Naming your restaurant after a beloved condiment means that you’d better be packing some serious heat. Sitting at Sriracha, a bowlful of soulful khao suey before us, we’re happy to report that UB City’s new Asian restaurant measures up just fine.
Singkong Still Strong
Sriracha retains much of its predecessor Singkong’s digs – a slick, all-black room with tables spread around an island bar. Their cocktail menu isn’t ready yet, so we skip Tsing Taos for another crisp daytime thing: Thai salad. This is assembled at our table with minimum theatrics, loaded with zest and crunch. A fish appetiser is fat and fresh and infused with lemongrass, rivaled only by the hot bean sprouts accompanying it.
Sriracha retains much of its predecessor Singkong’s digs – a slick, all-black room with tables spread around an island bar.
For mains we are pressured into ordering the “star of the menu”, Cantonese style roast chicken with steamed buns, which arrives with a dark glaze and sticky notes of sweetness. It’s a messy ride, shredding the meat and stuffing the bun, so tighten your smocks and dig in. Our bird lacks sharpness to counter the bland buns, but on the whole, makes for a juicy sandwich.
Just as we’re about to undo our smocks, khao suey arrives. Inviting and fragrant, this is one of the better renditions of the dish in Bangalore, all coconut creaminess and biting, brightening condiments.
Husk to Dawn
For a limited menu, the dessert list is gratifyingly long, highlighting the kitchen’s penchant for coconut and sesame. You’ll love it, buoyant coconut mousse with its tart raspberry heart, and Sumatran dark chocolate cake brooding over a heap of whipped coconut cream.
We’re told we should return and sit at the island bar, sample the work-in-progress cocktail menu. Sold, as long as there will be dessert. After all, it’s hard to think of an island without coconuts.
Getting there: Level 2, UB City, Vittal Mallya Road. A meal for two costs approximately Rs 3,000 without drinks.
Accessibility: UB City has wheelchair accessibility. At Sriracha it’s two steps up to the seating area.
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