It was Sunday and the family wanted to celebrate a pay hike, so what better place than the top of Pune!
After the noisy bustling roads of Pune, Loop Road seems wide and welcoming, a feature that continued with the complex of three towers with a distinct American
feel with their stark black, slick, huge edifices hugging a well manicured lawn crowned with a strange circular piece of stone scultpture. The ground floor had a shiny black granite floor with deceivingly smooth water bodies so deceptive that I almost walked onto it thinking it was part of the floor!!!). Luckily there was a lady guard on hand to warn any unwary guest.
We continued upwards to the new rooftop restaurant. We were a bit confused about the entrance which announced two different restaurants ( Lagoon and Exotica) but turning out to being one seamless space on a windblown terrace.
We were seated at a beautiful square table which meant that all of us had one partner each which meant we had plenty of elbow space to eat comfortably especially since we had intentions of attcking the sumptuous buffet . Even though I controlled the unlimited drinking part to only 2 glasses of Aqua pura and despite my bite sized portions of everything, I managed to stuff myself to my forehead .
The starters were simply divine ( mutton kababs, chicken seekhs, tandoori paneer and falafal). There was a choice of two soups which I skipped ( jasmine tea with tomato consomme and prawn muligtawny). The salads and breads were amazing with an unusual grilled sole on offer and some fish panini. The buffet spread had Goan
fish curry, chicken curry, mutton something, mutton biryani, stuffed panir kulchas, laccha parathas, corn and spinach caneloni, rajma, aloo sabji, daal makkhani, mixed veg and plain rice. There was also a live
pasta counter and a live chaat counter. I tried the pasta ( a yummy penne with white sauce and chicken) and I absolutely splurged on the desserts. Mango mousse, chocolate souffle, angoori rabdi, halwa, caramel kheer, gateau, rum balls and cut fruit. All this was in unlimited
quantities for only Rs.599/head with unlimited beer or only Rs399/- without alcohol . So it was quite worth your while !
The quality of the food was outstanding - the meat was melt in your mouth and all the dishes were actually different - not just differently coloured. So now you know where your next meal in Pune will be . Unless of course it closes down. Pune is notorious for its food joints opening and closing before they become popular!!!
As a special mention I must point out that our waiter was particularly rude and kept watching what we ate and despite the fact that each of us had placed an order, pointed out that the a la carte was "eating" from the buffet order when we were just doing some old fashioned tasting. This I thought was in pretty poor taste because all the covers were accounted for and surely trying out different dishes is not a sin!