22-28 January 2016 #792

The Bent Fork

Prompt service, attentive staff and good quality food makes The Bent Fork a must visit
Someplace Else by Yu Wei Liew

Tucked away in a quiet street just a stone’s throw from Lajimpat, The Bent Fork offers patrons a respite from the hustle and bustle of the city. Situated within the picturesque Heranya Hotel, it’s the perfect spot for a cozy meal. The wine-red walls and dark timber windows complete the inviting atmosphere, all the better to enjoy with your meal.

Service was prompt and attentive, and the staff was apologetic that certain items were not available due to the intermittent power outages. However, what they had to offer was more than satisfactory.

My dining companion and I were especially pleased with the wide range of vegetarian dishes available. Those who prefer a meatless diet will find themselves spoiled for choice with the sheer variety of options offered at The Bent Fork.

We started with a salad from their special menu: a delicious combination of sautéed shiitake mushrooms, grilled tofu, avocado slices and chickpeas tossed with the usual salad greens (Rs 500). The ingredients added a lovely crunch to the salad, making for a great mixture of textures. Topped with almonds and drizzled with tangy homemade vinaigrette, it was a great start to our meal and whetted our appetites for the main dishes.

All pics: Yu Wei Liew

I went for the Bent Fork Special Beef Burger (Rs 620), a juicy minced beef patty topped with tomatoes, greens, caramelised onions, crispy bacon strips and a sunny side up egg served between fluffy buttermilk buns. With a side of fries, it perfectly satisfied my craving for a good Western meal.

My friend had the Veggie Delight Burger (Rs 580), made with a delicious patty combining potatoes, tofu, kidney beans, sweet corn and parsley, topped with caramelised onions and served between buttermilk buns. A side of fries is served with every burger.

To round off our meal, we each had a drink to warm ourselves on a cold winter’s day. I wanted to try the Cookies and Cream Hot Chocolate from their special Winter Drinks menu, but unfortunately its preparation required a blender, which could not work due to the power outage. However, the plain hot chocolate was good; the rich cocoa drink served with butter biscuits provided a sublime end to a satisfying meal.

Although the prices at The Bent Fork are a little steeper than your average joint, you don’t mind the difference so much once you taste the good quality food here.   How to get there: The Bent Fork is located inside the Heranya Hotel in Uttar Dhoka. The restaurant is closed on Mondays.