With a jungle theme, this new cafe is wooing millennials
If there was any doubt about Koramangala being the hub of innovation and young blood, the opening of a new Social has certainly sealed the deal. While the two older Socials at Church Street and Whitefield were sans themes, the Koramangala outlet is all about open green spaces and sunlit interiors.
The centrepiece of the venue is the 40-feet high skylight that canopies over a large number of plants, flanked by tables. The decor is all upcycled: debris from the building that stood there previously have been used to create interesting mesh walls. Their aim has been to harness the healing properties of nature and to create a space that is calm, inspiring and revitalizing.
The much-loved quirky menu has a few new additions. For starters, we tucked into dishes from the Local Heroes section that includes regional delicacies like Gunpowder Baby Potatoes and Gobi Kempu, both spicy and crunchy. Another favourite is the Ghee Roast Chicken. It is succulent and evokes flavours from its birthplace, Kundapur. From the Social Chhat section, we recommend the moreish Mutton Seekh Kebab.
They have also added a whole new pasta section. We tried the Keema Spaghetti, an interesting mix of two very contrasting cuisines. The other options are the Penne with Curried Vegetables and the Social Special Spaghetti. From the Social Chhats Signatures, which features Indian delicacies, we tried the Toofani Paneer with Naan. The paneer, in a rich buttery gravy, just melted in the mouth.
From the dessert section, we recommend the Chocolate Chutzpah. A heady mix of chocolate cake, Kit Kat bars, Gems candies and Chocobar ice cream, it’s as sinful as it sounds. Lucky’s Caramel Custard is another favourite and comes topped with a delicate tuile.
The place is designed to be a co-working space in the daytime and regularly hosts networking events. “Bengaluru is a very special city for us because this is where it all began,” says Riyaaz Amlani, the brain behind Social, adding, “It is more than just a cafe – it’s a space for inspiration and a gathering spot for communities.”
`1,500 for two. At Koramangala. Details: 40515253
— Anagha M