Footloose is defined as “able to travel freely and do as one pleases”.
With spacious outdoor seating and a pulsating dance floor indoors, Footloose – The Gastro Pub aims to keep the spirit and inherent essence of the word alive. A place that welcomes you with open arms and a warm smile, a place that lets you hang out with your friends, laughing and generally having a good time. A place that lets you be – you.
Having heard so much about the place from friends and over social media, a visit to check out the place was always on the cards. And the perfect moment came on a Sunday evening to try the place with some like-minded foodie friends. Quirky posters at the entrance, clever one-liners hung all over the walls and amazing retro pop music from the ‘90s that make us reminisce about our childhood; the ambiance of Footloose was on point.
Considering that all their cocktails involve sugar syrup, the bartender was gracious enough to make me an off-menu drink without using any sugar or sweetener. The Spicy Capsicum Martini was potent AF and gave a nice kick going down the gullet. Served in an actual green capsicum upped the presentation bit as well. #HighlyPotent
|Spicy Capsicum Martini|
All Day Breakfast
The Footloose Special King’s Breakfast was certainly a king’s breakfast. Served with chicken sausage and chicken salami with a side of baked beans and hash brown, the omelet was extremely soft and fluffy and. Eggs are also available in scrambled or sunny side up variants and the chicken sausage and salami can be replaced by pork sausage and bacon for the ones who prefer their meat red.
|Footloose Special King’s Breakfast [Rs. 315/345]|
The Chef’s Special Loaded Nachos felt a little too tangy for my palate, thanks to the presence of both sour cream and jalapenos. But the softness of the beans and guacamole was a perfect foil to the crunchy nachos.
|Chef’s Special Loaded Nachos [Rs. 245]|
The Cilantro Croutons is Footloose ‘s take on the traditional kothimbir wadi. While the KW is crisp, the cilantro croutons were soft and mushy and melts in your mouth. Served with spicy chutney for ones who prefer a spice hit to their bites.
|Cilantro Croutons [Rs. 190]|
The Crispy Spinach Mushrooms was my personal pick from the veg. appetizers. A perfect combination of the crunchy spinach leaves and earthiness of the mushrooms, this dish ticked all the right boxes for me. #YumYum
|Crispy Spinach Mushrooms|
The Three Herb Chicken Satay is one of the bestsellers on the Footloose menu and rightly so. While the chicken itself was tender and succulent, the spicy peanut sauce that accompanied it turned out to be a real winner. Such wonderful flavors in the peanut sauce with just the right amount of spiciness, everyone ended up licking the shot glass clean. A classic case of the bridesmaid stealing the bride’s thunder. 😊 #YumYum #HighlyRecommended
|Three Herb Chicken Satay [Rs. 315]|
After the high of the chicken satay with the peanut sauce, the Fusion Rozali Kebab felt like we had hit a plateau. Taking nothing away from the dish though, it had tender chicken chunks marinated in a cream sauce and garnished with shredded cheese. For those who find the cream sauce and cheese combination too bland, the mint chutney was a welcome addition to the flavor profile.
|Fusion Rozali Kebab|
Oriental and Thai
If the hashtag #foodporn took on a physical appearance, I believe it would take the avatar of Footloose ‘s Burmese Khao Suey. A rich and creamy broth full of bright and colorful veggies, an abundance of burnt garlic noodles and tiny bowls of a myriad of toppings to enhance the flavors, there was no stopping this dish from giving you a #foodgasm. It was a wonderful combination of tastes, textures and fragrances. #YumYum #HighlyRecommended
|Burmese Khao Suey [Rs. 365/400]|
Worldly Pleasures / Steaks
Unfortunately, the Chicken Steak was a big letdown. The chicken had a sourish taste, the mushroom sauce on top was over salted and the rice felt too gluggy for my preference. Feedback shared with Alaistair and the chef, turned out to be a simple human error, which is understandable in the pressures of a commercial kitchen.
|Chicken Steak [Rs. 385]|
Footloose – The Gastro Pub seems to want to break out from the stereotype of being branded as just a pub which offers amazing drinks with some average grub. With an efficient service, innovative cocktails and food, especially mains, that would make even a teetotaler consider the place for a culinary experience; I believe Footloose is on the right track to stamp their presence on the Pune Food [and Drink] scene!
A big shout out to Kamlessh for inviting us and Alaistair and Team Footloose – The Gastro Pub for hosting us.
Footloose – The Gastro Pub is located at Lunkad Skymax, Dutta Mandir Chowk, Viman Nagar.
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