Friday morning, after a drunken soiree at Loft38 – the freshest concept place near our office – I, ravenous and devoid of company to accompany me for a post-hangover chomp down, find myself retracing the same path, curious to see the lounge without the press of a hundred human bodies.
Three floors of open air greet me, as does the gentle murmur of a restaurant half full. The dance floor gleams and the Tron-like eclectic purple glow of last night is replaced by soft sunlight streaming in through the tall windows.
We danced till our feet ached last night, redeeming all those missed gym days, but for the brunch crowd today the DJ plays soothing psy therapy tracks.
Wooden beams fly overhead and wrought-iron panels add to the rustic, industrial feel of the multi-storied lounge. Loft38, with its sloping tiled roof and a front wall made up of a cross-section of logs is as close to a futuristic barn-turned-villa as you can get. It’s new-age trendy yet vintage classy.
The upper floors have tall seating, meant to look down into the central area but I choose a plush couch on the ground floor, tuck my feet in to admire the tall ceiling in peace and wait for my Gin Cinnn (that had me giggling earlier) as the best way to get over a hangover is to always remain a little drunk.
The number of people surprises me. I realise that the fun of Loft38 goes beyond their groovy DJ parties and good music. Beaus cozy up on couple tables, cute singles chill at the exquisitely designed bar checking their phones while loud corporate parties, starting the weekend early. I am told there is something called a Sunday Soul Brunch (Rs. 900 without liquor or Rs. 1500 with it) which pretty much decides where I’ll be spending my Sunday this week.
The menu is as experimental as it is nostalgic. My alcohol-addled brain salivates at the thought of the Bhutte ke Kebab and Beef Lasagna Uttapam from last night that filled us up to the brim but a protesting stomach makes me reconsider.
The cute manager takes times to understand what I want and wisely starts me off with the delicious Crispy Avocado Pastry (a light pastry stuffed with spicy salsa and avocado curd.)
Loft Gives You Wings is as good a dish to finally get sober; the hot sauce hits the back of my throat as I gorge on yummy chicken wings. I finish off with their Signature Cheesecake, which melts in my mouth and knock it down with a Hoegaarden.
Apart from their inventive bar nibbles, the mains are bold and perfectly crafted for an exploratory palate. Future boozy brunches and extended lunches will also endear me to the Char Siu Ribs and the Lamb Kofte (my favourite Middle Eastern fare there), and make me particularly partial to the Crispy Calamari (served with a duet of mayo.)
The ambience of Loft38 is stylish, the music great and the food to die for. My idea of the place – a trendy, energetic dance bar – remains intact.
But I am pleased that I have discovered its other side – a casual, fine dining hub, best enjoyed with a raucous group of friends.
How to Get There:
Where: 763, Near Sony World, 100 Feet Road, Indiranagar, Bangalore
Contact: 080 49337555 | 9900013437
Timing: Mon to Thu & Sun 12:30 PM to 11 PM | Fri – Sat 12:30 PM to 1 AM
Cost: ₹2,200 for two people
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