Publiq has been making waves in Pune for quite a while now, mushrooming all over the city providing a convenient watering hole to residents in that area.
The name itself is not only a wonderful play on the word – “public” denoting the community of people at large but also a grouping of “PUB” which serves “LIQ”uor ergo, PUBLIQ.
Coming to the place, it’s got a wonderful, relaxed vibe to it in the day time, imploring you to unwind and chill with your gang. Lots of seating options – wooden-back chairs, sofa chairs and seating and even cabanas for larger groups. All this in the alfresco area. The inside section has more of the club vibe with the ambiance and lighting.
The Penicillin had an amazing hit of the smokiness of the smoked whisky, with beautiful undertones of ginger, honey and lemon. And being sugar-free, the other flavors got an opportunity to shine through. #MustHave
|Penicillin [Rs. 425]|
Since my first smoked cocktail was such a fine piece of work, I opted to try the Smoked Orange with vodka, home-made orange syrup, orange juice and lime. While vodka and orange juice is a classic combination, this drink did not work.
|Smoked Orange [Rs. 445]|
The Publiq Era Starters
The Five Spice Chicken Tikka is an Indian five-spice marinated chicken bhatti murg. Marinated with cumin seeds, coriander seeds, black mustard seeds, pepper and turmeric and tandoored in the “bhatti” or clay oven, the dish sported some lovely flavors. On the other hand, the Zabardast Prawns Tikka had some tandoori charred jumbo prawns, served with mint chutney and sirka [vinegarized] onion. Lovely char on the prawns but it was a little undercooked. A few minutes more in the tandoor and it would’ve been perfect.
|Five Spice Chicken Tikka [Rs. 395]|
|Zabardast Prawns Tikka [Rs. 495]|
The Butter Chicken Mini Naanza had masala chicken lathered on a flaky naan pizza base and topped with cheese. You don’t expect this dish to be messed up and Publiq delivered on our expectations. Amazing flavors of the BC on the crispy, flaky naan. #YumYum
|Butter Chicken Mini Naanza [Rs. 355]|
The Legendary Publiq Era Dim Sums
The Chicken and Pink Ginger Dumplings had a minced chicken stuffing. Some lovely burst of flavors, and the pickled ginger on top adds another layer of complexity to the dish however the envelope could’ve been a little thinner.
|Chicken and Pink Ginger Dumplings [Rs. 375]|
While the Spinach and Cheese Ravioli exhibited some good flavors, I personally did not like the presentation. Attempts to Indianize any non-Indian dish isn’t something that sits well with me. Dried red chili tadka on top with curled salad vegetables served with a ravioli is a big NO-NO.
|Spinach and Cheese Ravioli|
The Moong Dal Cigar is definitely a unique dish on their menu, an attempt at creating something different. And they deliver on that brief. Crispy phyllo pastry rolls stuffed with moong dal served with milk pudding. A perfect combination of crispy with the soft, the warm with the cold. #DeliciousDelicious
|Moong Dal Cigar [Rs. 325]|
Overall, the evening was a mix of hits and misses in terms of F&B however the service can definitely be improved.
Publiq has been a wonderful addition to the Koregaon Park culinary landscape and with its amazing cocktails and scrumptious grub, it provides a perfect spot for lazy afternoons and happening evenings. And with pocket-friendly prices, it definitely is “the people’s place”.
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