We’re already in the middle of September and the coming month brings with it lots of festive cheer including Oktoberfest! A time for great beer, delicious food and lots of happy times. The Irish House in Bangalore recently started its Oktoberfest celebrations, on till September 20 at their VR Bengaluru and Sarjapur outlets, with great offers on beer and a complete menu of German specialties. Read on to know what all we tried!
This was our second visit to The Irish House. It makes for a fun place to unwind after shopping to your heart’s content at VR Bengaluru. The interiors are done up to give off the vibe of an old-school pub, with a well-stocked bar and menu. Good for weekday lunches with coworkers too.
The specially curated menu for Oktoberfest consists of dishes unique to Germany, and spans both vegetarian and non-vegetarian choices. Also, they’re offering international beer pints at Rs. 325 and Kingfisher Premium at Rs. 95 so you can find the right brews to pair with your food.
We started with the Twisted Pretzels – freshly baked, and just the right amount of soft, glazed with honey and sesame and served with a delicious honey mustard sauce. My absolute favourite from the menu and such a perfect bar snack too! I had a pint of Edelweiss with the pretzels.
Next was the Baked Kartofell-Fan, which was essentially a baked potato with spices and herbs, sat on a bed of sour cream and a pretzel. Melt-in-the-mouth and makes for a yummy way to start your evening. My favourite beer of the evening was the Affligem – so beautifully balanced and crisp.
The Spicy Spätzle was a rather intriguing dish. Described as ‘classic German-style homemade soft noodles’ it looked more like soft rice or risotto, with spicy eggplant and a candied orange salad. The orange added the right amount of zest to the dish while the spicy eggplant balanced the dish really well.
For the non-veggies, the Kartoffelpuffer was a good start, with the melted cheese and pancakes going well with the pickled beets and grilled chicken salad.
The best dish was the Beer-y Sausages & Crusty Pretzel, a classic German dish for those who love their bratwursts.
Dessert was my favourite part – the Apple Strudel was encased in a fluffy pastry, light and stuffed with baked apples, and glazed with honey and cinnamon. A dollop of vanilla ice cream was the finishing touch. I wouldn’t have minded another one of these, it’s so good.
Head to the Irish House before the 20th to dig into these German delights and try their amazing selection of international beers. I tried the Affligem, Edelweiss and Wittlinger, and liked them in that order.
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