The Myx Bar and Kitchen in its new avatar offers good food and great ambience to Kolkatans
Kolkata’s food street, Park Street just got another resto lounge. Myx the popular nightclub that shut its doors for about three months has been re-launched a month back as a lounge bar, The Myx Bar and Kitchen. But with lounge bars dotting every corner of the city, what’s unique about The Myx, we ask.
“At Myx we have drawn up an interesting menu with the help of renowned Chef Shaun Kenworthy, where each dish, whether new or traditional, is offered with a punch. Besides, we offer a separate party space to our guests even on weekends, when it’s usually next to impossible to get a private space in lounge bars,” says Abhishek Kajaria, proprietor of the 5,000 sq ft, 70-seater resto bar.
We notice that the erstwhile nightclub that previously had very dark and black interiors has been redone with a generous sprinkling of red, brown and grey to lift the spirits. The bar area with abstract wood carvings in red looks classy and so does the patterned flooring. The space is looking brighter than before with high chairs and tables replacing the couches. The concave, wrought iron light holders add to the grunge. “The idea is to add more space for guests to chill,” adds Kajaria. The lounge that can accommodate up to 300 guests on a packed night, also has an elevated glass enclosure for those seeking a bit of privacy in a crowd.
We had a quick look at the new menu after settling into high chairs in a cosy corner. The EDM in the background stoked our appetite for some cocktails with finger foods and we zeroed in on an Over the Top cocktail and Malai Cottage Cheese with Parmesan and truffle oil. The cocktail made with vodka infused with five Indian spices namely, cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, pepper and chilli was a little spicy and left a fizzy, spicy aftertaste. The cottage cheese dish with a dash of Parmesan was soft, with the flavour of truffle oil setting it apart from the regular paneer tikkas served in other joints.
“People liked eating comfort foods and nibble on finger foods more. I have played around a little with the taste. So, instead of the regular chutneys there are guacamole and salsa dips. A lot of fresh seasonal items have been added to the menu including exotic drinks, such as Nolen Gur (date palm jaggery) and strawberry cocktails for this winter,” informs Chef Shaun Kenworthy.
The mini chicken shammi kebab burgers with Indian coleslaw and masala chips arrived next. The burger buns were a tad tough, but the meat patties were soft. The glass noodles spring rolls served with crispy vegetables were impressive. But what we rated the best was the Gondhoraj Marinated Bekti with tangy tomato and onions. The fresh and soft bekti melted in our mouths with the kaffir lime doing wonders to the flavour of the fish. You can also try their lip smacking veg or chicken flat bread pizzas and fruit and nut stuffed marinated potatoes.
For the party animals, Myx has special hip hop nights on Wednesdays and live bands on Thursdays, till one at night.
Price for two: Rs 2,000 (with alcohol), Rs 1,200 (without alcohol)