Restaurant Review – Communiti, Residency Road

We might just have discovered our favourite new barThe music plays at background-noise level, which alone would suffice, but they’re also nice enough to ask for our ID (when you’re over 30, this is a serious compliment) when we order a cocktailIt’s amazing what being mistaken for a teenager can do for your ego. We’ll take this (in-)group discount, thanks.

silken whisper, the chef’s carrot cake is a promise for when the restaurant’s bakery opens in the next couple of weeks.

More Blueprints Than Howard Hughes

When they named this place “communiti” they forgot to add “centre,”: it has a garden, a balcony, a reading room, and an island bar, all on prime real estateThe name is fitting also because it isn’t meant for drinking alone. If you’re in convivial company, the good news is that even the cocktails will taste like friends accompanying you on dark adventures. Our new buddies include ‘Vik-Tory Lap,’ with vodka, aam panna and coriander, light and full of summer’s promise. Show Me the Moni, with dark and white rum, spruced with raspberry syrup and lime juice, is rich and more reserved. Both have silly names, but no one’s perfect.

Our recommendations on what to drink at Communiti

The greasy bar food is perfect for drunken family-style sharing. Spicy sauce on peri peri chicken fires through the succulent meat, ensuring we’ll drink more‘Butter and cheesy fish’ does what it says – crumbles to the touch and surfs down the hatch in a foamy breaker of butter sauce. Pita pockets, which we’re promised will be “home-made,” are indeed fluffy and wellstuffed with cottage cheese and peppers. 

To sober us up, the kind chef offers us his spinon carrot cake, more butter than carrots. A silken whisper, it’s a promise for when the restaurant’s bakery opens in the next couple of weeks. More home improvements are due, including a micro-brewery that’s running behind schedule. We’re told taps will turn on in March. 

When they named this place “communiti” they forgot to add “centre,”: it has a garden, a balcony, a reading room, and an island bar

The drought hasn’t stopped the neighbourhood from showing up already. Getting their kitchen on point and keeping prices modest has already helped ensure recurring roles from their new patrons.

Getting there: 67 & 68, Brigade Solitaire on Residency Road, call 40999755. A meal for two with drinks costs approximately Rs 1600.

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