The Shack Bistro offers a warm space amidst the bustle of Convent Road
A quick getaway from the crowded streets is a perfect break in the city. This can’t be any truer when it’s a hub of activity like Convent Road. We spot the display board announcing The Shack Bistro and after some minor parking hassles, we squeeze up the narrow stairway cast with the green shades from a pot garden.
Walking into the 30-cover spot is simply like being cut off from the world. A wooden wonderland, the quaint-yet-fancy interior features mismatched tables and bold ceiling decor (think an upturned dinghy and a carrom board).
“We want to create a cosy place inspired by the cafes in big cities like Bengaluru. After the relaunch a few months ago, we’re even making our sauces in-house,” says co-owner Niyas Aynikkal, as I check the rather extensive beverage list and continental menu. Intimidating to lay eyes upon, their first serving is a
sugary shake topped with a store-bought macaron, vanilla ice cream, and a doughnut.
I eye a table which resembles a box—set right under a huge ‘READ’ sign done up with old books—but settle on one close to a speaker blasting obnoxiously loud music as their burger is brought to me. The contrasting textures of frizzled onions and veggies like tomatoes make biting into the barbeque meat dish a pleasant affair.
The following two platters fail to impress me with the burrito (which turned out looking like a quesadilla loaded with ketchup) and a sizzling fajita (with flavours of rosemary drowning everything else). A good dessert is crucial for you to like any meal and their flash-fried breadcrumb coated bananas with ice cream (banana republic) served to this effect.
Open from 11 am to 11 pm