New menu done right at India's largest microbrewery - Hoot

Bengaluru has seen a sudden rise in the number of microbreweries in the last 2-3 years, which means there are limitless options for the beer lovers. The newest addition to the thriving list of microbreweries in the city is Hoot and looking at how well they have fared so far, it wouldn’t be wrong to say - they are here to stay.

If you look up Hoot in the dictionary, you will find 3 glorious words all human beings can relate to – “A good time” and that’s exactly what people can expect to experience every time they walk through the doors of the newly opened CafĂ© & Brewery – Hoot. It is India’s largest microbrewery spread out over 40,000 sq.ft split over three levels with a capacity of 900 covers including indoor and outdoor seating.

With a grungy and raw ambiance inside and open sky seating to fish filled ponds and the largest infinity pool bar outside, Hoot has already become a popular venue in the city.

Recently, they launched the new menu and if you go by my words, it is absolutely worth your time, money and attention. Right from their craft beers to variety of starters, their cocktails to extensive main-course, their burgers-sandwiches-salads to sweet hoots, everything is spot on with very few misses on the list.

While the new menu is exhaustive, there were quite a few highlights which shouldn’t be missed.
Stuffed Fried Mushrooms: The goodness of cheese mixed with Cajun spices stuffed into the mushroom and deep fried is all you need with a glass of cold craft beer.

Pattaya Fish: I have found my new love in Thai food and this sliced basa tossed with coconut milk and Thai green curry is a real good feel food.

Classic Chicken Wings: The classic never goes wrong and when it is accompanied by some good chilled beer, it only gets better.

Pomegranate Chicken Tikka: This is what they call, a Chef’s twist to the original. The tiny surprises with every bite of chicken in the form of Pomegranate will really get you appreciating the chef. The twist is refreshing and it’s good.

Nam Prik Lamb: This is another brilliant dish from Hoot’s kitchen. This roast lamb is tossed with roasted chilli paste and hint of nampla (Thai fish sauce) gives it a really interesting flavour.

Risotto: This was a real surprise because you don’t expect a good risotto at a place like Hoot. Someone from the table ordered it and I was quite reluctant to try. Glad I did, the flavour was very subtle, nicely balanced with accurate creamy consistency.

Nasi Goreng: This is an Indonesian classic and my favourite. Nasi Goreng literally means ‘fried rice’ but it is just more than that. The combination of Indonesian spices, prawns and poached egg on top, makes this dish irresistible.

Indian Inspired Street Food Martini: Don’t be confused by the name, it is a cocktail from Hoot’s kitchen. Talking about innovation anyone? Well, this Indian inspired street food martini with gin, garam masala and jeera powder is sure to rock your senses.

Molten Choco Blast: People with sweet tooth just cannot miss out on this. You would have probably eaten the Choco lava, multiple times but I bet none would be as good as this.

Talking about their beer, Hoot is the first in Indian market to bring the legendary St.Martin’s Abbey Beer to the customers. Hoot’s Head Brew master AndrĂ© P. LeBlanc who hails from Belgium promises to provide high quality crafted beer with authentic recipes, high standard ingredients, craftsmanship and art of service.

Hoot is serving the following flavors to begin with – Belgian White, Dark Abbey, Blonde, Triple (Strong) and Fruit beer. These are exceptional beers, with a fine and subtle flavour, comprising several types of barley and hops and enriched with rare spices.

While every aspect of Hoot seems honky-dory, its biggest strength can be turn off for some people. With Bangalore’s summer getting unbearable, Hoot which has open sky seating outside will have challenge keeping its diners at ease during the day time. When it comes to lighting after the sun sets down, Hoot likes to keep it very low, which can be a romantic evening for some but for few it can be annoying as well.

Having said that, I absolutely loved every bit of it. Undoubtedly, one of the finest microbreweries in town. Strongly recommended whether you are a hardworking corporate or a family, or just looking to de-stress and let your hair down, Hoot is definitely the place to be.

Where: Hoot, Kaikondrahalli, Varthur Hobli, Sarjapur Road
Price: 1400 for two people (approx.)
Timing: Monday to Thursday: 12:30 pm – 11 pm | Friday to Sunday: 12:30 pm – 1am
Rating: 4/5


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