Review by Akshaya R Pai & Vinayak Kini – Official Team Members, The 3 Hungry Men – Bangalore
Photo by Tejovanth N, Official Photographer, The 3 Hungry Men – Bangalore
Imagine walking into a French Colony. Or a European Beer Garden. With a Patisserie, a Brewery, and a Fine Dine Restaurant. The colony also houses a Herb Garden where fresh herbs that are grown are used in the Kitchen. Imagine warm sun, light breeze, Chilled Beer, great Cocktail and some amazing food to go with it. And at times, some live music that keeps the atmosphere alive. This is the experience that one gets at Mustard & Cress, the Fine Dine Restaurant situated at 153, The Biere Street.
Although The Biere Street houses The Biere Club, Mustard and Cress has it’s own Menu that is exclusive to the restaurant (they do serve Beer and other drinks from Biere Club, so that’s a win!). And the interesting part is, their Menu changes every 6 months. The popular dishes stay on. The essence of the menu stays the same, but the inventiveness of the dishes keep changing considering feedback from customers and that contributes to its uniqueness. The menu was initially designed by Chef Shawn Kenworthy who is still consulted upon when menu changes every 6 months, and the same is upheld by Head Chef Hemant Kumar. Mr Kumar, who is an alumni of IHM Chennai, brings in years of experience at top restaurants and cruise liners and has been running the show at Mustard & Cress since its conception.
The menu consists of mostly Mediterranean, Italian with Indo-Asian choices as well, we decided to to try dishes from every cuisine. We started off with Grilled Halloumi Cheese Skewers with Pomegranate & Ginger Salsa. The Halloumi Cheese was a welcome change from the usual paneer and the pungence in the salsa complimented the saltiness of the cheese very well. Next, the Rice Paper wraps with Pesto Vegetables. The wraps were so good they just melt in your mouth and the veggies had lovely balanced Pesto flavour. For the ‘Desi’ starters we had Green Peas Tikki. This came with a coating of beaten rice and that give it an additional crispness. It went very well with the chilli salsa that accompanied it. The Veg Biriyani croquettes served with minty yoghurt does give you a bang of the flavour you’d expect when having traditional biriyani with raita, but otherwise it was quite ordinary.
In case you didn’t realize, that was just the Veg Starters. And after this good start we had to taste the variety in the Non-Veg Starters! Smoked salmon on crispy bread, horseradish and sour cream mayo – this was such a delight, with lovely smokey flavour coming through, and the sour cream takes it to another level. Next we tried the Marinated Prawn Skewers with Coconut Chutney. The grilled prawns in itself was amazing with lovely Italian Marinade. The coconut chutney was not required as it overpowered the lovely Italian flavours. We followed this with two exquisite dishes – Crispy duck spring roll with hoisin, cucumber, scallions and 6 hour slow cooked Korean style spicy short ribs with house kimchi. The crispy duck spring roll was very crispy, the duck meat was well cooked, but the overpowering hoisin sauce that came with kind of killed the original taste. The 6 hour slow cooked Korean Style pork ribs just stole the show! Succulent meat with drool worthy glaze, need we say more? The only ordinary starter in non-veg was the Nacho crusted chicken dippers, guacamole and salsa. It wasn’t bad, just was not as exquisite as the Pork Ribs or even the Smoked Salmon.
We were pretty stuffed by now, but we had to try main course! We tried to keep it simple. The Pizza – Jalfrezi vegetables, cream cheese and coriander pesto drizzle, was a lovely thin crust pizza and the crust was so perfect it wasn’t too crispy nor too soft. Just right! The Prawns Coconut Black Pepper curry with steamed rice had a lovely homemade consistency. The prawns were fresh, the coconut milk, dreamy, and the hint of pepper in the gravy gives the plated meal just that extra zing to help you wolf everything down. Considering we had pork and duck in starters, we chose Lamb for a meaty main course. The Grilled New Zealand Lamb Chops, which were cooked to medium tasted good with the tzatziki. It was served with couscous at the bottom and that made it a complete meal.
We were pretty stuffed before, and after main course we were so stuffed we thought we did not have any room for dessert. But then something on the menu caught our eye. Misthi Doi with Red Velvet Cake and Mixed Berry Trifle! The chef recommended the same. The combination of Misthi Doi and Red Velvet Cake was so intriguing we had to have it. We ordered 1 jar, yes JAR of it and dug in. And the combination, as expected was a winner. Misthi Doi acted as a great replacement for butter cream frosting. The berry trifle on top gave the dish a freshness that cleansed your palate before you dug in again. Truly inventive and marvelous.
This pretty long review should be reason enough to make a visit to Mustard And Cress! There are so many more dishes to be tried and the lure of a new menu lingers in the mind. Although the prices along with all taxes might be a little heavy on the pocket, this place still merits a visit for the sheer experience and atmosphere especially if you are celebrating a special occasion. After all, they make it worth your while!
Location : 153 Biere Street,Hagadur Main Road, Behind Forum Value Mall, Varthur Main Road, Whitefield, Bangalore
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