, was well-worth skipping the mains in favour of. But then fish ‘n’ chips, chicken in mushroom sauce, and a sandwich, came our way too
While very tasty, the fish used was basa and didn’t make for the best London-style taste, but could pass off brilliantly as a fish pakora with tartar sauce! That said, the beer batter was tasty, just a different fish would have made a big difference. Chicken dishes are clearly the chef’s forte here as the other option was delicious. The breast pieces of poultry arrived in a homely mushroom sauce, more like gravy with actual chunks of mushrooms. Braised with rosemary, the meat was crisp on the outside and soft and tender inside. Mashed potatoes and buttered veggies on the side completed the plating. The Croque Madame topped with a fried egg and stuffed with slices of cheese and chicken ham was an instant hit, as well. Burgers, pasta and a few Goan delicacies (Cafreal and Balchao) are also part of the menu, should you want to skip the Med cuisine.
Dessert, baked New York
Cheese cake was a tad dry for our liking, though kullad (earthen pot) mango pannacotta was a lovely blend of Western flavours in Indian presentation. Do go here only if time is aplenty as service is a tad slow, albeit very friendly.
Rs.1,000 for two. At 100 Feet Road, Indiranagar. Details: 49652834