First off: Quit sniggering! You are clearly a troglodyte if you have not heard of the 1851 novel by Herman Melville, which in itself is a literary must-read, or the 1956 film made on it. And in case you are mature enough to have realised the cultural significance of the name Mobydick, prepare to immerse yourself in the fusion food offered by this restaurant in Koramangala, Bengaluru.
I was recently invited to taste what I was told was some fresh additions to the menu of Mobydick – of which I had heard only good things, but never got a chance to verify the praise in person.
I reached the place after a hard day’s work, and was greeted with a cosy ambience and an orange lemonade – an orangeade?? – as my fellow reviewers came in one by one. It’s the one on the right:
It took us all a little time to regroup, and I spent that time soaking up the surroundings in what was definitely a friendly place to unwind at the end of an energy-sucking workday.
We were soon served a few starters – both vegetarian and non-vegetarian. I did not taste the Vegetable Samosas, but the Kasundi Fish, BBQ Chicken Wings, Double Pepper Lamb and the Chili Basil Prawns did find their way into my tongue and down my gullet.
Now, the stand-out here was the Kasundi Fish, and not because I am a Bengali who likes both Kasundi and fish. The reason I would gladly revisit that dish is that the fish was some fresh, boneless and tender Basa covered with Kasundi (mustard sauce) that had a creamy base.
It made me wish I could sit down with a glass of wine and intersperse every swig with a single bite off the Kasundi fish. That’s how unwinding after a demanding week of work should feel like.
Meanwhile, check out this pizza-shaped Garlic Bread that had made its way to our table!
Now, before I came to Mobydick, I had heard of its legendary burgers. Got to see one of them in front of me, and it was huge! Didn’t taste it, though, because I had my eyes on something else.
There was some really creamy White Pasta around as well, along with a bread basket. Filling and relaxing, I must say. It’s great how some food can lift your mood.
And then came something that the owner said was fast becoming one of the most-served dishes of Mobydick: the Chicken BBQ Steak and the Lamb Steak. I sampled both, and they were at least a one-time-try.
Finally, just when I thought we were done, out came what was to me the highlight of the evening! The Thai Green Curry may have many interpretations across restaurants, but I would personally recommend that you try the one at Mobydick!
It does not matter whether you get the vegetarian one or the chicken variant. It’s the curry you want to taste.
Imagine a small balloon filled with flavour hanging inside your mouth. An invisible needle pricks it, and the flavours splash their way to every corner of your mouth, tingling every single pleasurable sensation possible on the tongue! That’s what the first and every subsequent spoon of this rendition of the Thai Green Curry felt to me.
This was also probably one of the most layered bits of food I have eaten in a long time. On its own its a strong spicy curry that packs heat like gut-punch. But pair this with some rice, and you have a fragrant, milder mixture that you can keep eating spoonfuls of and still crave for more!
Now, I was full by the time dessert came along, so I didn’t taste much of them. I did, however, have a few spoonfuls of the Brownie with Ice Cream.
This is one dessert that is as difficult to get wrong as it is to lift beyond the regular variety. Mobydick manages to keep it simple and sumptuous, just like it was meant to be.
Final thoughts on Mobydick
Not too many places around Bengaluru have a combination of ambience and food that you want to go back to. Mobydick was an exception here. It served up a nice place to unwind with a wide variety of fusion food.
I do not know when, but I do intend to return with appreciative company to Mobydick on another evening and chill out.