The city’s newest bistro at Anna Nagar promises popular ‘comfort’ Continental fare, with more coming up soon
If by the end of this read, we convince you to visit the two-day-old Brick House Bistro in Anna Nagar, don’t go looking for a large brick wall. Take the turn on to 6th Avenue from K4 and watch out for a building flanked by strings of blue serial lights that almost touch the ground. That would be the approximately year-old Twin Towers (that seems to be in a perpetual state of celebration), located two buildings away from destination Brick House Bistro. No Parisian lanterns or accordion-wielding musicians here — just a modest walkway with stencil painted portraits of a few celebrity chefs, that leads to the 28-seater apartment-turned spa-turned bistro.
Inside, we find the brick wall, and with an open mind, peruse the culinary wise cracks that have been framed for the benefit of lonely diners, as we wait for owners/partners Yeshvin Mathew and Tanush Thomas to surprise us. It is after all a special preview and the duo (Mathew comes with experience under chefs like Willi and Ramki; Thomas has a background in marketing) has promised to bring out nothing but signatures. Just as we nibble at mushroom and cheese-laden bruschetta, the chicken wings arrive and seize our attention. Their chef’s sweet and spicy Thai sauce has us licking fingers and plates, as we listen to Mathew narrate the many hiccups (even a broken leg) they had to overcome for their début project. Their beef burger patty (chicken also available) is grilled, so expect a juicy peppered mince as opposed to the crispy, deep fried options on offer at most places. As for the hot dog, dressed with mustard, Thousand Island and pickled jerkin relish, the smoked chicken frankfurter (do try the one wrapped in chicken bacon) is a meal by itself.
Also on offer are a cheese-filled patty, a double stacked burger and one topped with an egg. And we like that their standard burgers, sandwiches and hot dogs come with just a side of chips, while you can add on a salad, dip and French fries for just Rs.60. Save for the few pastas, the duo agree that most of their offerings are comfort foods for those who like to get their hands dirty. Brick House Bistro is also open for breakfast on weekends, serving a set vegetarian or non vegetarian breakfast for Rs.199. But we’ll have to wait to judge the steaks and seafood they promise in a month. For now, we’d say that with wings and burgers like this, Thomas did not break his leg for nothing!
Meal for two at approximately `600. Details: 9952989766
— Ryan Peppin