Review: The roof top gastropub – Hokey Cokey

The roof top gastropub – Hokey Cokey

One of the many reasons I love Bangalore is its beautiful weather, specially the cool breeze in the evening. This is exactly where Hokey Cokey scores very high over others. Blessed with ample terrace space, Hokey Cokey comes as a relief for many who want to hang around with gang of friends for beer and good music after a tiring day at office.

I don’t really know what Hokey Cokey actually means but after visiting this place, for me it means fun, lip-smacking food, out of the box drinks and beautiful ambience. I haven’t come across many places in Bangalore, which pulls a full house crowd grooving on the dance floor and munching its way on the dining table in its very first month after launch.

I along with my five other friends visited this place a week back. Knowing that it is a new place, we didn’t have much expectation in terms of food and service but as the time progressed we were surprised big time.

As we entered this place, the in-house DJ had started his trance with some lovely peppy numbers on an outstanding elevated dance floor and the natural breeze giving us a grand welcome. The seating is arranged in a way, it looks very neat and spacy.

Rolling to the next chapter, i.e. food. To start with, we were given the drinks menu to choose from the array of some most innovative names I have come across. Here are few names which made us love this place even more: Paanwalla ka Ispeshul (vodka, rose syrup, rose water, gulkand, sweet & sour mix), Lipstick on my collar (vodka, fresh pomegranate, passion fruit, basil), Indian Bloody Mary (Vodka, tomato juice, Indian spices) and Newton’s Law to name a few.

I always had hatred towards Physics during my school days but at Hokey Cokey, ‘Newton’s Law’ attracted me to try it and trust me, it is one of the best cocktails I have had in Bangalore. The mix of vodka, coconut syrup, green apple, cranberry juice and pine apple juice will leave you asking for more.

Newton’s Law

To start with food, we were served platters (both veg and non-veg). I am a non-g guy and my review will be accordingly. Chicken dominated the platter with a special guest appearance by prawns and fried fish. The grilled chicken marinated in red sauce topped with green onion was my favourite here. Not to miss out on the fried prawns, it was delicious.

Non-veg platter

Next on the table was ‘Chicken Nachos’. Well, the name would sound very familiar but the taste completely kicked by taste buds. The Mexican nachos put together with lots of cheese and other goodies makes it a must have when you visit this place. Who doesn’t love cheese? And when it makes its presence felt in every bite, you don’t care for anything happening around. Just keep calm and indulge in the sheer bliss of cheese and chicken.

Chicken Nachos

Up next, crawling on the table was ‘Chilli Pepper Garlic Prawns’. My second weakness is fried prawns and the mere appearance made my tongue wagging. To say the least, it really matched up to my expectation. The spicy Asian prawns marinated with chilli garlic were very well balanced by Chef.

Chilli Pepper Garlic Prawns

And then enters the veggies delight, ‘Something Corny’. This Asian style fried American corn kernels tossed with spices was delightful munch along with my favourite Newton’s Law.

Something Corny

Next up was ‘Beiruti Mezze Platter’ which includes assorted Middle Eastern delicacies: Hummus, Tabouleh, Falafel and Baba ghanoush. I wouldn’t elaborate much, this was nothing extra-ordinary.

Beiruti Mezze Platter

Back again on the table, it was ‘Fried Chicken strips’. A bite of it and I say it was cooked to perfection. The colour, the aroma the softness of the chicken, everything was just perfect. The deep fried battered chickens were marinated with a peri peri sauce and chilli garlic mayo.

Fried Chicken strips

Lately, I have been eating too many pizzas and here it was, ‘Vegetable Garden’ which had Basil pesto, corn, and mushrooms with sundried tomatoes. Mushrooms completely dominating the taste and I would say it was better than the mainstream pizza joints.

Vegetable Garden

Moving on, we were served ‘Hokey Cokey Broccoli’. The stir fried broccoli with burnt garlic, red chilli and olive oil was pleasing to the taste buds after having the likes of chicken, prawns and mushrooms.

Hokey Cokey Broccoli

Up next was ‘Yankee Chili Fries’, which has been very popular lately. These French fires drowned in their in-house sauce and topped with melted cheese was simply lip-smacking. The best thing about this was, in spite of fries being burdened by melted cheese and sauce did not lose its crispness. Many places I have tried this, was disappointed as the fries becomes soggy. This was the highlight of the evening.

Yankee Chili Fries

The last item on the front was ‘Fried Squidy rings’. The crumbed fried calamari rings were served with their in-house spicy dips. This was something new to me but unusual as well. I tried chewing the squids but weren’t able to. But in terms of taste it was a knocker.

Fried Squidy rings

May be for the first time, we were all full by just eating the starters, not even stepping in the main zone. Chef Naveen wanted us to try the main course but we neck deep and unfortunately had to say no. But definitely would again and indulge in the main course next time.

Chef Naveen

Be it a celebration or just evenings meet up, at Hokey Cokey you are always sure to have a great time with the perfect ambiance and a superb set of food & drinks to chill and enjoy.

Verdict: 4.5/5


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