Applewood, a new global cuisine restaurant in Indiranagar leaves you spoilt for choice right from Apple Martinis to Oreo chocolate dessert
There is hardly a lack of choices of cuisine when it is Indiranagar you plan to dine in. You will find enough and more of the regular Italian and fast food fare and a whole bunch of ambient specialty restaurants.
Adding to the culinary map of the area is Applewood, a global cuisine restaurant that has replaced the erstwhile Chettinad pub Sarasam. We stopped by for dinner on a rather lean weekday and were greeted by a partly open, windy restaurant and enthusiastic staff.
The d �cor is reminiscent of the pub that was, though the seating is restricted to tables and chairs (we missed the couch). We ordered a Caramel Apple Martini (R 350) to kick start the meal. The drink had a whiff of fresh apples and came in a glass rimmed with caramel.
It was creamy owing to the Bailey's Irish cream and heavily spiked. Crunchy Buffalo Mozzarella (R 250) and Spicy Pema Chicken (Rs 325) came along for starters. The mozzarella was encased in a crunchy crust and was sufficiently soft to bite into.
Paired with a sauce that we suspect was prepared with tart berries, the crunchy sticks made for good finger food. The chicken was regular fare and the marinade did remind us of the good old green coriander chutney.
For the main course, the choice is vast. There are entire sections dedicated to pastas, risottos, sizzlers and combos. We opted for a Wild Mushroom and Three Cheese Sizzler (R 275) and Herb Crust Mutton Chops (R 380).
The mushroom sizzler served on a wooden platter accompanied steamed veggies, French fries and roasted tomatoes. Mozzarella roundels dipped in spicy tomato-based gravy were served along with hakka noodles (you can opt for Chinese greens instead). The combination of the bland noodles and the cheese with the spicy sauce worked well.
Tender mutton chops came drowned in a fiery brown sauce on a bed of mashed potatoes, caramelised onions and steamed greens on a sizzler platter.
The chops were cooked till tender and came off the bone easily and went rather well with the slightly tangy and spicy sauce but honestly we would have preferred them as a dish on its own rather than being heaped on a hot sizzler plate with everything else. The portions in both cases were quite fulfilling and made for a heavy meal.
Dessert, hence required contemplation. Even though options are limited, a few are tempting enough to make you want to end the meal on a sweet note.
Intrigued by the combination, we opted for the Chocolate Oreo Mint Crunh (R 160). Served in a shot glass, it was a deliciously creamy mousse with Oreo cookie bits and some more Oreo for garnishing. What we missed though was the promised mint flavour.
Though the service is efficient and attentive, this restaurant is good for an elaborate dinner affair and not so much for a quick meal.
Where Applewood, No 760, 100 Feet Road, Indiranagar
Meal for two R 2,000
Applewood didn't know we were there. The Guide reviews anonymously and pays for meals.