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Roadhouse is the perfect mix of rock pub, cocktail bar and funky dining experience

Mick Jagger and Jim Morrison on one wall, guitars signed by rock legends such as Joe Satriani on another, and classic rock with some 80s pop variation at this gastro pub where owner Ashish Kotharé takes special pride in his top quality finger food — from the flawlessly sharp Mexican-inspired cheddar chilli rellano to the grilled fish wrapped in banana leaves. The menu offers main courses including dishes such as rump steak on a bed of fluffy mashed potatoes and paneer shashlik in a kadhi-inspired mustard sauce. Essentially, the menu takes punters on a trip all around the world, with the chefs using locally sourced ingredients – so local in fact, that some of the herbs are grown on the roof! Kotharé tells me of his finely balanced recipes that try to avoid “overpowering Indian masalas” whilst also catering to local tastes. But this is “not fusion food; it’s international food with our own changes,” he explains. After these world-exploring main courses, desserts on offer include Nutella and banana wantons.

AfterDarkAnchor5Away from the food, the Roadhouse also offers a unique drinks experience. The cocktail menu is vast, but the star attraction is the tabletop beer dispenser that clocks up how much you’ve drunk and the price. Further to this, the electronic spirits dispense system is impressive, and ensures you get perfect measures in your cocktail. Try the Roadhouse iced tea with vodka, rum, gin, curaçao, Tequila and a splash of Champagne for a heady mix or the Big Mac Daddy with copious amounts of Jack Daniels, amaretto and fresh raspberries, topped off with ginger beer.

The Roadhouse is well worth a visit just for the distinctive drinks dispense systems. But even without the uniqueness or the cool vibe, the food itself is a huge draw.

Rs. 200 upwards. At 100 Feet Road, Indiranagar. Details: 43692753

—Sam Slater

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