The Rooftop Project
MG Road in Pune or the entire Camp area to be precise has been home to one of the oldest brands in the city. Dating back to days when no frills café, bakeries and some true old school restaurants lined the view (surprisingly enough they still do), this area hasn’t changed a lot. Being home to several budget friendly options and family dine out scenes which haven’t changed over decades. Amidst all of this crops up The Rooftop Project, which is like none other on MG Road.
The Rooftop Project gives Camp the much needed chill out zone. The set up is contemporary and gives you a VIEW. Now how do they manage that in the bustling heart of the city is something you need to experience.
It’s a bar and a bistro (currently operational post 6 PM) with a mix of Indian, Asian and Continental on their menu. Basically everything that the Indian Palate is accustomed to and seeks when spending out.
Drinks at TRP
Their liquor license is still in tow, but that is no deterrent for a teetotaler like me. The Pineapple Ginger Beer is a fantastic choice for those who can’t tolerate high levels of sugar in their drink or are either fed up of ordering just another Virgin Mojito.
Starters at TRP
Their Chakhna menu which is predominantly enjoyed while you gulp a few drinks down has an interesting line up. Their Thecha Naan is as hot as your thecha should be. Thin and flaky naan overspread with some green chilli maharashtrian tadka. #HighlyRecommended. There is a Poona Nostalgic Platter loaded with bhakarwadis, chakli and poha chiwda.
I have never had any form of liking/fondness for Karari Rotis. I am game for a plate of masala papad but to take down a mammoth sized and rather uber crisp roti is not a very pleasant thought. The version at TRP was crisp, spiced but could do well with some more cheese.
The ‘Chini’ segment of the Small Plates menu has a delectable range of dumplings. We tried quite a few and fell in love with the heterogeneity. It’s safe to say the dumplings are a safe bet at the TRP. Personal favorites would be the Prawn Sui Mai and Spiced Vegetable Dumplings.
The Indian Tandoor game at TRP is fabulous. This is one section of the menu where you can indulge without a second thought. The Tandoori Malai Brocolli is a game changing vegetarian starter. Well, it takes efforts to get broccoli to taste good, let alone a second bite. #Recommended
The Burrah Mutton Chops are beyond excellent. You know you want to pull on that mutton chop without a pause. Flawless marination and some very skilfull cooking gets you those perfect chops to devour. #HighlyRecommended. The Murgh Kalimirch Tikka was beautiful, but more perfumed than delicious. The fragrance was so overpowering, you lose out on the black pepper flavors. This seemed more of a malai tikka than a spicy kalimirch version.
Mains at TRP
We tried both the Thai curries. Each one enriched with its natural flavors and uniqueness, there was no loose end to their cooking. The Mutton Biryani is a less masala, more fragrant version of Dum Biryani. If these parameters work for you, you are definitely in for a treat.
The Dhaba style Chicken curry is a Large Platter which comes with a portion of Dal Makhani and your choice of bread. Good serving size but I would prefer a more spicier cut to my meal.
Desserts at TRP
The Decadent Chocolate Mud Pie which is TRP’s take on a choco lave cake works well. Just the sugar comfort you need post a heavy meal. The Pan Kulfi is a definite try for those who like off the hook desserts. Its fresh and delish.
The place scores in terms of ambience and food. But it is still testing waters in a place like ‘Camp’ . Wishing all the luck and love to team TRP.
Disclaimer: This Review is based on a complimentary invite extended by The Rooftop Project. The opinion expressed in the review is entirely my own and in no manner influenced by any party.