Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Brewsky, JP Nagar, Bangalore : Restaurant Review

Chill with the Brewskasuras? Precisely what we did last Sunday evening – that is, chilled at Brewsky, the new microbrewery in South Bangalore!

A microbrewery in the residential area of JP Nagar – close to home? Too good to be true, was my first thought! And hope the place lives up to expectations, was my second. 

In a span of 1 month, I visited Brewsky twice. Conveniently located bang on the 15th cross ring road in JP nagar, the microbrewery is housed on the topmost floor of an unfinished building. There are two levels of terrace seating; a partially covered area that houses the bar and the brewery, and an open to sky lounge area with smart and minimal interiors for a warm and casual ambience – funky demons/asura pictures, on the menu and walls add to the cool attitude. I can’t really rave about the view I got of South Bangalore from here as it is disappointing to see the mass of concrete apartments all around – albeit the twinkling lights. There is apparently a covered section on the lower floor that will soon be open for performances.

On my first visit, we tasted the beer samplers – Giltasutra Golden Ale (medium bitter), Ooperworld Hefeweizen (light wheat beer with aromas of banana & clove), Kamacitra India Pale Ale (a citrusy and fruity aroma beer) and Kala and Handsome Dunkelweizen (a dark beer with notes of caramel, cocoa and coffee). I loved the Ooperworld Hefeweizen, light and just right for my taste, while the husband freaked out on the Kala and Handsome Dunkelweizen. On my second visit however, we were very disappointed as the crafted beer was not available due to an excise licence issue. I loved their green apple martini – not too potent, yet good enough to give you a buzz with an apple after taste. 

On the food front, vegetarians like me are at a bit of a disadvantage in terms of options. For appetizers, we had over loaded nachos and veg la bhudina. The nachos were ok but not really overloaded, a little more garnishing and cheese sauce would help; the bhudina is an innovative wanton with a crisp vegetable filling served with a yummy sweet and spicy sauce. The tomato basil soup was excellent – thick and creamy with nice basil after taste and not too tangy. The atomic wedgies pizza was pretty good, loaded with juicy veggies on a thin and crisp crust and a generous topping of cheese. 

In the mains, the pesto pasta was a bit of let-down. Pretty dry with a few pieces of carrots and broccoli thrown in - very Kerala avail types. The pasta arabiatta was decent but could have been saucier. For dessert, we tried the chocolate cigar – a cigar type role made of wanton wrap with a creamy chocolate filling and a drizzle of sauce. Rich, but with a wanton crusty after taste served with a scoop of ice cream. Service was pretty good both times in spite of a packed house.

I must mention the management is extremely accommodating for groups with kids. Not many microbreweries in the city are accommodative in that sense. Request for mashed potatoes, extra cheese and a warm corner were happily obliged.

Overall, a great place for food and drinks in South Bangalore. Not too heavy on the wallet and value for money. So yes, go people - Chill with the Brewskasuras!

Verdict : 3.7/5