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    Set IN a quiet bylane of Koramangala’s industrial layout, Happy Brew is a haven for those looking for relaxation and fine food. Cheerful wooden interiors and pastel colours, lend the place a ‘happy’ vibe. The open deck bar and easy atmosphere transports you to a beachside restaurant, and makes you doubt if you really are in the middle of Bangalore.
    Choosing a table right opposite the bar one hot muggy afternoon, we took in the casual interiors that make it a great place for a cosy outing or a fun catch up with friends, both for lunch and dinner dates.
    If you’re feeling a little adventurous, we highly recommend their range of ‘Beer tails’, which include a curious line-up of drinks like Diesel (lager and cola), The Aloha Shandy (passion fruit juice with beer), Shirley Sunrise (grenadine and lager) and Kiwi’s Paradise (kiwi and beer). We, however, opted for the rather tame sounding, beer apple mix, which is a blend of green apple and beer. While the beer is doubtlessly refreshing, the green apple adds a lot of flavour and we found the drink to be perfectly balanced and just the thing for a hot early summer day.
    Cheerful bites
    The comprehensive menu spans everything from Indian and Pan Asian to Italian and Mexican, so you’re sure to be spoilt for choice. On the recommendation of the chef, we got things off to a start with Coorg-style pork fry appetisers. Tangy and spicy, we found the meat to be perfectly cooked and melt-in-the-mouth soft. Served with a wedge of lime, a sprig of coriander and topped with sauteed curry leaves, it nicely set the tone for what was to follow.
    Main course, Don Corleon pizza and slow-cooked lamb shank, was also ordered on the chef’s suggestion. One can never stress enough on the flavour of a thin-crust pizza and ours was super thin. Topped with chicken, black and green olives, homemade tomato sauce and generous amounts of cheese, it was everything we were looking for.
    The lamb shank, however, stole the spotlight with its tender meat, falling off the bone and a lethal red gravy smack with aromatic Indian spices. Served with steamed rice and poppadums, it’s a good option if you’re looking for a fully satisfying meal. The menu also includes burgers, in options like peri peri, classic lamb and chicken and more. You can opt for either of the pavs — Mumbai style batata pav or kheema pav, to quell your street food cravings. The menu also includes a selection of pastas, soups and salads.

    `900 for two. At 5th block, Koramangala. Details: 49652956
    —Rashmi Rajagopal

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