Restaurant Review: Broadway The Gourmet Theatre

If La La Land brought flair to your #fail at the end of 2016, Broadway hopes to be your first non-dull moment of 2017 (that is, if you haven’t visited yet).

This new restaurant at HSR Layout doesn’t offer a show with supper, but it does promise drama by breaking handis at your table and fashioning food into beautiful fire-breathing dragons.

What could have easily turned into a tacky affair (add to this a multi-cuisine menu) is saved by the fact that Broadway has all the polish of an upscale city restaurant, and produce so fresh, it may as well appear as a tap-dancing character at your table.

Thai Gap

With a view of the flyover, we thumb through Indian, Korean, Thai and Mexican food options, but really light up when we see the extensive Japanese listings.

Soy to the world, you’ll sing. As do we, while salmon sashimi is poised between our chopsticks. The salmon cuts are big-hearted and fresh, unlike the frozen variety usually available in the city. Vegetarians, put out your bait to catch skewers of crispy, golden fried cottage cheese, made alive with Gochujang and mango basil dip.

Broadway has all the polish of an upscale city restaurant, and produce so fresh, it may as well appear as a tap-dancing character at your table.

For act two, we continue our winning Korean-Japanese order combination: first, a chicken bibimbap bowl, which is as massive as it is colourful, a spicy mélange of rice, stir fried bell peppers, mushrooms and blanched spinach, all topped with a glistening fried egg. Fiercer still is tuna maki dragon roll ornamented with ochre fish eggs adding crunch and colour. The avocado-tuna with a kick of palate-cleansing ginger certainly gets our feet tapping.

If there were a lamp post outside Broadway, we’d swing around it and dance into the sunset, provided this film’s editor could splice off the unsavoury bits. Dessert was brownie and ice cream fancy only in name (Melting Globe), and the bar was missing an alcohol license (they currently serve only beer and wine).

We know that a good editor can make all the difference to the narrative, so endings need to be re-written and whisky needs to be on hand for the broken-hearted. Broadway, fix this soon, because up on the roof, with the Bangalore skyline view, we would hate to say that this was a waste of a lovely night.

Getting there: 2802, 27th Main Road, Sector 1, HSR Layout, call 45128598, approximately Rs 2,750 for a meal for two.

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