You might just love the desi flavours at Monkey Bar Indiranagar’s new menu
Let’s get straight to the point. If you like pork, you ought to go to this gastro pub to try the Naga Pork from their new menu. Sure, they’ve done away with the bamboo shoot in the curry because most people find it too pungent, and yes the bhoot jolokia (Naga chilli) is tempered down a bit, but it retains beautiful flavour, and that works perfectly well for us. Set on a bed of noodles, this delightfully spicy dish is a must try.
The aam aadmi eggs, which is probably an upgraded version of the famous Kejriwal eggs that too many restaurants seem to be serving these days, is a curious starter. A thick slice of toast with spiced tomatoes, onion seed chutney, cheese spiked with green chillies, and eggs, tamarind chutney, deep fried potato straws (sali), with Goan chorizo. That’s quite a bit in one dish but all the flavours come together well. Sharing this one is a good idea.
Did we mention the dal pakwan? A simple Sindhi breakfast food, the MoBar version resembles a chaat. The crisp pakwan (spiced dough, flattened and deep fried) is topped with semi-dried chana dal and garnished with chutney, dried mango powder, and slaw made with radish. Crunchy, sweet and spicy, and very Indian — this one would be so good with beer, or even rum for that matter. And if you’re really hungry, comfort food is right at hand. The butter chicken khichdi will get rid of your blues. They also make a vegetarian version with paneer, but word has it that the one with chicken is more popular. Get a portion of the laal maas phulka tacos — a nice desi version of tacos, and Mrs Yvonne Pinto’s prawn pickle with idlis. That pickle is to die for. Finish the meal with Monkey Bar’s ode to the DBC (death by chocolate); you will be stuffed, but you won’t die.
Rs.1,200++ (for two). At
12th Main, Indiranagar.