Daddy in Indiranagar promises opulent decor with a mix of Indian, Asian and European cuisines
DADDY’S EXCESSIVE AND maximalist approach to decor could have gone wrong on many levels, but when we visited the place one evening, we found ourselves spellbound by the tastefully done-up space. Spread across 18,000 square feet, there are sections with different colour schemes and themes — from black and white vintage French chairs, to floral printed tub chairs and plush bluish-grey booths. But the one common factor is the numerous European-style statues placed all over the restaurant — pale white in contrast to the otherwise multi-hued and kitschy decor. Then, there are the private dining rooms that have classy marble tables with smooth black wallpaper printed with dusty pink roses.
We settled down at a table opposite the flipping bar (yes, the bar flips at regular intervals so guests sitting in the outdoor area get a view of it too) and were served Mysore Sour, a local twist on the classic whiskey sour. Well balanced and not too sweet, we quite enjoyed this drink.
The Vietnamese Fruit Salad got us off to a light and refreshing start. The dish was a mix of fruits like watermelon, apples and pears, besides crunchy candied walnuts, a dash of lemongrass dust and holy basil. The Half Dozen Yakitori Chicken, served next, was wonderfully smokey, a touch nutty (thanks to a sprinkling of toasted sesame seeds) and flavourful. This was followed with Whiskey Garlic Prawns, which turned out to be our favourite. The prawns were fresh and soaked up the whiskey and garlic sauce perfectly. But the clincher was the crispy prawn cracker served on top of the prawns. We also sampled the Smoked Chicken Kebabs, which was served with hummus, walnut cacik (tzatziki) and smoked naan. This was also spot on and the contrasting flavours came together nicely.
Cutlet to the chase
For main course, we tucked into Pork Cutlet, which came with a salad, French fries and mushroom jus. The cutlet was well seasoned and the fresh salad gave the dish some balance. The Lamb and Chicken Pizza (minced lamb chilli con carne, smoked pulled chicken, mozzarella and parmesan) is also worth a try. As their dessert menu is yet to be finalised, we skipped the final course, but we were told that food trials are currently underway and they will be available soon.
While the decor is eclectic, kitschy and impressive, Daddy’s food too holds its own and is definitely a must-visit.
Rs.1,400++ for two. At 12th Main, Indira Nagar