A goal. Followed by a shot. A serve. Followed by an appetizer. A bulls eye. Followed by another shot, a cocktail and some inventive dishes. This was the summary of the Gaming Night at the Underdoggs Sports Bar & Grill – a swanky hangout in JP Nagar, Bengaluru that offers much more than its name suggests. We were invited for a meet-up and Underdoggs looked determined to hit six after six, setting up an exclusive spread of their tastiest and fanciest for us.
The night started as soon as I made my entrance. A step into this place felt like a step into an iconic stadium. Walls embellished with powerful sports illustrations were the welcome signs which were followed by displays of sports memorabilia and other sporty interiors. The adrenaline was elevated by glitzy lights and stylish décor, all of which set the tone for the amazing night to come.
Lychee Kamikaze was the first to open the innings. Concocted with vodka, lime extract and lychees, this shot was a little light on the alcohol but tasted great. I followed this up with Gayle’s Rum Runner, a Desi-Caribbean drink made with rum, orange and passion fruit. It had a decent enough punch and was quite delicious. But my favourite was the Cinnamon Whisky. An alcoholic marvel that perfectly blended the two ingredients, letting you get a good kick out of both. What made the drinks even better was the prompt and inventive service. Inventive cause the shots were literally served – on a table tennis racket.
The food soon walked onto the court –Underdogg’s signature dishes that were ideal for a night at a sports bar. First up was the Popcorn Shrimp consisting of light and crispy panko-crusted fried shrimp. A fine dish which was outdone by the Tandoori Chicken Dimsum. It had the same consistency and texture of a regular dimsum but carried that nice, heart-warming smoky flavour. The next dish was everyone’s favourite, chicken wings but with an Indian spin. Infused with homely flavours, the sticky wings paired a spicy kick with a sour punch. A dish I personally liked and would recommend to people with an affinity for tangy flavours.
I was now ready to be smashed out of the park by the heavy hitters. And I was. The veg and non-veg Garlic Lovers Pizza scored a goal on every level. The crust was thin and crisp. The ingredients fresh and delightful. And the flavour of it all was heavenly. Even before I could take a time out in gastronomical nirvana, I was bowled over again. This time by the unique Naan Rolls, which put soft buttery naan, flavourful chicken, gooey cheese and chillies in one team. The result was obvious – my taste buds lost itself to this distinct, ‘exploding-with-absolute-flavour’ roll. The night was aptly finished with another one of Underdogg’s trick shots. A dessert by the name of Rum Gulab Jamun. The sweetness of the jamuns was accentuated by a round of rum and Vanilla ice cream. Yum was the only word I had once I was done with the food.
In between all the food and the drinks, I wandered around playing all the games I could. From beer pong and pool, to table tennis and foosball, to Xbox Kinect and darts, Underdoggs has a thing up every sports freak’s alley. To add to it, the enormous amount of space in the bar is well utilized, creating an atmosphere that lets you enjoy the way you want to. A must-visit place, Underdoggs is a hangout spot that makes you feel less like an underdog and more like a star.
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Location : Underdoggs Sports Bar & Grill, No.55, 2nd Floor, 19th Main Road J P Nagar, 2nd Phase, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560078 | Call : 070226 66677
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