Indian dishes make their way onto Biere Club’s new menu
FTER a busy work day, there’s
nothing quite like hitting one of the city’s many breweries, to unwind. And when it’s one of the best and oldest in town, you just have to give in. The ever popular and perpetually packed Biere Club was our destination on a cool Monday evening, and we headed there primarily to check out their latest offerings. The old menu has been given a bit of an overhaul, with a few Indian-inspired dishes to break the monotony of the largely Mediterranean menu. “We’re inching close to our fourth anniversary and we felt we needed to infuse new life into our menu, to mark the day. Most of the old favourites still remain, but we’ve included a lot of Indian dishes for some diversity,” shares Vishal Nagpal, director of operations. We started with the innovative pizza samosa,
a decadent vegetarian creation, which is a samosa shell stuffed with cheese and veggies tossed in aromatic spices. A touch on the spicy side, it was delicious nonetheless. We then moved on to the corn curds, another unique offering that we simply loved. Mashed corn is formed into squares and fried with crushed pepper — essentially really simple but extremely appetising. An example of an authentic south Indian dish, the mutton pepper topped with crisp curry leaves had us feeling moreish, with the meat so tender, you could cut it with a spoon.
A must try is the skewered beef, with red and yellow bell peppers. Lightly charred, the vegetable and meat are marinated in a flavoursome sauce, which hit the spot. The three hummus is the ideal accompaniment during a fun catch up with friends and features three dipping sauces — the classic, red bean and roasted pepper — with sweet potato and lavosh chips. If you have a yen for seafood, the Chettinad style roasted prawns comes highly recommended. Cooked with a host of punchy spices, it is a burst of flavours on your palate. One can’t miss the Indian lamb seekh, which was also quite a hit with a hint of coriander adding freshness to the meat.
For mains, we suggest you try the chicken massaman curry with rice and pickled cucumber. A rich, thick coconutty sauce brimming with all the quintessential Asian flavours, like lemongrass and ginger, it is sure to satisfy your cravings for some good Thai food. The chicken quesadilla with guacamole and sour cream too does not disappoint, but for something more decadent, opt for the cheese-stuffed tortellini served with a creamy pea sauce.
Round things off with the sticky date and coffee toffee pudding and ice cream. The toffee is made from jaggery caramelised to the point of subtle bitterness, which we loved as it balanced out the sweetness perfectly. You can also lose yourself in the Knickerbockerglory sundae — strawberry ice cream loaded with marshmallows, fresh fruits and chocolate sauce.
`1,800 for two. At Lavelle Road. Details: 42124383
— Rashmi Rajagopal