Murphy’s at The Paul is the latest addition to the city’s burgeoning brew-pub scene. Charmingly decorated, it features warm wooden interiors with touches of Irish green from the leather-upholstered wine-barrel chairs and stools and cleverly designed posters and wall hangings. So, on an overcast, windy Friday evening, we found ourselves ensconced in a comfy corner of the pub.
Murphy’s currently offers four in-house brews that include Paddy’s Poison, Holy Sally, Good Holly and Blackbeard. Wanting to get a taste of every brew, we ordered samplers of each. Although the sizes are a little larger than normal (120ml), we weren’t complaining as they turned out to be light and refreshing with simple crisp flavours. Paddy’s Poison boasts a fruity aroma, with a little bit of bitterness from the hops and a touch of honey, while Holy Sally features a blend of cinnamon, black pepper and coriander flavours. Good Golly, a premium lager, is slightly heavier with a rich creamy texture and a fine amalgamation of flavours that are sure to hit the spot. We followed that up with the Blackbeard, a dark beer that comprises a blend of roasted caramel, a hint of chocolate and a smoky flavour.
Their beverage menu also features a comprehensive list of quirky cocktails. A rather exotic sounding concoction, the Murphy’s Marinade is a vodka-based drink made with cardamom, cloves, green chilli and tender coconut. While we would have liked the cardamoms and cloves to be a little more subdued, we thoroughly enjoyed the muted flavours of the tender coconut water mixed with the bitter vodka and the hit of heat from the slit green chilli.
The beer battered prawns, a classic bar eat, is a great starter option and ideal for the cool weather. For some authentic Indian flavours, the crab samosas with tamarind chutney are a good choice. Main course options are limited for the vegetarians, but for the non-vegetarians, we suggest the Irish stew, which features lamb slow-cooked in root vegetables like leek, carrot and potato. Served with some rice and freshly baked, warm bread, it’s comfort food at it’s best. The balsamic char-grilled chicken with pesto sauce was also a treat, perfectly cooked with a hint of bitterness from the pesto.
Rs. 1,500++ for two. At Domlur. Details: 40477777