Wednesday, November 28, 2018

All about The Smoke Co's new menu and why this restaurant at Koramangala is a personal favorite of mine?

If you love Charcuterie (smoked or cured meat) style preparations, then The Smoke Co. at Koramangala 6th Block is the right place for you to indulge. They have come up with a fabulous new menu on the completion of 1 year and my words won’t do any justice on what I have experienced there recently. The quality of the products they use is just amazing. The Lang BBQ Smoker used at the restaurant is imported from the USA. This plays a major role in creating some brilliant smoked, grilled or barbecued dishes. As smoked flavor is an integral part of this process, even the woods they use for it is carefully chosen at The Smoke Co. We always use the word ‘foodgasm’ and to experience a carnivorous foodgasm one must definitely visit The Smoke Co.

The classy modern ambiance will set the perfect mood for a pleasant dining experience. The lively atmosphere and their open kitchen will help you know what’s happening around. The staffs are very polite and helpful. The Executive Chef Altaf Patel is one of the most humble Chefs I know who can cook up a storm. He is extremely talented when it comes to bringing the extraordinary flavors together. The Smoke Co. is from the same owners of one of the most popular burger joints in namma ooru – Café Thulp.

I love the Charcuterie platter which had salted and cured beef, smoked Mackerel with Char siu glaze, cured and aged jamón (6-9 months old dry-cured ham), mortadella with olives and Soppressata Pork Salami. I can’t tell which one was the best. Everything had so unique flavors and I absolutely loved it.

If you love your share of pork and beef, then must try two of their luscious dishes – the wood-fire finished Char Siu Pork fillet (served with buttered cauliflower puree, pickled baby radish, and char siu glaze) and the dark beer braised Corned beef served with creamed potato, roasted leeks, and sourdough toast. Chef Altaf, I can’t thank you enough for these super delectable dishes I tried.

There are lots of new additions for the vegetarian souls as well. Must try their ‘Cheddar and Zucchini cakes served with tartar and smoked tomato chili sauce’, and ‘Barley, Bean and Corn Salad with Mangalore Jaggery and Lime vinaigrette, arugula, pomegranate, and toasted pumpkin seeds’ for the perfect balance of refreshing flavors.

When I see Geist’s beer menu at any restaurant, I won’t see anything else after that (I know… this sounds like Nivin’s dialogue from Thattathin Marayathu – ‘Ente Saare’ :P). I love their Uncle Dunkel and Kamacitra which had 5.4 % and 6.0% Abv respectively.

Mango Chilli dip

The Smoke platter is surely one of my favorites which comes with sausages in different flavors like ‘Italian fennel and pepper’, Chicken and coriander, Beef chili & Cheese, pork apple and sage, Chicken kielbasa, and served with grilled corn, in-house baked bread, and sauerkraut. If you don’t believe in ‘storing for winter concept’ then the portion size will be good enough for a small group.

We also tried other interesting dishes like -

Schnitzel - Panko crusted butterflied and fried Pork fillet served with brown butter & sage spaetzle and mustard cream sauce.

Smoked Prawns – Brined and smoked Prawns with the shell on, served with mustard and chili cocktail sauce. This was Smoke Co.’s version of Prawn cocktail though I felt Prawns could have been a bit more flavorful and when you taste the entire combo, you will not miss any flavors much.

I am not a Tuna person, but still liked their ‘Tuna poke bowl’ with fresh Maguro Tuna, sticky rice, grilled pineapple, avocado, and mesclun. My friend ordered the tuna bowl and she literally forced me to try it and I am happy that I tasted it.

When it comes to food my third love is chicken after beef and seafood, and The Smoke Co.’s version of ‘Soy Honey Chicken’ was really good.

We had Churros dusted with cinnamon sugar and served with Chocolate & Chipotle dip for desserts and this is easily the best Churros and dip you can get in Bangalore.

Overall I had a great time and I would never get bored of having food at The Smoke Co. The food served here is a treat to all five senses. A meal for two would be 2000/- (approximately). Do visit and let me know the feedback.

The Smoke Co.
#501, 6th Cross Road
Koramangala 6th Block
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