An empty space, a few hotel staff members, random graffiti on one side of the wall, ‘as several as possible’ definitions of ‘asap’ on another side, a snooker table and more rustic walls wait to welcome you.
On the second level of Sun Towers in Hitech City, ASAP - The Bistro set up only a month ago is clearly for those who wish to grab a quick bite.
The menu is global, offering Mexican, Italian, Australian and others including our very own Hyderabadi Biryani. Besides the variety, it is also quite elaborate - both for vegetarians and non-vegetarians.
But let’s go backwards, because the desserts are a must try, even if you are not one with a sweet tooth. We right away also tell you what to pick – pancake with chocolate mousse which is a chef special. You will remember this one for a while. The menu is priced at medium range. For the variety it offers, it is pocket friendly.
Stews, soups, sizzlers, pastas, risottos, pizzas, burgers, sandwiches, salads – the menu could leave you confused. From the many non-vegetarian starters, if there is one dish you must-try, it is the chimichanga chicken. Deep fried tortillas stuffed with chicken and cheese are flavoursome. Chicken wings and cajun spiced chicken skewers are also worth a try. You can pick the onion rings and paneer shaslik skewers among the vegetarian starters.
Grilled cilantro fish with Mexican rice is for the ones who like their food tangy and spicy. The playlist seemed like it was well planned with soothing, peppy numbers moving to more upbeat ones with passing time.
Washrooms get full marks too.
Quite a few aspects fall into this category. To begin with, the spoons and forks are placed on the table, without table mats. It does not qualify as a fine dining restaurant, more of a chilled-out set up, but the basic rule of hygiene goes amiss. Especially, when coasters for your glasses are themed and seem like they have been handpicked.
The ambience seems like the result of a confused thought process – “there are vintage bulbs that you don’t find anywhere,” Rehan Guha, the owner tells us but there are comic themed coasters, walls and wall hangings, a few of those even vintage. “I didn’t want to limit it to one theme,” he explains. Impressive idea, but confused execution.
Coming back to the menu, mentally skip the pizzas because it might remind you of a hard cracker with toppings you can choose.
Price: Rs 1,200 for a meal of two