Something about this place made me relate it to the boy next door. Modest, charming, not trying too hard but still very confident of what it wants to offer! A bar that has been around since a few months now but is quite hidden amidst so many other things happening in the middle of Lane 6 and Lane 7, The Bar and Eatery has the potential to instantly make it to your list of favourites in the city!
I went there one evening with a few friends and my experience turned out to be quite delightful. The first thing they offered as we got to the table was a Paan Shot. Flavourful and potent, it was quite yummy but I couldn’t help but wonder why they would not serve it towards the end of the meal. Who doesn’t like one for the road, eh? Being cocktail-lovers, we started off with getting a pitcher of one of their classic concoctions, Mai Tai. Delicious and refreshing, it proved to be a great way to begin the evening. Another one of their bar signatures is The Zombie Maker, a yummy and strong drink made using the combination of white rum and dark rum. The best thing about this drink is the skeleton-shaped jar it is served in! Yes, nasty much! The Watermelon Limon Beer an interesting choice for beer lovers.
For food, we started off with a helping of Bacon, Beer, Cheese Soup with Chicken. The quantity of meat in the soup was so generous that it could literally be had as a light meal. And yet, it didn’t make the good old boys at Bar and Eatery step back in terms of quality! Thick and creamy, each bite of it was utterly delicious and provided the perfect warm taste one would want for the throat in this weather. Next, we had the Tomato Basil Soup which I’d highly recommend if you want to go vegetarian. The tangy tomato taste worked really well with the goodness of the basil flavour.
Under salads and appetizers, we tried a total of eight dishes, the Paneer Mushroom & Corn Salad, Asian Tenderloin Salad, Buffalo Chicken Wings, Teriyaki Chicken, Salmon & Cream Cheese Bruschetta, Garlic and Oregano Mushroom, Mozarella Cheese Sticks and Ultimate Fries. Yes, they have an extensive menu! My top favourites were the Asian Tenderloin Salad and Salmon & Cream Cheese Bruschetta. The tenderloin salad was served with chunks of yummy meat along with noodles. (No idea why they named it salad!). The bruschetta with fresh chunks of salami took me back to the taste of freshly prepared sushi at Shizusan so I developed an instant liking towards it.
Next, we tried the BBQ Bacon Mega Cheese Burger, Pesto Penne and Spaghetti Bolognese. The burger sort of let us down because the meat was chewy and could have been cooked better. The pesto sauce was lovely but the penne tasted a little floury. The Bolognese was yummy and served in generous proportions; easily shareable by two! Portions of Butter Chicken and Dal Makhani were served as set meals with rice, roti, salad and a piece of papad. Surprisingly, both the preparations were amazingly flavoured and no less than the ones you would find at any dhaba! Since it is a place which does a lot of different cuisines, I did not expect them to be so good at Indian dishes. The Trifecta Steak was served in a massive quantity and was another splendid dish! To bring out the real glutton in you, this is the perfect dish you should be ordering. In fact, bet with your friends that they cannot finish it. You will definitely win some bucks!
We ended the meal with two desserts, the Drunken Serra Durra and the Baked Yogurt, which were again served in very generous quantities and were yum. Overall, it was a very satisfying meal for sure!
So head down there and get ready to charge up those butterflies (and mice?) in your stomach because you are visiting the boy, oops, I mean bar, next door!