The first time I visited 1976 was in 2014, when it was in its nascent stages and the burger scene in Trivandrum was almost nil. I loved everything about the dinner that day – the garden area dining, the music, the ambience, the menu and the food. We had a fun night chatting and laughing as we relished every bite of our meal amongst which, was the best burger we ever had in Trivandrum, and yummy fish and chips. That said, after that, I’ve been recommending the place to practically everyone who asks me for dinner options, I never got an opportunity to go back there and enjoy their burgers over some good music and a chilled out setting.
Last time, though, when I was in Trivandrum, we were wondering where to go for dinner. There were a lot of options in front of us considering the innumerable new restaurants that have come up in recent years, when my brother suggested 1976. We were not too sure about it, since all of us were in the mood for Chinese, yet 1976 meant a bit of a drive and the good memories too vouched for it.
As we reached the place, eager to relive the experience, we were told that the restaurant is shifted to the rooftop due to renovation work taking place at the garden area. Blame it on our high expectations set by the last time’s wonderful experience, the rooftop was a bit of a let down for us, in terms of ambience. In fact, there wasn’t any ambience to speak about. There was music in the background, but that was just about it. As we sat there wondering if we should have waited until the garden area was renovated and opened, we were given the menu. The menu was still the same and all the options looked tempting enough.