BKC Dive draws inspiration from local pub cultures that thrive in English neighbourhoods, where you catch-up with your friends over a couple of beers. And, that’s exactly why the place has kept the décor a low-key affair. As you walk in, the casual, worn-down sort of look, with lamp shades hanging on your table, rustic walls, and cramped spaces, will make you wonder what differentiates this recently launched hang-out from the Social chain of bars or any other casual pub in the city. The answer lies in their bar menu. All alcohol is priced economically, and that's probably why the place was packed on a Wednesday night. Yes, it's the newest hot spot that office-goers flock to after work to unwind. And if you're lucky, a local band will entertain you, as you sing along to some of your favourite numbers.
The place is dimly lit, and we had to squint to read the menu and order our drinks. The service was not the quickest owing to the houseful-crowd. But the drinks made their way to our table in decent time. The tangerine mojito was our favourite— fresh, not overtly sweet like some cocktails tend to be, had enough alcohol too, and did we mention fresh? Yes, twice! Because it really was. The smoked sangrias were unique too. We tried two from the list - Cool Cucumber (combination of white wine and gin paired with green apple, cucumber, lemongrass and fresh fruits) and cranberry-infused green tea (combination of red wine and vodka with cranberry-infused green tea along with sage, cardamom and fresh fruits), both served with smoked fruits, making a perfect Instagram moment.
For appetisers, the chicken 65 was good, though not the best we have had. Compared to non-vegetarian starters, vegetarian seemed a little impressive. Among the few starters that we tried, hara bhara kebab and paneer angari tikka stood out. If you aren’t too hungry, yet crave to munch on something with your drink, opt for the crispy masala roomali— roomali roti, roasted till it turns crispy like papad, sprinkled with tomatoes, onions and sev.
Hara Bhara Kebab
If you are looking for something sizzling hot to calm your rain-soaked nerves, then you won’t be disappointed. They have a special sizzler menu called Sizzler Drive for the monsoon season that offers impressive vegetarian and non-vegetarian options. Sizzlers are usually served with either noodles or rice, but at BKC Dive, you are up for something special. Adding an Indian twist, they have sizzlers with roti and rice, apart from the regular fare. We called for veg bhuna sizzler, which was loaded with veggies sautéed in bhuna masala, jeera rice, parantha—cut in four equal parts—and french fries. The rich bhuna masala paired well with the parantha. We felt the dish would have been complete with a little more gravy on the side.
The Dhaba Chicken, which was part of their mains, raised our expectation, but what came to the table was way off and there was nothing Dhaba-like about its taste.
The biggest disappoint of the night were the desserts. The chocolate mud pie, which we assumed would have some crunch, was soft crumbled cake with chocolate sauce. And the less we write about their pretentious carrot cake, the better. It was simply a plain cake that was doused in some extra-sweet syrup mixed with grated carrots – like what were they thinking?!
Verdict: In short, head to BKC Dive for some great drinks and decent appetisers, but don't stay for dinner.
With inputs from Joyoti Mahanta
Photographs by BKC Dive
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