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    A  British-style bakeshop, a microbrewery and a California- inspired restaurant open up in one charming space

    foodlead9hIt LOOKS like the brother-sister duo Meenakshi and Arvind Raju, of Biere Club fame, have done it again. Successful pioneers of the microbrewery culture in town, they have launched Whitefield’s answer to the UB City Piazza, covering dining, shopping and entertainment in one compact European-style plaza called 153 Biere Street.

    The setting is perfect for eclectic flea markets, lively carnivals, even boisterous Oktoberfests allowing you to relax over a pint of freshly brewed beer at the Biere Club (just like the one in town) while you take in the action. They do have a full-fledged bar and wine list along with finger foods like onion rings, little nuggets of fish in cutesy newspaper cones served with chips, bite-sized platters of grilled chicken and mini pizzas. For more substantial fare, you can head to the California-style restaurant, Mustard and Cress, right next door.

    A modern, non-fussy, spot with little pots of herbs on the tables and more home-brewed beers, organic wines, teas and coffees to go with the foodlead9gmenu that the Biere Club duo of Vishal Nagpal and Shaun Kenworthy have put together. Think Indian inspired crostinis, prawns curry served with banana chips and organic rice, herb and cheese infused flat breads, spinach and feta cheese thin crust pizzas and the like. The food is tasty and unpretentious focussing on organic ingredients and fresh produce from nearby farms.

    Those with a sweet tooth will enjoy sampling the stuff at Everything stops for T. It is a bakehouse straight out of an Enid Blyton book, with an enticing line up of British specials that make for a splendid afternoon tea or a quick dessert stop. They have a nice selection of glazed Chelsea buns, fairy cakes (smaller lighter cupcakes,) warm jammy Manchester pudding, creamy Yorkshire curd tarts and bars of gooey Battenburg cakes lightly covered in marzipan with milkskhakes, sundaes and teas. Details: 9845346932

    — Jackie Pinto

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