Pune: Friday night was buzzing at Pune’s Citrus Hotel, as it unveiled to the city its finest Indo-Chinese casual dining restaurant, Punchin. The lights were bright, the music foot tapping and the cameras flashed as the city’s elite, on special invitation, made their presence felt at the grooviest new restaurant in town. It was a night to remember, and will be the first of many a memorable nights Punchin is likely to see in the coming years! Actor AtulKulkarni& Director SatishRajwade graced the occasion and were seen interacting with Mr. GauravGoenka, Managing Director – Mirah Hospitality &Mr. Russell Gregory, General Manager, Citrus Pune. A Mirah Hospitality venture, there are 17 Citrus Hotel properties across the Country today!
At Punchin, the concept is simple – the AmritsariKulcha meets the Chilly Noodle, combining the two most popular cuisines of India; Punjabi &desi Chinese! As soon as you walk in, you can’t help but admire the swish interiors with their bright colours and glass facades. The centerpiece is undoubtedly the show kitchen, two of them, for tandoor and grill. They not only ensure that hygiene is always maintained, but also warrant that only fresh, piping hot food is served on your plate! The bar, with its eclectic feel, is well stocked and manned by the best-trained bartenders in the city. Name your drink and you shall have it! The relaxed, recessed seating gives the diners privacy and space. Generous portions of their house special Butter Chicken, Dal Amritsari, Missi Roti DahiBhalle and desi Chinese highlightsLollipops, Chilly Chicken, Stir fried Schezwan, from and Chinese Pulao were served. Considering how quickly they were lapped up, we are sure that they will soon be everyone’sfavourite! These are served in genuine, handpicked tawas, shovels, momo baskets and skewers. Diners can sit back in their comfortable seats, sip their favourite drink and relish the best Punjabi and Chinese food in the city as the beats of urban bhangra keep you entertained.
Mr. Gaurav Goenka, Managing Director – Mirah Hospitality said at the launch, “Citrus has always aspired to give great value to all its guests. We understand that they often have long days and are too tired to head out for a meal. Punchin makes sure that you don’t have to go anywhere at all. Just step down from your room and the best food is available to you! For the Puneites, Punchin is a great hangout and dining experience. In a city as alive and buzzing, the residents always are in need of good food and a place where they can unwind. Punchin is all that, and more! In the near future, we plan to add many more such great dining options at all Citrus properties, giving variety and value to our guests!”
Mr. Russell Gregory, General Manager, Citrus Pune, was visibly elated at the launch. He said, “We’ve worked hard for months for tonight’s opening. The best chefs and staff have been picked and trained vigourously so that you get nothing but the best at Punchin. The ‘platter to plate’ concept is sure to get popular. We’ve kept the ambience casual and friendly so that all our guests can be themselves and enjoy the food. Indians like their Chinese in desi style so we’ve created an elaborate menu keeping this preference in mind. With Punjabi and desi Chinese, we give our guests all their favourite things under one roof. We are excited to welcome everyone and can’t wait for them to experience Punchin for themselves!”
Popular actor Atul Kulkarni, who formally opened the restaurant, seemed very happy to be there. He said, “I think it’s a great idea to have Punjabiand Chinese food at one single location. It assures people of quality, while still dishing out popular delicacies. Pune is a vibrant city – full of enthusiastic people who love their food, drinks and savour their meals with great passion. They will love the tranquil ambience, delicious food and friendly staff. I am very sure I will come here very often with my family. They love Chinese food and Punchin’s menu is so inviting!”
The party went on till the late hours, with guests hesitant to leave without having one more bite of their favorite dish. If you love food, Punchin is the place for you to be. Make your way there soon. But make sure you go there with an empty stomach. You don’t want to miss out on anything!
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