Dokk, Dhole Patil Road
For now, DOKK remains a place which is yet to realize its full potential. Located at Dhole Patil Road – which was known for being the first pub-hub of the city and the earliest spots to reach out for a buzzing nightlife, has unfortunately witnessed a massive drop in footfall. With countless pubs and bar launches in the city, Pune is slowly and steadily heading towards a point of saturation. A point where “Unique” and “Edgy” might lose appeal and people would earnestly yearn for Old School.
DOKK literally has all its ‘guards up’ while it seeks to ‘anchor’ and expand its loyal customer base.
Ambience – 4/5
Service – 3.5/5
Pricing – 4.5/5
Food & Drinks – 3.5/5
Gigs & Live Performances – 4/5
The Ambience of the place seems to have been lifted right off some dockyard (No surprises there, d-uh). The wooden interiors impart a prototypical cruise feel while the paraphernalia and setup on the outside instantly reminds you of the deck. A fun vibe, an elaborate space with some fun jam sessions and live performances in queue, on various days of the week.
I happened to try their Sunday Brunch quite sometime ago. For the price on offer and the fact that they are functioning with mostly COOKS and not CHEFS, the spread was commendable. The brunch was how a brunch should be.
First, they got rid of the time constraints. The brunch works well up to 6 PM in the evening which is a change I embrace with open arms. Live Counters and Grills on rotation while a spread of handpicked salads and cold cuts is what I look forward to at Brunches.
Yes, The Mains happened to be a little sidelined which may not go down too well with those who want to go all out. The appetizers namely Belgian Chicken and Fish Amritsari contrastingly stood out. Simple yet palatable. Each truly delectable and true to their style, making it hard to believe that both of these came out of the same kitchen.
The Zucchini Fritters, Chicken Seekh and the Harissa Mushrooms add to the interesting line up. A good mix on the menu with some affordable grub, while some good affordable deals in Mocktails and Cocktails.
The desserts could have been better, the Churros were definitely not the better ones I’ve tried. A little too crumbly and overly – gooey in the centre thus taking away a lot from the spread.
Apart from the Brunch line up, their regular menu runs into several pages encompassing Continental, Indian and Mediterranean. The pricing and profiling of the place is their major PLUS. Partying on a budget? The answer could lie right here at DOKK.
Disclaimer: This Review is based on a complimentary invite extended by The Dokk. The opinion expressed in the review is entirely my own and in no manner influenced by any party.