3rd Floor, Lunkad Sky Cruise, Viman Nagar, Pune – 411014
Meal for 2: Rs 1,400
As we drive through the dusty streets of Viman Nagar, we look around uncertainly. This hardly seems a likely address for the new, must-visit lounge restaurant of Pune. But five minutes later, when we step out of an elevator onto the terrace of a spanking new building, we know we’re at the right place. Carefully mismatched furniture (bar stools, vintage benches, sofas fitted into niches, cane swings)and loads of pop art charm us immediately. The sun is a bit sharp, though, and the fans are not powerful enough for comfort. But the superb Lemon Iced Tea (Rs 110) and perfect Fresh Lime Water (Rs 80) soon restore our spirits.
The menu is short but packed with interesting options. We start the meal with incredibly tender Chicken Wings (Rs 240) in a light sauce. Next is the nicely done Sausage Fest (Rs 240), a platter of sausages stir-fried with bell peppers, in a thick, tangy sauce. The roasted, peppery Lamb Chops (Rs 430) are remarkably light and flavourful. But the dish of the day is by far the Roast Chicken (half for Rs 300) that is served with a Caesar Salad, golden corn and fabulous mashed potato and rice. Equally enjoyable is the enormous After Party (Rs 370)—buttery pav served with raita and spicy keema scrambled with egg and onions. (After all, this is a city that knows its keema pav). The Mushroom Roasted Tomato Risotto (Rs 250) though is a trifle disappointing. As is the fact that most items on the dessert menu are unavailable. The Sizzling Brownie with ice cream (outsourced from a neighbouring restaurant) that we eventually order is popular with the children, but a bit too sweet and flat.
Still, we certainly enjoyed our Sunday lunch and would recommend Butterfly High—with the warning that the terrace location is definitely more pleasant at night, and that the menu is greatly tilted in favour of non-vegetarians.
Known as Buffalo wings, chicken wings were first prepared in 1964 in a joint called Anchor Bar in NYC, by a Teressa Bellissimo. Rumour has it that it was an attempt at a quick snack for unannounced late night visitors.
Native to Southern Asia, Longan is a tropical fruit and popular member of the soapberry family. It’s often referred to as the little cousin of the tastier lychee. Translated, the word literally means ‘dragon eye’, because of its resemblance to the eye when shelled. Longans are small and round, up to an inch in diameter, with thin, brittle shells, and a hard black seed while the pulp is pale and juicy, with a musky taste. The fruit is edible as it is, although it is also often used in soups, sweet and sour dishes, and desserts. It is also canned with syrup and dried for later use. Yet, to the Chinese, longan is also known for medicinal properties and used more in herbal medicine than as a fruit. It’s a quick remedy for stomach ache, amnesia, and insomnia, and known to invigorate the heart and spleen. A spoonful of longan tonic is often recommended twice a day. In Vietnam, the eye of the fruit is pressed against snakebites in the belief that it absorbs the venom.