I wanted to try a new joint in B'lore this time and Lin took me to The Biere Club on Lavelle Road. Its one of these new fancy microbeweries that seem to have taken over the city. The massive wall painting on one side apes the one at Mondy's in Bombay.
The menu took me a little by surprise. Is it now normal to pay Rs.350 for a mug of beer? Everyone around me seemed to be doing it with gusto. Reluctantly, I decided to try it out and ordered one of their wheat brews. It had a sweet-orangey flavour to it which I thought was pretty interesting.
Lin ordered the Cilantro Chicken Drumsticks and I ordered the Char grilled Vegetable Shwarma. The spices came together in the former and it was an explosion of flavour in your mouth. I really liked it. However, they seemed to have exhausted all their salt and spices in the previous dish. The shwarma was TERRIBLE. No salt, no spice, even the vegetables seemed listless. We couldn't even finish it.
|Cilantro Chicken Drumsticks|
|The Awful Vegetable Shwarma|
Most of the desserts on the menu were not present that day, so my sweet tooth remained unsatisfied.
As I sat in The Briere Club what struck me was how this establishment and its patrons epitomized new Bangalore: uber wealthy, uber yuppie and totally characterless. I was aimlessly wandering around the city when it struck me that the people in the city increasingly look the same. The same sort of clothes, the same sort of hair, the same designer bags & shoes, the same snooty, hoity-toity air.
And it got me wondering: What happened to old Bangalore?? Where are the hippies? The musicians? The grubby book lovers? The bargain hunters on Commercial Street? The kids who spend all their time at India Coffee House because its the only place they can afford? The people who eat with equal gusto at the Darshinis and Sunny's? When did we become a city that is excited about sales at Zara's? When did the city begin to replicate South Delhi? Surely, I can't be THAT old?
Are you a fellow old-Bangalorean, suddenly lost in the city? Contact me. Maybe we can resist the "Attack of the Yuppies"
|Send in the Clones!|
P.S: Thanks Lin for accompanying me