Let The Games Begin
Today, most gastropubs lack the dynamicity which would make a visit to any of them unique in some sense of the word. Izakaya occupies a section of the IONA gaming center located on the second floor of Virginia Mall. And it’s unlike the stereotypical gastropubs that have stuck to the standard food and cocktail routine. What truly makes Izakaya stand out from the throng of pubs, is what stands in its vicinity- a contemporary arcade with all the latest games and a state-of-the-art 7D theatre that lets you engulf in an immersive experience!
Down The Memory Lane
At a glance, it just seemed like the perfect place to be, especially when I thought of it from my childhood perspective. All those extra hours of gaming that could have been bestowed upon me, only if there were a gastropub around for my parents to kick back and relax in. Truth be told, it came off as a pleasant surprise when I walked into this pub, only to discover the sight and sound of pure nostalgia rushing through my veins. As I witnessed an arena of games radiating a stream of colourful lights, it was almost like I was a child again. Only this time, I could toggle between the sweet hints of a Mojito and the exhilaration of a vibrant bowling session.
One For The Family
Apart from having an entertainment area for the little ones and a well-stocked bar for you to unwind at, Izakaya is ideal to laze around with your family on Sundays. While you get to throw back a few, your kids can spend an entire day swerving from the racing bikes to engaging in a heated session of ping-pong or spend hours at the cricket simulation lane. It’s a win-win for everyone.
Eat. Play. Love
The menu at Izakaya reflects the restaurant’s ambition for constant change. You’ll see that they experiment with exotic flavours and yet retain the native flavours of India in some of their dishes.
Out of all that we tried, I highly recommend the Guntur Chicken Tikka – a southern spin on the good ol’ chicken tikka and the Roast Chilli Pork – a simple classic, done right.
I give it up to the spirited atmosphere that the arcade contributed towards this humble gastropub. After all, endless entertainment paired with good food and a couple of drinks thrown in, is a sure-shot recipe for a great outing.
How to Get There:
Izakaya Gastro Pub
Where: 2nd Floor, Iona, Virginia Mall, Whitefield Main Road, Whitefield, Bangalore
Contact: +91 8067424935
Timings: All Days 11 AM to 11:30 PM
Cost: ₹1,200 for two people (Flat 25% off with Quirk Card)