Big Bollywood Adda
Celebrate Bollywood and lip-smacking grub at this Desi pub.
Though we may not admit it far too often, a whole lot of us are die-hard Bollywood fans. Of course, we all go through the precarious head shake when films break into unrealistic plot lines or no-brain entertainers, but at the end of the day; a good dose of masala Hindi movies can relieve stress like nothing else. So, what happens when there’s a deadly fusion of Bollywood and delectable cuisine, that is every movie buff’s dream come true? Give thanks then, to Big Bollywood Adda, the new resto-bar from Hotel Prestige, at Balmatta junction, which manages to look glossy and still delivers food with a serious kick. Of course, there’s a lot of decor to whistle. Big Bollywood adda welcomes you with a popcorn machine, quirky Bollywood movie posters right from ancient Indian cinema to the likes of Padmaavat and everything is set up in retro Bollywood style. The menu, table mats, cutlery and even the staff’s uniform, assures you of a filmi ambience and is remarkably different from the rest of the pubs in the city. Your juice can arrive in a skull-shaped jar or a bulb-shaped container, and for all you know, you may even marvel at it.
The dish which sort of stood out amid the starters: a rust-coloured cone overflowing with cheesling bhel and crunchy fried chicken, aptly named Chicken Khurana bhel, is distinctive, to say the least. The flavours are subtle, but unique and give an exciting twist to our ever-popular street snack, a kind of indulgence that lifts it far beyond a plate of mere bhel puri.
There’s another crispy seafood, and chicken papad dish served in an overturned umbrella-shaped bowl, holding in place two sauces-mayonnaise and spicy ginger-garlic; to scoop and dredge into, that make an interesting appetiser while you wait for the main course. We are still wondering why it’s called Crackpot though, a mystery for another day, perhaps.
For the mains, we very much liked the sound of Sorpotel Na Milegi Dobara: Portuguese spiced mixed pork with ladi pav where the earthiness of the meat spoke of a different calibre, altogether. Not to forget, the incredible ghee roast sausage pulao, because life without ghee roast is bleak, and, for us an unmissable dish at any place that serves it.
Dessert may be less thrilling, but good for all that. A tooth-achingly sweet candy floss with caramelised popcorn and Toffee, topped with strawberry whipped cream Nutella freak shake that plays out as a less indulgent and aromatic dessert. If you’re in the mood for some tipples, the alcohol is moderately priced, and they do serve an astonishingly good cocktail called Candy floss, essentially a vanilla vodka flavoured with basil leaves and Malta orange. Order a couple of these and get armpit deep in a menu that is sure to make a mark.
Food Menu – Big Bollywood Adda
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Content by Megan D Souza