A new addition to the pubs in bkc, craftbar has a cheerful ambience. We went on a Thursday evening for drinks and turned out to be Bollywood night with all night happy hours. Nice music and laid back atmosphere.
Started with the tandoori momos, which were unique being steamed and then put into the tandoor. Stuffed with chicken and spices the taste was quite good. The staff explained that the place specialises in food from across the country, with their own take. So we ordered litti chokha, a Bihari specialty. The presentation was detailed, with a live coal stove on the table. The dish had whole wheat dough balls served with sabzi and condiments. Worth trying though we found the dough a bit dry.
The solkadi shot with prawn golgappa given modern pani puri style was interesting. The solkadi was well spiced and the prawn was crispy. Along with the crisp pani puri it went well together. They could not unfortunately do a chicken variation for me as I don’t like shellfish.
We also ordered their paneer tikka tart. The paneer was nice and soft and not too spicy. The tarts were thin so enjoyed eating this. For a lighter appetiser we had the glassy salad, which came in an inverted martini glass. Quite cool. The fruit and veggie mixture was refreshing.
For mains we ordered the mushroom risotto and Amritsari chole kulcha. The risotto was ok, lacked the cheesy element and could be better seasoned. The chole were authentic and very tasty. The kulcha, hot and fresh, but was more like tandoori roti.
For dessert we had the brownie layered with gajar halwa. At first this seemed like a strange combination but it really works. Soft brownie and decadent halwa went together well. The plus side was that it wasn’t too sweet and overpowering. We also tried the banana flip tart and chocolate fruit cups. The tart was refreshing and creamy with a buttery crumble and banana layer. The taste was of banana was subtle so it finished the meal well. The fruit cup had chocolate syrup and liquore. Though what made it fun to eat was the very thin and crispy shell.
The place has a fun drinks menu. Some items seemed very unique. We tried the whisky iceberg which was a in-house orange candy icecream to be dipped in a orange and whisky cocktail. What fun to eat. And drink. Quite yummy. And we tried a recommended beer cocktail which came inverted in a mug of ice and syrup. The taste didn’t quite come through, and it seemed to be funky only visually.
The service was friendly and very helpful. They seemed excited to showcase their offering, and such cheer is contagious. Makes you want to come back again.