When 8 siblings come together, the result is a culmination of a unified and grand dream. A dream of offering the discerning Pune palate with a relaxed yet enjoyable dining experience. A dream called Linkin Barrel.
This resto-bar is owned by the Octave group made up of cousins Subir Kotwal, Sanatan Waghulkar, Navin Waghulkar, Karan Shewale, Arjun Shewale, Keval Kadam and Hemanshu Karpe.
The place is divvied into an indoor bar area with subdued lighting and earthy toned plush leather sofa seating and 3 separate outdoor areas with their own USPs. One section is smaller in size and can be a perfect spot for larger groups or private parties. This also houses the wood fired oven.
|Indoor bar area|
|The wood fired oven|
The larger section on the other side has cute flowery plants hanging from the ceiling to give off a very natural feel to the ambiance. Comfortable wicker chair and sofa seating add to the overall experience.
I recently had the opportunity to cover this place with a few select bloggers and here is a rundown of my experience.
Since I am following a no-sugar, no-gluten, no-vegetable oil diet; I am rather encouraged to incorporate butter or ghee [clarified butter] in my diet. However minimal usage of vegetable oil in sauté-ing or air frying is allowed.
The Barrel Aged Manhattan had aged whiskey, Antica Carpana, and Brenckenridge Bitters. The bartender was kind enough to make this sugar-free considering my dietary restrictions. A fine drink however could do with a little more potency.
|Barrel Aged Manhattan [Rs. 390]|
The Grape, Goat Cheese and Fig Salad was a bit of a disappointment. While the menu description read assorted grapes, goat cheese, fresh figs and rocket dressed in honey, dill and wine vinaigrette; the figs used, were in fact canned which imparted an added sweetness thanks to the sugar syrup used to preserve it. And the flavors weren’t balanced at all.
|Grape, Goat Cheese and Fig Salad [Rs. 220]|
Clay Oven Grills – Veg.
The Peri Peri Lalicha and the Balsamic Garlic Mushrooms are both marinated in their respective sauces and baked in a clay oven. The earthiness from the oven was wonderfully infused in the dishes which still retained their natural moisture yet embraced the flavors of the spices. #DeliciousDelicious
|Peri Peri Lalicha [Rs. 220] and Balsamic Garlic Mushrooms [Rs. 240]|
Clay Oven Grills – Non-Veg.
The Linkin Barrel Clay Oven Tandgi [Rs. 380] was perfection personified in a dish. Such tender and juicy chicken tangdi, perfectly rubbed and marinated with spices for a moan-inducing experience. #YumYum #HighlyRecommended #Foodgasm
Munchies – Non-Veg.
The Jhinga Mirch Tempura were tempura fried prawns marinated with mirchi thecha. The prawns were properly deveined and cooked however the tempura coating could’ve been more even across the prawn and across the dish as well. Having said that, it would pair very well with a pint of chilled beer. #DeliciousDelicious
|Jhinga Mirch Tempura [Rs. 440]|
The Beer Can Chicken was a classic case of “looks can be deceiving”. It had a whole chicken marinated in Chef’s special beer-infused marinade and presented on top of beer can. While unique and quirky to look at, the cook on the chicken was bland and did not gel with the sauce. Recommended to avoid.
|Beer Can Chicken [Rs. 480]|
Wood Smoked Pizzas
Linkin Barrel pride themselves on their authentic wood-fired oven and quality of their pork. So, it was no wonder that their Pepperoni and Double Cheese Pizza was part of the tasting menu. Pork pepperoni slices and a generous melt of mozzarella was sufficient to induce copious amounts of saliva in one’s mouths. #DeliciousDelicious
|Pepperoni and Double Cheese Pizza [Rs. 580]|
Laal Maas is a traditional Rajasthani mutton curry prepared in a sauce of yoghurt and hot spices such as red Mathania chillies. Chunks of tender mutton basting in a rich and creamy yogurt and tomato gravy, the flavors were on point.
|Laal Maas [Rs. 440]|
A Sanjeev Kapoor signature dish, the Sham Savera Curry had koftas stuffed with corn, green peas & dried figs and dunked in cardamom scented gravy. The soft koftas and flavorful gravy paired well with the butter kulchas served with it. #YumYum
|Sham Savera Curry [Rs. 350]|
The newest entrant on the Western Pune culinary scene, Linkin Barrel has a lot going for it. With scrumptious food and delectable cocktails, it is sure to become a people pleaser.
A big shout out to Sharvari for inviting us and Team Linkin Barrel for hosting us.
The Linkin Barrel is located at Baner-Pashan Link Road.
I was invited for a complimentary food tasting event. This blog is a narrative of my experience at the event. These are my views that I have expressed in the blog. Others are most welcome to agree or disagree with the same.
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