Along with craft beers, Aurum Brew Works wows with its attention to Karnataka cuisine
Sarjapur Road seems to be an emerging hub for breweries and pubs, and Aurum Brew Works is one to join the ranks. Named after gold, a reference to the colour of beer, this newly opened establishment sets itself apart with regional dishes such as ghee roasts and gojju curries. We took a drive down to Sarjapur to give it a try.
Aurum currently has six beers on offer — Tall Tales (lager), Aura of Sarjapur (wit), Merlin’s Beard (IPA), Cat’s Whiskers (stout), Citra Pale Ale and Apple Cider. We were really impressed with the tangerine and grapefruit notes in the Citra Pale Ale, as well as the jaggery and vanilla flavours of the Stout. The Apple Cider, usually a very syrupy sweet drink, here is a tart and refreshing affair.
Their food menu is divided into Indian, Western and Karnataka sections. We were fans of the regional starters, that are perfect for “touchings” with your beer. We got the ball rolling with the Goli Bajji. These fluffy Mangalo-rean dumplings were served with a fresh coconut chutney. We also sampled the Avarekai Masala Vade, unfortunately without the Hyacinth beans since they were not in season. The flat vadas were crispy and we couldn’t help but finish them all. Some other options include the Menasinakai Bajji with Girmit and a variety of seasonal fish fries.
If you prefer something more global, try the Ragi and Corn Nachos. Made in-house, these nachos were topped with grated jalapeno and microgreens. We also tried the Persian Kebab. With a piquant marinade, they paired well with the cooling Baba Ganoush dip. Although we skipped mains, some of the dishes that stood out on the menu were the Tindli Moi, Kundapura Koli, Wild Mushroom Millet Risotto and Belgian Pork Belly.
We ended our meal with a Pecan Pie with a Black Sesame Ice Cream. Although we weren’t so sure of the pairing, the pie in itself was delectable. The Wildberry Cheesecake, with its creamy and sour notes, is also a must try.
Rs. 1,500 for two. At Sarjapur Road