The Irish House opened up in Bangalore in June 2016, in VR Mall – with quite a big bang. After successfully establishing themselves at Mumbai, Pune and Calcutta, Irish brings the energetic pub vibe to Bangalore promising an extensive variety of domestic and international beers paired with signature Brit & Irish food. For the prelaunch party, a few of us were invited to the venue for an evening of fun and celebrations. I used this opportunity to go shopping at VR Mall, and then headed to The Irish House. The place was well lit up, and that’s not going to be customary – because it’s a bar. The lights showcased the place beautifully – a large central bar and sturdy wooden interiors, brick walls and quirky board reads made the place quite attractive. The most attractive aspect of the place is its outdoor beer garden area, that’s nice, windy even on hot summer days, overlooking the Whitefield main road and adjoining areas, but high enough not to permeate the traffic noise.
The food menu has quite a lot of options of bar food – burgers and sliders, various types of fries and fritters and other small bites. The food was overall alright, with some good highlights. I liked the Pulled Pork Cuban Cigars – wrapped in a phyllo pastry – the spicy pork was delicious and perfect to nibble on. I am not really a fries person – but there’s an assortment of fries offered with various types of add- on. I did really like the cheesy grilled chicken topped with paprika mayo, with eggs and cheese spread – a delicious chicken burger with a very good balance. The Sloppy Pig Out is the same sweet and spicy pulled pork of the Cuban Cigars – topped with Worcestershire Sauce.
Various shareable platters are available – like Nachos and Headless Chicken platter. For the vegetarians, The Herbivore’s Basket is a good choice – with French fries, babycorn fries, zucchini rings and onion rings. The Onion Rings could be a tad more crispy and dry – definitely would make a lot of difference.
At the launch there wasn’t beer on the tap available, so we did try a lot of the cocktails on the menu. The community cocktails (shareable) were quite interesting concept – nice flavors available in those. The Irish Trashcan and Jameson’s Sperm were, hmm, funny names – and good to try. There aren’t a lot of desserts on the menu, but the Apple Cinnamon Cake is what I bit into – and that was quite light and nice – served with cappuccino. To summarize my review is only half done – loved the view and ambiance of the place, especially the outdoor area – some of the quick bites are great, would go back to try the beer – it is The Irish House after all!