Suzy Q, Bangalore’s newest restaurant and bar, is laid back luxury at its best. Here’s why you should visit …
The city’s cafes and restaurants are slowly opening their doors, as are the new eateries that have been waiting behind the scenes for the lockdown to end and the second wave to recede. Leading this load of new venues Suzy Q by 1522 is a blend of old Bengaluru charm, new-age luxury, and a hint of quirk. Located in the iconic Express building where the Asian restaurant 1Q1 was previously located, this is a colorful space with magnificent murals, Roman-style sculptures in solid hues, vintage-style lamps and chandeliers, and carefully selected furniture, offset by exposed brick walls. The open-air section, backing onto the scorched red facade with its arched windows, is equally impressive thanks to the clever landscaping and design, which maximizes space in the small area.
We dropped by on a weekday to take a look around and sample some signature dishes from their menu. Starting with a few cocktails, we ordered the Stardust (gin, pear, star anise, egg white, lime and simple syrup), Kashmir Ki Kali (kahwa, whiskey, egg white, lime and simple syrup) and Hera Pheri
(whiskey, traditional Gujarati choondo pickle, lime and simple syrup). Of the three, it’s hard to pick a favorite, as each was unique and innovative.
The drinks were paired with a range of starters, from Chakna Cone, featuring Suzy Q’s on the quintessential Indian snack of fox nuts and black gram flavored with onion and tomato masala, to Tandoori Hariyali shrimp. , made with marinated smoked shrimp cooked in a spinach and mint vinaigrette. We also sampled small portions of chicken and chimichurri mushrooms and bok choy. While the first, the chicken breast topped with South American chimichurri sauce, was delicious, this is the last one we couldn’t get enough of. The vegetarian dish combines button mushrooms and braised shiitake and bok choy with soy sauce, simple and subtle flavors that really seduced us.
For the main courses, we were served ravioli with spinach and ricotta. Ricotta spinach is always a winning combination, and the silky ravioli with the tangy tomato-based sauce on the side is a hit. Another must-try is Daryaganj Tawa Chicken, a Delhi specialty. The aromatic chicken cooked in a tomato and onion masala was presented with a missi roti, which was heartwarming and mouthwatering.
The main courses were followed by a few desserts – New York Cheesecake and Rasmalai Tiramisu (tiramisu with mascarpone and coffee mousse, and mini rasmalai soaked in Baileys Irish cream). Among these, our choice would be tiramisu, thanks to the balance of sweet, creamy and bitter notes.
Featured as a friendly yet luxurious neighborhood bar with a menu that covers Asian, Mexican, Italian, and Indian cuisines, Suzy Q has something for everyone and is sure to attract plenty of customers.
Rs. 1,500 ++ for two. At Queens Road