Upstairs is a new restaurant in Tardeo where I was invited for their relaunch. Walking in, the ambiance did feel reminiscent of the previous restaurant Dios where I had my college farewell a couple of months ago.
This place has dim yellow lighting and rather loud music, which created an atmosphere similar to that of a pub or night club. They even have an outdoor rooftop section that has an amazing view when the rain covers are off.
Coming to the food, since it was relaunch night, they had a limited menu with cocktails being the main attraction of the evening. We began with the classics, a Long Island Ice Tea and a Mojito. Their LIIT had an Asian twist to it, served in a Bamboo dish with a strong flavor of Cinnamon, while some may like it, I prefer my LIIT without it.
We then tried out their Som Tom Salad made from raw papaya, it may seem uninteresting but it was packed with flavors. Definitely worth a try.
Being the Momo fans that we are, we went for both their Veg Crystal and Chicken Coriander Momos, the chicken momos were soft and creamy while the veg ones had a nice crunch to it from the water chestnut filling. The best part however was the extremely spicy chili dipping sauce served with it, which was quite literally Mind Blowing.
For appetizers we had the Cottage Cheese Chili Pepper, Duet of Pepper Chicken and Honey Chili Lamb, all three were tender, cooked well and spiced to perfection.
The Tom Yum Kai soup had a mild flavor to it, the sprouted beans and mildly flavored chicken did give it a healthy taste.
Next we ordered a Vegetable Murtabak, which is a Malaysian Dish with Indo-Muslim influence. It consists of Pancake slices stuffed with vegetables and served with a spicy Sambal gravy. It more or less resembles a Stuffed Paratha while the Sambal tastes similar to Red Thai Curry, maybe because of its coconut milk base.
We had the Jasmine Burnt Garlic Rice and Malaysian Curry for mains, the Malaysian Curry was spot on and bursting with flavor but the rice was greatly overpowered and didn’t seem to have any flavor of its own.
And finally time for desserts, Honey Noodles with Ice Cream and a Classic Red Velvet Cheesecake. The Honey Noodles were the best I ever had mainly because it was served with Coconut Ice Cream, it was so good that we just couldn’t resist and had to order another one. The Red Velvet Cheesecake had a nice soft-melt in your mouth texture but flavor was a little mild.
Over the courses we ordered a couple of Cocktails – The Water Pipe, Charcoal Sour, Upside down and a few others. A common issue with all the cocktails was the amount of alcohol in it that completely overpowered the other delicate flavors. While no one usually complains of too much alcohol in their cocktail, I like tasting all the flavors blended in, rather than just the alcohol.
Hence we went for their Mocktails instead and Voila, the burst of flavors that we were looking for. The Peachiana, Kiwi Delight and Coco Jumbo, all of them had an amazing blend of flavors and were much better than the Cocktails.
The red wine too was quite disappointing, so we decided to experiment and make our own Cocktail, by mixing a Peachiana with White Rum and it was the best drink of the evening.
The service was very polite and our server Vicky was very helpful. The prices too are pocket friendly. Overall we had a wonderful time Upstairs and we will surely be back for more.It’s an eye-catching place with amazing looking drinks that will surely trigger the Shutterbug in you.
P.s : Be it Dios, Bareasti or Upstairs, the 5th Floor of Konarkshram does seem to be a lucky place and I have always had a good time here.
Location : 5th Floor, Konarkshram, Tardeo.
Cuisine : Asian (Chinese, Malaysian, Vietnamese, Thai, Japanese)
Cost for 2 : Rs.800 (approx)