The legendary Windsor Pub reopens in Indiranagar
Bengaluru’s moniker as the pub capital of the country was well deserved. Two decades ago, dark taverns with beer on tap, playing rock ‘n’ roll cassette tapes and serving greasy platters were what we were known for. Although it may have evolved into the brewery capital now, some pubs have retained that status of cool even today. Among those is Windsor Pub. The pub recently closed down the iconic venue and reopened in the more chic Indiranagar neighbourhood. Does this signal a changing tide? We paid a visit to find out.
Located in the middle of 12th main road, nestled between other popular eateries and bars, admittedly it has sacrificed some of the old world charm, but this venue has clean interiors with colonial fittings.
White walls and wooden furniture complete the look. An extensive bar is the centerpiece.
Their new bar menu boasts cocktails and mocktails, not just beer. We tried the Weisel Amaretto, a light and refreshing whiskey-based concoction and the definitive, Sex on the Beach which was well made.
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Since they pride themselves on being the first gastropub in the city, the menu at Windsor Pub is sizable.
Coastal dishes dominate. The small eats are perfect to be had with a few beers and old patrons will find some familiar items. The Pork Fry is the ideal tangy finger food. The Chilli Chicken is fiery, as the name promises. But it is the Backwater Fried Meat that really stands out, with hints of coconut and chilli.
For vegetarians, there isn’t much to choose from, this being a coastal menu after all. They have standard pub fare like Sauteed Mushroom with greens, Fried Baby Corns and Jalapeno Bites.
The substantial eats have flavours from Mangalore, Coorg and other Western coastal regions. For the main course, we had the Goan Prawn Curry. The gravy was a typical Konkani mix of spicy and tart.
We paired it with fresh appams, light and crispy. In the vegetarian section, the Mushroom with Red Onion gravy is a must try. The shallots lend a honeyed flavour to the otherwise spicy gravy and with the Kerala Parotta, they are an instant hit. They have retained a few popular dishes from the old menu like the Pandi Curry, Meen Curry, Masala Prawns, Veddi Erachi and Kerala-style Stew.
For dessert, they have options like Blueberry Cheesecake and Caramel Date Pudding, a recommendation from our side. The pub also has a breakfast menu every Sunday morning. Offering English, American, French and Caribbean Breakfasts, and of course, their Coastal special — hoppers with a serving of stew.
Loyal patrons might miss the charm of the old around-the-corner pub. But on its own, it is a great place to grab some drinks with friends. The gastropub has reinvented itself and has done a good job matching the vibe of the neighbourhood.
Cost for two `1,500.
At 12th Main, Indiranagar. Details: 40923656
— Anagha M