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Stake-out at Millers

DOMINIC D'CRUZ


HORSESHOES, CARTWHEEL, rake, a shovel in the window, and a inviting neon arrow pointing to the entrance. Inside, a coyote silhouette against the full moon, southern jazz playing, potted cacti on barn-oak finish tables, and clay brick surfaces add to the décor of Millers 46 Steak House and Grill. Waiters in Western garb, holster and all, take the orders here.

As a schoolboy, Jude Koshy dreamed of his own authentic steak house. After gaining experience in reputed hotel chains, fellow schoolmate and Bangalore-based architect, Darius Billimoria helped Jude realise this dream. Jude says: "There is a dearth of steak houses and I personally see that my kitchen turns out unique stuff."

For starters, galloping millers (Rs. 90, with stuffed jalapenos, lightly fried and served with sauce, is a treat); 46ers chicken wings (Rs. 100) can be spiced mild, medium, or hot; millers fillers (Rs. 200) is an assorted platter of peppered prawns, potato salad, and chicken wings.

Salads are ever so popular, but at Millers 46, weight watchers have to weigh their choices carefully. It offers the mixed green salad or Caesar salad, topped with sliced grilled chicken or juicy cubes of meat at Rs. 60.

A mixed seafood salad (Rs. 80) and veggie salad (Rs. 50) are among the options too.

Jude, and Chef Gregory Lobo echo in unison: "Steaks are never frozen and are cut from prime meat."

The twice-marinated steak (Rs. 180) is Lobo's signature steak, served like the others in regular plates or on a sizzler. Drunken sirloin steak (Rs. 140), marinated in herbed beer, is served with the warning — drive carefully!

Oriental fish steak (Rs. 140) is for those who must include seafood in their victuals.

A tender breast of chicken stuffed with mince and olives is the main ingredient of the chicken steak (Rs. 140). Vegetarians too have a spread to select from. Three-layered veggie steak (Rs. 100, with potato, tomato, and spinach), Thai veggie steak (Rs. 90), and cheese steak (Rs. 100, made from cottage cheese, stuffed with onion and peppers) are on offer.

All steaks are served with breadbasket and herb butter. You can even choose how you like it cooked, in varying degrees from rare to well done. Combos such as the early bird (Rs. 75) are hot sellers. It is a choice of salad and soup of the day.

Famous wraps (priced between Rs. 70 and Rs. 120), similar to Mexican Fajitas, come with vegetable or non-vegetable filling. Stand-up cannelloni (Rs. 120) and tagliatelle al pesto (Rs. 100) bring the Italian flavour alive along with the pasta of the day.

"Heavenly spuds are hot potatoes that sell like hot cakes," says Jude exuberantly, "especially with the variety of mouth-watering fillings. It's a meal in itself".

Millers 46 has on offer burgers and sandwiches for college students and executives. Specialty burger (Rs. 100, topped with cheese, mushrooms, onions, and sour cream), Millers chicken sandwich (Rs. 80, grilled with barbecue sauce), and smoked veggie sandwich (Rs. 80) are favourites. Millers 46, on Millers Road, Vasanthnagar, is open seven days a week from 12.30 p.m. to 3 p.m. and from 7.30 p.m. to 11 p.m..

A maximum of 60 diners can be seated at a time. So, call 51131746 to avoid keeping your appetite at "steak"!

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