In December, Social opened up as the new hip place in Whitefield, Phoenix Market City mall. As is typical with Socials, it is spread across a large area near the performance arena. Partially open air, but the main seating area is inside with funky chairs and tables, and some booths. I didn’t really dig the white tile, but the rest of the woody and industrial interiors and filament lighting gave the place the classic Social look. My visit to Social happened over a month later, one late Saturday winter afternoon. The place is usually buzzing, crowd from the area, tired shoppers, and early drinkers. Sitting outside is pleasant in the evenings, and any performances can be seen as well.
We settled in, starting with some of their signature cocktails, the Social twist to the classics. The Deconstructed Moscow Mule is a must try, served with the mix in dry ice, and lemon syrup on the side, and finally served in a copper cup. It’s a potent vodka cocktail, typically made with Smirn Off, also available with Absolut. A great start.
Next up was Two Lost Souls Swimming In A Fish Bowl, which is basically a margarita mixed with beer, served in a fish bowl. A super interesting presentation, and this is almost a sharing cocktail, a pretty generous size. And the Social Screw Driver is also one of those fun presentations of the fruity cocktail. Vodka with Orange Juice, orange bitters, pomegranate – all the sweetness you need! The Blue Pill Or Red – again one of the long time favorites from Social – of Vodka, gin and blue curacao. In each of these drinks, the curious take and presentation is possibly the most alluring thing about them. Well that, and that they taste SO good! The Khus and Chill was a mocktail we tried, that was spiced with green chilli and khus syrup topped soda. Some fun stuff!
Food is consistent in this Social as well. Chef Kumaran, who handles both the outlets in the city, time shares between the venues to ensure quality and consistency. The Chinese Bhel is a perfect munching chat, made and presented quite beautifully. The Paos and Baos here are quite delicious as well, the Goan Chorizo Pao being one of my favorites. The Pork Belly pops fried with spicy curry leaf powder, and served with a sweet and chilli chutney is just amazing. But the slow cooked ribs in barbeque sauce and glazed definitely takes the cake, such succulent and juicy meat, you can’t stop eating it!
Social brings with itself a lot of culture, and that’s what I like about their place, dishes, drinks and design. As with the Church Street outlet, there are options for offices to work from Social. The service is great and a class apart, no other way of putting it. Pravesh, Irfan, Nandu and the entire team – they are doing a lot right here, hats off. Special requests or anything – the staff here will happily and enthusiastically take care of it. I will be back here, many times, and I strongly recommend the folks in the area to check it out.