A tasty affair with the old and new

Watson’s marks its fifth anniversary with a revamped menu comprising some new delicacies with popular old dishes

Published: 30th November 2019 06:38 AM  |   Last Updated: 30th November 2019 06:38 AM   |  A+A-

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BENGALURU : Wednesdays are a perfect time to beat one’s weekday blues  and if you take a chance to combine a spicy dinner and  some off-beat cocktails with live karaoke, no doubt that  it would be a power-packed break. That’s what my  experience with Watson’s, which recently changed its  brand identity from grub pub to neighbourhood bar.

Celebrating its fifth anniversary, the brand took this  occasion to revamp their menu with some new dishes as  well as bringing their some popular old drinks and food  items back on the menu. The whole concept was interesting  and I decided to try their renewed menu on Wednesday.  I started with Ginger Drama cocktail and as its  name suggests the taste of ginger was dominating. And it  also had the blend of sweetness and sour taste of honey  and lemon. 

The menu includes some interesting Asian  style-infused Indian dishes such as Spicy Lankan Fish  Balls, Sri Lankan Dal, Vegetable Momos and Tandoori Eggs.  These are some new entries, whereas Pandi Dry, Paneer  Karepak Vepadu, Mogo, Cheesling Bhel and Kerala Beef Fry  are some of the dishes pulled out from old menu. 

From their yummy appetisers, I first ordered Spicy Lankan  Fish Balls. The fish balls had crunchy golden cover and  delicate tuna fish fillings with an assortment of spices.  It was served with red chutney,  instead of mayonnaise, as mentioned in the menu.

Then came Watson’s special, Patakka Pepper Chicken. If you ask me  to describe it, I would say it’s a naati chicken recipe  with another naati twist. Yes, along with finely tossed  chicken using black pepper, green chilli, garlic and  curry leaves they served papad shards, which gave a  slight crunchy break while eating this hot dish. The  bar has something spicy and out-of-the-box dish for  vegetarians too – Spicy Veg in Lettuce Cups with soya  chunks and spices. This was a completely different  experience for me. 

From the main course, I tried their two signature  dishes, South Indian Style Beef and Beetroot Upma With  Chutney. The meat roast tasted like a  typical south Indian  delicacy and the fact that it was less spicy was a welcome change.  

The pizza’s crust  was thin and it was burnt a little bit. Beetroot  Upma With Chutney had paneer fry on side and  was presented beautifully. Altogether, it was a decent attempt.  However, I asked for more green chutney to get a balanced  flavour. After a spicy meal, I ended my culinary journey  with soft and spongy Banana Toffee Cake.  The new menu is available at all Watson’s outlets and  unlike before, the bar will be open on all days from 11am  to 1am. Cost for two: `1,200 (approx)

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