The stock exchange themed bar is not a new concept in namma ooru. When Mumbai’s famous The Bar Stock Exchange (TBSE) opens an outlet in Bangalore, a visit is a must. This new watering hole is located in the heart of the city, near MG Road. TBSE follows stock market-based drink pricing system and the price varies based on the demand. If you are lucky you may pay as low as 50 bucks for your favorite drink. We were in a party mood this time and explored only the Hor d’oeuvre menu as there was no space for the main course. Their menu offers some of the tastiest and original dishes to go with drinks.
The nook and corner of the ambiance will remind you of an army camp with barricades, camouflage cushions, rustic walls, and army jeeps. They have also added few fusion elements to keep this place trendy and live with giant lamps, funky red hangings etc. The screens will display the increasing and decreasing price of the drinks.
The Chef Nishant knows the essence of food that he sends to the table. Don’t get surprised if he can equally please the guests from different parts of our country. To elucidate the previous statement - the Mumbaikars on our table was happy with their Misal pav fondue and Calamari Thecha; the Delhite couldn’t get enough of assorted Tikkas, Amritsari Kulcha with Pindi Chole and TBSE Pizza (made of crispy naan as base and chunks of veggies and chicken tikka toppings). The Mazedar Maggi with Thai flavors was totally a new taste for our palate. All of us just loved the twist which Chef has given to the simple noodles. The Mallu in me almost died and went to heaven when a plate full of Chilli Beef fry (with coconut slices) kept in front of me. The crispy twice-cooked Pork belly vanished within a few minutes.
We came to know from Chef Nishant that Amritsari Kulche with Pindi Chole is Chef Gaurav’s family recipe which is passed down from generations and you will relish that feeling in every bite of this dish. For me, Chole was bit sweet and it could’ve been spicier. A portion of fresh green chili was missing. The 'fish and chips’ with Mayo dip was good. Another favorite was the melt-in-mouth Sriracha Chicken Satays. The Chef kept on checking the feedback from us which was really sweet of him. They don’t believe in ‘frozen food’ especially when it comes to fish dishes. The usage of fresh fish will bring the actual flavors. Agree or not? So when you are at TBSE, don’t miss their Fish tikkas.
In pubs, I will have least expectation on the desserts. They didn’t have many options and ‘Death by chocolate with a scoop of Vanilla ice cream’ and ‘Momma’s Rocky Road Sundae’ definitely need some improvement.
For drinks, I enjoyed the simple concoction of Vodka in the form of Cosmopolitan, and Screwdriver. My Sunday night dinner ended with a perfect Bailey's shot to forget all the sins :P
Their menu pricing is reasonable for a location like ‘off MG Road’ and it is pocket-friendly for the young crowd. This is going to be a favorite party place of mine in that locality. Overall I enjoyed my first visit to TBSE and would visit again shortly. A meal for two would be INR 1200/- (approximately).
The Bar Stock Exchange
Near LIC Building
Anil Kumble Circle
Off MG Road
For table bookings, contact - +91 7406655507
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