My usual Tuesdays are sometimes ‘fatiguant’ after a series of calls, decks, reviews etc. Yesterday even after all these, a ride to and fro office & then HAL to Residency road – did not seem to me tire me at all. The thought of meeting my fellow blogger friends, some new faces & Arijit Choudhury kept me charged. It was through him, I got an invite for the new menu launch at Sanctum Club, in Chancery pavilion as it celebrated its 4th year!
The moment we stepped in the mood was set, it was quiet and though there was a fiery atmosphere around the well-stocked bar – in reality the place stood up to its name : a private place or room where someone is never interrupted.
The neatly laid table had a scroll – with the offerings from the new menu. As we waited for fellow bloggers to wade through the city traffic ,we sipped on the sweet poisons like – Spiced up (in coherence with the mango season ; a traditional drink with vodka – hint of jalapeno brine n mango juice) ; Sanctum delight (the fine color will awe you, this is the signature cocktail which won the DIGO world-class competition) ; Pinacolada (classic & absolute summer drink) ; White cosmo. Some of our friends even tried the mocktails like Delighted lips (the color will enamour you & entice you to kiss the glass brim) ; Oriental Spice (Guava juice spiced with Chilli powder).
In the meanwhile we also had short eats like Mozzarella Bruschetta , Boiled Dhokla with imli Confit, Chilli Cheese Hazelback , Tandoori Fungi. These were instant hit not only among our vegetarian friends , but even we could not hold back our hands .
Obviously, when it came to non vegetarian side of things we finished them off in no time – Shiracha Chicken Shish Took, Ghee Roasted Chicken on baby roti (awwww it was awesome, the spicy after-taste just grows on you; this was inspired by Mangalorean cuisine); Smorreboard of Tuna Parsley Pate & Yellow pepper confit (towards the bland side, but perfect) ; Green chilli lamb on baby roti and prawn peppers. While I am gung-ho about the ghee roasted chicken and the Smorreboard of Tuna , the prawns need some more improvisation. There was a dish which could be easily mistaken as “fish n chips” but good news for all those who are not fish lovers – this is chicken ,so you can manage it very well.
We were so merry in the company of acclaim’ds , little happy on the negligible magic potions in the cocktails and already so full, that we could barely move to the main course. In main course we had Mushroom Ragout and bacon Pizza & pulled tandoori burgers (they wore more like siders & the perfect size at that time)
Chef Souvik Gupta , who curated this entire new menu and still working on it , came out occasionally and joined us spontaneously in our “adda” . He explained how he had in mind the usual clientele of this place & how he is trying to move away from the usual fare of tapas , etc and give this place a new menu to go well with beverages, especially inspired by the Indian cuisine. In fact the moment he heard that we were not so interested in the main course for the evening , but want to move to the dessert course – he vanished for sometime and resurfaced with jars of “bhapa doi” with copious helping of almonds and dry fruits.
The evening passed so quickly that we were unaware of the fact that the clock was running fast to announce the advent of the next day. We prolonged the evening by sitting in the terrace which turned to be an extension of the bar inside and helps you sit out – sans the AC. We even had a couple of shots to finally bid adieu to the evening and return home.
Thanks Sanctum Club , Arjit Choudhury & Souvik Gupta to make this Tuesday Evening Special !