Restaurant review: What’s In A Name asks curious culinary questions [3.5/5]
You know you have something different on your hands when a restaurant decides to use one of William Shakespeare’s most iconic phrases to refer to itself. What’s In A Name in Koramangala does indeed provide some interesting eats, with pub-grub derived from classics!
Order a drink, settle down, and enjoy yourself on the balcony-seating area, like we did. And you may just end up having a gala time!
The three of us there on a late monsoon evening managed to order three different drinks. Mine was the What’s In A Name Signature Cocktail, a refreshingly spicy and sweet blend that complemented the food well!
A watering hole like What’s In A Name – henceforth WIAN for short – does well when it serves good finger food or anything that goes down well with its alcohol selection.
First up were some Mutton Pepper Sukha, Beef Fry and Pandi Curry, aka pork curry. Potent, spicy and succulent, each left its own taste in the mouth – the Pandi Curry a little sweeter than the others.
Up next was some vegetarian fare, in the form of some sweet, savoury and crunchy Lotus Stem Fry. Try these one by one, and the temperature and flavours from every single bite should complement your choice of alcohol well!
Then some Crispy Water Chestnut made its way to our table. Nothing to write home about, but a nice accompaniment nonetheless.
We also had some Murg Malai Tikka: some soft, succulent chicken marinated in cream.
Up next was some Chicken Satay with groundnut paste. These are a common street food in some South Asian countries. A little bland for my taste, but still a good dish for a little culinary experiment.
And finally, among the starters, was some Fish Mustard Tikka, a modern twist on traditional Mughlai and Bengali cuisines. Subtle, yet pungent, these were quite the treat!
We were already a bit full with the starters, but isn’t that always the case? So when the Chello Kabab came around, we were a little slow to get to it.
The rice was fragrant, the kebabs juicy and the combination heavenly. As someone who holds the Chello Kabab of Peter Cat in Kolkata as gold standard, I was taken quite by surprise by this one.
Next, some Vegetarian Pizza. The thin crust meant it was nice and simple, and not exactly a mouthful. Excellent accompaniment to some Bira White, if you were happening to drink some.
The last dish in front of us was a Ham and Pepperoni Pizza. A little on the sweeter side for me, this one.
Final thoughts about What’s In A Name
WIAN is a nice place to unwind at the end of the day, or an especially wringing week. It may weigh a little heavy on the pocket, but it is worth it if you are looking for an old-fashioned sun-downer.
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