White Owl is a pint-sized company that landed up in Pune nearly two years ago. With a singular aim of creating and sharing top-notch, locally-handcrafted beer; White Owl recently relaunched their take on the German Hefeweizen – Halcyon just in time for the Oktoberfest at The Urban Foundry. Terming it as “Owl-toberfest”, they have paired their brews with delicious bites from TUF.
The Halycon, has influences of the German Hefeweizen with a fruity aroma with a slight banana and clove flavor. It’s light, easy on the tongue, summery and perfect for someone who’s a light drinker.
One of the things that’s always impressed me about White Owl is their concept of food pairings with beer and the descriptions – mild caramel, moderate banana and clove, strong roast and mild chocolate, strong citrus, etc. This makes the beers more attractive and friendlier, so to speak, to foodies who are still on the bench about craft beers. Call out to the foodie in them and they’ll be hooked.
So, when I was called to sample their Halcyon at The Urban Foundry, I was stoked since I’ve always been impressed by the innovative dishes at TUF. So, when I’m getting a chance to pair them with the Halcyon, I wasn’t going to let go of that opportunity.
The Urban Foundry has a dark, den-like ambiance with dim lighting which helps set the mood to unwind over a couple of drinks after office. The entrance too is reminiscent of the foundries of yore.
The सागwala Prawn Dumplings were wrapped in spinach and topped with chili garlic sauce. While the prawns were perfectly cooked and retained their juiciness, the Halcyon went well with the strong hit of the chili garlic sauce. #YumYum
|सागwala Prawn Dumplings|
The Bacon Cheese Poppers had minced bacon, chopped bell peppers and molten cheese. Unfortunately, there was no pull of the molten cheese however that does not take away from the overall flavors of the dish. The cheesiness also paired well to the banana and clove flavor profile of the Halcyon.
|Bacon Cheese Poppers|
The kaffir lime and lemongrass flavors of the Thai Chicken Thigh were just a match made in heaven for the Halcyon whose fruity aroma complemented the earthen flavors of the South East Asian herbs rubbed chicken chunks.
|Thai Chicken Thigh|
The Large Foundry Thermodynamics
Apart from the food pairings from the Appetizer section, we also tried a couple of dishes from the mains.
The Dal Baati Khow Suey was a quirky item listed on the menu and that prompted us to give it a try, albeit with a little trepidation, I admit. The baati was drenched in ghee [clarified butter] and was served with the assortment of condiments that accompany the khow suey. Combining everything together, the myriad flavors quite literally blew our collective minds. Never imagined the typical flavors of the khow suey to be such a perfect partner for the local, earthen flavors of the dal baati. Absolutely, hands-down, one of the best fusion dishes I have tried ever!! #YumYum #HighlyRecommended
|Dal Baati Khow Suey|
|I normally don’t put up pictures of eaten plates however I *had* to show this to prove how good this was!!|
The Dabba Gosht too had an extremely tender and perfectly cooked lamb with the meat falling off the bones and the flavors of the gravy infused within. A wonderful dish on its own, however couldn’t stand close to the awesomeness that was the dal baati khow suey. #YumYum
The JD Caramel Custard sounded like another intriguing combination of flavors [well, anything with alcohol is always a must-try for me! 😉 ]. The custard was set properly, and the JD made its strong presence felt in the syrup at the bottom. Unfortunately, due to my dietary restrictions, I could only try one bite but trust me when I say this, it was love at first bite. #DeliciousDelicious
|JD Caramel Custard|
The Halcyon is a wonderful addition to the White Owl repertoire and has found a perfect host in The Urban Foundry with its delectable dishes.
A big shout out to Damini for inviting us and Team Urban Foundry for hosting us.
The Urban Foundry is located at Kalyani Nagar and Balewadi. The Oktoberfest tasting was held at their Kalyani Nagar outlet.
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