A pleasant hint of aqua and white with a splash of hot pink bougainvillea welcome you as you enter the sprawling heritage bungalow. Bengaluru is seeing a surge of good brands from Mumbai opening their branches here and the latest one to enter the city is Bombay Borough. The al fresco space sets your mood for that perfect moment of drinks after work, meals with loved ones or any-time catch up session with friends. The swanky new eatery epitomises modern India through an explosion of hyper-local and regional flavours with its eclectic food and cocktails.
The bungalow encompasses a beautiful mango tree as its centrepiece, and the portico, the patio and the outdoor open to nature create a unique and alluring all-day vibe. The beautiful Bougainvillea portico bar is located at the porch spilling over to the bar-centric relaxed outdoor, open to nature, alongside a roofed patio covered in poetic Mangalore tiles. The artistic rooms inside the villa are given an eclectic bohemian set up and lit by large handmade brass lamps inspired by Kashmiri filigree. The hand painted ceramic wall plates draw inspiration from Indian floral motifs, along with a balance of vintage artefacts and modern art to add an exotic charm to the space. Whether you want to dine al fresco out in the open air, sample the indoor comfort of the open bar, or opt for indoor private dining – Bombay Borough is a multi-layered space for everyone.
The Bougainvillea Bar at Bombay Borough is a well-travelled one. An upscale bar version of Bombay Brasserie, the drinks menu at Bombay Borough focuses on tastefully curated cocktails which are themed on Indian regional ingredients and history, besides an extensive list of wine, gin, beers and other spirits. Old favourites from across cultures sit comfortably alongside refreshing new concoctions.
The cocktails feature unique homemade infusions, bitters and tinctures with regional and global flavours which fits a diverse range of palettes. Desi Cocktails like Cochin Smoke, Royal Maharaja, Chowpatty Beach Lolly, and Darjeeling Nights are designed to reflect regional twists. The botanist inspired Angrezi Gin & Tonics is an inspiration from British India with inclusions like Memsaab’s Pink Gin, Bengal Blossom, and Queen’s Necklace. The menu also features “Pauwas”, a concept rooted in Bombay’s local drinking dens, served in 180ml bottles paired with crunchy “Chakhnas” (Bar Nibbles) to munch on. Signature Pauwas include Jamun Bazaar, Mango Masti, and Santra Mantra.
The food menu is thoughtfully designed to take one on a thorough culinary journey across India, with dishes and ingredients from different parts of the country. The menu focuses on unique flavours, lending a modern twist to traditional recipes to suit today’s tastes. There’s a good use of regionally sourced ingredients, like aam papad from Amritsar, kashundi from Bengal, thecha from Maharashtra, podi from Andhra, and malwani masala from the Konkan belt.
Small Plates include Avocado and Anar Pakwan Crisp, Gongura Chicken with Dosai, and Corn Scramble with Kadak Toast. Then there’s Parsi Keema Kulcha Flatbread, Iduki Roast Drumsticks, Mango Mustard Broccoli, Kolhapuri Lamb Chops, and Rajputana Murg Soola under Hot Plates & Grills. The Specials feature Malabar Chicken with Parotta, Mario’s Mango Prawns with Coconut Rice, Mutton Apricot Nawab Biryani. Big Plates have options like Paneer Sirka Pyaaz, Tawa Street Chicken, Toddy Shop Fish Curry, and Smoked Jodhpur Mutton. The feast can end on a sweet note with sinful desserts like Anglo-Indian Bread Pudding, Mishti Doi Praline Cheesecake or Amritsari Kulfa.
The team: Shikha Nath, Culinary Director, Charcoal Concepts.
Bombay Borough, Villa 10, Wood St, Ashok Nagar, Bengaluru.
– By Namita Gupta