Though door is little, the ensuing fun isn’t quite !
Rating – 4.5/5
This particular experience largely talks about their Friday Unlimited BBQ Menu offer that consists of four veg/non veg starters accompanied by unlimited rounds of Beer/Sangria. This offer is well suited for quick after office get-to-gathers as it was evident while I enjoyed my first stint with The Little Next Door.
Ambience – There’s never a dull moment here with some loud & foot tapping music accompanying you across the various levels of seating they offer. The most happening spot is the Ground Floor seating next to the Bar, it is an open yet covered seating perfect for Monsoons when the weather is not so warm. They have some activities on offer like the Foosball or even some board games for that matter. While we were out there the Foosball table was continuously occupied.
Leading through a few level of stairs is the area where DJ is setup and which people primarily use to show off some dance moves, this area has air-conditioning as well followed by the rooftop which is ideal for a quiet getaway from the hustle bustle of the lower seating levels. Valet parking is available and the cars are parked along the common parking space available in the by-lanes of Kalyani Nagar.
The Food – With most of the emphasis on drinks (or so it seemed to me) I wasn’t quite really expecting a lot from the food and having seen the innocuous looking grills I was looking forward to yet another famed but not so great food outing. All of that however quickly changed as we tasted the vegetarian stuff, except the Grilled Corn (Chatpata Corn on the Cob) which was a bit of a downer for me, the rest of the “From the Soil” BBQ starters were perfect.
Balsamic Rosemary Mushroom Skewer – Mushrooms were well marinated & grilled with subtle flavors of Rosemary which is a good thing as too much of it can give the preparation a bit of a bitter taste.
Tandoori Marinated Cottage Cheese – The Paneer Tikkas were pretty soft and were among the best ones I have had in recent times. The marination wasn’t too spicy or mild but just good enough for a hardcore non vegetarian like me to order this more than once.
Baby Potatoes – The baby potatoes in an oriental style of dressing was pretty delicious as well and I couldn’t believe that I was enjoying the Paneer & Potatoes in a barbeque setting without bothering for the Non vegetarian starters to arrive !
Next came the Non vegetarian chicken starters, I had to cancel the other two as they were Pork based and I don’t quite do any Pork & Beef. However both of the chicken starters turned out to be pretty good and coupled with the vegetarian ones I was more than happy to go for it and the repeat orders ensued.
Chilli Mango Marinated Chicken – Well this preparation had everything going for it, the juicy chicken with a hint of mango flavor and the overall tenderness made me in love with this preparation.
Chicken Minced Kebab – This was an attempt at the typical style of seekh kebabs, while the end result wasn’t like the melt in the mouth type Seekh Kebabs I prefer however the taste of the kebab was pretty decent.
The following were not part of the Friday BBQ Offer but I thought of trying out something from the Ala-carte Menu & had to try a couple of Mocktails (since I am a teetotaler) to go with the rather sumptuous starters:
Both our drinks Sangria Mix & Mandarin Cooler (with Basil & Mint) were refreshing (not too sweet) and went well with the starters.
Our meal finished with the Eight texture Chocolate cake but this was one sinful dessert full of chocolate and bit of an alcoholic fizz that will just hit you in the beginning of your bite but nothing too dramatic. In case you’re a teetotaler like me, go for it without any issues, this wouldn’t make you drunk and isn’t bitter either 😉 With a chocolate mousse like consistency on the outer layers and a dense chocolaty feel within the inner layer this was one fantastic dessert we enjoyed to the fullest, the accompanying hot chocolate only enhances the flavors and I am still drooling over it as I write…
The Little next door offered me an enthralling experience with their tasty starters, ambience, convenient location & courteous staff. Mr. Amol took good care of us despite the place being almost full on a Friday Night, if you like unlimited starters with Beers/Sangrias there’s absolutely no reason as to why you shouldn’t be here !