I don't know how it happened but Sid and I were the only ones who ended up going to The Pint Room at Ambience Mall, Vasant Kunj.
I think it was because it was holiday season, or maybe it was a weekday thing, but it just turned out to quite a private affair.
I don't know how I forgot to carry my camera. Considering this was the first time I was going to do some beer and food pairings.
And I don't know how much I'd like to tell you people I enjoyed it. Because it was different really quite different. For one, I am not a beer drinker. Heck, I can go ahead and easily say, that it's the nastiest thing I have ever tasted. And two, I wasn't sure if you could pair anything apart from maybe salted nuts or chips to go with the brew.
I have to say I was pleasantly surprised. As a part of group who were trying out a new concept, it was definitely an eye-opening experience for me.
When I told the guys at the Pint Room that I wasn't a beer drinker, they just smiled at me politely and told me if I'd like to try some Hoegaarden, one of the lightest beers that has undertones of coriander and orange zest served with a wedge of orange. And what do you know! I actually liked it. A lot. So much so, that I was happily drinking it even two days ago. And was recommending to friends.
The best part about The Pint Room is that you can sample the beer in a shot glass and then choose to drink more if you like it. That's what happened with me and Asahi and Tsingtao. I was like nocandosville babydoll. Too bitter for me. I tried a fruit beer though which was nice too, but switched back to Hoegaarden.
So back to this thing called Izakaya Sunday, the owner of Pint Room, explained to me that this was a "pop up" and that they were trying something new that hadn't been done before. So they had a Asian inspired menu catered by these two ladies who had started a food venture called Goma. The menu was interesting and piqued our interest after these bowls of Lotus Root Fritters were served to us along with our beers. Crispy fried with five spice powder they were really quite addictive.
The cheese stuffed chillies were really quite nice but the stir fried veggies were slightly overdone and the Pork was nice. I didn't really like the tebasaki chicken or the brussel sprouts, but the good thing was that these guys were really open to ideas. The tomato cognac sorbet was an interesting choice for dessert but unfortunately it acted more like a amuse bouche than a dessert dessert. That said, it was quite nice.
Yet, I was intrigued, I had so much to learn about beer. And The Pint Room had an amazing booklet (if I can call it that) which talked about beers and origins and flavours, that I need really leisurely read through. Plus I'd really liket o go back and learn more about beer. About time also no? Should learn something new this year.