1522 offers everything a self-respecting neighbourhood pub should — food packed with flavour, reasonably priced drinks, good music and friendly faces.
Amid the more conservative family restaurants and bustling roadside eateries that populate Rajajinagar, not to forget the new, glitzy, 5-star options, this unpretentious establishment seems to have endeared itself to students, professionals as well as families in the area.
There's something typically old-Bangalore about this one-and-half-year-old joint: music icons Eric Clapton, Jethro Tull and Bob Marley look over you from bright, hand-painted posters as you tuck into food that's a no-frills combination of Mangalorean, tandoori and Indian-Chinese. Classic rock tunes provide a lively background score.
“We like rock,” says Shashank Hegde, co-owner of the place with his brother Chetan. “And we wanted to start something for people who like rock too.”
For the last 31 years, their family has been running a restaurant in the basement of the same building. And that experience seems to have come handy. “We wanted to open a pub that was cosy and had an English feel to it,” Shanshank adds, pointing to the intimate interiors.
Sports and snacks
Given that the place seems especially inviting to those who want to catch up with friends for a laidback drink or watch the weekend's sports action on flat-screen televisions, the menu has a liberal selection of snacks, spicy accompaniments and starters. The comfortingly familiar masala papad, sandwich and fries share space with manchurians, kababs and the popular ‘devil's chicken', unapologetically garnished with green chillies.
The ‘butter garlic prawn' is a star here, a crisp, golden-orange starter that was as buttery as promised and pleasantly more flavourful than expected. For the vegetarians, crispy fried corn, the ‘Mongolian paneer' — soft paneer in different crispy coating — and ‘mushroom o'Reilly' — cutlets of mushroom stuffed with cheese, making for a bite full of surprise — would be ideal.
On choice for the main course are a basic selection of Indian breads, curries, Chinese dishes, and a commendable biryani. But, the real treat is on weekends, when the coastal menu, featuring authentic Mangalorean staples kori rotti and a variety of fish, takes centre stage.
We polished off thin, soft and light ‘neer dosas' even as there lingered a temptation for just one last one. The watery chicken curry with large pieces or its flavourful tomato version complements the bland dosas.
The menu may not be fancy, but the tastes are more than satisfactory, all very reasonably priced. 1522 is on 17th Cross Malleshwaram, Rajajinagar 2nd Block. Phone 23574799.