A shiny new outpost in Aurobindo Market, Auro Kitchen & Bar is just what the doctor ordered for early winter evenings, and promises finely crafted eclectic food and drink.
We report from the LBB Preview Event, and if the sampler menu is anything to go by, get set to experience very nuanced flavours that pay tribute to diverse, oft neglected regional hues. Think Goan masalas, Parsi curries and Calcutta style finger food.
The marriage of nostalgic, childhood holiday-themed tastes with a more contemporary context works well. We loved the Banana Blossom salad, that is fresh, sharp and perfectly balanced. The Char Grilled Baby Potatoes are bite-sized pieces of perfection – smoky and absolutely delish. The Mushroom Ranikhet is cleverly constructed, layered with a mushroom pate, local Himalayan cheese and just that little drizzle of truffle oil.
My absolutely must-go-back-for star though is the Vindaloo Ribs that fall off the bone and are cooked to please. Laced with just the right amount of Vindaloo masala, and served with a pineapple kachumber salad, this is one plate we can see never wanting to share with anyone.
In the heartier section, we enjoyed the Mushroom and Potato Xacuti, a very agreeable curry served with soft flaky parantha pieces. Don’t leave without eating Bibenca with coconut ice-cream – this classic Goan pudding will transport you to a sun-kissed shack with every sliver.
Auro served us some of their signature cocktails and our boozy vote went to The Meadow Cup, bourbon with a chamomile honey cordial, angostura and Islay spray.
We also enjoyed The Botanist, a heady Earl Grey infused gin with fine notes of lavender and lime.
What We Loved
Dining under the stars on a breezy rooftop is such sweet delight that we were smiling even before we started munching! We loved the sense of openness – and a very clean, hill home kind of vibe.
What Didn’t Impress Us
We weren’t very enthused with the Tandoori Mushroom mix – which looked better than it tasted- somewhere the Tandoori masala overpowered the shitake and the broccoli florets, and was too salty for our comfort.
#LBBTip: We suggest you sit outdoors, by the bar side, to enjoy a lovely candle light dinner.
Photos: Sarang Gupta/LBB