The mention of the title Blue Blazer might bring up two things,depending on ones area of interest. Veterans at the bar will recall a flaming whisky cocktail drink in menus made famous by a US bartender and author named Jerry Thomas. But those who have religiously followed the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) will relate to the Blue Blazer a.k.a Owen Hart,the late wrestler known for his acrobatics. That said,The Blue Blazer,the new restro-loungebar housed in the same property as The Pewter Room,makes no obvious reference to either. But in terms of personality,there might be some familiarities. Edgy and fun would be one way to put it.
Having recently hosted international musicians and performers including jazz artistes,we are well aware of its popularity as a nightclub. By the day,The Blue Blazer is a restaurant and wears a casual,lounge look complete with an open-air deck at the entrance. The relaxed ambience follows through inside with wicker chairs that graduate into plush chairs and sofas deeper into the restaurant,which also houses a DJ area. With popular English numbers from the 80s playing,we were in a mood to lounge and quickly settle down on the sofas.
The menu is asked for and we instantly like it. Unlike its snootier sister,The Pewter Room,where the meals are arty (in terms of presentation) with innovative use of ingredients and steeper pricing,The Blue Blazer is all about comfort food across a mix of cuisines. Indian,Thai,Italian and American,the menu aptly covers a gamut of cravings and relishes. Here,barbeque lamb burgers find space along side Paneer Pakodas. The idea is clearly to please the diverse palate of a well-travelled Punjabi diner. Little else would explain the inclusion of the likes of Mexican Burritos with beans,jalapenos and cheese,nachos and a Zucchini Frittata burger. We order the latter along with a vegetarian Mezze platter. Both arrive within minutes and the portion sizes are commendable. For those who are looking to share in a larger group can opt for their bigger Monster Munch platters. The burger was soft,the frittata fluffy and the dressing crisp and light.
In terms of flavours,given this is essentially fun food,there were no disappointments. While we would have liked the pita in the Mezze platter to have been toasted,the dips were spot-on. For dessert,The Blue Blazer hop scotches once again across cuisines kesari phirnee and chocolate,rum and walnut brownie are all here. We were far too full to try anything. The Blue Blazer deserves another visit.
Meal for two:Rs 1,500
Location:SCO 1,Sector 26,Chandigarh