A start-up earmarked for a long innings, unfortunately, had to fold up due to the immense pressure by the investors’ expectations. SlyTech Private Limited as it is called goes bust, but the founders may have lost their spirit but their energy and enthusiasm for new quests had certainly not. A lost aspiration is now turned on its head and remodeled into a Speakeasy Bar.
In one of the big beastly glass buildings of Hyderabad’s IT corridor lies SLY Tech Bar – a startup that turned into a secret bar. And while you walking to the bar don’t forget to introduce yourself to the lady at the reception and tell her that you are here for a meeting, ‘meeting’ being the password to this sly little space.
So SlyTech is the first of the many Sly storys, a collection of real life stories edited & to be launched by Azure Hospitality. After conceptualizing brands like mamagoto and opening many restaurants across the country – the founders went searching for stories of people who for some random reason or the other turned their cars to hospitality and incubate their stories to bring them to life.
Was happy to have been invited for its preview before it went live. Landed there on a late Friday evening to a lively atmosphere of live music. The place is rustic, dimly lit and offers a quirky décor. Urban graffiti, contrasted chandeliers, retro chairs were some of the additions to its décor. There is also a table tennis stationed right in the middle of the restaurant along with caroms, board games for company.
Started off with Mr Miyagi – a classic gin and lime cocktail mixed with triple sec and orange marmalade that was quite refreshing and good. Speakeasy Breakfast that I ordered next had Bourbon & maple syrup shaken with apple juice which was good in its own different league.
The food menu was eclectic that featured the popular street foods from across India along with the regular bar favorites. Started off with Natwarlal’s Sadak Chaap Aaloo Chat that was just about decent from the pre-game section of the menu. The Jhal Muri on offer was quite pungent with the mustard flavor which could’ve been toned down.
Biryani Arancini that followed next was an interesting take on the traditional aracini which will definitely appeal to the city of biryani and might also be one of the signatures of SlyTech.
Next up was Tenderloin Slider which was super delicious and just the way I would’ve loved my slider. Dimsums, Golmaal Rings, Tacos, Spinach chaat which followed next were just about decent.
Finished up with Sly Sundae – an alcohol soaked dessert which was served with vanilla ice cream and chocolate sauce.
Overall the drinks and food are very economically priced and with a dim yet vibrant atmosphere, your favorite after office bar is just next to your office to please you.
Disclaimer: I was invited by the management of SLY Tech to review the new outlet at Kondapur. The opinions expressed are honest and unbiased.