Login is a new resto bar opened in Besant Nagar with a view of the beach. It is located in the far end of the Bessie beach right next to Dindigul Thalappakatti. While it is possible to park a few bikes outside it would take a bit of time to park cars if it’s the weekend.
A few of us were invited for a tasting session by Foodeebuddee. It’s dimly lit as Resto Bars tend to be so getting good pictures with a bevy of eager reviewers was an uphill task.
The large group seating was quite comfortable but doubt if the seating close to the wall which is designed for two people would be very comfy. We started off with some mocktails. First one was the Elsa which is based on the movie frozen was similar to a Blue Curacao. It a bit too syrupy.
I liked the Watermelon and Cucumber Cooler which was refreshing but the most impressive one I had was Mangoneda which was made with Mango Puree and spices. The Red Chilies were very evident and the drink was pretty spicy. The first sip totally took us by surprise. Something to savor and not just gulp down. Heard the cookie monster was pretty good as well.
Next we moved onto the starters and as they had a Wings festival going we were served a Wings Platter. The platter contained Smoked BBQ wings, Thai Wings, Jamaican Wings, Sriracha Wings and Tempura Wings. I had the Smoked BBQ wings which was good but Sriracha wings was the winner from the platter. But I expected it to be a bit more spicier. Maybe it had something to do with my palate as others seemed to find it a bit spicy.
The Veg platter had Veg Kebab, Malai Paneer, Mushrooms and Gobi. The mushrooms was the best of the lot but it was pretty cold as compared to the other dishes so I think it could have been better had it been served hot. The masala on the gobi was overpowering to a great extent so it would be good if they can tone it down. Paneer was pretty bland on the inside. Guess marination was the culprit here. Veg Kebab was pretty good though.
For the Main Course they served us their signature dishes. Penne Arrabbiata was a bit on the drier side. Kashmiri Pulao had an abundance of pomegranate went pretty well with Patiala Chicken which was the best dish in this course.
When I was flipping through the menu the Grilled Beef Tenderloin caught my attention and being a sucker for steak I ordered it. The tenderloin was first up served with fries and veggies. When I asked for mashed potato they informed me they had run out of it and hence they served it with fries. The fries were actually pretty good but don’t go well with Steak. The meat which was cut up into slices was well done. Too well done in fact for it was very dry, chewy and not juicy at all. Excessive grilling might be the problem in this case. Also serving it with some sauce would definitely enliven it .
They served us three of their signature desserts. Darshaan with Ice Cream was served first. Taste wise it was pretty decent and very generous portion. Fried Ice Cream is a familiar treat which is deep fried and still contains ice cream inside. We all had one each and I felt the ice cream had melted too much. I like the ones which give you a brain freeze for a couple of secs 😉 . Last one was the Saffron Rice pudding which reminded me of rice payasam just minus the excess milk. It was garnished with bits of saffron, pista and badam.
Service was good. The staff were very polite. They did take a lot of care in making sure the presentation was great right from the mocktails till the desserts. Pricing was pretty decent to be honest. Around 10 of us and the food came up to 600 per person. Considering the amount of food we ordered it seems reasonable. Ambience is good, food is still kinda a mixed bag with some dishes being good while others were mediocre. Maybe sticking to a few cuisines would help instead of trying to cater to everyone. Lot of potential to get better.