Bold: From the team that brought us Sugar Factory comes Bold, a restaurant, rooftop bar, and nightclub all rolled into one, nineties-style. The menu features Indian, Chinese as well as European food - so we’re wondering if they mean “bold” in that sly aunty way that really means “the nerve of that one.” Bold has just opened doors to the public.
Pa Pa Ya: Zorawar Kalra’s Pa Pa Ya, a modern Asian bistro, brings its ladies-who-lunch vibe and outré décor to Bengaluru this year, although dates and location are still under wraps. It will be the third of Kalra’s restaurants to open in the city, following Farzi Café and Made In Punjab. We’re hoping the menu will feature dishes like the soft shell crab tempura, and takoyaki balls with parmesan tuile, said to hold Pa Pa Ya enthusiasts in Mumbai and Delhi in their thrall.
Playboy Club: Shake those tail feathers – the Playboy Club is coming to the ‘ooru. From February, Black Rabbit will no longer be the only bunny on 100 ft Road, as the fifth outlet in the country, and the first in the city, opens here. Expect the usual — DJs, laser lights, playboy bunnies and free-flowing booze with names like “Frisky Rabbit” and “Californian Playmate.”
Foxtrot: The team behind Mamagoto and Sly Granny are planning a new “subculture” pub. Whether you want to eat your plate of Chaupati Bhel on a rooftop garden, or a Injipuly Chicken Lollipop in a space that looks like a writer’s apartment in NYC, Foxtrot can make it happen. Although a smaller outlet has opened its quirky doors to the public earlier this month in Marathahalli, the flagship outlet in Koramangala, set to open in March, will be one to watch out for.
Marathahalli and Koramangala.
MasalaBar: Another Kalra brainchild to blossom on our branches. This ‘science bar’ is uses cutting-edge equipment to sex up its cocktails. Think smoke, foams and fumes adding an element of surprise to your happy hour. Details about the location, or when it is expected to open, aren’t available yet, but note that the Mumbai location, when it opened, was lit only by candlelight. Bring your pipette closer to the flame.
Egg Factory: In time for its ten-year anniversary, our favourite breakfast destination is getting a complete makeover this year, with an all-new menu titled Eggsplore featuring lunch and dinner. Keep eyes peeled for Mexican huevos rancheros with fried egg on crisp tortillas, a Malaysian Telur Goyeng that pairs garlic bread and eggs, and a Brazilian coconut custard cake called the Quindim.
St. Marks Road.
Rock Salt: Abhijit Saha, who gave us Fava and Caperberry, has another new treat for the city. Opening “early this year,” Rock Salt is the latest in a slew of new restaurants focusing on regional cuisine – not that we're complaining! Here’s looking forward to dishes more exciting than Butter Chicken and Goan Prawn Curry representing Indian cuisine. We also hear the cocktail menu is going local, featuring Coorg espresso martinis and Kokum margaritas.
Third Wave Coffee Roasters: This artisanal coffee shop is all set to open its first outlet in Bengaluru's central business district. In addition to coffee and delicious sourdoughs, Third Wave drops rumours of coffee lemonade, ginger bread latte, and chocolate peppermint mocha. We’re especially looking forward to the mulled wine cold brew in time for sweater weather (which - if you’re reading this in a sweatier, smoggier city - will come around sooner than you think. Bye!).
Rasta Café: Part of the original Rasta Café’s charm was leaving home at the crack of dawn, and driving 50km outside the city to spend long, lazy hours on wooden benches under the trees, snacking on a decidedly under-18 menu. But for better or worse, a new Rasta Cafe will be opening on Church Street soon. We hear there will be craft beer on the menu, as well as an in-house brand of freshly roasted coffee. We have also been promised that it will be a green and beautiful space, representing the cherished memory of old Bangalore. Here’s hoping.
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