Throw your whole self into fine food and fusion cocktails at Hokey Cokey
KORAMANGALA’S latest rooftop bar may have taken its name from a children’s party song, but Hokey Cokey, the new outlet from the owners of Via Milano is very adult. The bar area set on a raised platform at the centre is the perfect spot to grab a cocktail and enjoy an uninterrupted view of the city. Comfy lounge seating and a more formal dining area are set around the edge of the bar, with long party tables and benches to accommodate large groups.
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The gastropub menu offers everything from finger food to hearty pub grub. The Pita Pan is a good place to start, with steaming hot falafal patties served up with fresh pita bread, creamy hummus and pickled mixed veggies. Anglo Indian fare is a house speciality, and Aunty Gretel’s platter is a great way to sample a range of the dishes on offer, as it’s served up with enough beef roast, tongue roast, tuna cutlets and beef cutlets to share with a small group. The tender tongue roast is the highlight, while the tuna cutlets work well with the accompanying tartar sauce. For the pure comfort food factor, you could also try the Yankee Chili fries, which combines chili con carne (in your choice of chicken, beef or veg) with French fries.
Don’t leave without sampling a cocktail or two. We went for a Twisted Mojito and their speciality Newton’s Formula. While we were initially sceptical about the potential for a variation on the classic mojito to impress, the vanilla vodka and note of ginger actually worked surprisingly well. Newton’s formula combines vodka, coconut syrup, green apple, cranberry juice and pineapple juice, which was fresh and fruity and infinitely drinkable. You might not solve any mathematical equations here, but we predict it’s going to become an after-work hot spot.
Rs. 1,400 for two approximately. At Koramangala. Details: 41101641
— Maegan Dobson Sippy