First off, the menu at My Bar is splashed across the exterior walls so you get a good idea of what to expect at this first floor and roof top place with its picture windows, lantern clusters and domed ceiling. The menu has plenty of choice: from tiny samosas and chaat with a twist (sweet potato papris) to molten cheesy tots – small potato cutlets oozing with warm, gooey cheese and pita bread with three different dips, tomato salsa, hummus, and a baba ganush that had smokey baigan bartha elements. There is also prawn beggar purses – little fried parcels served with a sweet spicy dip.
We tried some of their signature cocktails, (or if you prefer, a peg or a bottle of spirits to share at the table which brings your tab down nicely), while we waited for our appetisers. A refreshing Ginto – gin, lime juice, tonic and lemon grass mix, and a basil martini helped wash down the portions of cubes of lamb pepper fry and Thai tamarind chicken that came our way. Two types of pork ribs were our clear favourites — one with a bourbon honey mustard and the other with sweet barbecue sauce, full of flavour and very moreish. For a hearty snack go for the Fidel mi cubano, a pulled pork sandwich with coleslaw and jalapenos on ciabatta bread. If you feel like a late breakfast dish, their version of eggs benedict comes on a robust bed of fried pork belly, potatoes and pork sausages.
Hearty burgers with a dab of blue cheese and bacon jam (bacon with well caramelised onions) and Poutaine – a traditional dish from Montreal that drinkers would especially enjoy, are also great. Try the French fries loaded with cheese and gravy or even topped off with different meats and mushrooms. Another house specialty that deserves a mention is the shake shake fries – French fries that come in a bag with a choice of toppings like cheddar cheese.
Satiate your sweet cravings with a mud pot, a rich layered affair of Oreo cookie, chocolate sauce and ice cream, which is a delicious concoction meant to be shared. Or a spiced carrot cake with kulfi.
Rs. 800 for two. At Koramangala. Details: 40910013
— Frances Rao