Bangalore has some excellent dining destinations that are tucked away in this beautiful property, amidst the verdant, lush green lawns and the elegant luxury of The Oberoi. Their colonial styled bar – The Polo Club is a perfect example, and ever since my first visit to the hotel – I loved how pretty the al fresco area was – with a view of the entire hotel and the lawns. The classic interior with plush leather booths, a bright and fully stocked bar – this is a place that you could catch up for a nice cup of tea, a few drinks or even get together on a game night. Last weekend, Pinky invited us over for a tasting of the new menu at The Polo Club, and we knew it was going to be quite an evening, and it was!
Firstly, our evening started with choosing our cocktails from a selection of signature drink cards set up. Mine was a fresh, light and summery Sea Buckthorn Seduction, that had buckthorn berries, gin, fresh lime and cucumber. Arvind had picked the Angel’s Share – and that saw Palash come with a very chic portable bar, and serve this drink, explaining about aged cocktails by Grey Goose. Our attention was drawn to the aroma infused from the barrel, and the subtle complexity in the blend. Later both Swapna and I went on to try this cocktail, and rather enjoyed it. Oh and there was some delicious makhna – fried lotus seeds that we munched on with our drinks.
The first course – salads – was served soon enough. The Artisanal Burrata with asparagus, mushrooms and truffle broth was amazing. We also had variant of Tomatoes and Whipped Feta, with spring onions and hyacinth beans on the side. The toasted ciabatta was fresh and simple. The assortment of salads was quite enjoyable, but I must be honest, the truffle broth was enough to swoon me!
The appetizers saw some pretty fantastic dishes. The Military Lodge Lamb on Madurai Style Uttapam was absolutely delicious, and a work of art. The base was quite firm in texture, and the keema lamb was almost soaked into it – our own Indian pizzas I say! Then came the Chorizo fried into fritters with a garlic dip – really simple and the chorizos were cooked just right. Next up was a burger, and I was secretly wishing it would be the Raan Burger – which I probably would have taken hours to even get started with! We got the Chicken Cordon Bleu Burger instead. This was a crumb fried chicken and chicken ham were layered with gruyere between the bread buns. Tapash – the eternal burger lover – finished it off in no time!
And I was incredibly full by then. But like always, no meal is ever complete without dessert. So out came the churros with dark chocolate sauce – delicious flavors and crunch. The bitter chocolate cake with ice cream was alright, the berries on the side made this too tangy for my liking. My favorite was the Baked yogurt with mango compote and fresh mangoes. Not too sweet, the yogurt and mango balanced each other quite well, and the almond biscotti added the perfect finishing touches.
The new menu at The Polo Club has quite an interesting assortment of international selections and local favorites. And we love the honest authenticity to the food. So check out this all new menu at The Polo Club, over some of their unique cocktails or a nice hot cuppa.