Smoke House Deli’s new outlet comes with a ‘to-go’ section, homemade ice cream and innovative dishes
It wouldn't be far from the truth to say that Smoke House Deli is a firm favourite in the city, not just for those looking for great food, but also for those in the mood for cocktails and a fun evening out. Now, the restaurant opens its doors in Whitefield, its third outlet in Bengaluru, after Lavelle Road and Indira Nagar. Located on the lower ground floor of Forum Shantiniketan Mall, the space holds the same laidback and cosy charm that it is known for, although the heavy wrought iron chairs and plush leather couches are replaced with smart wicker furniture. Another important addition to the new space is a ‘to-go’ section called ‘Goodness To Go’, which carries everything from health drinks, fruit salads and sandwiches to baked goodies.
While for the most part, the menu remains unchanged, we sat down for a tasting of their hand-ful of new additions, on a week-day evening. The appetiser section sees inclusions such as Garlic Marinated Malai Paneer Skewers, Crunchy Mozzarella Fritters and Crumbed Prawns with Double Chilli Dip. The paneer, soft, pillowy and silky, served as the perfect canvas for the pairing of malai and garlic flavours. It was served with a guacamole dip, which was fresh and well seasoned.
The mozzarella fritters were coated with shredded spring onions fried to a crisp and topped with a sprinkling of cheese powder. Crispy on the outside, the inside was melted and stringy. Our favourite however, was the prawn dish. Marinated in chillies and then crumb fried until golden brown, the double chilli dip (made with peri peri and chipotle) made all the difference. The millennial favourite, SHD Avocado Toast came next. Spiced guacamole, charred tomatoes, onions and goats cheese crumble were served on a slice of grilled sourdough toast for a plate bursting with contrasting flavours and textures.
From the mains, we picked the Asian Spiced Slow Roasted Chicken. Smokey and slightly sweet, we couldn’t get enough of the chicken, but it was the mashed sweet potato it was presented with that made it an interesting dish. For dessert, we went with a scoop of one of their homemade ice creams — dulce de leche ice cream. Made by baking condensed milk, it was smooth and creamy.
Despite creating a more casual ambience and coming up with ways to target office-goers with tight schedules, Smoke House Deli, Whitefield keeps its cosy, chic and laid back vibe intact.
Rs.1,800++ for two. At Whitefield