Resto bars are the predecessors of the gastropub, a place where food and drink are given equal importance by the establishment. Artisanal cocktails and well thought-out food menu co-exist effortlessly making it the kind of spot that people drop in for drinks or dinner or both. No more pre-drinking or only eating out, this is the kind of place to order a pasta and martini, confident that both are going to be great. Here are the nominees in the Best Resto Bar category at the INCA Awards
Mumbai - Café Zoe
Located in Lower Parel, the sense of space one encounters when walking into Café Zoe is something few places in the city can boast. A large square bar, casual seating and a menu that does everything from salad to pasta well, means that you can order a carafe of their signature cocktail and know you’re in for a great night.
Kolkata - Café Mezzuna
Café Mezzuna’s two Kolkata locations dish out upscale Mediterranean food to the city’s well heeled. The bar includes cocktails, beers and wines that pair with the pizzas, crepes and pastas that are on offer.
Hyderabad - Heart Cup Coffee
Live music, DJ nights and karaoke sessions ensure that you can take your pick of the kind of evening you want to have at Heart Cup Coffee. The laid back eatery with two city locations has a wide selection of drinks to be paired with their sharable starters or filling mains.
Bangalore - Social
Taking nostalgic food - think chilli cheese toasts and bar friendly snacks - to the masses, Social’s food is as inventive as its drinks. Served on records, on wooden trays and more, the food is as good as its drinks - proving it’s got its formula down pat.
NCR - Olive
Olive’s signature sunny vibe has taken hold in upscale Mehrauli, where the food - which includes pizzas, salads and more - is complemented by the custom cocktail menu, and general Greek holiday vibe. The best way to keep your evening going? Order another round.
Pune - Terttulia
Serving food that blurs the boundaries of cuisine - like karari roti, and pizza on the same menu - Terttulia pulls it off with aplomb. With Asian inspired cocktails and the classics on the menu, you can have a meal and a drink or two while travelling the world through your taste buds.
Goa - Black Sheep Bistro
A farm to table philosophy underpins the food at Black Sheep Bistro, in the heart of Panjim. Using local fish but serving imported beers and wines, this bistro effortlessly brings together Goan ingredients with international flavours.
Chennai - Radio Room
In a space inspired by music, with vintage tape decks, large scale music memorabilia and a warm atmosphere, you’ll find sharable punches, an extensive wine list and food that encompasses everything from kebabs to tacos. Radio Room is for the music lover who loves his food and drink as well.
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