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    An extensive menu and a rustic new look make this spot a hit

    Vintage, simple and cosy are a few words that spring to mind when you think of the new and improved Loveshack. Aiming to experience their brand new look and menu, we headed there on a weekday. The interiors are a study in white, right from the furniture to the whitewashed bamboo ceiling to the Moroccan lamps hanging off it. Hints of grey from the cushions and floor, and antique wooden frames lend the place some colour and character.

    Start with the Corn and Cheese Ball. Served with a dollop of tomato chutney, this is perfect for a cold, windy day. The hint of sweetness from the corn pairs rather well with the salty, stringy cheese, while the panko-crusted crumb gives it a nice crunch. Jalapeno Croquettes are also nice to munch on, on a chilly day, without paying too much attention to authenticity.
    Shack Chilli Paneer, what they describe as a ‘vegetarian cliche’ was exactly that, but a really good one that ticked all the boxes.
    A must try is their ham and cheese croquette, cleverly blending together the flavour of the protein and cheddar cheese. Crumb fired to golden brown perfection, it is served with a mustard sauce for a hit of extra flavour. Those who can’t go without seafood, best opt for the Anjal Fish Fry — a Mangalorean preparation. Pan fried with a red chilli and vinegar marinade, the fish was fresh and cooked just right.
    Spicy Cottage Cheese with Couscous is a great option for main course, specially if you’d like to give rice and rotis a miss. Marinated in a fiery red paste and cooked in a clay pot, the paneer was soft and rich, while the couscous added texture. If you’re in the mood for a Goan sojourn, ask for the Goan Fish Curry. Cooked in coconut milk and Goan spices, it is served with long grained rice. Something a little offbeat is the Shack Meat Bowl — chicken kheema, cheese and egg in a spicy curry sauce, accompanied by a generous helping of garlic bread.
    The best way to end the meal will be with their decadent Chocolate Tart. The crispy and golden pastry holds the most sinful chocolate filling with a hint of bitterness that makes it an all out winner in our books. But if you’re feeling like something fruity, you can also choose from options like Shack Crumble (caramelised apples, cookie crumbs and vanilla ice cream), Blueberry Cheesecake (served with vanilla ice cream and blueberry compote), and White Chocolate Passion Fruit Creme Brulee.
    Rs 2,000++ for two. At Domlur. Details: 40940962

    — Rashmi Rajagopal Lobo

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