Put your feet up at this casual bar and restaurant, and let the good times begin
Another addition to the bustling pub culture of Koramangala is Greasy Spoon Bar and Kitchen. Started by a techie-turned-restaurateur this resto-bar is a happy place for friends to hangout.
Located above Pingara, the popular Mangalorean restaurant, Greasy Spoon Bar and Kitchen dons a contemporary look, with walls adorned with posters of legendary musicians such as Kurt Cobain, Bob Marley, Michael Jackson, The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin etc. Yes, we do realise that posters of rock stars are back in fashion. The joint also has a foosball table, in case you’re too bored sitting at one place. Spread over 900 sq feet, and with a cover of just about 60, it’s not a bad place to wind down at every now and then.
The owner, 31-year-old Chethan Nagaraj, wants to add a few more elements to the space to call it complete. For instance, he wants to add a projector to screen soccer and IPL matches, and add in a barbeque section later as well. The place, however, is already quite comfortable, and the service staff is welcoming enough.
We turned our attention to the food. Potato skins stuffed with bacon and cheese were the first to arrive. It’s a must-try here; the thinly cut potato peel, which looks like a cup, has generous portions of melted cheese, grilled onions, and diced bacon. You could also get a vegetarian version, or even one with chicken.
We got the stuffed
mushrooms, and batter-fried chicken next. Both the dishes have a desi touch — a bit of spice, and some sauce — to add extra flavour. Our guess is that it’s the only way it would work in a place such as this. Our only grouse is that both the appetisers were a tad salty for our liking.
If fried food is not your style, take your pick from one of their healthier options. They’ve got papaya salad, raw mango salad (this one will have a serious bite), the Caesar salad, a Thai chicken salad, and also one with pomegranate. We reckon it works well for those looking at a quick working lunch.
For main course, the chicken Cordon Bleu came first. Grilled chicken, wrapped with bacon, the dish comes with a white sauce with a tinge of mustard in it. It’s served with sautéed vegetables, and was quite wholesome,
and heavy! The second main, a sloppy Joe chicken burger was quite unlike the original
though, which can get real messy. This version had minced chicken with salsa, and cheese, between burger buns, and it’s not really my kind of Joe.
From European food, to Thai,
to even the famed pandi curry from Coorg, there’s a little bit of everything on the menu — things that would probably go well
with beer and cocktails.
We’re not judging, as long as the food is good and the drinks are fairly priced. That and good friends and music for company, we’re willing to come back.
Rs 800 (for two) approx.
At Koramangala. 11 am-11.30 pm.
— Nandini Kumar