Review – What’s In A Name, Koramangala

As we turn the street corner at Koramangala, we hear What’s In A Name before we see it. With the speakers turned out to face the street, everyone on the block is listening to the silken vocals of Raqeeb on Thursday night. And so you must resort to sign language throughout the evening: to communicate with each other, flag down a waiter, and dictate your order.

We’re not sure what will come out of our charades –try acting out ‘cheilo kebab with a side of butter rice and fried egg’ – but 15 minutes later, drinks and appetisers begin to appear. One of us nurses a Jim Beam + Coke + lime, while this writer gets an Emoji-to, a wonderfully tangy cocktail made with white rum and chunks of summer sweet lime. Succulent roast, slathered with ghee, should be part of your Sunday brunch repertoire of meaty favourites; but ‘Almost Coorg’ pork fry doesn’t go the full distance, falling short of the piquant country vinegar flavour.

We’re not sure what will come out of our charades –try acting out ‘cheilo kebab with a side of butter rice and fried egg’ – but 15 minutes later, drinks and appetisers begin to appear.

The band is now on a break, which is an opportune moment to fill our friends in on all that we want to say, and order mains and dessert. Arriving during the interlude is lamb cheilo kebab with a side of chicken Shashlik, buttered rice and an egg fry. Granted this is a random collection of elements, but it is surprisingly tasty as a whole dish. Spiced lamb with mildly marinated chicken pairs well with a runny egg, and feels like the perfect hangover food. Crunchy raw papaya and mango salad, scattered with roasted peanuts and green onions, is like a celebration of spring, and a delicious way to shame the carnivores at our table.

Desserts arrive as the dance floor fills up and the worried lead singer asks people to step back. Our jiggly, gelatinous blueberry cheesecake rebels, dancing on our plates as we poke it with a fork. But its biscuit base and light blueberry coulis make it a better choice than dry lava cake, which does not ooze when poked. Almost ready to leave, we decide that Mosh Pit would be an apt alternative name for this new restaurant/bar, but management cannot hear our suggestion over the din.

Getting there: 146, 5th block, JNC Road, Koramangala, call 08049653529. A meal for two with drinks costs approximately Rs 2,400.

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