The Open Box on St. Mark’s Road has been sawed into two. And despite what looks like a job half done by an absconding magician and his lovely assistant, the new half is a neat little trick.
Ladies and gentleman, gasp in awe at this freshly cut piece, Misu, a tiny Asian kitchen that leaves its Indian half behind and puts out tightly rolled Maki and boozy iced teas.
We start our assault on summer with a frosty, fermented strategy: Earl Grey iced tea in a miniature pitcher tinged with orange juice and fortified with lots of vodka. Gin drinkers, your weapon of choice should be the Singapore Shot, which despite being bracingly gin-ny and generously fruity, strikes a restrained balance between its peach and cranberry flavours.
Pair these with a conference of small plates, beginning with Namprik, a pork stir fry cooked in a Thai chili paste that delivers on crunch and kick. The California Maki is a stunner, embellished with roe and a sliver of strawberry. It tastes just as good as it looks, but would have been better had the soy sauce not been so feeble. The Moonshine Dumplings that encase mushroom and spinach, lack sparkle owing to the under-seasoned stuffing.
Gin drinkers, your weapon of choice should be the Singapore Shot
We’d love to introduce ourselves to more pageant contestants from the sushi bar, but our attention is called to curries next. And here the khow suey is a real winner, fragrant and coconut-y with a rainbow of toppings. The tofu Misu Krapow isn’t what you would be served in Thailand, but this meal bowl is both hearty and delicate, served with jasmine rice.
The little tester portion of dark chocolate and Thai bird’s eye chili fudge really hits the spot.
With another round of iced teas we barely have room for dessert, but our summer hearts are set on all things frozen. Enter Singapore style ice-cream sandwich with an orange sponge and lemon grass filling. Chalky in parts and excessively sweet in others, this is not the kind of Asian sandwich you should find yourself in. But the little tester portion of dark chocolate and Thai bird’s eye chili fudge really hits the spot. Sawadika!
Getting there: 4th Floor, Halcyon Complex, St. Mark’s Road, call 08041280055 for reservations. A meal for two with cocktails costs approximately Rs. 3,700.
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