Puma, the brand, needs no introduction. But if your curiosity lies around the ‘social club’ bit, well, it refers to the swanky bar and kitchen which recently opened its doors to the city. Who would have thought, the Jumping Cat stepping out of its fashion kingdom to serve the city folks some tempting food and spirits!
Sameer Chib, Partner, Shilton Hospitality, shares, “When Puma was setting up their store in Indiranagar, they also had plans of introducing a cafe or restaurant on the rooftop. When my partner and I heard about it we thought it to be a good opportunity from us to venture into the hospitality space. We had wanted to do that for a long while. So we pitched for the space and it all clicked!”
Nestled atop the store on Indiranagar 100 Feet Road, the three storied space offers multiple sections to suit your mood – an indoor space with the ultimate play machine, the al fresco bar area and the rooftop with a great view of the city’s skyline. What caught our fancy were the vertical gardens placed all around which worked wonders adding to the charm of the place. We got to know only later that the social club is a green building that supports environment friendly initiatives.
On a lazy Sunday afternoon, we made our way to the rooftop to plunk ourselves on the cushioned seating in the cabana-like set-up and enjoy the breeze. The bar menu includes an impressive selection of cocktails in their House Specials. For our first round, we ordered the G3, which was a smooth mix of gin, grapes and ginger, and the Buzz On, a white rum based cocktail with refreshing litchis.
Above: The rooftop; and G3
The food menu offers an extensive list of finger foods, picking populars from Indian, Middle-Eastern, European, American and Asian cuisine, along with some innovative fusion dishes by Chef Ashley D’Souza. “I enjoy experimenting with food. It’s fun playing around with flavours and reinventing concepts. Some of our signature dishes include Prawnkoda, which is a twist on the chilli bhaji and is stuffed with spicy minced seafood, and Three is Company, inspired from Indian street food, is a trio of boiled black channa, green gram and fried dal tossed in a spicy tomato and onion masala mix,” he says.
Our favourites from the appetisers include: Bruschetta with Halloumi; the Skewered Paneer, which was a tad bit spicy for me but moist soaking in the flavours of the marinade; and the beautifully presented Mushroom Caps which had a delicious stuffing of button mushrooms, spinach and cheese and was accompanied by a creamy BBQ sauce.
From the non veg selection, the Seafood Triangles had a flavourful stuffing of minced fish and herbs and was served with a sweet chilli dip; the Sesame Chicken Poppers came in a cocktail glass and was polished off within minutes; the Chimichurri Lamb Chops were moist and tender with dominant flavours of parsley and coriander; and the Fish Fingers earn a special mention for being a delicious twist of the classic with a mix of herbs and spices in the coating.
Above: Buzz On; Sesame Chicken Poppers
For our second round of cocktails, my whisky loving friend tried the Jack Hammer, which was JD, campari, martini, lime juice and honey mixed to a smooth concoction; and I picked Very Monday which was a white rum based cocktail with coconut water and passion fruit, sure to drive away the Monday blues!
The main course section includes burgers, pastas, sandwiches, and steaks amongst others. We ordered the Vegetable Quesadilla, a must-try for the wholesome grilled veggies layered in lettuce and cheese and served with sour cream and tomato salsa; and the Grilled Tenderloin which was medium rare, served with garlic flavoured mashed potatoes, sauteed vegetables and a creamy mushroom sauce.
For a great space with good F&B, one would expect steep pricing. However, Puma Social Club pleasantly surprised us with modest rates and free mixers. We are definitely going back for more. We also hear that they have plans of starting Sunday brunch soon.
777/H, 100 Feet Road, HAL 2nd Stage, Indiranagar, Bangalore