A sports lounge can be safely defined as a bar catering especially to sports fans and typically containing several televisions and often sports memorabilia. Sadly my visit to One Sports Lounge saw nothing but several loopholes; desperately seeking a Strategic time out.
A pretty pepped up replacement to the former Buddha Lounge on the ground floor of Infinity Benchmark, Sector V , Salt Lake; The decor of One Sports Lounge will definitely bowl you over. There are red infra reds, Honey comb like bar set up, 4 different seating sections, multiple television screens blaring sports out loud!
Why was it still disappointing?
First, for a sports lounge, this one DOESN’T have a functional bar YET! I don’t get the logic of opening a sports bar minus alcohol anyway but what really appalled me was zero inclusion of coolers and mocktails on the menu as a replacement for the same. To top it off there was tea, coffee and milkshakes in the name of beverages! If this isn’t an Epic Fail, I don’t know what is!
Now the bad stuff: The Fish and Chips was the worst I’ve ever tasted- Over fried to a point of looking burnt and honestly more crust heavy than the fish content! An authentic fish and chips ideally is supposed to be beer batter fried served with herbed potato wedges but in this case there were homemade french fries, some prawn chips, a minuscule helping of tarter sauce and some picked vegetables. Not my idea of perfection at all! Sorry!
The Mojito’s were refreshing till half glass, then we were left with sugar granules in our mouths! Another thumbs down here!
Coming to the service: Very little staff to cater to so many guests, and as a result terribly slow service. With the music being loud, it was difficult to even catch your server’s attention.
The saving grace in the entire dining experience (apart from the ambience and music of course) was their hookahs. Not only were they smooth but flavourful to say the least.
All in all, the Sports Lounge bit is a facade. To be honest, it just seemed like another youngsters “Hookah parlour” cum cafe to me! These guys need a long way to go to attain that status and I pray to God that happens soon enough. Nonetheless it’s a good place to hang out and chill with friends as the prices are pocket friendly.
After the old “Winning Streak”, Kolkata desperately needs a good Sports Bar/ Lounge for the OLDER sports fans, young at heart!
Address: Infinity Benchmark, Ground Floor,
Salt Lake, Sector V,
Contact: (033) 65005095