Lets paint the town #Black. Black is always associates with authoritative and powerful so as this place is, COCO is uber and upscale place to be. This place is here to revamp the nightlife scene of Pune. Lets get more details about this.
Pune’s nightlife space has changed, as the city gets its first ever members only lounge, COCO Sushi & Bar. Located in the heart of the city, on the 12th floor of Onyx towers, the 180-degree view from COCO is mesmerising.
The concept is by Kunal Mhaske, a well-known restaurateur in Pune, who already has successfully established brands like Raasta Café & Penthouze in the city.
A perfect place to party with like-minded people or to wine and dine with your near and dear ones, COCO strives to bring back the long-lost nightlife culture Pune had a few years back and be the go to place to unwind and celebrate with its close knit social circle. It’s a space where the crème de la crème meet, bond, dine, party, network with each other and have a good time being in their comfort zone with familiar faces around.
The lounge is spread across 3000 sq. ft and seats 70 guests. The interiors of COCO can be best described as classy, chic with a dark ambiance, starry lights running along the length of the club and the ceiling donned with stylish chandeliers that further add to the exclusivity and luxury of the space. There are comfortable couches, high tables & chairs, a private dining area for guests and two outdoor spaces on its either side overlooking the vast expanse of the city. The highlight of the lounge is COCO’s logo, which is the bee mounted on the central pillar and etched in golden on the tables.
The cuisine at COCO is Asian and has a delectable range of bar bites and appetizers. Chef Jugal Pradhan, Consulting Chef at COCO is at the helm of the kitchen. Chef Jugal born in Darjeeling, his journey through the mountainous ranges all the way to Tengra, gave him an insight to the surreal flavors. He draws his inspiration for cooking in his early years from his grandmother. Soon enough he went on to travel the orient, to Thailand, Japan, Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam, Cambodia, Indonesia, China, Bhutan, Tibet and Nepal. He has worked in the Pan Asian Kitchen in Chiang Mai, Thailand; The Chinese Room, Kolkata, Nobu in Monte Carlo, Hakkasan and Yauatcha in Mumbai.
Chef Jugal says “The menu will be extensively sushi based, which denotes a generic term for all or any appetizers at COCO. Right from the soups, salads, dimsums, dumplings, nigiris, sashimis, the portions are customized to individual servings and to offer a variety.” Some of the signature appetizers are a variety of sushi rolls, the Beijing Duck Thong Soup, Smoked Edamame Dumplings, Roast Duck with Ponzu, Lemongrass Fish Cakes, the Dynamite Shrimps, Banana Leaf Wrapped chicken, a variety of ramens, to name a few. The thought behind keeping the menu only Asian, is that Asian flavours are sharp and apt for the Indian palate. Also, the dessert menu has been curated with attention to details and has very unusual combinations like Wildflower Honey Pannacotta, Wasabi Ice Cream, and the Smoked Dark Chocolate Mousse Cake, that would be a perfect end to the sumptuous Asian meal. The eclectic bar experience with premium liquor and interesting cocktails such as Black Irish, Sleeping Volcano, Bloody Maria, Old Samurai’s Mojito, Dragon’s Nest Caprioska, Spiced Rum Fig Sour, and Japanese whiskies like Hibiki & Kawasaki Whisky, add to the top notch and classy vibe at COCO Sushi & Bar.
Speaking on the members only lounge concept, founder Kunal Mhaske says, “I always wanted to have a private space for my social circle, where people could just come and have fun without worrying about their security and enjoy themselves thoroughly with familiar faces around. Moreover, a classy place where guests would want to make that extra effort to dress up and come to party”.
COCO opened to its exclusive members on 21st April 2017, Friday with its flagship property “Black Friday”, an energetic, fun party to bring in and celebrate the weekend. COCO Sushi & Bar will be open for dining on all evenings of the week except Mondays while the club nights will be on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, 11:30 pm onward. Members can make reservations for their guests for dining from their registered mobile number, but will need to accompany the guests for club nights.
Brief History about Sushi: The original form of sushi first came to Japan from Southeast Asia around 2000 years ago. The form of Sushi we know today came into being around the 8th century. Fish was salted and wrapped in fermented rice, a traditional lacto-fermented rice dish. Narezushi was made of this gutted fish which was stored in fermented rice for months at a time for preservation. The fermentation of the rice prevented the fish from spoiling. The fermented rice was discarded and fish was the only part consumed. This early type of sushi became an important source of protein for the Japanese.
I was invited for the Food Tasting of their exclusive Asian menu.
California Sushi Roll: As one of the recommended dish of the restaurant, for any sushi lover this will steal your heart.This sushi is made inside-out with perfectly cooked rice, stuffing and it was nicely plated. California Sushi Roll one of the most popular styles of sushi in the US market, the California roll has been influential in sushi’s global popularity and in inspiring sushi chefs around the world in creating their non-traditional fusion cuisine. Tōgarashi is Japanese for genus Capsicum, or specifically the species Capsicum annuum, and commonly translated as chili pepper. Gari is a type of tsukemono (pickled vegetables). It is sweet, thinly sliced young ginger that has been marinated in a solution of sugar and vinegar. Young ginger is generally preferred for gari because of its tender and natural sweetness. Gari is often served and eaten after sushi, and is sometimes called sushi ginger. It is considered to be essential in the presentation of sushi. It is used to cleanse the palate between eating different pieces of sushi, or alternatively before or after the meal.
Wild Mushroom Sushi: Tender shredded mushroom rolled up in sushi rice served with Tōgarashi and Gari perfectly made. Strong flavour of Tōgarashi made this sushi outstanding.
Miso Shiro: A delicate Miso broth with wakame, it’s a sea vegetable, or edible seaweed. It has a subtly sweet flavour and is most often served in soups and salads. It’s known for its health benefits. Miso is a traditional Japanese seasoning produced by fermenting soybeans with salt and koji. Generally miso is salty, but its flavour and aroma depend on various factors in the ingredients and fermentation process. Overall a tasty and warm soup with loaded health benefits.
Sam Tom Salad: This is a classic Thai favourite salad made of raw shredded papaya, Beans, Cherry Tomatoes and garnished with crushed nuts. Perfect taste of sweet and sour.
Crispy Lotus Stem: If the restaurant is serving Asian cuisine then this appetiser has to be in the menu. Honey glazed crispy lotus stem with sweet chilly made this dish one of the favourite on the table.
Edamame & Truffle oil Dumplings: When dumpling container arrived and when it was opened these cute little dumplings made every one say wow!! These little ones wrapped around with the thin cover giving a polished light green in colour. Edamame is a preparation of immature soybeans in the pod, found in cuisines with origins from East Asia. Texture was shiny, smooth and delicate.
Spicy Broccoli Dumpling: Again golden little pouch shape dumplings with a crushed broccoli stuffing was perfectly soft. Although its named as spicy Dumpling but wasn’t at all spicy.
Tempura Vegetable: Crispy deep fried vegetables. Basically Tempura is a classical Portuguese dish brought to and popularised by Japan, consisting of seafood or vegetables that have been battered and deep fried.
Rock Corn Dynamite: One of the fancy looking dish where in the fried corn balls were placed on a vertical arrows and served with their homemade dynamite sauce.
Golden Silken Tofu with Ponzu: Special mention to the tofu, it was silk soft, mouth melting tofu I have every eaten, absolutely delicious dish. It was tossed in homemade Ponzu sauce which is a citrus-based sauce commonly used in Japanese cuisine. It is tart, with a thin, watery consistency and a dark brown colour. This was served with Japanese rice.
Smoked Chocolate Mousse cake: Anything of chocolate is always good!! beautifully plated, good amount of chocolate with the balanced taste of bitterness and sweetness.
Honey Panacotta: This was much talked about dessert of the COCO. Panacotta was melting in mouth with good amount to sweetness.
Tender Coconut Mousse: Nice looking dessert but taste wise it was somewhat sourish so did’t go ahead and spoons were down.
***Thank you Svetlana from Carpe Diem for Invite and Team COCO Pune for Hosting us. ***
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