Review – Liquid Street, Koramangala

We’re almost as surprised as you, dear reader, that 5th block in Koramangala has the space for a new bar. But there it is, Liquid Street, high up on a terrace, with twinkling lights and enough road signs to make sure you drive back home responsibly.

After we’re seated, a manager named Kitty – we’re not sure if that’s a stage name – slinks his way over to the table, recommending cocktails that he promises will make us purr. We don’t purr but pucker our lips (and not in a good way), as we sip a crisp and overwhelmingly tangy lemon margarita loaded with tequila. The gimlet is better, containing a surprise hit of crushed chili and ginger.

After we’re seated, a manager named Kitty – we’re not sure if that’s a stage name – slinks his way over to the table, recommending cocktails that he promises will make us purr.

The menu is like an unwieldy folding map, and traces street food from across the globe. We’re not sure where the ‘corn basket’ is from, but we don’t complain because light, crunchy shells encase a peppery mix of corn, beans, bell peppers and onions. Massive chunks of dhaba chicken crusted with cumin and jeera masala are barbarian-friendly and best eaten with your hands.

Even attempting to read through the extensive list of big plates is a down-the-rabbit-hole kind of experience, and so we fall back on staff recommendations. Biryani while bountiful, has no dum; Jamaican noodles are far more interesting. Sure, they feature Hakka noodles (!), but are light, pretty, laden with shredded chicken and pooled in plum sauce.

At the end of our meal, Kitty brings over a large piece of red velvet cake, which is gooey and gratifying, a good reminder of why we love birthdays. We’ll return soon not for the food, but for a Kitty party of gimlets and pastries.

Getting there: 77/A, 4th floor, JNC Road, 5th block Koramangala, call 9740147771. A meal for two costs approximately Rs 2,400 with drinks.

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