An idyllic bungalow,copper jhulas and Kothimbir vadi on the menu,thats the Puneri avatar of the worlds largest coffee giant,Starbucks. Located in Koregaon park,Punes flagship Starbucks cafe was unveiled on Saturday evening to the media and guests.
The Starbucks team has added a surprise for the Puneri palette,with the contemporary versions of Kothimbir vadi (coriander cutlets) and Puran poli (a sweet flatbread made from ground chickpeas) on the menu.
The Kothimbir vadi is served in the form of a sandwich,prepared with curd spread,wasabi mayonnaise,cheese,tomatoes and iceberg lettuce,in fresh semolina bread. The Sweet gram danish,a viennoiserie puffed pastry with a centre stuffed with gram and jaggery paste,is the modern version of the Puran poli. These dishes are exclusive to Pune
The store located in a traditional bungalow surrounded with trees,where earlier,the Mocha Cafe Bar was located. Copper,a primary resource traced to the earliest history of this city,has been weaved in throughout the store to honor the rich cultural and copper heritage of Pune. The two storied store has been designed to reflect the rich historical architecture of the city and the interiors of the store embrace and celebrate the local culture with the use of railings,displayed antiques and copper. The elevations in the exterior of the store are designed to reflect the shadows of the Gum trees surrounding it,along with the traditional Indian swing which is popular throughout Pune. The store area is around 2,000 sqft and has the capacity to seat around 150 people.
Commenting on the store opening,Avani Davda,CEO,Tata Starbucks Limited stated,We are thrilled to open doors to our first store in Pune and extend the Starbucks experience to more customers in India. We have been overwhelmed by the way our customers have embraced us and we look forward to welcoming our customers in Pune. We remain committed to the India market and will continue to work thoughtfully to open stores in locations where more and more customers can enjoy an enriching coffee experience.
Enjoying the first brew at the store at the special preview,the first few included Dr. Parag and Archana Sancheti,Tarita Shankar,Saurabh Gadgil,Minocher Patel,Monika Trivedi,Dr Sunanda and Rachana Navle,Sudhirand Anu Darode,SuhasMantri,Makrand and Bhakti Chitale,Deepak Shah and Subhash Sanas.