COCO- Sushi & Bar-The Members only Club in Pune.

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Lets paint the town #Black. Black is always associates with authoritative and powerful so as this place is, COCO is uber and upscale place to be. This place is here to revamp the nightlife scene of Pune. Lets get more details about this.

Pune’s nightlife space has changed, as the city gets its first ever members only lounge, COCO Sushi & Bar. Located in the heart of the city, on the 12th floor of Onyx towers, the 180-degree view from COCO is mesmerising.
The concept is by Kunal Mhaske, a well-known restaurateur in Pune, who already has successfully established brands like Raasta Café & Penthouze in the city.
A perfect place to party with like-minded people or to wine and dine with your near and dear ones, COCO strives to bring back the long-lost nightlife culture Pune had a few years back and be the go to place to unwind and celebrate with its close knit social circle. It’s a space where the crème de la crème meet, bond, dine, party, network with each other and have a good time being in their comfort zone with familiar faces around.
The lounge is spread across 3000 sq. ft and seats 70 guests. The interiors of COCO can be best described as classy, chic with a dark ambiance, starry lights running along the length of the club and the ceiling donned with stylish chandeliers that further add to the exclusivity and luxury of the space. 
There are comfortable couches, high tables & chairs, a private dining area for guests and two outdoor spaces on its either side overlooking the vast expanse of the city. The highlight of the lounge is COCO’s logo, which is the bee mounted on the central pillar and etched in golden on the tables.
The cuisine at COCO is Asian and has a delectable range of bar bites and appetizers.
Chef Jugal Pradhan, Consulting Chef at COCO is at the helm of the kitchen. Chef Jugal born in Darjeeling, his journey through the mountainous ranges all the way to Tengra, gave him an insight to the surreal flavors. He draws his inspiration for cooking in his early years from his grandmother. Soon enough he went on to travel the orient, to Thailand, Japan, Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam, Cambodia, Indonesia, China, Bhutan, Tibet and Nepal. He has worked in the Pan Asian Kitchen in Chiang Mai, Thailand; The Chinese Room, Kolkata, Nobu in Monte Carlo, Hakkasan and Yauatcha in Mumbai.
Chef Jugal says “The menu will be extensively sushi based, which denotes a generic term for all or any appetizers at COCO. Right from the soups, salads, dimsums, dumplings, nigiris, sashimis, the portions are customized to individual servings and to offer a variety.”
Some of the signature appetizers are a variety of sushi rolls, the Beijing Duck Thong Soup, Smoked Edamame Dumplings, Roast Duck with Ponzu, Lemongrass Fish Cakes, the Dynamite Shrimps, Banana Leaf Wrapped chicken, a variety of ramens, to name a few. 
The thought behind keeping the menu only Asian, is that Asian flavours are sharp and apt for the Indian palate. Also, the dessert menu has been curated with attention to details and has very unusual combinations like Wildflower Honey Pannacotta, Wasabi Ice Cream, and the Smoked Dark Chocolate Mousse Cake, that would be a perfect end to the sumptuous Asian meal. 
The eclectic bar experience with premium liquor and interesting cocktails such as Black Irish, Sleeping Volcano, Bloody Maria, Old Samurai’s Mojito, Dragon’s Nest Caprioska, Spiced Rum Fig Sour, and Japanese whiskies like Hibiki & Kawasaki Whisky, add to the top notch and classy vibe at COCO Sushi & Bar.
Speaking on the members only lounge concept, founder Kunal Mhaske says, “I always wanted to have a private space for my social circle, where people could just come and have fun without worrying about their security and enjoy themselves thoroughly with familiar faces around. Moreover, a classy place where guests would want to make that extra effort to dress up and come to party”.
COCO opened to its exclusive members on 21st April 2017, Friday with its flagship property “Black Friday”, an energetic, fun party to bring in and celebrate the weekend. 

COCO Sushi & Bar will be open for dining on all evenings of the week except Mondays while the club nights will be on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, 11:30 pm onward.
Members can make reservations for their guests for dining from their registered mobile number, but will need to accompany the guests for club nights.

Brief History about Sushi: The original form of sushi first came to Japan from Southeast Asia around 2000 years ago. The form of Sushi we know today came into being around the 8th century. Fish was salted and wrapped in fermented rice, a traditional lacto-fermented rice dish. Narezushi was made of this gutted fish which was stored in fermented rice for months at a time for preservation. The fermentation of the rice prevented the fish from spoiling. The fermented rice was discarded and fish was the only part consumed. This early type of sushi became an important source of protein for the Japanese.

I was invited for the Food Tasting of their exclusive Asian menu.

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California Sushi Roll
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California Sushi Roll
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California Sushi Roll
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California Sushi Roll

California Sushi Roll: As one of the recommended dish of the restaurant, for any sushi lover this will steal your heart.This sushi is made inside-out with perfectly cooked rice, stuffing and it was nicely plated. California Sushi Roll one of the most popular styles of sushi in the US market, the California roll has been influential in sushi’s global popularity and in inspiring sushi chefs around the world in creating their non-traditional fusion cuisine. Tōgarashi is Japanese for genus Capsicum, or specifically the species Capsicum annuum, and commonly translated as chili pepper. Gari is a type of tsukemono (pickled vegetables). It is sweet, thinly sliced young ginger that has been marinated in a solution of sugar and vinegar. Young ginger is generally preferred for gari because of its tender and natural sweetness. Gari is often served and eaten after sushi, and is sometimes called sushi ginger. It is considered to be essential in the presentation of sushi. It is used to cleanse the palate between eating different pieces of sushi, or alternatively before or after the meal.

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Wild Mushroom Sushi
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Wild Mushroom Sushi

Wild Mushroom Sushi: Tender shredded mushroom rolled up in sushi rice served with Tōgarashi and Gari perfectly made. Strong flavour of Tōgarashi made this sushi outstanding.

 

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Miso Shiro Soup

Miso Shiro: A delicate Miso broth with wakame, it’s a sea vegetable, or edible seaweed. It has a subtly sweet flavour and is most often served in soups and salads. It’s known for its health benefits. Miso is a traditional Japanese seasoning produced by fermenting soybeans with salt and koji. Generally miso is salty, but its flavour and aroma depend on various factors in the ingredients and fermentation process. Overall a tasty and warm soup with loaded health benefits.

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Sam Tom Salad

Sam Tom Salad: This is a classic Thai favourite salad made of raw shredded papaya, Beans, Cherry Tomatoes and garnished with crushed nuts. Perfect taste of sweet and sour.

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Crispy Lotus Stem
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Crispy Lotus Stem

Crispy Lotus Stem: If the restaurant is serving Asian cuisine then this appetiser has to be in the menu. Honey glazed crispy lotus stem with sweet chilly made this dish one of the favourite on the table.

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Edamame & Truffle oil Dumplings

Edamame & Truffle oil Dumplings: When dumpling container arrived and when it was opened these cute little dumplings made every one say wow!! These little ones wrapped around with the thin cover giving a polished light green in colour. Edamame is a preparation of immature soybeans in the pod, found in cuisines with origins from East Asia. Texture was shiny, smooth and delicate.

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Spicy Broccoli Dumpling

 

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Spicy Broccoli Dumpling

Spicy Broccoli Dumpling: Again golden little pouch shape dumplings with a crushed broccoli stuffing was perfectly soft. Although its named as spicy Dumpling but wasn’t at all spicy.

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Tempura Vegetables
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Tempura Vegetables

Tempura Vegetable: Crispy deep fried vegetables. Basically Tempura is a classical Portuguese dish brought to and popularised by Japan, consisting of seafood or vegetables that have been battered and deep fried.

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Rock Corn Dynamite

Rock Corn Dynamite: One of the fancy looking dish where in the fried corn balls were placed on a vertical arrows and served with their homemade dynamite sauce.

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Golden Silken Tofu with Ponzu
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Golden Silken Tofu with Ponzu

Golden Silken Tofu with Ponzu: Special mention to the tofu, it was silk soft, mouth melting tofu I have every eaten, absolutely delicious dish. It was tossed in homemade Ponzu sauce which is a citrus-based sauce commonly used in Japanese cuisine. It is tart, with a thin, watery consistency and a dark brown colour. This was served with Japanese rice.

Desserts:

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Smoked Chocolate Mousse cake
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Smoked Chocolate Mousse cake

Smoked Chocolate Mousse cake: Anything of chocolate is always good!! beautifully plated, good amount of chocolate with the balanced taste of bitterness and sweetness.

 

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Honey Panacotta
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Honey Panacotta

Honey Panacotta: This was much talked about dessert of the COCO. Panacotta was melting in mouth with good amount to sweetness.

 

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Tender Coconut Mousse
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Tender Coconut Mousse

Tender Coconut Mousse: Nice looking dessert but taste wise it was somewhat sourish so did’t go ahead and spoons were down.

 

***Thank you Svetlana from Carpe Diem for Invite and Team COCO Pune for Hosting us. ***

 

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Interiors
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Interiors

 

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12th Floor, Onyx Towers, Mundhwa, Pune.

 

 

 

White Owl Brewery -Beer Tasting Review


White Owl Brewery: 

Mumbai-based White Owl Brewery is set to launch its Award-Winning Craft Beer in Bottles to significantly expand the availability of its handcrafted brews across the country.  This move will complement White Owl Brewery’s existing footprint in Maharashtra.  The Company currently distributes up to 8 varieties of its craft beer – On Tap and more recently in India’s first-ever Kegger (a 5-Litre Portable Keg) – at over 70 renowned restaurants & bars across Mumbai & Pune.

White Owl Brewery’s quick expansion over the last two years bears testament to India’s rapidly-growing beer market where the evolution of beer has been fuelled by the preponderance of microbreweries and brewpubs across the country.  Craft Beer is now enjoying robust growth and is considered to have brought about a revolutionary change in the drinking habits of Indian consumers.  There is no shortage of experts who predict that in the next 10 years, India will see a craft beer revolution larger than that in the United States or Europe.  As such, White Owl Brewery’s Coming soon in Bottles  as well which enables it to not only enter the substantially larger Retail Segment, but also expand its existing presence within Restaurants/Bars and consequently cater to strong & growing consumer demand across all sales channels in India. Bottles are expected to be launched in Pune in quick succession after Mumbai and for White Owl Brewery will continue expanding into select urban markets in Western, Northern and Southern India.

With its beer soon being available in three formats (On Tap, in Keggers and in Bottles), White Owl Brewery is giving its patrons the unique opportunity to enjoy its craft beer pretty much anywhere.  Bottles of White Owl Beer will make their way to the smallest of neighbourhood bars and into any fridge at home.  With White Owl Brewery Keggers, the experience of house parties and weddings will continue to be elevated.  Keggers do more than just boast a sharp aesthetic appeal; they are uniquely designed to retain beer freshness and are fun-sized for easy storage.  And of course, White Owl Brewery will continue to expand its On Tap presence across the country where beer lovers and aficionados can enjoy its entire portfolio of award-winning, handcrafted brews at their favorite watering holes.

About White Owl Brewery:

White Owl Brewery is a (small) Mumbai-based brewery obsessed with handcrafting beer using only the finest of natural ingredients from around the world.  Inspired by an eclectic selection of Old-World & New-Age brewing styles, White Owl Brewery’s highly-experienced and internationally-trained brewing team takes its craft (very) seriously and has cobbled together a bunch of award-winning beers renowned for their crisp, complex flavours and distinct aromas.  White Owl Brewery’s current portfolio – in addition to Spark & Diablo – includes: Halcyon, a crisp German Hefeweizen; Shadow, a dark English Porter; Torpedo, a punchy American Pale Ale; Paulina, a refreshing German Kolsch; and Ace, a bubbly French Apple Cider.

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I was invited for the beer tasting at Raasta café Baner.

Beers for tasting:
Spark – Delicate, refreshing & citrusy Belgian Wit

Diablo – Crisp, roasty Irish Red Ale

Ace – French Apple Cider

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My personal liking goes for Diablo: Strong enough to keep the taste tingling for a long time on the taste buds. Perfect for any given occasion with yummy bar bites from Raasta Cafe.

 

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Second liking would go for the Spark: As it had some hints of citrus which gave the beer a refreshing taste. It’s just the next big thing on the menu.

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The last resort would be Ace an delicate French apple Cider. Although I am not much fan of ciders, light on the taste. This can go with nice hot and spicy or Cheesy Bar bites.

Along with Beers I also tried some Bar Bites from the Menu.

 

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Nachos: Crispy Corn Nachos with Tomato salsa, Beans and Homemade Cheese Sauce. Perfectly goes with Diablo Beer.

Chilly Tamarind Grilled Paneer Kebab: Sweet and Tangy Paneer Cubes grilled in an Indian Clay Oven. Goes well with Spark Beer.

Contadina Pizza: Fresh Tomato Sauce with Good amount of Mozzarella, Jalapeno, Finely cut mushrooms, Olives, Broccoli flowerets, and Sun dries Tomatoes. Perfect for the Ace Beer.

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Big Shoutout for Svetlana from Carpe Diem for the Invite and Raasta Cafe Baner for Hosting us 

 

 

212 Junior – Why should Mommy and Daddy should have all the fun!! 


​Why Parents should have all the fun!!! Especially when parents take their kids for shopping in a mall and they have nothing to do other then wait and get bored or otherwise either of the parent has to take care of the kids and other goes for shopping. Being a father of two daughters I face this kind of situation very often. 

Kids get dragged in all this shopping spree. But now it has a solution where kids can enjoy their activity while either of the parent can relax, keep a watch while sipping a coffee or fresh juice. This sounds so good plan! 

212 All day cafe has come up with ‘212 Junior’ with a  concept, We were invited for the launch of 212 Junior along with my Daughters Samia (10 yes old) and Syna (4.5yrs old) For further details read ahead:

The kid-friendly café with a seating capacity of 40 guests, is located at the atrium of Lower Ground floor and doubles up as a haven for parents and an entertainment zone for their juniors. It’s the ideal spot for a quick meal after a family shopping session or a full-of- drama movie.

HOW WAS 212 JUNIOR CONCEPTUALIZED?

Talking about the concept, Romil Ratra, Group Director says, “A café with an in-built kids area is a concept that is quite popular in the west and is slowly picking up momentum in Asian countries as well. When it comes to India, this segment is still being explored. After a careful study of the footfalls in the mall and an in-depth market research, we conceptualized this one-of-its kind space in Pune which is not only appreciated by the adults but also by kids. The philosophy is simple: Treat kids as adults. Give them their space and let them enjoy while you enjoy solitude. The best part is, you don’t have to break a sweat running behind your kid.”
Gone are the days when kids used to let parents dictate their food preferences. In an era where Nickelodeon is replaced by PlayStation, the little ones like to have control over what they’re eating. Chef Paul Kinny has curated a menu that will appeal to not just the little one but also adults. The food at 212 Junior goes hand in hand with the philosophy as well as space – simple yet vibrant & colorful.

The menu features cookies, croissants and donuts right out of the bakery. Yes, you can expect the addictive fragrance of freshly baked items! Chef Paul has also added a Choco-Berry Cronut – An innovative combination that came into the world when a donut married a croissant. The savory section features cheesy pizza squares, stuffed croissants, loaded hot dogs and more. One of it deserves a special mention and that’s the Pokemon Burger made using a chicken patty, lettuce, tomatoes and cheese. It’s shaped like your kid’s favorite Pokemon – Pikachu. 212 Junior completely gets every ones love for the sugar rush and that is evident by their dessert menu which includes S’mores Sandwich – two gooey choco cookies filled with marshmallows and almonds, a colorful Rainbow Cake, an éclair with a tiramisu center and much more.

BEVERAGES AT 212 Junior 
From healthy smoothies to indulgent milkshakes, 212 Junior has it all. Going to a restaurant with a kid is not everyone’s cup of tea but at 212 Junior it can be your cup of tea as well as your cup of coffee. Now parents can sit and enjoy their cup of solitude while their kids are occupied with some brain-stimulating games and puzzles in the kid section made especially for them.

WHAT CAN ONE EXPECT AT 212 JUNIOR?

212 Junior understands the importance of family time. Staying true to the brand’s philosophy, the venue will organize events which does not only cater to kids but also to adults. Now while your kid is making best out of waste you can learn origami. While your kid attends an Enid Blyton book reading, you can simultaneously attend a book reading of well-known Indian authors. 212 Junior will also be organizing events where both the parents and the kids can participate together; Cook with your dad, 212 quiz contest etc.

My Daughters experience with the overall concept of 212 Junior: 

Samia says that it was fun filled experience right from moment we entered, we started with our Hair Braiding, and then the most enjoyable activity was the Canvas Painting. We like the food as well, as it was yummy and served in an attractive way”. Syna liked her drawings and as well some finger licking Donuts. She had a good time while getting herself a nice Tattoo very similar to her mom. 

Overall it was a chilled out time for the father and daughters. 

Thank you #carpediempune for the invite. 

Address: Lower Ground Floor, Phoenix Marketcity. Viman Nagar

Contact Details: 020- 66890212