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Of the number of popular national chains that have paved their way into the Pune foodscape over the last couple of years, Farzi Café is the newest entrant. From a deceptive ‘Calamari’, which is actually a rather unbelievable rendition of bitter gourd, 'Mini Raj Kachoris' served with a 'Crisp Okra Salad' and a wondrous ‘Chutney Foam’, scrumptious chilli duck samosas putting a poultry spin on a much-beloved teatime snack, a 'Delhi (pork) Belly Tikka' served with 'Roasted Russet Apples' and a 'Murabba Glaze' (!) to a 'Butter Chicken Bao', there are touches of fusion as far as the eye can see.
When it comes to gastronomy, the more surprising it is the better. We have so moved forward the curry-biryani age and by the arrival of conceptual restaurants have discovered a new branch of untapped gastronomy that we were unaware of before. Indian gastronomy has found a new face, a vision conceptualized by Zorawar Kalra, who has taken the legacy of his food mogul father, Jiggs Kalra, forward by coming up with his brilliant chain of modern Indian restaurants ‘Farzi Café’. As soon as the restaurant came into picture it gained instant popularity through its contemporary food and plush laid back interiors. Pune’s one and only ‘Farzi Café’ is located in Kalyani Nagar, a hub of trendy eateries and has been garnering quite an interest due to its theatrical menu.
Farzi Café rose to fame through its modern take on traditional Indian cuisine and presenting it in an innovative dramatic manner. A lot of idea goes into creating of each dessert by taking classic items and giving them a contemporary molecular whirl. For starters fool yourself by feeding on deceptive ‘calamari’ which is actually slivers of bitter gourd. Or poke into the mini raj kachoris which are served with a crisp okra salad and a dramatic ‘chutney foam’. Their rendition on samosas which skips on potatoes and comes with a chilli duck filling is worth indulging in. Farzi Café puts a fun creative spin on classic dishes but what takes them to the next level is their quirky presentation. Main course includes, bheja fry appam, tandoori gucchi risotto with parmesan papad, baked egg curry with masala poha & kaffir lime cashew nuts and chorizo pulao crowned with a runny sunny side up.
When tackling the sweet course, head straight for the Parle G cheesecake with milk custard. Something to remind you of old childhood days when you used to dunk in the biscuits in a glass of milk. Premises of Farzi Café is spread across two levels including a spacious terrace area. While outdoors the set-up is romantic and tranquil, with potted plants and gazebos, inside the space is livened up by funky murals and bright red furnishings. Dining style is casual and quite spacious but if you have a choice, sit upstairs out on the terrace. Farzi Café steals the show with its usual charm and mesmerizes Pune with its theatrics and flair.
Giving Indian fine dining scene a contemporary facelift, Farzi Café has become a flagbearer of innovation and technique. Pune has lately added the famous Modern Indian food chain to its long list of gastronomic stars. The restaurant is an awesome spot to take someone special to for an interesting culinary experience. Dazzle your taste buds with the contemporary version of Indian dishes with a menu that is designed to thrill your inner epicurean. While you binge on yummy chilli duck samosas knock back a few house cocktails. Tucked right in trendy Kalyani Nagar, Farzi Café can be an marvelous pick for your Special Occasion dinner.