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    The city’s highest food and beverage spot raises the bar, literally

    Perched atop the skyscraping World Trade Centre, this luxe F&B initiative by the Brigade Group will tempt you to forgo the other partsFood9Lead11 of town and sample the 10,000 square feet of panoramic ambience, world-class mixology and fine pan-Asian cuisine. High, the brainchild of Nirupa Shankar, director at Brigade Hospitality, has designated spaces for privacy, fine-dining, unwinding and music.

    Food9Lead7Above and beyond
    You can eat at High Dine, an open-to-sky area with a vertical garden, grab a drink and lounge at High Mix, their fabric-padded bar with acoustically treated glass and raw crystals suspended in wave formation from the ceiling, entertain privately at High Edge or just have a good time at High View – 3,600 square feet of open air space, with a colourful vertical garden and a constantly tinkling water body, that offers the most spectacular view from 421 feet above ground. The decor of the highest F&B spot in India outside Mumbai is predominantly classic white with colour added in the changeable upholstery and lights.
    “The whole idea is to bring out the theme of timelessness and so we have tried to make the space flexible,” enthuses Shankar who goes on to excitedly point out the egg-shaped table lights which change colour in tune with the background lights of the bar – all to suit each occasion.

    Asian feast
    While we took in the stunning panoramic view around us, we were treated to an array of pan-Asian delicacies expertly prepared by chefFood9Lead8 Zhang Hao. “We don’t compromise on quality,” emphasises Hao who arrives in the city after successful stints at Zuma in Miami, Traders Hotel in Male and the Four Seasons in Riyadh. The pan-fried tofu with tomato compote was the perfect blend of sweet and tangy, while the prawn tempura with wasabi and dipping sauce was light, crunchy and gobbled down in seconds. The sesame rolls, a must try here, is a delectable oozing mixture of cream cheese and fresh strawberries tucked within a sesame-coated wrap. Make sure you leave room for the crab sticks and maki rolls before you head into an expansive menu of Japanese, Chinese, Korean and Thai cuisine. The house favourite on the dessert counter is the banoffee pie that comes with a generous dose of whipped cream, caramel sauce and chocolate base, and oh yes, caramelised bananas.

    Pie in the sky
    Guruprashanth or Guru as he likes to be known is the head bartender, and brings his expert training from the Leela Group and The Palm, Dubai. He has quite a nifty hand with cocktails and mixes, demonstrating with an INDULGE special he concocted on the spot. A well- balanced mix of vodka, tonic, 7 Up, elderflower extract and a secret ingredient, served up elegantly in a tall glass garnished with elder flower. The wine list is extensive and even picky wine connoisseurs will be hard pressed to spot a missing label or vintage.
    Open from 12.30 pm on weekends and 5.30 pm on weekdays.

    Rs 1,500++. At Brigade Gateway Campus, Malleswaram. Details: 45674567

    Susanna Chandy

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