While there already exists bars and lounges that let the customers bid on their drinks, The Bid Capital is a one-of-a-kind restaurant which allows their customers to bid on the food as well.
Their app [which is available on Google Play Store and Apple Store] is extremely user-friendly and fun to use. Aiming to reduce manual intervention and usage of paper, the app has a plethora of features enabling the customers to perform just about every action related to their orders and experience at The Bid Capital.
Want to bid on drinks and food? Use the app. Want to call the waiter? Use the app. Want to check the live feed on the bids? Use the app. Want to check what’s playing on the jukebox? Use the app. Want to book an Uber? Use the app. Want to book a table? Use the app.
The bidding process on drinks and food are slightly different. While bids on drinks are singular [one drink at a time], on food it is applied on the entire cart. Add all the dishes to the cart, which shows you the MRP total and you can then place your bid accordingly. Bid too low and it’s likely to get rejected, bid too close to the MRP and you won’t save much.
The Bid Capital also has short bursts of Hyper Bids where straight drinks as well as cocktails are offered at a price lower than the lowest bid, for a limited time which makes it a completely not-to-be-missed option to exercise. The app is designed to push notifications whenever the hyper bids are initiated and the same are displayed over the TV screens as well.
They also have a loyalty program wherein every person who uses the app to place bids, will get 1% of their bid amount as loyalty points back in their TBC account. Accumulated points help you level up and can be leveraged for discounts during subsequent visits. The more the points, the higher the discount. 😊
|The innards of the app. Love the clean UI.|
Considering the security aspect to ensure no one can fake-bid or prank-bid from elsewhere, you can see the food and drinks menu and your order history on the app, as long as you are within 500 meters from the place. Step outside and all you can see are the live feed and music that’s currently playing.
While the app is well made and extremely easy and fun to use, there were still some scope for improvements and the same were duly passed onto the management. For example, I would’ve loved to see my order history even when I’m not at The Bid Capital. Also, a comment field with the drinks bid would help customers key in some instructions for their drink [skip the mint, make it more potent, cut the sugar, etc.].
Coming to the place itself, The Bid Capital has a wonderful ambiance with ample use of natural greenery decking the walls which is a welcome sight for sore eyes. The seating is divided into 3 sections – al fresco, indoor and mezzanine.
|Outdoor section. The use of greenery looks so refreshing.|
Loved the overall ambiance of the place which has a wonderful earthy feel to it, with good use of brown tones – wooden panels and furniture, copper pipes on the ceiling for carrying wires for lighting, plush brown-shaded leather sofas.
|The indoor ambiance|
Since I am following a no-sugar, no-gluten, no-vegetable oil diet; I am rather encouraged to incorporate butter or ghee [clarified butter] in my diet. However minimal usage of vegetable oil in sauté-ing or air frying is allowed.
Considering my sugar restrictions, the bartender was kind enough to whip up a couple of cocktails without sugar in it. Bidding for the drinks on the app was as easy as downing a shot – key in your bid amount and convince the app to agree to it. 😊
The Illusionist has a base of brandy and blended with coffee extract and topped with whipped cream. In my case, they used the unsweetened cream that’s traditionally used in the kitchens rather than bars. And trust me, this version tasted so much better than the regular version [A co-blogger ordered the regular cocktail and we both agreed, the sugar-free version was better]. #HighlyRecommended
The Hybrid Manhattan Sour was the typical Manhattan Sour with a TBC twist. Cutting the sugar syrup out of the drink, it tasted just as good.
|Hybrid Manhattan Sour|
The Tipsy Tea had a blend of Gin, jasmine tea, and lime juice with some dried tea leaves sprinkled on top of the foam as garnish. Decent flavors however I wasn’t too thrilled by the dry bite of the tea as after-taste.
Small Plates (Indian)
Narangi Bhel had puffed rice with seasonal citrus fruits, and Asian dressing tossed together and served with sour cream and balsamic pearls while the Amritsari Spiced Fish and Chips had fried tempura fish [Basa] with cumin green pea mash, and served with tartar sauce, caper kachumber and French fries. Both had its quirks in flavors, the citrus gave a nice acidic hit to the puffed rice, and the crunchy caper kachumber proved a perfect crunchy foil to the soft and melt-in-mouth fish. #YumYum #HighlyRecommended
|Amritsari Spiced Fish and Chips|
The Bid Capital Basket had fried drumsticks and wings served with spiced fries and a sweet-spicy sauce. The chicken was extremely tender and flavorful while the fried coating added the necessary crunch.
|Bid Capital Basket|
Small Plates (World)
While not exactly a towering personality, the House Cooked Nacho Tower had crisp tortillas, refried beans, guacamole, salsa, sour cream, jalapeno and aged cheddar cheese sauce while the Maayhem Fries Chicken had crispy chicken bits, and cheddar cheese in a thousand-island dressing. Personally, I felt the quantity of guacamole and tomato salsa on the nachos to be on the lower side. And I never knew that the TID would go so well with fries. #DeliciousDelicious
|House Cooked Nacho Tower|
|Maayhem Fries Chicken|
The dim sums are currently limited on the menu, with only a vegetable and one pork on offer. Tried the Five Spiced Pork Dim Sums which were outstanding. A perfect blend of spices with a tender pork filling, this one ticked all the right boxes for me.
|Five Spiced Pork Dim Sums|
The Chicken Tikka Risotto was quite a revelation. Short grain Arborio rice with spicy chicken tikka and Grana Padano cheese, this dish had all the hallmarks of a perfect risotto. The al-dente rice still retained some of its bite while the aromatic chicken tikka provided ample flavor to the dish. #YumYum #HighlyRecommended
|Chicken Tikka Risotto|
The Chandni Chowk Ka Butter Chicken was the traditional dilliwala butter chicken. While the flavors were there, unfortunately, I found it a little too oily [yes, I spooned it up and checked and no, it wasn’t ghee or butter].
|Chandni Chowk Ka Butter Chicken|
The Burmese Khowsuey was served in a large bowl with cute cups housing the accompaniments. Well-made dish but I would’ve preferred the noodles being served separately instead of pre-mixed and the broth itself could’ve been a tad thicker.
A refreshing new place, which attempts to completely automate your experience and goes paperless in the process, The Bid Capital has some a lot of cuisines and quirky cocktails in its arsenal. A little bit of a smart play and you’re sure to get mucho savings here. Who knows, maybe you could even attain the elusive Johnnie Walker [a Level 10 redemption].
A big shout out to Rutweek for inviting us and Team Bid Capital for hosting us.
The Bid Capital is located at Deccan Gymkhana, off Fergusson College Road.
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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