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1Q1 - Bar & Kitchen

locationVasanth Nagar
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Oriental Bellini, On-Point Sushi, Robatayaki & Matcha Cake: This Is Asia On An Art Deco Platter

Aakanksha posted on 29 November

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Art deco architecture, pan-Asian food, three distinct spaces to unwind at, and one spanking new address — there’s much reason to head off to 1Q1, over and over again.

New Kid In Town

Set in the iconic New Indian Express Building on Queens Road, it’s no wonder that this new place is named for its address, 1Q1. Divided into three sections — an elegant dining area {perfect for dinner}, an al fresco space used mostly for the robatayaki grill {ideal for a first date} and an island bar to fuel you up with everything from Oriental Bellinis and Asian Mule to Cherry Mojitos and Smoked New York Sours {a whiskey sour with a merlot float}. Oh, plus some soul-satisfying Mulled Wine for the holiday season. They also take coffee very seriously, but we digress from the decor. Arches between high-ceilinged walls in striking green and red greet you with Mesopotamian temple-style architecture and shippo tsunagi, the repetitive Japanese art deco form, will leave you gawking at the interiors, but let’s not stray away from the real star of the show — the food. Why? Because by now you’ve learned that top chefs Mako Ravindran and Manjit Singh are behind the menu.

When Japan Met Peru

Nikkei Cuisine is the highlight, and for the uninitiated, that’s a blend of Peruvian and Japanese cuisines, tweaked by Mako, who helms the kitchen, and inspired by his travels across the globe. We kicked things off with simple yet satisfying avocado rolls, as well as some divine tuna and scallop {a first in Bangalore} sashimi dunked in soy sauce and wasabi. What we were really blown away by though was the Chicken Gyoza — Japanese dim sum, pan-fried lightly to make it addictive. The Chicken Karage was a deep fried delight which will go well with beer, and we’re having more of it, please. It is also exactly what you need to take the edge of the elegant and fine-dining vibes the places initially gives off. But post some Karage, prawn and vegetable tempura and char sui pork baos, it swiftly turns into that place you’ll want to hang out every other weekend.

More Than Mains

There are two food menus — mains and starters, so pace yourself if you’re particular about having both. We’re going back for ramen, Korean bibimbap {which from our neighbour’s table looked on point} and Massaman Curry. For this visit, we chose to load up on Hainanese Chicken Rice and Tuna Poke Bowl. And we were not disappointed. The Hainanese Chicken Rice was spot on, and just how we’d had in Singapore. The broth was redolent with the simple flavours of ginger, chilli and garlic, so naturally, the rice was just as beautiful {yes, we take Hainanese Chicken Rice, very seriously}, and the poached chicken made it our favourite of the day. A close second was Tuna Poke Bowl, something Mako tells us is all the rage in California. A bowl of steamed rice comes topped with cucumber, scallion, avocado all tossed in poke sauce and shiso. Plus, raw chunks of fresh tuna. A very Hawaiian influence was evident, and we can see why the West Coast is crazy about this.

We ended with a pillowy soft Japanese cake accompanied with raspberry coulis and sorbet, to add that tangy zest to the dessert. We’ll be back for the Matcha Ice Cream Meringue Cake, be sure!

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They also have a Bento Box, and a whole separate coffee menu if you want to head here between lunch and dinner.

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1Q1 - Bar & Kitchen

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locationVasanth Nagar

Express Building, 1, Queens Road, Infantry Road, Vasanth Nagar, Bengaluru

4.2
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Bars

1Q1 - Bar & Kitchen

locationVasanth Nagar