Inntense offers an eclectic mix of cocktails and some interesting bar eats
Located in Indira Nag ar, Inntense opened just a few days ago and it seems like it is already gaining popularity in the area. Why do we say this? It’s because when we dropped by on a Monday evening, two long tables were occupied and both groups seemed to be having a good time.
On the bar
We started by sampling their signature cocktails. The Vodka-Celery-Cilantro was served first. This mix was quite delicious and the celery-cilantro flavours added freshness. Next, we tried the Caribbean Bushwalker — a blend of vodka, Baileys, Kahlua, Triple Sec, vanilla ice cream and chocolate sauce. Creamy and smooth, this had the perfect balance of bitterness and sweetness. From the appetisers, we first sampled the Crispy Potato Skins. Baked potato skins stuffed with refined beans, sour cream, makhani gravy and topped with tomato salsa, the combination of different flavours in this was quite dramatic. The Paneer Tikka Trio impressed us with the quality of paneer that’s made in-house. Soft and velvety, the trio of flavours included Kali Mirch, Pesto and Achari Paneer.
Hot off the tandoor
From the non-vegetarian section, we opted for the Mutton Habiba Chops. Lamb chops marinated with a tandoori spice mix and cooked in a clay oven, this was intensely spicy! The chops paired well with the Devil’s Martini, a cocktail of dark rum, white rum, vodka, orange juice and sugar syrup.
One dish that stood out was the plate of Cheese Nachos. It was nothing experimental but the nachos were crisp and the toppings were fresh, and we couldn’t stop reaching for more. Before we moved onto mains, we were served the Carrot Colada, a ‘healthy’ take on the Pina Colada. Pineapple juice was substituted with carrot juice. The flavours of carrot and coconut milk worked well together.
For mains, we tried the Dhaniya Murgh, a chicken curry cooked with assorted Indian spices, fresh coriander and yogurt, and the Bamboo Chicken Biryani. The curry was fresh and went well with the freshly made naan topped with a generous dose of butter and the biryani was aromatic and packed with flavour.
From the desserts section, we were served the Flourless Chocolate Cake. This one did come as a surprise and impressed us with its gooey texture and rich chocolate flavour. This is best eaten with vanilla ice cream. With the bar and food menus that are well curated, Inntense is sure to become a favourite in the locality.
Rs 1,600 for two. At Indira Nagar