In their second edition of Geistronomy, the team at Geist brewing have chosen to celebrate local Bengaluru dishes, or ‘touchings’ as it is sometimes referred to colloquially, by tying up with The Local in Kammanhalli, Bengaluru. I was invited for a preview of the specially curated menu, earlier this week.
The dishes are simple, yet scrumptious, and will instantly bring back a comfortable sense of nostalgia to any old-school Bangalorean. (Are we now Bengalureans?) Some of my favourites from the evening included Uncle Naidu’s Mutton Chops, a delightful peppery mutton that pairs wonderfully with both the Weiss Guy and the Kamacitra. The Classic Prawn Ghee Roast hit the spot and is balanced out wonderfully with the sweet flavours of the Uncle Dunkel, also fabulous with the Kamacitra.
Both variations of the bovine delicacy (I do not use the other B word any more… tis mother and all no), the teriyaki and the chilli were tender, delicious and had everyone at the table falling in love almost instantly. The former is wonderfully accentuated by the Uncle Dunkel while the latter goes great with both the Weiss and the Kamacitra. The beer battered squid was classic, uncomplicated and easily pairs with the Witty Wit.
My favourite from the evening though was the Crispy Bitter Gourd Rings. The batter was light, and mildly coated the karela. I’d gladly replace my regular bowl of chips for this. In terms of pairing, the Weiss was an ideal fit. Other dishes included the Kentucky Fried Paneer (#NoPaneer), Tawa Fried Chicken, Pork Sausages and Spare Ribs, and Apple Pie and Brownie for dessert!
The Geistronomy festival at the Local is on till December 6th. For INR 499, you get a pint of Geist beer and a Geistronomy dish. Not a bad deal at all! Now, I only wish either The Local were located closer to home so that I could either walk down or have the food delivered over.