Lord Of The Drinks, Pune
Lord of the Drinks is a brand which needs no exordium. The much acclaimed chain from Delhi is now here to level up Pune’s Nightlife. The brand owned by the suave Priyank Sukhija is a label comprehending drinks, a sleek ambience and a cornucopia of fusion food curated by a team of highly skilled and renowned chefs.
I ain’t someone who can guide you to the sacred hot spots or party hubs in the city but call me for a brunch, and there isn’t a Sunday I would want to pass at home. I am inherently a brunch person – lounging in the company of good food unrestricted by time is my idea of everyday and not just a Sunday. I was elated to know that LOTD has introduced a Sunday Brunch right in its debut month of operations. Here’s to what went down at the first ever Sunday Brunch at Lord of The Drinks, Pune.
Rating – 5/5
The ambience is flashy but oh so classy! The whole kit and caboodle from the curtains, the gleaming lights to the paraphernalia bleeds Rich. The vibe is quite desperado but more ostentatious with a hell lot of grandiose.
Rich deep red curtains embrace the walls while the bar resembles a motile chandelier. Or let’s just call it LIT! A deep blue and wooden line of stairs lead to a colossal space which is the rooftop. It would not be an exaggeration to call this place infinitesimally intimidating, easily qualifying as one of the finest in the city.
Rating – 3/5
For a weekend and especially as they were hosting their first Sunday Brunch, the service was quite sluggish. Few dishes especially the drinks took far too long to arrive, some faltering there takes away a lot from this otherwise admirable space.
Rating – 5/5
Ever heard of a steal deal? The Sunday Brunch at LOTD is a bonafide translation of this ubiquitous slang. The prices justify the quantum of the spread in a snazzy ambience, perfect for a lousy Sunday lunch.
₹699 – Food Plus Mocktails
₹1099 – Food Plus Beer/Sangria/Wine
Rating – 3/5
Ironically, the spirits at LOTD were quite dispiriting. The mocktails failed to impress, testified by the tongues of a teetotaler. The options are plenty but the simplest of the Mojitos do not deliver. The only takeaway worth remembering would be the teeny-tiny bottles of Smoothies.
The cocktails had a vivid appearance cloaked in drama (read smoke) but could not get a thumbs up from the other co-diners at the table. A unanimous note of veto.
Rating – 4.5/5
What a marvelous spread. Easily the Sunday Brunch at LOTD serves one of the most detailed and magnanimous menu in the city. A coverage unbordered. The Salads and Cold Spread line up could fill you up just by themselves. The macaroni and dill salad, a bite of the couscous tower and that finely cut salmon had me on a roll. Who needs appetizers when we can gorge on some Beetroot Hummus and creamy Baba Ganoush while nibbling on some lavash. Did someone say Dinner Rolls with butter, Gosh! (Feeling weak in the knees moment).
The Appetisers were served on our tables and each one blew me away with their presentation and flavors. The BBQ Spinach Dhokla was a first, for me and also others at the table. Dhokla shaped like kachoris and topped with barbeque sauce gets the oomph to this dish.
The Mustard Fondue Cheesling Fish Tikka is a dish that I would mechanically recommend even in the deepest sleep of the night. Such fine flavors of the fish superbly complimented by the rich creamy mustard. You can’t miss this at LOTD.
The Keema Nachos is another ‘Do Not Miss’ qualifier. Tortilla chips baked in house and topped with a heavy duty helping of minced meat. Skip the beans and try this excellent version meant for true carnivores.
The Beijing Chicken was the LOTD version of Chilly chicken loaded with spring and peppers. The Chinjabi Wontons, Pizza and Dahi Cheese Kebabs give you a culinary trip. Flavors encompassing all cuisines is well executed at LOTD.
A line up of mains devoted to bringing the classics from various cuisines. The Goan Fish Curry excels with its mild flavors and uptight mushiness of fish meat. The Dal Makhani is one of the best in the city – smoked, rich and creamy. The Pepper Pistachio Mutton Korma was a unique preparation. The flavor of black pepper looms with fall of the bone meat. Amongst others, the Thai Curry, Mushroom Florentine and Meat Jalandari fare par expectations. One of the few places serving first rate Mains on the Brunch Menu.
The Shahi Tukda stands out above everything else without a doubt. Dense, rich and so desirable (absolutely not sugar coating this). The Chocolate Mousse & Red Velvet Bite follow league as heaven in every bite.
Disclaimer: This Review is based on a complimentary invite extended by Carpe Diem on behalf of Lord Of The Drinks Pune. The opinion expressed in the review is entirely my own and in no manner influenced by any party.