Sip On An Imli Cocktail Or Try A Bao Dabeli: This Restaurant Is Serving Street Food {With A Twist}

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What Makes It Awesome?

Masala Bar, the newest entrant on Balewadi High Street is dishing out the best of Indian street food with unconventional twists and plating techniques. What adds to this experience and compliments the food is the plush, class-apart ambience with a bar at the centre, exclusive VIP section, geometrical patterns on the walls, hanging lights and raw earthen tones of brown, beige and black on the walls.

The food menu, curated by chef Saurabh Udinia, is an interesting modern-day take on desi street cuisine. Mess-free and presented on statement cutlery, you must try the Bengali-style tele bhaja and puchka, accompanied with delectable bao dabeli.

We tried and loved their Lahori murg made of melt-in-the-mouth tandoori chicken breasts served on the bone with butter and cream sauce and marinated onion rings. If you're a fan of bhel, must-try their chini Chinese bhel made of crispy noodles tossed in deer chilli sauce and served in a boat-shaped bottle with a chain!

What's My Pro Tip?

Coming to drinks and tipsy cocktails, Masala Bar is full of 'em. Their bar menu is divided in two parts - extreme drama and no drama. While the former represents experimental cocktails that look straight out of an Insta post, the latter lists out simple 'sober' mixes. We loved their whiskey {chai pe} charcha. Inspired by Puneri tapri chai, this drink is a concoction of homemade tea and Jim Beam, served in a very traditional kulhad.

Looking for a drink that's full of flavours? Then, we highly recommend you try their imli ka boota or tamarind margarita, which is basically tequila mixed with homemade tamarind puree, cinnamon syrup, fresh citrus and mint leaves.

Anything Else?

Don't leave the place without trying the decadent red velvet cream cheese dessert and their larger-than-life calorie tower comprising baked-chocolate-coated profiteroles filled with fruit cream and berry compost.

Former Features Writer, LBB