Crumb-fried idli, samosas tossed in a Sichuan sauce and barbeque chicken served like lollipops — the new menu at Rhapsody, Courtyard by Marriott, signals a shift towards a streamlined identity focussed on bar food favourites with a twist. Another efficient change? The prices: cocktails are around Rs.300 (with domestic liquor) while a mug of Kingfisher is Rs.150. The Italian fine dining restaurant that shared space here is long gone, but the mellow atmosphere that originally drew me to Rhapsody — you can have conversations without straining the vocal cords — remains for the most part. The food menu, now limited to a single page, features appetisers, pizzas and comfort-food mains (biryani, kothu paratha, katti rolls) and has dishes that bear executive chef Negi’s fingerprints: the boring-sounding fried idli is elevated by presentation and the fabulous chutney, while the Chinese spin on the samosa revives another old favourite. The mushroom and cheese cigars and panko crumbed fish in pita bread are other must-trys. Not everything is a success though: the lal mirch ka paneer tikka is downright boring, while the rice crusted spinach medallions sail perilously close to mush. Despite having an experienced man behind the bar, Kishore, the beverage menu only features one signature: the intriguingly named Will God Save the Queen (Rs.450). With vermouth, vodka, rose wine and orange liqueur, it perfectly balances sweet and bitterness, while packing a punch (thus the name).
Starters from Rs.150 onwards, mains are from 350.
— Ranjitha Gunasekaran