Monkey Bar – Restaurant Review

It is official! The Bars and restaurants are to remain open till 1 am! Finally the state government of Karnataka succumbed to youth pressure, the demand to extend deadline for this cosmopolitan city Bangalore. So, with the city waking up to nightlife extensions, new bars and restaurants are opening up to cash in this new culture! Bangalore did see a spurt in opening of new bars in the recent past, though I am not sure if this new rule is the reason.

The Monkey Bar at Indiranagar, Bangalore

The Event:
Recently I was at the opening of Monkey Bar, the second of its kind in Bangalore and the third in India. Conde Nast International Gold Standard 2013, Time Out London and Singapore, have listed this brand among the must visit places in the world, so when I got the invite for the opening of this chain, I was thoroughly thrilled.

Ambiance:
Stepping in, I was pleasantly surprised at the quirkiness of the interiors. I was engulfed with a feeling of being in a fun New York-esque space: exposed brick walls, soft wood floors, and large comfortable booths in deep tones, offset by mismatched yet warm lights and fixtures. The spiral staircase leading to the floor upstairs is a good aesthetic piece there. What amused me most are the fun posters and wall hangings sourced from across the world! Each of them there is worth a second look and a click.

Ginger Rogers

Food:
I am at a loss of words here; the variety we were presented with was mind blowing. It started with a long list of cocktails and mocktails, starters streamed in one after another with good options for both vegetarians and non-vegetarians. The main course spread too is good and the dessert presented left us craving for more.

Tempura Kalamari
Parsee Orderlies’ Mutton Curry

The menu at Monkey Bar caters to the palate of the uninitiated and the gourmand alike. Its innovativeness is evident in preparation of the dishes with varying ingredients, oozing with delightful flavors and textures. Take a trip across the delicious small plates section for some essential pub grub and quirky flavors: on offer are Spiked Nachos with a delicious infusion of tequila and lime, Bombay Vada Pav, Tikki of Joy and Goan Chorizo Pao. Some of the latest additions to the menu include Roasted Beet and Orange Salad, Crab Rangoon, Tempura Calamari, Pirogies, Shammi Sliders and even Sloppy Joes.

Traditional dishes like Sorpotel wind up in little jam pots, the traditional Coorg delicacy Pandi Curry is paired with warm grilled fresh Pita Bread; brain fry and offal move out of their traditional MM Road bastion to be presented in a whole new avatar. The Parsee Orderly’s Mutton Curry creates its own delicious spin on India’s culinary legacy. Even the Vada Pav is adapted, tweaked, made hugely playful and placed comfortably in a setting that immediately puts customers at ease.

Chocolate Pot de Creme
Lemon Cake

Don’t be surprised if you are distracted by their quirky set of crockery, because being quirky is their style!

Service:
Prompt! The first thing you will notice of the bartenders is their genuine smile. The smiling bar churns out some super-refreshing fruit cocktails, ultra chilled beer and unusual concoctions like the Mangaa, Copper Monkey, Go Guava, Mary Beer and martinis served in rock glasses.

Wallet Factor:
Last but not the least; Meal for two including drinks and taxes Rs.1200-1400/-

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