Even though it has been just over 10 days since the lounge opened, its Instagram account is already buzzing with close to 60 posts and over a 1,000 followers! With 250 hanging ferns and 100 artefacts sourced from different parts of the country — every corner of this vibrant watering hole spread over two floors has been designed to be worthy of several ‘like’ begetting Instagram posts.
Enter this 300-seater resto-bar and a golden lion throne greets you. “People coming in can take a selfie-break before heading upstairs,” points out Raj Thiru, who co-owns the place along with seven others.
The bar and the seating spaces are designed distinctly on both the floors — but with the greenery and artefacts hanging from the ceilings, and the plush seating being common everywhere.
“There could also be pop music on one level and jazz on another,” says Raj. The top level features both an outdoor and an indoor space. There are also hanging cupids and shiny cats and majestic horses that can go through the walls in this wonderland.
As we settled down outdoors, Kiran Charles (Director-culinary) and Nelson Devdas (Director-food and beverage) took over to bring out food and beverages that not just won over our palates, but continued to impress the ‘gram.
Kiran, who earlier worked as a chef at the US Embassy in Singapore, brings a fun fusion to global cuisines — plated impressively in artistic tableware.
He fills the dumplings with a delightful Malay mutton rendang flavoured with lemongrass, while giving the good old scotch eggs a desi twist with south Indian spices and surprises you even further by turning a fragrant biryani into arancini.
In this ‘tripping’ world, food also comes in high spirits, through dishes like a chicken drunk on brandy sauce (drunken chicken) and flaming chicken, wherein flaming alcohol is doused over sweet and spicy chicken.
Even an innocuous gobi 69 packs a punch with rum and tamarind sauce. Nelson takes the fun up a notch further with drinks that carry funky names and ingredients, like the ‘betel piper’, which uses betel leaf infused tequila to create a flavourful drink, and ‘silk stockings’, tequila with raspberry liqueur and crème.
Before you head down here, make sure you work up an appetite and fully charge your mobile to take it all in.
Address: PS Sivasamy Road, Sullivan Garden, Mylapore
Contact: 91149 99000
Timing: 12 noon to 12 am
Cuisine: South Indian, continental, fusion
Must-haves: Biryani arancini, drunken chicken, betel piper
Star rating (on 5): ****