Public is the answer to all questions when you want the paradox known as ‘clean street style grub’. It is also a quiet place to sit and chill – an added bonus. There is an instant feeling of comfort and ease as soon as you enter the glass door and are engulfed by fresh aromas of its open kitchen. The menu has all-day breakfast and snacks to cater to anytime hunger. The fusion recreations of local favourites and global delights arouse more than just curiosity! The other element that makes it comforting is the pantry-style open kitchen and easy laidback decor.
Imagine having Maggi cutlets – don’t miss this one here. The Keema Pav is a must try! Talking of keema, the desi keema fusilli, it melts two types of flavours effortlessly into each other. The spinach, pineapple, cashewnuts, onion and garlic pizza will take boredom out of any pizza critic. I was so taken in by the Kharis! The Parsi version of the all-time favourite biscuit gets a brilliant makeover. Make that two – in its chicken avatar and a mushroom one. And what makes it completely different from the average chicken or mushroom patty is its melt-in-the-mouth velvety texture. The pastry is not greasy at all, and yet not crumbly to speckle your clothes. The plating uses up a variety of dips or sauces for this, but you won’t even need them because the flavours are just so fresh! The drinks menu includes healthy smoothies, milkshakes, teas, coffees and cocktails.
The Public Café, which besides serving the trademark coffee varieties and the French press, has an eclectic menu ranging from keema pao, chicken tikka pizza to pasta in arrabiata sauce and khaari with mushroom. Come to public for never-ending conversations, for some ‘me-time’, for studies away from home… but most importantly, come to Public when you want to eat something more than ordinary.
Address: HUDA Restaurant Complex, Opposite City Fountain, Sector 5, Panchkula
Timings: 10:00AM – 11:00PM
Meal for two: Rs 600
Review by Aarti Kapur Singh