If you are looking for a place where food matches the interiors, the Gawky Goose Kitchen & Bar in Bengaluru’s iconic wind tunnel road is the place to head to. Known as the ‘Pub City’, Bengaluru’s Wind Tunnel Road, always has some of the most happening resto bars in the city. Naturally, brothers Kiran and Gautam Kumar were clear that this was where they wanted their space to be located. Bindu Gopal Rao explores the latest sensation in the city.
Spread over a whopping 14,000 square feet, the 390-cover space is designed to be inspired by Irish pub culture with undertones of local tropical greens. The alfresco seating area that you first see is peppered with aromatic ferns and pines. The exposed brickwork with a transparent glazed ceiling, waterfall fountain and dense foliage ensure this is also right for your four-legged friends (yes, this space is also pet-friendly). The bar is the scene stealer with emerald green and brass embellished bar hues supported by similar shaded columns on either side. The seating is plush with comfortable chairs and natural wooden tables. Do not miss the pop of yellow in the Chesterfields and wing backs accentuated by the cement tile flooring. The indoor seating space is separated from the outdoor seating with a channel of glazed partitions that ensures the connection between the spaces is never lost. The outdoor deck framed with planters adds to the connection to nature here.
The menu is an eclectic mix of world cuisine with regional twists, all made using modern techniques. Start with the Salad Caprese, a delicious mix of Buffalo Mozzarella, fresh tomatoes, pesto, wild arugula, and balsamic pearls that give the right crunch. The Avocado Salad made with Hass avocado, green mango, wild arugula, and crispy coconut flakes has a sweet chilli dressing that leaves a nice aftertaste in your mouth. There is a selection of ‘Bar Bites’ that has winners like the Tequila Congress, made with mouth-numbing, sweet, salty, spicy, and crunchy Sichuan fried peanuts tossed with onions, tomatoes, pineapple, lime, chillies topped flambéed with Tequila and the Fox Trot-Peri Peri/Cajun which has fox nuts toasted and tossed in clarified butter and peri-peri/cajun seasoning. Apart from a selection of soups, the Small Plates, has the Mangalorean Chicken Sukka, a local speciality made with boneless chicken cooked with byadgi chilli, coconut, and south spices and the Ghee Roast Stuffed Paddu available with Paneer or Chicken options. These are dumplings made with rice and lentils, stuffed with Mangalorean-style ghee roast masala. There is also a selection of small Asian plates, kebabs, pizzas, burgers and paninis, pastas, dim sums and bao’s you can try.
Food Meets Drinks
The resto-bar has an eclectic collection of drinks and has several classic cocktails that have been specifically brought back with regional twists and modern techniques. They also have molecular cocktails and some signature cocktails like the Gazpacho Bloody Mary (Absolut Vodka, gazpacho cold soup, red chilli powder, topped with cucumber and chilli foam) and Balan – The Crazy Tiger (Rum fat washed in coconut water, smoked pineapple juice, in house jaggery syrup) which are popular. The extensive main course has Euro Asian Vegetable Curry made with Singapore curry powder, coconut milk gravy, vegetables and jasmine rice.
It also has a nice fulfilling bite, and the Grilled Chicken Breast with char-grilled chicken breast, pan-tossed vegetables, roasted baby potato and red wine make for interesting choices in the extensive set of mains. If you are a biryani fan, try the Gawky Chicken Biryani or the local Donne Mutton Biryani for a satisfying main course. And for desserts, (yes make sure to keep some place for them), try the Tender Coconut Douhua a melange of Chinese-style coconut custard, tapioca pearls and stewed pineapple, the unique flavours come together most beautifully to create a sensory overload. Chocolate lovers must try the Cocoa Barry Chocolate Nemesis with dark chocolate, passion fruit jelly, fresh orange mousse and cocoa crumbles, which are guaranteed to take you to culinary heaven. Gawky Goose is the place to be if you are looking for a fun meeting with friends or an office lunch with colleagues. It has something for everyone and works perfectly well – day or night.
- Address: #77, Wind Tunnel Rd, Muniyappa Layout, Murgesh Pallya, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560017
- Reservations: 09901787273
- Timings: 12 pm – 1 am (Monday – Sunday)
- The average cost of a meal for 2 with alcohol is between INR 3,500-4,000 and without alcohol is between INR 2,500-3,000