If you are looking for a place to unwind which has an old-school charm and at the same time allows you to let your hair down, step into Linkin Barrel. With a perfect blend of funkiness and vintage feel, the place flaunts luxurious, sophisticated wooden furniture, barrel-like ceiling lights, dual-tone colour-play, and a plush bar at the centre. Owned by the Octave Group, cousins Subir Kotwal, Sanatan Waghulkar, Navin Waghulkar, Karan Shewale, Arjun Shewale, Keval Kadam and Hemanshu Karpe came up with this warm, inviting, happy resto-bar that offers amazing food, delicious cocktails, great music and a lot more.
Guests can choose either indoor or outdoor seating. While the indoor space is welcoming and private with cosy lights and wooden furniture, the open seating area lets you enjoy nature. The wooden décor with flowers as its focal point and floral printed cushions adorning dark brown sofas and chairs add to the beauty of the place. The pink and white artificial cherry blossoms and decorative lights suspended from rods fixed at a height on the terrace make the place Instagram worthy!
We chose the outdoor setup from where one can see the entire city lit. Although we visited the place to enjoy dinner, we couldn’t help but look at the elaborate menu offering different kinds of teas, all-day breakfast, mocktails, appetisers, cocktails, world cuisine, Indian dishes with a twist, and desserts. Looking at the variety of teas they serve, I have decided to revisit the place just to try them. Green Tea, Jasmine Tea, Chamomile Tea, Mint Tea, Black Tea with Honey — it is a paradise for tea lovers.
If you are someone who loves to gorge on breakfast any time of the day, try their Bubble Belgian Waffle, Pancakes, English Shakshuka (one pan English breakfast comprising bacon, sausage, fried egg, baked beans, buttered mushrooms, grilled plum tomatoes and toast), Akuri on Toast, Egg Florentine (English muffin with creamed cheesy spinach, poached eggs and hollandaise), The Ultimate Benedict (English muffin with sweet paprika ham, poached eggs and hollandaise), and British Bangers & Mash (Pork sausages and mash served with onion compote).
Their efficient and hospitable staff helped us choose the right drinks and food from their different menus. Green Goddess (made with cucumber, fresh mint, zucchini roundels and fizz) was the perfect mocktail to kick off our evening. The mild sweet and sour taste was delicious and reinvigorating. This was followed by starters — LB Clay Oven Tangdi (country speciality kebabs served with coriander and mint dip) was juicy and crispy, with a fine blend of spices and its taste lingered in our mouth.
After enjoying a non-vegetarian starter, we ordered Hirumaki De Legumes (cottage cheese and soy scented veggies wrapped in filo pastry and deep fried), and I’m Nachos (crispy nachos topped with jalapenos yellow cheese, beans, sour cream and olives) which were delectable. For company, we had Chilli Guava Pyala, another mocktail made with guava juice, crushed pepper, Tobasco, and fresh basil.
Chicken lovers must try their Beer Can Chicken which is a barbecued chicken dish where indirect grilling is used and a partially-filled can of beer is placed in the chicken’s cavity prior to cooking. We spotted a lot of youngsters ordering the dish and Instragramming the pictures.
The server insisted that we try some of their Bun Bites and we loved their Batata Wada Sliders (buttered bun, mint chutney, potato wada, bulb onion, chakli crisp and cheese melt) and Masala Keema Pav (topped with sunny side up served with buttered buns). They were certainly out of this world and something we had never tasted before.
While they prepared our mains, we sipped on Princess Margaret (ice cream, pineapple juice, grenadine syrup and fresh cream) and this mocktail was so heavenly.
For mains, Wild Mushroom Stroganoff (charred wild mushroom in pickled cucumber infused with rich and creamy brown sauce) served with Herb Garlic Pilaf and Shaam Savera Curry (koftas stuffed with corns, green peas, and dried figs cooked in caradamom scented gravy) served with Butter-brushed Lachcha Parantha elevated our dining experience. Cooked in mild spices, the dishes were delicious.
At Linkin Barrel, desserts too are interesting. The tea lovers that we are, Dirty Masala Chai was our choice for the evening. Prepared with homemade Chai Ice Cream, topped with shots of espresso and served with cinnamon stick, star anise and almond biscuits, it was the ultimate chai experience!
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Linkin Barrel at The Capital Building, A-501, A wing, Baner Pashan Link Road remains open from 4 pm to 1 am. The resto bar is moderately priced. There is an open parking lot available in front of the building, however, finding a space for your car/ bike may be a little difficult on weekends.