Living in Pune is one bit, while being a true blue Punekar has a completely different elucidation. Say Pune and the busy streets of Tulshi baug cloud your view, the bustling college addas on FC Road, breakfast scenes at Vaishali and the youthful vibe that this city exudes at any hour of the day.
Culture Pune is an ode to the city’s ‘young’ culture touching on the little things we need to break our routine. From the ambience to the funky city-spirational drinks and also that English-Marathi font which makes this a ready referencer of the city. From the creators of erstwhile ‘By the Way’, Hrishikesh Baravkar & Chef Pramod bring a refreshing change with their revamped venture.
Visit Culture for its food, the quirky ambience and above all for the love of Pune.
- Ambience (4/5)
Sharp, raw, uncanny and rustic. The dimly lit ambience is a bar set up with quirky elements pinned on the wall. A map which makes you nostalgic about Pune while being physically present in Pune, now that’s something, right? A crazy zodiac-drunkenness meter to get some conversations flowing. Some edgy music and an upper floor which is reserved for private parties and members. All elements combine to give you the next hot hangout spot on FC Road.
- Pricing (4/5)
The pricing is a step lower compared to the other bars in the vicinity. A definite high point for the place considering its central location and accessibility. Not to forget, the proximity to premier colleges in the city.
- Service (4/5)
In a word, spot on! The servers are well informed and great with recommendations. When in doubt, say it out loud!
- Menu Line-Up (5/5)
From homemade waffles to stone baked pizzas, scrumptious burgers to finger food, Soups n salads, appetizers and Mains. Promoted as a ‘social drinking hangout’ Culture Pune has it covered on the food front too.
- Taste (5/5)
My experience at Culture Pune has been ecstatic. On an unbiased review scale, few dishes fared GOOD while others GREAT. This complimentary tasting came as a benediction after a long sabbatical.
What Could Be Better?
I guess the only thing which may need a slight working on are the serving portions. The serving portions are good enough for individuals; scope for sharing is highly restrained.
A brief insight into their menu and the dishes sampled –
- Puneri Current
Black current and lime slush with a salt rim. A mocktail which looks like a dream with very desi flavors giving you a kick.
- Mumbai Locha
Mumbai style khus, litchi and ginger fizz topped with lemonade. I have developed a taste for khus recently and this drink perfectly sets off the sweetness with the judicious use of ginger. A good drink.
- Grilled Cajun Fish
A tasty, versatile blend of Cajun spices on grilled fish. The basa is soft-textured yet not crumbly, in simpler words – it couldn’t be better cooked. Fish lovers can blind-foldedly order this, yes thank me later!
- Sofiyani Paneer
Sofiyani or do we call it Makhmali. Silken soft paneer cubes marinated in rich spices, served with peppy mint dip. Its luscious, tempting and so satisfying. #VegetarianAlert
- Teriyaki Chicken
Recommended by Shalaka at Culture Pune, this dish was on her favorite’s list and now happens to be on mine too. The chicken batons are meaty and deliciously juicy. The teriyaki glaze is smoky and high on ginger. #HighlyRecommended
- Hrishi’s favorite Paprika Chicken
This one is the owner Hrishikesh’s favorite and deserves to be, with its stupendous flavors. The paprika flavors are sharp yet mushy. The flavors of oregano, dill and cayenne pepper stand out. With a helping of some tossed noodles on the side, a great order for the mains.
- Tossed Thai Basil Chicken
All those who love the Thai Green curry will love this dish. It’s a semi dry version of the Thai green curry sans the curry and heavy duty basil flavors.
- Indian Keema Lasagna
Two of my favorite dishes combined. Does the combination work? It fabulously does, so much so that you worry about the serving portion. A dish you wouldn’t want to share with anyone, a dish which does great justice to both Irani chicken keema and cheesilicious lasagna. Both retaining their original flavors while blending beautifully.
- Crème Brulee Mango
Homemade custard topped with a clean layer of caramel. The mango flavor hits you right at the base and that’s when the heart of any dessert digger melts. A fabulous dessert and probably the only non-alcoholic one too. #LPLFavorite
P.S A huge shoutout to Shalaka Ranade at Culture Pune for being a great host and helping out with recommendations.
Disclaimer #1 : This Review is based on a complimentary invite extended by Culture Pune. The opinion expressed in the review is entirely my own and in no manner influenced by any party.
Disclaimer #2 : The serving portions shown in the pictures have been customised for the purpose of our tasting.