The theme of ‘Fun, Frolic and food alongside drinks’ is evidently getting more popular amongst gastro pubs lately and Hoppipola is undoubtedly a prominent name in the city and perhaps the only one in the vicinity.
The minimalistic and dimly lit interiors with loud music sets the mood for retiring at an end of the day over drinks optionally reading books or playing board games. Oh yes, and they have community table too for singles willing to mingle.
I started with Long Island Ice Freeze, the LIIT variant at Hoppipola. The blend of 5 whites (rum, vodka, tequila, gin and orange liquor) along with cola was potent enough to give me a buzz on an empty stomach. The presentation of LIIT in a bucket of dry ice, I felt was needless. LIIT should is best served in a tall and transparent glass.
Diablo, the Irish red ale was medium-bodied caramel flavored craft beer from White Owl brewery.
Masumfali Three Way, spicy peanuts salad, and Cheesy Chilitato were the perfect combination to start with. Cheesy Chilitato, the spiced fries with loads of cheese was good enough to warrant repeated orders.
Mojos potato wedges, sprinkled with tangy seasoning turned out to be competitors of Cheesy Chilitato.
The Harissan Paneer was paneer sticks cooked in spicy gravy and was tender as it should.
The Paneer Sanskari Tacos were an adopted variant of Tacos with Indian stuffing, primarily paneer. It definitely didn’t give best of both worlds and is avoidable.
The No Cheese Pizza was unusually shaped square thin crust pizza. The thin crust was indeed thin and crispy and tasted great with grilled vegetables like bell peppers, onions and mushrooms with a generous quantity of olives.
A Cup of Oriental (Veg.) was Thai green curry and rice. Fulfilling enough in taste and to the stomach to end the meal.
Overall food see-saws between good-enough to good and lacks an amount of greatness but this is justifiable as long as they serve great drinks, which is their forte.
Recommendations: Long Island Ice Freeze (LIIT), Cheesy Chilitato
If you have a recommendation on something we should try on our next visit to Hoppipola, kindly drop a comment below.