Suzy Q, Bangalore’s new resto-bar, is casual luxury at its finest. Here’s why you should visit…

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Cafes and restaurants across the city are slowly opening, as are new restaurants waiting in the wings for the lockdown to end and the second wave to recede. Suzy Q by 1522 leads this load of new venues, which we believe is a mix of old Bengaluru charm, new-age luxury and a touch of quirkiness. Located in the iconic Express building where Asian restaurant 1Q1 used to be, it’s a colorful space with gorgeous murals, Roman-style carvings in solid hues, vintage-style lamps and chandeliers, and antiques. Tasteful furnishings, offset by black-and-white striped flooring and exposed brick walls. The al fresco section, set against the burnt red facade with its arched windows, is equally impressive thanks to the clever landscaping and design, which maximizes space in the small area.

Suzy Q’s outdoor area
A view from the bar
A view of Suzy Q’s bar

We popped in on a weekday to check out the place and sample some signature dishes from their menu. Starting with a few cocktails, we ordered the Stardust (gin, pear, star anise, egg white, lime and simple syrup), Kashmir Ki Kali (kahwa, whisky, egg white, lime and simple syrup) and Hera Phéri
(whisky, traditional Gujarati choondo pickle, lime and simple syrup). Of the three, it’s hard to pick a favorite, as each was unique and innovative.

Stardust - from Suzy Q's cocktail menu
Stardust – from Suzy Q’s cocktail menu

Drinks were accompanied by a range of starters, ranging from Chakna Cone, with Suzy Q’s version of the quintessential Indian snack of fox nut and black gram flavored with onion and tomato masala, to prawns Tandoori Hariyali, made with marinated and cooked smoked prawns. in a spinach and mint vinaigrette. We also had small portions of chimichurri chicken and mushrooms and bok choy. While the first, chicken breast slathered in South American chimichurri sauce, was delicious, it was the second that we couldn’t get enough of. The vegetarian dish combines button mushrooms and shiitake mushrooms as well as bok choy braised in soy sauce, simple and subtle flavors that really appealed to us.

Spinach and ricotta ravioli from Suzy Q's menu
Spinach and ricotta ravioli from Suzy Q’s menu

For the main course, we were served spinach and ricotta ravioli. The ricotta spinach is always a winning combination, and the silky ravioli with the tangy tomato-based sauce on the side hits the mark. Another must-try is Daryaganj Tawa Chicken, a Delhi specialty. The aromatic chicken cooked in a tomato and onion masala was presented with missi roti, which was comforting and more indulgent.

Rasmalai Tiramisu from Suzy Q's dessert menu
Rasmalai Tiramisu from Suzy Q’s dessert menu

The main course was followed by a few desserts – New York Cheesecake and Rasmalai Tiramisu (mascarpone tiramisu and coffee mousse, and mini rasmalai soaked in Baileys Irish Cream). Of these, our pick would be the tiramisu, thanks to the balance of sweet, creamy, and bitter notes.

Billed as a friendly yet luxurious neighborhood bar with a menu that spans Asian, Mexican, Italian and Indian cuisines, Suzy Q has something for everyone and is sure to attract plenty of customers.

Rs.1,500++ for two. At Queens Road

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