Toast and Tonic is an exciting new addition to Bangalore’s dining scene
The Space: The first Monkey Bar makes way for Master chef Manu Chandra’s latest brainchild. This time he goes to NYC’s East village for inspiration. Yes, this restobar (for want of a better description) is drenched in East Village chic. Chip-board walls and roofs, hand-crafted light fittings and a grand bar with layers of pinewood; the interiors avoid cliches and almost transport you to the swinging sixties when everything was apparently groovier.
The grub: Tonics? But naturally. Except these tonics get a serious workaround with everything from bacon slices to capsicum infusions in the mix. The ‘free spirited’ cocktails set the tone and a cunning combination of local ingredients with unconventional interpretations follows. The surprises almost never stop. Averekai tossed into a sale with asparagus and green beans, the brilliant flat breads sections with scrumptious options like spicy Korean pork sausage and five mushroom with Buratta or the pork tea mildly spiced with black fungus and pickled ginger with floating tortellini pillows. Aside from your one for the road, keep those belts unfastened for one of their wicked
desserts – expression of jaggery with a ‘noren gur’ infusion or strawberry pain perdu and orange tonic sorbet.
Will we go back: without a doubt
The deets: 14/1, Wood Street, Richmond Road, Ashok Nagar, Bangalore – 560025. Google Maps. Tel: 080 41116878. Meal for 2: Rs 2,000. Open for lunch (12 to 3 pm) and dinner (7 to 11 pm)