You know what’s really exciting about this extended Diwali weekend? It’s also the last 3 days of one of my favorite months – October. Favorite because Oktoberfest. For the uninitiated, Oktoberfest is the world’s largest Beer Festival. Held annually in Munich, Bavaria, Germany, it is a 16- to 18-day folk festival running from mid or late September to the first weekend in October, with more than 6 million people from around the world attending the event every year. The Oktoberfest is an important part of the Bavarian culture, having been held since 1810. Other cities across the world, including many Indian metro cities, hold Oktoberfest celebrations that are modelled after the original Munich event. In Mumbai, almost every five-star hotels, pubs, breweries, etc. come up with a special menu with some yummy German dishes & interesting beers to choose from. I was recently invited by The Food Bloggers Association of India (FBAI) and the team at True Tramm Trunk, to try out their special Oktoberfest menu.
We reached the place at around 8 pm and the place was decently crowded for a Sunday night. Almost everyone on the table were hungry and hence even before ordering a beer, we started off with a Sri Lankan Slider – vegetable patty served in desi pav with Sri Lankan spices. The two sliders were flavorful and crunchy, but the highlight for me and everyone on the table, was the South Indian-ish dip that came with the dish. The hot & crispy French Fries went beautifully with this dip.
Next up was the Beer & Beer Cocktails tasting session. One can choose from a variety of Craft & Draft Beers like Sidecar, Spark, Ace, Halcyon to a Kingfisher Draft, Hoegaarden, Bira Blonde. While we tasted like most of it (Blogger perks ;)), I did stick to a couple of mugs of Halcyon – a very unique beer with the goodness of Banana & Cloves and Sidecar – An interesting twist to the good ol’ Apple Cider.
Among the cocktails, I really liked the Coronarita – My favorite Corona served upside down with frozen margarita. That’s like taking the love for Beer to another level. I’m sure even German’s haven’t paired beer with a margarita. The Beer Bomb – TTT’s twist to the good ol’ Jagerbomb, was an innovative addition to the menu too. Michelada – a spicy beer cocktail with tomato juice and Cuber – a soothing & refreshing beer cocktail with muddled cucumber, are also part of TTT’s innovative Beer Cocktails list.
TTT’s Oktoberfest menu has a variety of Burgers and Sliders to choose from. After the Sri Lankan Slider, the Japanese Seasoned Fried Fish Burgle was served. A lil messy but the crispy fish patty & Wasabi Mayo combo made this dish completely worth it!
Next up was the Asian Mushroom & Tofu Sliders for the vegetarians and German Beer Batter Marinated Chicken Breast Sliders for the non-vegetarians. The highlight of these two, as you can see in the pictures, was the colorful buns.
This was followed by the Gilafi Chicken Slider, which according to me was just okay and can be given a pass.
I recommend that you end your night at True Tramm Trunk with the fast-selling Trunk Cocktails. Not on the Oktoberfest menu, but why not? My favorite was the Gulabo UP – home-made coconut rum with pineapple juice.
All in all, like the headline of the article says we just wished this was a Saturday night, but alas. This was the second time for me at True Tramm Trunk and all I can say is that this new & cozy pub, is a real boon for all burbies. The special Oktoberfest menu has a variety of beers, and some limited yet interesting burger options to choose from. But what stood out for me that evening was the unique Beer Cocktails.True Tramm Trunk’s Oktoberfest Menu ends today and is highly recommended, if you’re around and want to give a ‘chilled’ end to Diwali.