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Shortly after it opened, we were there to celebrate a friend's birthday. MOB, I'm happy to say, lives up to its promise of being a true beer-house. The moment you walk in, you'll note that the decor is more that of a bar than a lounge. The tables have been laid out well apart from each other, and provide an atmosphere that's not cramped even when its crowded. A couple of couches around coffee tables are there for those who want to stretch out a bit.
Taking advantage of the location, they've a very nice balcony with small tables that give an excellent view of the surrounding valley. It's also the smoking section - something that's increasingly going out of fashion, but I feel makes a bar complete. Completing the picture is the music - which is well selected, and not loud enough to be intrusive - making MOB a perfect hangout for friends looking for beer and conversation.
We ordered the Cheesy Poppers and Wasabi Prawn. To wash it down, we tried a beer platter and then a couple of bottles of the Blanche de Namur - an award-winning wheat beer (a variety I'm partial to). The beer was great and the Poppers are something I'd go back for. The Wasabi Prawns were served with two large sliced of bread and lots of greens - looking like some sort of unfinished sandwich. I've seen Wasabi Prawns in many ways, but never quite like this.
I tried a prawn - a small nibble to see the potency of the wasabi. To my surprise, I tasted none at all. I took a bigger bite, and still got a pure prawn flavor. We called the maitre d' and asked him if we'd been served the right dish since we couldn't find a trace of wasabi. He pointed out that the wasabi was smeared on the veggies!. I tried it, and was treated to a very mild wasabi taste. I said as much to the maitre d' and he offered to go add more wasabi. The dish came back and there was a bare increase in potency levels. We gave up at that point.
This was the only let down of the evening; its why I'm rating it a 4.5 and not a full 5.
That apart, this is one of the best places to chill in Hyderabad.
So i FINALLY made it to the MOB this weekend. Clearly this place has created quite a buzz in the city (these guys have some damn good word-of-mouth marketing happening for them!) As for first impressions, great location and good ambience...packed with people! The indoors are a fusion of stone, glass and wood. They have an open kitchen which is sort of like an extension to the bar. Personally I love open kitchens, they add quite an energetic vibe to the atmosphere.
We were promptly seated at a table near the glass facade overlooking the KBR Park.
Obviously I was quite psyched about checkin out their range of beers (hyderabad has been deprived of a decent watering hole that caters to a good range of beers and it was high time!)
My friends, who arent big fans of beer, wanted something light and fruity so we decided to try La Pecheresse. Each variant of beer is served in a customised and appropriate glass.
If you ask me, good finger food is a must for the perfect experience. We decided to order the lebanese platter, tapas of chicken and the the teekha murgh tikka which they claimed to be their bestseller.
The beer arrived and it was an instant hit with my friends as it was light, crisp and unlike what they had experienced before.
Our orders started to arrive soon enough.
The lebanese platter comes with three small sized bowls with dips and neatly organized triangles of pita bread served on a wooden platter. You get tzatziki, hummus and a combination of marinated/pickled peppers. The pita bread was fresh and fluffy. The hummus was good but a little different from what you usually get. It had bits of peanuts in it. Anyhoo it was quite nice.
The tzatziki in comparison wasnt great. To begin with it wasnt thick enough and it lacked balance in terms of flavour. Originally tzatziki has hints of garlic and lemon juice. This one tasted like indian raita with shredded cucumber. I didnt care much for the peppers, wasnt quite sure of why they were even there.
The next dish was the tapas of chicken. Again, this was another disappointment. It was way too dry and tasteless. Although the description mentions mushrooms and mexican chilly, it ended up tasting like boiled chicken on a baguette. It took quite an effort to complete this one.
Finally the much awaited teekha murgh tikka arrived. We were quite hungry and definitely no where close to being satisfied. We were rooting for this one, considering it was the star dish of the evening. Sadly this one wasnt good either. It was quite bland. To add to our disappointment, there were two artsy streaks of mint chutney and that was it.
But hey, these guys promised a good selection of beers and i think they did justice to it.
Soo on the whole, its a good place to go to. The management really needs to step in and improve the food.
The staff isnt very knowledgable. Dont bother asking them for suggestions, you'll be disappointed. On the bright side the menu is quite descriptive so its a BIG plus.
Im most certainly going back to check out their beer platter and of course all the varieties they have to offer, but i think il stay away from ordering any food! The place was jam packed and it certainly has become one of the most happening places in town !!
Food - 2/5 Beer - 4/5 :P
Service - 3.5/5
Ambience - 4/5
So much buzz about a newbie Brewery at Hyderabad so much so that the Hyderabadi's in Bangalore are eager to run base camp for an experience at this place . One such friend of mine suggested this joint to me.
Located at Film Nagar very close to the Volkswagen showroom .On the 2nd floor of the building that hosts "So" and "Little Italy" as well.
It was but obvious the place would be experiencing a MAD rush .Hence, I had tried calling up the place for a reservation but I could not get through. We hit the spot by 8:15 ish on a Saturday night. There were 2 groups of people waiting by the door.We were informed by the bouncer that it would took a good 30 minutes for us to get a table. We waited patiently until one of the staff came out and repeated the exact same phrase which we were told 10 minutes back. I was in hurry though .My friend known to be an opportune mentioned about me being from Bangalore and a respected member of the Zomato community. Since we had mentioned that we were OK to wait at the bar area. We were immediately ushered in .
The place was jam packed. The kitchen is an extension to the bar area and thus one can see whatever is going on in the Kitchen which according to me is great.They have a balcony seating area as well.
Firstly let me start off by saying that I am not particularly fond of Beer. We have plenty of breweries in Bangalore and I have tasted many from different places. I had'nt found solace in them. Having said this , I had read from Shalini's review that she had been turned by "Lucifer" . I was curious to know if the beer here would work its magic on me . After going through all the options I settled down for "La Pecheresse" and my friend ordered for an "Abbaye Blond".
Beer needs good finger food , after a while of scrutiny I settled for "Gozleme". Owing to Navarathri festival I was going to stick to Veg options and the bartender returned asking if I preferred veg or non veg . Funny because the menu states only the veg version of it. On confirming he mentioned that they had run out of Veg version of the dish .Another round of introspection and I asked for a plate of "Prampharic Khandavi". Guess what I got for an answer? This time around from the Chef . It was a "No".
I am ok to excuse unavailability of food but I always make it a point to ask for a reason . You will not guess what I got for an answer this time around." Saturday Night" Ma'am! that too at 8:35 PM. Common! Are you telling me that you are not well stocked for a crowd of this size that too when you are the only micro brewery in town which is definitely the reason for the tons of people gathered here. Being in a good mood I was ready to forgive especially because all this was communicated with humility and a big smile plastered on to their faces. A smile definitely does wonders.
This time around asked them for a few suggestions and "Malai Panneer" came their prompt reply but I somehow ended up ordering "Cheesy Poppers and Jalapeno Stick Bomb".
Our beers had arrived and after the ceremonious toast we took our first sips. The first sip of my La Pecheresse and I was gleaming with joy. The beer tasted fresh and fruity. The slight bitterness was welcomed by my palette.
My friend who accompanied me was quite sure he would end up drinking my beer as always . But this time around , he was pleasantly surprised as I sipped away the entire glass.
The "Abbaye Blond" is somewhere in between light and dark in terms of colour. My friend stated that it was balanced which implies the sweetness and the bitterness was proportionate. I tasted it but happily stuck to mine.Each beer has a specific rather a customized glass in which they are served.
Meanwhile we were led to our tables in the balcony. The weather was pleasant.
The "Cheesy Poppers and Jalapeno Stick Bomb" arrived and the plate was empty in a jiffy. The crust was crunchy and with every bite Cheese oozed out . It was great complement for the beer.
Merrily we ordered for another round of the same beers and a "Well Aged Cheese plate".
The presentation of the latter was great which is how we ended up ordering. But taste wise it lacked zest .The elements individually tasted ok but together somewhere there was an imbalance.
Throughout our stay at MOB, there was the biggest element missing " The music". After 10 minutes of our entry the music had been lowered to levels wherein it was beyond audibility .As a result the VIBE factor for me was close to zero.
The crowd and the beer was great but the lack of music was definitely a put off. Having been to so many similar places I obviously am forced to compare .
The staff are very courteous . They do sometimes get a little absorbed given the large crowds so much so that there is a delay in things being brought to you. But being a new place these are minor glitches which can be overcome in a quick span of time.
The bill amounted to 2216 Rs. The beer is on the expensive side being priced at 400 - 450 RS radar .
The food is priced at 180 - 250 Rs bracket .Considering the momentum at which people kept entering I really don't think prices are going to be a problem.
Will I recommend? I will . This place is definitely a HIT. The folks of HYD are loving it . The management has turned tables with the entree of a new brewery in town which seems to be gathering the monopoly in the Nightlife Biz.
Hit the place asap and drive back safe :)
If you are a Beer Lover, and want a break from all the local beer brands you usually get everywhere else in Hyderabad, MOB is the place to be! Well, when you compare it to the other really good fresh beers, this might not impress as much, but beer that you get over here, categorized as Belgian craft beer, is pretty awesome. All this along with the beautiful as well as causal ambiance of the place, promises a good time.
I went to this place around 4 o clock during the weekend, and I could find a few people casually chatting away, ordering in some few nibbles and a variety of yummy looking beer in all types of glasses and bottles. I looked at the menu, which was very helpful, as it categorized beers according to the microbrewery it came from, its flavor specialties, awards and alcohol content.
I ordered in Witte Beer for myself, as they described it light, fruity and low in alcohol content. At the time that I went there, there was Tapas, Appetizers and Burgers available, but they did not still have any cocktails, mocktails and other spirits, but they had the category mentioned in the menu, so probably they have yet to introduce them or they did not have it that day.
The food menu in general cannot be categorized as specializing in a specific cuisine. They had Indian Tapas too, surprisingly. I went on to order a Crostini, which was pretty good. I also ordered grilled baby corns, a simple but good dish. The babycorns which were truly simply grilled and buttered, seasoned with salt, pepper and lemon juice, reminded me of a posh, bite sized version of 'Bhutta or makai' that you get on streets. I like 'char grilled bhutta' so I did not mind this dish at all.
My friend ordered a Beetroot patty Cheese Burger, which was to die for! If you like the taste of mustard, this is mustardy heaven! Im sure the non vegetarian options are as good.
We had sat outside, and it was slightly drizzling, so the lush green view coupled with good food and amazing beer turned it into a nice, memorable and fun evening. The beer is the hero of this place, certainly. It gets the same treatment as wine, as they serve you specific beers in appropriate glasses, and each tastes very distinct from the other. And of course like wine, you have this variation in color, lighter or darker depending on what was used to make the beer.
Freshly brewed beer is amazing any day, but this place serves only bottled beer imported from Belgium, and trust me, even this experience is nice. A good hangout place. I am sure to visit this place again and try their other variants.
Heylo foodies. guess where I went this weekend? Yes, MOB! I had heard a lot about this place before, but was never interested enough to give it a visit because I'm not much of a beer lover. However, an impromptu plan for a team offsite found me sitting at their tables on a Friday evening. Now, for those of you who follow my reviews and recommendations to the T (thanks btw for being so awesome and checking my review out), I want to clarify that my entire rating of 4.0 was given for their Beer and ambience, and not for their food. In many was, MOB was an eye opening experience for me. Let me clarify why below.
Let's talk about the good first. I went over there with the team at around 7.30-ish on a Friday evening. The decor was urbane and pleasant. Keeping in tune with a neat, minimalistic theme, the interiors were done up in plain, dark, wood with large wall-to-ceiling windows that gave an open view of the city outside. The staff seemed helpful enough, as they arranged the seating for a large party like ours in no time. Even though I had heard a lot about their beers, I was pretty sure that I didn't want to order one. I tried to order my regular whiskey on the rocks (yes, being born a bengali comes with some genetic anomalies like loving whiskey over any other drink), but they didn't seem to have any. I tried the next best option, dark rum, but that didn't seem to be there either. Dejected, I settled to look at the beer menu. This turned out to be a good thing though...
You see, I used to think that I 'Hated' beer-- a sentiment completely justified, coming from a girl whose first teenage taste of alcohol was the nasty bitterness and fizz of hard Indian beer. However, post MOB I realized that I just didn't 'Understand' beer all this while. Beer doesn't always need to be bitter or heavy like the Indian sub-varieties, it can be light and airy too! After poring over the menu twice I ordered myself a 'Lucifer', and true to it's name, one sip of this beer took me straight to hell! Don't get me wrong, I don't mean the bad part of hell! I mean the awesome part of hell with all the hot sinners, awesome alcohol, and hotter parties!! Just a sip of 'Lucifer' and my eyes saw beer in a whole new light... I was just having the wrong kind of beer all this while! 'Lucifer' was super light with no traces of bitterness to it. In fact, I liked it so much that I ordered one more round! This beer was truly the king of "awesome hell". I tried the 'Dubble Blond' after this, but didn't like it as much. It probably was a good beer, but fell slightly short in comparison to the 'Lucifer'. I also tried some of the 'Westmalle Dubble' from my colleague's glass and this was good. That night MOB made sure that they changed my opinion about beer forever!
Now let's come to the bad. While the beer was stupendous, the food was not all that great. A good drink always calls for a good accompaniment, but most of the food that we ordered definitely fell short in quantity and sometimes even the taste. We ordered a 'Well aged Cheese Plate' which had very little cheese to begin with, and it was served with a grape chutney which had all the seeds in it! The bite of the seeds in the chutney made it really annoying. We also ordered a round of 'Cheesy poppers and Jalapeno Stick Bomb'. Now to be fair, this dish was really good! In fact, we ended up ordering this a couple more times. My only complaint with the dish was that the quantity was very little. I was dining at a beer house, not a french aristocrat's house party, and I expected the quantity to reflect the same! We also tried the 'Beer glazed Malai Paneer' which was great... only regrets, the dish looked like it was served in tiny teaspoon measures, and the paneer was flanked by too many veggies. I would have liked more paneer in there.
Also, another thing that put us off a bit was the fact that the rest of the staff except for the Maître d' seemed to be completely ignorant about their alcohol menu! When contemplating our second round of drinks, we had called a few of the staff to ask whether a particular beer was strong/light/fruity/bitter and would be a good option, but they just looked back at us blankly and said 'I don't know'. This was not followed up with the offer to get someone who DID know, and we had to call for the maître d' some 3 to 4 times before he arrived again to rescue us from our misery! This seemed a little unprofessional to me. If you are going to open a Belgian Beer House in a city for the first time, it's essential to ensure that your staff is trained well so that they can educate your patrons accordingly.
No worries though, everyone learns from their mistakes, and for the great beer that MOB served me, I am sure they will take the feedback in their stride and pick up on their food as well. I would not write this place off just yet, and I would definitely recommend that my readers go and check this place out - especially if you are a beer lover. This is sure as hell a beer paradise! Ok, before I start gushing about the 'Lucifer' again, I'm going to stop being neurotic and shut my laptop! Why are you still reading? Go and try out their beer now!
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