I was recently invited for a review to a quaint little place named ‘The Bar and Eatery’ in Koregaon Park, lane no. 7
To be honest I had never even noticed this place while passing by that street, because it’s really small. Blink and you miss kinda entrance, and no bright signage,could be the reason.
I wasn’t sure what to expect from the place, because I hadn’t heard much about it from anyone else either.
The 1st impression as I entered the place, was a good one though. A typical relaxed, laid back kinda place where you catch up with friends for a drink post work, or on a weekend.
The ambiance is lively, but without being too noisy and chaotic.
So far so good, I thought, and moved on to check the drinks and food menu.
We started off with a superb Mai Tai which is easily one of those drinks that I could have a pitcher of, alone, on a Sunday brunch or a warm summer evening (I wish I could have a pitcher…but not really posssible, since their drinks are quite potent ! )
Speaking of potent drinks, their lovely Paan Shots would totally top that list , coz it’s potent and how!
For the Beer Cocktail lovers, a mix of Watermelon juice, Red Bull and Beer , called the Watermelon Limon Beer is a good choice.
The Bar and Eatery offers amazing deals on their drinks, and the Happy Hours stretch all the way to 9:00 pm ! on All days ! Yayyy !!
Over to the food –
The menu is a bit too long, considering the place is a typical watering hole where you want a short and to the point food menu. But well, they have included a bit of everything to please all types of palates and appetites.
The Beer Bacon Cheese and Chicken Soup is an absolute stunner ! All my favourite things in 1 bowl ! A well balanced cheesy, boozy soup with bits of chicken and bacon and some more crispy bacon strips on top, is every bit hearty and satisfying. An absolute delight on a cold winter night.
The vegetarians can opt for the Tomato Basil Mozzarella Soup, which has chunks of mozzarella that melt into the soup giving it a chewy cheesy texture and the freshness of basil.
Paneer, Corn, Mushroom Salad is a good option for healthy vegetarian munchies with drinks.
Their most popular bar snack, the Ultimate Fries which are generously drizzled with cheese sauce and herbs are best eaten really hot, else they tend to get very soggy and unappetizing.
Asian Tenderloin Salad, Salmon & Cream Cheese Bruschetta , Teriyaki Chicken Skewers are all good accompaniments with your cocktails.
However if it’s something more hearty and filling you are looking for, I would most definitely recommend their Daal Makhni or Butter Chicken which are so rich, creamy and flavourful. Served with Paratha, Rice, Papad and Salad, which makes it a complete meal.
The Pasta and Burgers are not bad at all. But they were the lesser favourites from that evening. I prefered the Indian food combos for the mains.
And if you have a Sweet tooth, The Bar and Eatery has some delish desserts for you.
*Warning* They serve Massive portions of Dessert !
Serradurra, which is a Portuguese dessert made up of layers of fine biscuit crumbs and cream is lovely, and has the taste and texture similar to a tiramisu.
The Baked Yogurt set and served in an earthen pot is a lovely dessert with a slight tangy aftertaste of the yogurt, and the sweetness of a crackling caramelized sugar layer like that of a creme brulee.
So next time you’re around Koregaon Park, wondering where to go for a drink, (and good food as well) , The Bar and Eatery is a decent option for sure.