I had been frequently working Hoot into our weekend conversations of “where do we go for lunch today?”. Mr. H finally gave in this weekend, and we went there for a late lunch 🙂
Hoot is a massive microbrewery located on Sarjapur Road and is a new addition to the rapidly expanding list of microbreweries in the city. It is spread over a whopping 40000 sq ft and resembles a warehouse or garage from outside.
I had seen some beautiful pictures of its striking ambiance on different websites and blogs, and was looking forward to visiting it.
There are two levels of seating and the ground level has a water body surrounded with palm trees. There is also a glasshouse like structure with some seating and lots of books to keep you company. The place has mostly upcycled wooden and wrought iron furniture.
We went there for lunch over this weekend. I couldn’t check out the first floor, since it was not operational. So we took a table inside on the ground floor. It was quite warm, and unfortunately the fan near to our table wasn’t working :(.
Our server handed us menus and told us only three of the beers from their menu were available, which was quite disappointing. I wanted to ask for a sampler, but after not seeing on the menu, decided to get Belgian whites for both of us.
We also asked for a portion of nachos(our usual order everywhere :)) and dimsums. Service is slow here and even our beers took a while to arrive. The servers looked lost and I noticed quite a few orders going to wrong tables.
After some waiting, our drinks arrived and after some more, our food. The brew was nothing to write home about, I’ve had much better ones at other microbreweries in the city.
Nachos were store bought, but tasted good. Thanks to the generous toppings of spicy kidney beans, cheese sauce, jalapenos and olives. They also served a small dip platter with guacamole, salsa and sour cream. I must say those dips were excellent, especially the salsa.
Dimsums looked beautiful, but tasted just average. They had the usual stuffing of cabbage, that had gone almost mushy. A dip platter was served along with them which was again, excellent.
We decided to stay for another round of drinks, since we had come so far for this place 🙂 I asked for a St. Martin Abbey Triple and Mr.H for a Bira white(he had kind of given up on the fresh brews). We also asked for a mushroom, corn and bell pepper pizza.
Our drinks again took a while. I don’t really understand why beers took so long, and that too at a microbrewery!
St. Martin Abbey Triple was slightly bitter, but at least it had some soul unlike the previous brew. Bira white as always, was absolutely divine 🙂
Pizza appeared on a wooden dish and looked good with loads of toppings.
I quite liked the crust which was thin, well baked and crisp.
The toppings were generous, and were perfectly seasoned. Do try it out and you won’t be disappointed with your choice.
Despite its good food, the place left me underwhelmed. It definitely has immense potential. The glasshouse like structure looks stunning, pool looks beautiful and palm trees add to its charm. But it needs to improve the service and work on the brews a bit.