Restaurant Review – Drinks on MG, Bengaluru

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Looking for some serious cocktails? Then Drinks on MG is your place. Right in the middle of the humdrum of MG Road is a newly opened placed called Drinks. Drinks, rightfully tagged Cocktails and Conversations, was conceptualised by Puja Singh with a single point agenda, a beautiful space that will make you feel welcome, a place where you can have a conversation, whether you are catching up with an old friend or a business partner, and drinks that can be customized according to your taste buds. Drinks on MG is exactly where you should be if you want to try out made-to-order customised cocktails over a leisurely chat.
Never judge a book by its cover holds true here as Drinks looks very basic from the outside. The bar has an understated and elegant ambience, with comfortable and stylish seating, and some interesting wall d├ęcor. And I was very happy that music was not interfering in our conversation. If you lucky enough to get seated near the window then with cocktails you can enjoy the evening view of the hustling and bustling MG Road. 
The bar and food menu at Drinks has been designed, keeping in mind the blend of the lounge and restaurant in one place. One of the main attractions at Drinks is Alfonso, an award-winning bartender, who has created a range of cocktails that are refreshing, and trendy, using top-of-the-line spirits and fresh ingredients. The bar is stocked with imported liquor of all kind, especially smooth single malts and the bitters brought in from the United States. It was bright and sunny afternoon and I was feeling quite thirsty hence ordered The St. Germain Martin (Smirnoff, Rose water and elderflower essence), which came in a tall glass beautifully styled with fresh elder flowers. The other drink cocktail I had was Kalimotxo(Red wine, coca cola, lime and creme de mure), it was my favorite cocktail of the day. The pricing of the cocktails starts from Rs. 300 and then going upto the price range of Rs.3000 depending on the premium variety of the components used in the cocktail. The cocktail menu is segmented into different categories based on the alcohol used, which makes it easy to browse through. 
The food at Drinks is mostly modern European, and without losing the essence of classic recipes, each dish has been created to give you an innovative experience. To nibble on small bites with our cocktails we ordered Olives & Herbs (Warm Spanish Olives Marinated With Garlic, Thyme and Rosemary, Citrus and Bay Leaf), Tempura Fried Calamari and Shrimp (Served with Lemon, Aioli), Chickpea Falafel, mint garlic and sweet pea hummus and Arancini (Saffron, and Manchego Fried Rice Croquettes, Tomatillo Relish, Pimiento Aioli). The appetizers were delicious and the portion size was sufficient enough to share between the two. There are sufficient choices for the vegetarians as well in the menu. The price range of food section is quite reasonable considering the quality and taste factor of the dishes. For the main course we settled for a Classic Margherita Pizza, which was near about 8 inch, thin crust pizza as expected loaded with cheese priced Rs.250 only. 
Drinks on MG is an exclusive cocktail lounge that is sure to draw in a slightly matured and refined crowd. The location of the Drinks on MG is a big plus point to draw some good business in the near future. And being a person who loves her cocktails I was pretty satisfied with the place. 

Restaurant Review | Mar 22, 2015 By Hina Gujral

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