Foxtrot dishes up experimental bites and refreshing cocktails
The rooftop gastro pub mixes quirk with class
Following the success of their other properties such as Mamagoto, Dhaba and Sly Granny, Azure Hospitality finally threw open the doors to the much awaited Foxtrot Gastropub at Maratha-halli. The location may not be the most attractive of features but the decor (a mix of New York vibes and Bohemian aesthetics), food and drinks at the rooftop space, more than make up for it. Bold hued walls, glinting surfaces, some black and white chevron accents and stone floors bring the same level of whimsy and excess that endeared Sly Granny to its patrons, when it first launched.
Braving snarling traffic we visited the restaurant on a weekday. The tiring drive warranted something strong to revive our energy, so we were more than happy when we were asked to pick a few cocktails from the menu.
Our choices were the What A Match(a) and the Sprouty G & T — classic Gin and Tonic with greens and bitters. The latter is a delicious drink but also makes for a pretty picture with the pale pink stems of the microgreens starkly contrasting the lovely golden liquid. Our favourite however was the former — an aromatic and punchy blend of whiskey, matcha tea, ginger syrup and citrus juice.
The Curry Leaf Prawns, promising familiar flavours in an innovative format, is hands down the best offering from Small Plates section. The dish is made with batter fried prawns coated in an emulsion made of curry leaves and yogurt. The Cajun Spiced Pork Ribs came with a generous dash of green apple slaw. The meat was cooked to perfection but it was the complementary tangy, spicy and sweet notes from the slaw that made this one a hit.
For mains, one may tuck into a wide range of options such as Dal Makhni, made with kidney bean mousse and served with garlic naan, or the Mutton Pepper Fry, that comes with flaky Malabari paratha. For dessert, we asked for the intriguing Jalebi Churros, which turned out to be deep fried jalebi batter accompanied with rabdi. The churros, dusted in cinnamon, were crisp and warm, and the rabdi, mildly sweetened, making for a dish that served as a fitting end to a meal that was exciting and unconventional.
With its quirky decor, unique offerings and a nod to the many subcultures prevalent in the city, Foxtrot has something that not every restaurant can boast of. And we can’t wait for the launch of its Koramangala branch, expected in a few months.
Rs.1,400 for two. At Marathahalli