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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.
Yes, this cafe is actually a restaurant with vast choices of Indian and pardeshi selections of cuisines and dishes! There is also a bar selection that no “cafe” can boast of! Travel far if needed to taste zi tastzi food!
The for was indeed tasty but they had very limited choice of liquor especially beer. Although the menu shows a lot of options in liquor 2/ 3 bottled varieties only available. No draught or crafted beers available. Also no mouth freshness etc available...staff said they are out of stock. Outdoor seating area under repair...so limited options for the time being.
The food here is so good. The menu is enormous but we didn't come across any duds despite over-ordering (we were hungry and didn't realise the portions would be so generous). I recommend the Mac and Cheese balls (presented in a truck of course!) from the tapas menu and the Chicken Messi curry from the mains. They also had an extensive drinks menu but we opted for non-alcoholic - if you want to do the same, try the Farsi OK, which is a mocktail/cooler of orange and basil that is amazing. The service was great and the place itself was cool. We booked easily online and they were prepared for us. Another nice touch was them packing up leftovers for us to take back with us. It is a pricier than the local joints but I would definitely say worth it - a must-visit in Pune.
An odd 5pm saturday booking for late lunch / early dinner did not faze them. Cool and imaginative decorations with chill soundtrack,a menu that goes from soups to tapas to mains and desserts. Generous portions. This place works for a full meal or for bar snacking with friends. As the daylight faded the soundtrack became more upbeat. A slight oddity was a lack of tea or coffee to end a great meal.
Friends took me to this place talking about the difference it had to offer. Chic decor, comfortable seating, interesting food and drinks, courteous staff and great location. While the ambiance is quite similar to most Indian resto-bars, it has a lovely seating arrangement. The dish design and plating is really very good. However the food itself is nothing exceptional and not comparable to expectations. Instagrammers will love it, Foodies can give it a miss. The Farzi Tempura Prawns was delicious and was tempted to call for more of it, thanks to the small portions ;-) Farzified wadapav was a good try but nothing close to the local ones i had outside. Vegetable Kofta Croquettes was something different and a delight. Cant recollect the others we ordered. Misti Doi Shot ended it so well, left a lovely taste to end. All in all, this place is great for the first time. But nothing to write home about. Given the large number of resto-bars that are constantly coming up in the area.
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.