Too LUXE to be ‘just a pub’ yet not quite a lounge bar, Bangalore Brew Works, atop the Prestige Towers on Residency Road, is the latest entrant on the microbrewery bandwagon. Minimalist wooden furniture, a plunge pool and impressive bay windows transform the former Zero G into a cool unwind spot. Stuck with licensing brewing issues, owner Sakshi Sharma tells us she hopes to have beers on tap come summer.
But do head there for the vast cocktail list and chic vibe. We found their classics like mojito, Long Island iced tea and cosmopolitan packed a value for money punch. The more creative Woo Woo (vodka, peach schnapps and cranberry juice) was refreshingly well-made though the Bellini was a tad disappointing. Die-hard beer fans will be happy to note that they stock the rare yet surprisingly popular Asahi beer from Japan.
After a few cocktails and bottled beers, we shifted focus to the starter platters. The rather predictable veggie version with onion rings, potato wedges, jalapeño poppers and crispy baby-corn gives you a dose of comfort food. The jalapeño poppers, oozing cheese, vied with the nachos that are generously topped with cheese, tomatoes, olives, jalapeños, lettuce with guacamole, sour cream and salsa on the side. The meat-eater’s platter is delightfully sinful starting with a fried-to-perfection choice of calamari or prawn, kebabs, tandoori chicken and a delicious grilled butter fish. We suggest you add tandoori rotis and make a meal of it. Try the loaded potato skins (with bacon on top) or tasty grilled fish chunks with mint sauce.
Mains are likely to leave those with a big appetite a bit hungry though, as portions are rather small. We did enjoy the grilled chicken, with asparagus and onion marmalade but the fish and chips, haddock fillet fried with a delicious batter, came out on top.
Pizzas are the house special. Wood-fired and thin-crusted, you can even opt for the whole wheat base with different toppings. The Mexican with sausages and jalapeño was excellent, as was the classic Margarita with plenty of cheese. Or for something fishy, try the salmon and mascaporne cheese. It actually arrived with delicious smoked cheese, dill and rocket for flavour. Salads, pastas, sandwiches and soups are also part of the menu.
Desserts run out quickly here, so go prepared. The dessertini (martini infused cakes) are a rage, though the Mysore pak sundae wins points for creativity. Tiramisu fans must have the brew’misu version — tasty but more chocolate and less mocha.
Rs.1,500 for two. Details: 49653210
— Aakanksha Devi
That Sunday feeling
Re-launching their Sunday brunch, Sheraton Brigade Gateway has opted for a Mediterranean theme, combining their Italian and Persian restaurants to offer breezy terrace seating plus an indoor option. Introducing live music, a family entertainer and varied cooking stations, there’s plenty enough to keep you sated over the four-hour brunch window, from 12 pm until 4 pm.
The array of starters makes choosing impossible, so we opted for a bit of everything. Crunchy lettuce and sundried tomato salad accompanied with poached mussels (cooked to tender perfection), marinated octopus and chilli prawns made up the first round. Still tempted by the antepasto counter, we also sampled a marinated haricot bean salad, and dipped soft pittas into the pomegranate-seasoned baba ghanoush. Alongside the food, you can also head to the mojito station and champagne counter for an afternoon tipple. We’d recommend the kir royale, which was as light, refreshing and bubbly as you could wish for.
Live cooking platforms go beyond the typical pasta and pizza, and include a deli counter where you can take cuts of parma ham and assorted cheeses, and a grill where the chef will fry off a rosemary-infused tenderloin beef steak before your eyes. Tempted by the Persian grill, we also sampled lamb kofta and chicken kebabs. While we enjoyed the latter, the former was our only disappointment of the afternoon – tepid and under-seasoned. Luckily, a sumptuous dessert spread finished the meal on a high, with choices ranging from tiramisu to walnut tart and chocolate gateaux. Don’t miss the carrot cake, which was just how we like it – textured, not too sweet, and topped with cream cheese icing.
`2,195 (includes alcohol). At Level Four, Sheraton Brigade Gateway, Malleswaram. Details: 42521000
— Maegan Dobson Sippy