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Love at first sight

Friday, August 26, 2011

Samreen Samad shares her experience at the newly opened Malt & Pepper at Fort. Find out if this quaint and stylish restaurant is worth a visit... 
It was love at first sight for us when we saw Malt & Pepper, which has replaced Crepe Station in Fort. This quaint restaurant lies in a busy lane (which is buzzing with college students and corporate executives) among New Sterling Cinema, Pizza Hut and other eating joints.
From the outside, Malt & Pepper looks like a tiny, dingy inn from a fantasy novel. On entering you will notice the restaurant is divided into two levels and that it’s actually quite chic. The ground level has a seating area which can accommodate around 25 people. The upper level is dimly lit and includes a bar area, a DJ console and monochromatic artwork.
The menu boasts of multi-cuisine dishes and a variety of alcoholic drinks. You’ll find soups, both chilled and steaming (`125-185), appetisers such as bruschetta, crostini and kebabs starting from `150, grills and curries (`225), thin crust pizzas starting at `100 and a variety of fondue (`375-565)on offer.
We started with the Mushroom Cappuccino Soup (`145) which was served in a mug and had strong but pleasant flavours of mushroom and cappuccino. Next we tried their Basil Parmesan Chicken (`225) and Fig and Olive Crostini (`180). The chicken was tender and the mayonnaise chutney it was served with added to the flavour. However, we found the combination of fig and olive in the crostini a little unusual. Perhaps it was too adventurous for us, but we doubt we will be ordering it again.
For the main course we ordered Risotto with Porcini Mushrooms (`225) and Southern Spiced Chicken Curry with Rice (`250). Both the dishes were served in large quantities and were cooked beautifully and spiced just right.
We ended our meal with their Peanut Butter Fondue (`195). The fondue was served with brownies, marshmallows, apples and cherries. We found it unique and really good value for money.
Malt & Pepper is a nice place to spend an evening with friends over a few drinks, a good meal and some pleasant music. The staff is friendly and welcoming. and the place is reasonably priced. We definitely recommend you check it out.
Where 16 Marzban Road, Next to Sterling, Opposite Pizza Hut, Fort
Contact 22037356/22037357
Meal for two `1,500 Alcohol served Yes

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