It’s my first visit to Bangalore. I have an appointment in Whitefield. Concerned local friends pack me with a portable charger and extra crisps, and send me off into the unknown, specifically to the place I have picked out – Boondock Bistro in Whitefield. I was a big HBO buff in the early 2000s (remember the terrible movie of a similar name?) and liked the thought behind naming a remote place Boondock (which means an out-of-the-way city).
Getting there takes a good two hours so I catch up on sleep. Refreshed, I get out of the car and, to my dismay, find that the building elevator is out of order. After 15 minutes of crawling up the stairs, I walk into a beautiful colonial bungalow. A shingled roof slopes away from the entrance towards French windows and a weathered white wall gives way to a heavy-set brick section. Beautiful posters depicting slice-of-life situations dot the walls. I later recognise them as the work of Paul Fernandes, known for his wonderful illustrations of Bangalore of the 1970s.
There is no air conditioning inside the Boondock Bistro, surrounded as it is by trees (and chirping birds) and sloping houses on two sides, while the other two open up to a bright, windy day. It’s half full so I sit in a corner where workspace has been created along the wall. I sip on my hot, parmesan-rich Chicken Minestrone soup and admire old posters – vintage Bollywood, Phantom and Supandi – under the table glass and on the walls.
Boondock Bistro has an easygoing and chilled out vibe accentuated by its selection of music and overall ambience. In the short hour I am there, writing and sipping soup, I’ve already heard some mean jazz and blues tracks. As more people troop in for lunch (including my party), the music shifts to one of my favourites, the Dave Matthews band. We nibble on chicken wings and superlative bacon-wrapped prawns while playing one of their board games.
Our mains come all at once, completely overwhelming us. I go gaga over the Baconator, minced beef with perfectly fried bacon strips and cheese, while my companions demolish a Big Dawg Chateaubriand and a T-bone. The burgers are soft, the patties rich and well cooked, yet without the grease and over-the-top sauces. An icy cold coffee helps wash down all the meat followed by a fresh lime soda.
For the longest time, we sit there full and content, all thoughts of work pushed to the back of our minds. I make a mental note to come here for their amazing English breakfast and during Christmas – there’s a turkey with my name on it. Boondock Bistro with its delicious steaks (including veg ones), pastas and burgers is truly the meating joint of Whitefield and one of the best in Bangalore.
It totally made my day and what added to it was getting a flat 25% off on food and beverages here, thanks to my Quirk card.
How to Get There:
Where: 33, Sundari Armadale, 3rd Floor, Above Ritu Kumar, Whitefield Main Road, Whitefield, Bangalore
Contact: +91 9844223366 | +91 8065604001
Timings: Mon – Fri 11 AM to 11 PM | Sat – Sun 8 AM to 11 PM
Cost: ₹900 for two people