A swanky new joint in Indiranagar 12th Main is Glocal – an all-day bar and dining place in an enviable location, sprawled comfortably across a spacious two story. The setup is quite fluid, and what looks like a casual restaurant by the day, could very easily turn into a crazy night hub by dusk! A whole of us were invited the day it opened for a lunch preview. And from the large un-miss-able signage, to the entrance through the layered double doors, and the minimalistic décor – the ambiance does bring in a different look to Indiranagar. There is a live kitchen on the ground floor showing the wood-fire pizza oven and the grills. The food & drinks menu at Glocal Junction serves a fusion inspired global food – with local twists and quirky interpretations.
Firstly, there is a Day Menu and Night Menu. This is concept based of course, and the day menu features interesting and elaborate cocktails with drama and styling, while the evening section is more of quick serve menu. Our luncheon started with some very interesting drinks – the Glocal Long Island Iced Tea in Kiwi and Watermelon flavors respectively that came in round disk tumblers in kiwi and watermelon flavors. Now the thing with round vessels is that you really don’t know how much drink is there. Let me tell you we were drinking it for a while! Well spiked, and super creative, this was a good start for me.
A large assortment of food followed, the notable ones are mentioned here. I will need several visits to be familiar with the menu, and that can only happen with time! The Biryani Risotto and Tandoori Chicken Risotto was definitely a really intriguing dish, the taste living up to the wait of spicy and flavored risotto. Fusion Khao Suey is another concept dish, but there will be lovers for this, and haters. So firstly, some of the food, and most of the drinks are served very unconventionally. You gotta wrap your head around that. And the tastes are different from the usual dishes as well. While I reconciled myself to the presentation quite quickly, I would have preferred the soup to have a lot more coconut milk than it did. There were also delicious appetizers from the grill, and good sized share-able pizzas too.
The desserts are very creative, I truly loved them. The Masala Chai Panacotta was deliciously creamy, with essence of tea – trailed with some biscuit crumbs – delicious! The Beeramisu didn’t quite hit the spot for me – wasn’t like a dessert at all in taste. The Baked Filter Kapi was a winner, quite innovative – a nice kick to it as well.
Indiranagar did need another large area hang out like Toit, and Glocal came along at just the right time. There’s a lot to explore on the menu, and food and drinks are quite interesting. Watch this space for more on Glocal!