Arena – An Artisanal Experience
Arena Artisanal is a brand new brewery and kitchen located in Indiranagar, Bangalore. The place is spread over three floors. The bottom floor gives a great view of the microbrewery. The mid-floor has a huge bar. The top floor have various pods for different size private parties. The ambiance is simply amazing and you can feel a paramid design once inside. From private pods to open sky dining, Arena has it all. We started from the bottom floor and moved up with every course.
To start we tasted few cocktails like the Love Me or Leave Me, Gin & Juice, Apple Pie and the Mojito. Love Me or Leave Me is a combination of herbs with cucumber, lime and pickled carrots. While Gin and Juice are made with Elderflower, fresh rosemary and ginger ale. The Apple Pie was a deconstructed cocktail version with fresh apple, cinnamon, sugar and caramelized apple slices. All these cocktails have fresh flavors and had something unique to offer.
When it comes to food, Arena has a wide range of Pan Asian cuisine. The Asparagus Avocado Tempura Uramaki is one of the delicious sushi we ever had, as it is topped with hot chilli mayo with a light tempura crunch. The Shitake and Chives Dimsum and the Spinach, Corn and Cheese Dimsum were both super tasty. We loved the Smoked Garlic and Onion Tart made with mixed mushroom, lebneh with caramelized onions. The tart was crumbly and super soft.
For the main course we had the Thai Green Curry with Jasmine Rice and the Traditional Burmese Khao Suey. The Thai Green Curry was amazing with the fresh infusion of basil flavors. The Burmese Khao Suey was good, but we couldn’t try all the condiments it comes with. For desserts we tried their Tiramisu which comes with a hint of lemon. The Belgian Choco Fondant was served with vanilla icecream and baked figs. But the Paris Brest with Mousse was out of the world. This Choux pastry is filled with a rich hazelnut cream mousse which melts in the mouth.
Overall, Arena is the place to be, be it the food, the cocktails or their desserts.
Arena Artisanal Brewkitchen – Scorecard –
Food/Taste – 9/10
Service – 8/10
Value for Money – 8/10
Ambiance – 9/10
Quantity/Quality – 8/10
Overall – 4.2/5
An Artisanal experience!