It is a well-known fact that the Monk romances the monsoons like nobody’s business. And to celebrate this romance, Retox has recently launched a Monk-soon Menu for a limited period.
Clubbed with a new menu, they called a few bloggers over for a tasting and feedback session and below is the narrative of my experience.
The décor is extremely well thought out and gives off very positive and happening vibes. The quirky art on the wall, too helps elevate the mood.
|The fun and quirky ambiance of the place|
Retox Trademark Cocktails
The Beemer is already one of Retox’s most popular cocktail. Considering my dietary restrictions, the bartender agreed to make this without any added sugar. And trust me, it still retained its delicious flavors. This is one drink that’s worth the drive to Viman Nagar. #HighlyRecommended
|The Beemer [Rs. 429]|
On the other hand, the French Margarita – made with Tequila, lime and sugar, and topped up with red wine – did not taste good at all without the sugar. The fact that the proportions of the liquids too were awry, pulled the drink down a further couple of notches.
|French Margarita [Rs. 429]|
The Flambéed Manchow Soup was the classic manchow soup flambéed with Old Monk at the table. Unfortunately, we would not discern any flavor of the Old Monk in the soup, apart from the flambé. Suggestion given to blend it in after the theatrics.
|Flambéed Manchow Soup [Rs. 219/259]|
The Kanda Bhajiya with Old Monk Imli Chutney was hands down the star of the Monk-soon Menu. The bhajiyas sported a dark brown color and had a crisp coating however could do without drizzle of chutney on top as that made it a little soggy. However, it was the chutney that stole the show. An absolutely foodgasmic combination of tamarind pulp and a generous dash of the rum, the chutney is sure to take you over the edge! #YumYum #HighlyRecommended
|Kanda Bhajiya with Old Monk Imli Chutney [Rs. 199]|
The Old Monk Flamed Lollipop had a fate similar to the soup, with the monk not making its presence felt as strongly as expected. Feedback given to amp up the potency of the alcohol.
|Old Monk Flamed Lollipop [Rs. 249]|
Apart from the dishes from the Monk-soon menu, we also tried some old favorites and some new dishes from the new menu that’s launched at Retox.
The Loaded Roti Chips [Rs. 179] is another Retox special. Chapati crisps, garnished with bacon bits, sprinkled with Retox salt [their secret mixture 😉] and served with green chili thecha. The crispiness of the roti strips was complemented by the soft bacon bits really well and the thecha was so deliciously spicy yet oh-so tempting that we simply couldn’t stop. Thankfully the sour cream provided some much-needed relief from the heat. #YumYum
|Loaded Roti Chips|
The Butter Chicken Fries is a perfect amalgamation of everything wonderful in the world. Crunchy fries topped with oodles of the butter chicken curry is a combination that’s unputdownable. #DeliciousDelicious
|Butter Chicken Fries|
The Bacon & Cheese Crostini had a nice flavor however the bread wasn’t uniformly moist. Some portions retained enough moisture while others felt a tad dry.
|Bacon & Cheese Crostini [Rs. 249]|
The Devilled Pork Sausage was another downer. The sausage wasn’t cooked through and the sauce too disappointed. Unfortunately, it seemed that they had received a bad batch of the pork which resulted in a poor dish. The Green Garlic Fish, on the other hand, had crispy Basa tossed with clarified butter, crispy garlic and chilies and tasted absolutely delicious. #YumYum
|Devilled Pork Sausage [Rs. 329]|
|Green Garlic Fish [Rs. 299]|
The Burmese Khao Suey Chicken was a lovely looking dish with some amazing flavors. The colorful condiments were nearly arranged in small bowls which gave a sense of symmetry to the oddly shaped plate with the noodles and curry. The crunchy garlic bits in the noodles go well with the rich and creamy curry. Not many people can perfect the flavor profile however Retox has nailed it. #DeliciousDelicious
|Burmese Khao Suey Chicken [Rs. 329]|
The Saoji Mutton was the traditional Maharashtrian spicy curry with ‘kala masala’. While the mutton itself was perfectly made and had all the signs of an authentic spicy saoji dish, the accompaniments need changes. I would’ve preferred jowar bhakri over the plain paratha and Indrayani or Ambemohar rice over the basmati rice, which wasn’t the best fit to the mutton dish.
|Saoji Mutton [Rs. 349]|
A big shout out to Kaustubh for inviting us and Team Retox for hosting us for the Monk-soon Menu.
Retox is located at Marvel Edge, Viman Nagar.
I was invited for a complimentary food tasting event. This blog is a narrative of my experience at the event. These are my views that I have expressed in the blog. Others are most welcome to agree or disagree with the same.
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