While searching to try something new, we ended up deciding to go for Hammered. The places looked interesting and hip, also had a kind of nice ring to its name. Per their FB page we got to know that Hammered just celebrated their one year anniversary recently. But in this one year this place seems to have developed a following for its drinks and food. Located just off the Cunmingham Road, the joint enjoys a big advantage in terms of its location. It wasn’t difficult to find the restaurant using google maps. Big plus. We pre-reserved a table which was a requirement if going on a weekend.
Upon reaching the entrance, we were greeted by their courteous valet staff, who took care of our parking woes nicely. Valet parking becomes quite important and one of the first checks I do when visiting a place in Bengaluru. Would like to mention that the entrance opens up to a smaller road and can be little cramped at times. But the staff is well equipped to handle your vehicle.
Once inside, the gallery opens into a huge space of multiple seating options, inside, outside and upstairs. We were quite excited about seating upstairs but sadly due to a private event, it was closed for seating. The reception staff, with a smile, offered us seating option in the open and inside. We chose to sit inside since it looked more lively. First glance will make it obvious that this is a casual place and cannot be considered as a fine dining pub. Its more open and fun to be here. The crowd on that Sunday evening was mix of couples out on a date and freinds out for a round of drinks. We didn’t feel out of place though, even though we expected it to be more uptight. Kinda fun.
There was a menu card already placed on the table, efficient. We started going through the small menu, which mostly. consisted of finger food and snacks. But keep in mind, it is nothing as it looks. The portions are sizeable and filling. So no need to worry. The waiters were attentive and explained whatever questions we had about the menu in detail. Cheers for that.
Coming to the food we ordered a couple of non-alcoholic drinks or as the menu said – ‘for the designated drivers’ drinks. First was a pineapple based drink called ‘Passionately Hammered’ and a cranberry and mango spicy drink called ‘Green Destiny’. No complaints, made perfect with no extra sugar or flavouring. We particularly liked the presentation of the drinks. Served on time.
Instead of ordering main course we decided to order snacks and finger food – Honey Chilli Potato Finger Chips, Exotic Veg Wood Fired Pizza and Pav Bhaji Fondue. Honey Chilli Potato was basically finger chips tossed in honey chilli sauce, which would definately serve well with a chilled beer. The wood fired exotic veg pizza was marvelous. The crust perfectly sized and the vegetables cooked with grace. One of the best pizza I had in recent times.
Special mention for the Pav Bhaji Fondue since I could had never imagined that pav bhaji can be reinvented this way. You have to try it. The bhaji was served with crazy level of cream and thus was super filling. The small pavs served as a perfectly sized finger food and the bhaji was the blended dip to be eaten with ecstacy. I fell in love. Gastronomic science at its best. Would love to have the recipe, anytime.
We moved on to have the desert, something which caught our attention was the ‘Pan pana cotta with gulkand sauce’. We quickly ordered the same and were served pretty fast. The pana cotta was awesome but bit heavier than a traditional one. The sauce had gulkand in bits and pieces, served with rose milk. It was a mouthful, maybe too heavy for one person. But all said and done, it was different than the usual desert we would have ordered.
Visit the place for the casual dinig experience with some amazing food. Though it is just one year old, we would love to return and find more experimental foods on the menu.
Location – 4/5 (Located off the main road, the entrance is little cramped for parking and stopping the vehicle, but handled well by the valet staff)
Ambiance – 3.5/5 (Outdoor seating is great, the indoor seating felt a little dingy and shady because of lighting and uncleaned sofas, which gave the place a little darker look)
Staff – 5/5 (No complaints)
Food – 4.5/5 (Mix of variety of cuisines, some great finger food, Pav Bhaji Fondue is out of the world)
Value for Money – 4.5/5 (Not expensive at all!)
The food, hands down. And the staff.
Seating for only couples or smaller groups might be an issue. Larger group focused seating makes it little weird for couples to sit. Also, the sofas do need cleaning and indoor lighting could be made brighter.