Re­stored and Re­vived

India Today - - SIMPLY PUNE - By Aditi Pai

Ger­man Bak­ery is back with a makeover— a vi­brant dé­cor, a new logo, an ex­ten­sive menu and an am­bi­ence that prom­ises to put the café on the must- do- in- Pune list of the Lonely Planet guide, once again.

Three years af­ter the bomb blasts killed 17 peo­ple and forced the café to shut down, the iconic restau­rant is open in a brand new look. Un­like Mum­bai’s Café Leopold, which still bears bul­let holes from the 2008 ter­ror at­tacks, this re­fur­bished café has done away with all tell- tale signs of a vi­o­lent past. The dull bot­tle green of its ear­lier avatar has re­ceived a coat of lively green paint and the floor, in shades of blue and pink, gives it a cheer­ful touch. White chairs matched with ta­bles that have de­signs in blue and bright or­ange sun um­brel­las add a dash of colour. The old font is re­placed by a logo of an owl, in­spired by none other than the pop­u­lar An­gry Birds game. “The owl looked at­trac­tive and when we dug into the deeper mean­ing, we found out the bird stands for res­ur­rec­tion, which is apt for us,” says chef Shailen­dra Kekade, who has worked on set­ting up the restau­rant. The menu, as ex­pected, has the celebrity chef’s ex­pert touches. The largely sand­wiches- cof­fee- burger fare has been re­vamped to in­clude fish- and­chips, lasagne, mous­saka, chicken stroganoff, soups and sal­ads. “I wanted an old world menu which you rarely get th­ese days. Now, the em­pha­sis at Ger­man Bak­ery is on food,” he says. It shows. The Span­ish omelettes are well done and soft, the scram­bled eggs are just right and there’s an ex­ten­sive se­lec­tion of Ger­man, Scot­tish and Ori­en­tal soups. The menu has around 150 items, in­clud­ing juices, soups, pas­tas, sand­wiches and plated meals. In­dian food is miss­ing from the list but Kekade has added a dash of va­ri­ety with his sig­na­ture to- die- for kheema pav. With paint­ings by young city artist Purva Khatavkar hang­ing from the walls and a taste­fully done up dé­cor, the Ger­man Bak­ery is more wel­com­ing and warm than be­fore. Meal for two Rs 250 on­wards At North Main Road, Kore­gaon Park

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