The Polo Club launches a new menu with salads, burgers, nibbles and desserts
The venue is the chic Polo Club at The Oberoi. We take in the colonial-style dark green and deep brown interiors as we settle down at the bar’s indoor area. Their outdoor space, with its cheerful wicker furniture and yellow upholstery is also welcoming, but it being a summer afternoon, we opt to remain indoors. We are here to sample their new menu, which is a carefully curated selection of unique flavour pairings, innovative infusions and sinful treats.
“The menu we’ve put together includes dishes that are experimental yet familiar. The aim is to present diners with a plate of good, fresh and delicious food. So if you’re expecting drama and deconstruction, that’s not something you’ll get here,” says senior sous chef, Hitesh Pant, and we can’t help but welcome this as a refreshing change from what has come to be the new normal.
Salads may not spell ‘pub grub’, but The Polo Club challenges that notion with a wide range of salads that are equally appealing to those looking to indulge and health obsessives. We are first served the Green and Grains. Combining broccoli, organic mesclun or salad greens and bamboo, quinoa and chia seeds with raisin and balsamic dressing, this one is quite impressive. The contrasting textures are well rounded and perfectly balanced by the sweet and sticky dressing.
Artisanal Burrata is another cracker of a dish. The fresh Italian cheese, burrata, is served in a mushroom and truffle broth, with asparagus on the side. The slightly acidic taste of the cheese pairs well with the rich umami from the broth, and the asparagus adds some crunch.
No bar worth its salt can do without something greasy. At The Polo Club, opt for their Chorizo
Fritters. The beer batter it is coated in is fried to crisp perfection and the accompanying garlic aioli serves as the ideal dip. The Military Lodge lamb uthappam is another interesting creation that goes down easily. Uthappam is topped with spiced minced lamb, a tangy tomato chutney and curry leaves for a dish that smacks of South Indian flavours. Next, we tuck into the Chicken Cordon Bleu burger. This one too proves to be a decadent and sumptuous affair with a crisp, crumb-fried chicken patty wrapped around melting gruyere cheese.
The chef has taken care to ensure that the desserts don’t disappoint, and we sample the Churros with chocolate sauce and the Hickory smoked bitter chocolate cake, with berry compote and vanilla sorbet. What we love about the churros is that it is light and delicious. The chocolate cake on the other hand is one to put your diet plans aside for. We enjoyed the bitter notes from the gooey chocolate cake, well complemented by the tartness from the berry compote and the sweet sorbet.
As usual, The Oberoi does not let you down, with its mix of global flavours served with a new twist.
Rs.3,000++ for two. At MG Road. Details: 25585858