Ten-second takeaway

Eat

Pork Tea, Warm Asparagus, Avarekai and Green Beans; Chilli Tossed Tuna Poke Bowl, Soft Eggs and Andouille Sausage on Sourdough Toast

Drink

The Herbalist

Winning for

The chic ambience, a salute to local and regional produce fashioned into modern and memorable food.

What to eat

We kicked things off on a great note with a Roasted Beet Salad (with marinated feta and honey mustard vinaigrette), and Pork Tea – perfectly-shaped pork tortellinis, swimming in tandem in a delicate pickled ginger broth with some black fungus for company.

Tuna Poke

Tuna Poke Bowl

The Warm Asparagus, Avarekai and Green Bean stir fry did not disappoint with its Oriental flavours of lemongrass, peanuts and ginger. The Jackfruit and Goat Cheese Toastada, while intriguing in theory did not find much favour with us, but the Sour Dough that followed blew all competition away. Loaded with perhaps the best soft boiled eggs we’ve had in ages, bits of intensely smokey Bandel cheese (from Kolkata) and Andouille (smoked pork sausage), to give us the winner of the evening. A close second was the Tuna Poke bowl, with fragrant sticky, Gobindobhog rice (also from Bengal), chunks of tuna, mustard greens, seaweed, and lots of zesty lime.

Ordering a bunch of small plates should see you fine along with drinks here, but if you are keen on mains, then there is plenty to choose from. We finished our meal with Expression of Jaggery, a Pot Du Crème dessert, plated with morsels of banana jaggery cake, and served with coffee cardamom ice cream. While the texture and taste were great, we were left hunting in vain for the Noren Gur (smokey palm jaggery from Bengal), though we did find some caramel instead.

What to drink

Since gin is the spirit of choice (going by the tonic in the name of the restaurant), pick one of their gin-based cocktails. Personal favourites are The Herbalist – a tangy orange and basil-infused gin and tonic (even the ice cubes along with the tonic waters come flavoured here; this one came with fresh coriander).

The DL on ambience

If you’ve been to New York, then you’ll know that Toast & Tonic perfectly replicates the East Village Style that it promises. Think mood lighting, subtle quirk in the form of pottery animals suspended from the ceiling, and a classic bar to hang around at.

So we’re thinking…

Whether it’s a cosy date or a sophisticated dinner you’re on the lookout for, this is perfect. And in NYC-style, hipsters, artists, business folk and anything in between and beyond will feel at home. Do make reservations ahead.

Where: 14/1, Wood Street, Ashok Nagar

When: Sunday-Thursday, 7pm-11.30pm, Friday and Saturday, 7pm-1am

Contact: 080 41116878

Price: INR 2,500 for two

Find them on Facebook here.

Check out their website here to book a table.