As Bangalore’s oldest microbrewery/brew pub, The Biere Club on Lavelle Road is a well recognized spot in town. In my four years as a resident of the city, I’ve frequented it many a time – from choosing it for birthday bashes to farewell parties and you know, just because! In fact, there are times in the warm weather when I yearn for not just a beer, but a brew from Biere Club. The beers here are consistently good and we always have a good time. A couple of months ago they brought out a new menu and, of course, we had to see what had changed (and remained constant, too!). Thus, a pleasurable Sunday afternoon was spent, trying rather too many of the items off the new menu, enjoying some cold brews, and a wayward game of pool. (wherein my date bested me in a resolute fashion!)
PLEASING THE LOCAL PALATE
The food menu contains the old standards, of (yummy) flatbread pizzas, various kebab and mezze platters and the like, and has a whole host of new inclusions, which have been created with an eye to be crowd pleasers and cater more to the local palate than before. The Biere Club was earlier what I would term Mediterranean in its offerings, whereas now there’s quite a number of Indian flavors, as well as pastas and a few Asian dishes amongst the mains, and the ubiquitous burgers. Starters that are of the South Indian bar food styling have a place, as do the more pub grub offerings like fries, cheese platters and sliced meats. There is a leaning towards the non vegetarian guest, but enough to keep the meat abstainers uncomplaining, too. This is an establishment that knows its way equally well around a hummus or three (Three Hummus, INR 260) as a Chilli spicy coriander chicken (INR 280). If you are a fish fan, then don’t miss out on the Rava fried fish (INR 350) or the Mini fish and chip cones, served with sea salt and malt vinegar (INR 350).
When it comes to salads, I find they do a good job with them all and though it may seem a bit of an oxymoron to have a salad with your pint, I always do here. Meaty mains run the course from English style chicken tikka (INR 400) and Chicken Massaman curry (INR 400) to Beef Stroganoff (INR 460) served in a jar and steaks, pork and lamb chops. Other than the Stroganoff, which came cutely served in a mason jar, but was not great in taste, we liked all the other offerings. I was almost scared to take a look at the desserts, fearing my two favorites would be absent, but breathed a sigh of relief! They, the sticky toffee pudding (INR 200), the warm chocolate stodge cake (INR 220), remain, as has another crowd favorite, the Knickerbockerglory sundae (INR 220). To this already decadent list has now been added, amongst others, Deep fried bounty bars with vanilla ice cream (INR 200), an ode to Elvis and State fairs, I dare say.
KEEP ON INNOVATING
A lot of people might go with the ‘don’t fix it if it ain’t broke’ philosophy, but like their 1st floor experiment with The Chophouse (sadly now defunct), I admire and applaud The Biere Club’s efforts to keep innovating and trying different things. It adds that element of something new to try at every visit, it means you have new items to add to your favorites list, and of course, you’re always assured of a choice of half a dozen beers on tap to accompany your meal (or maybe the reverse, and some new nosh to accompany your cold brew!). However you slice it, there’s a reason The Biere Club remains a favored spot, and that has not, and will not, be changing for me!