Phone: +91 9689545544, +91 9867860624
Address: Arihant Aura Building, Above Comet Stationery, Next to Sujay Garden, Commercial Complex, Near Laxmi Narayan Theatre, Mukundnagar, Swargate, Pune, Maharashtra, India
Time: 4 PM – 11:30 PM
Meals for two: Rs. 1,400
Cuisines: Italian, Mexican, Continental, Modern Indian
Facilities: Vegetarian Only, No Alcohol Available, Serves Jain Food, Valet Parking Available, Indoor Seating, Table booking recommended, Kid Friendly, Outdoor Seating, Rooftop
Laa Unico is a roof-top restaurant which is located in Mukund Nagar in Swargate and serves globally inspired vegetarian food.
Laa Unico, Swargate, Pune: Decor
Pune is blessed with an evening breeze almost throughout the year making this roof-top restaurants an instant hit. The space is well decorated and the seating is comfortable. Sadly, the tables are placed too close to each other and that makes the place slightly congested, particularly when it gets busy. All through the sides, there are cabanas which can comfortably seat more than eight people. These cabanas are perfect for large families and they can be booked to celebrate birthdays and get-togethers.
Laa Unico, Swargate, Pune: Food
The menu at the eatery is elaborate and includes Italian, Mexican, Pan-Asian and Indian dishes. We decided that we will try the most interesting dishes from the menu. The creamy salsa tostadas was our first pick. The crunchy tostadas were generously topped with jalapenos, lettuce, salsa and sour cream. With eight tostadas served, we were impressed by the portion size. The gastropani puri was presented in the most unique way. Boondi and potato filled puris were served alongside the sweet chutney in a syringe and the tangy and spicy pani in test-tubes. This one is highly recommended. We followed this with the delicious khaman oxide where a mixture of khamani (crumbled Khaman), onion, pomegranate and sev was topped with a flash of liquid nitrogen to cool the dish down. In comparison to the other appetizers, the fungi trifolati was a simple yet flavorful dish where the mushrooms were sauteed with Italian herbs and served with garlic bread.
Even with a vast pizza menu, we picked the crazy cheesy nanza for its desi twist. A crunchy naan base topped with onions, bell peppers, desi masalas and generous amount of cheese, this one was simple, but delicious. From the pastas, we chose the pasta al sole de sicilia where penne pasta was tossed in a fresh tomato sauce with capers, sun-dried tomatoes, olives, basil and parmesan cheese. Though it was not the most authentic version, this pasta dish did get the flavors right.
Undoubtedly, the best dish on the menu at Laa Unico is the paav bhaji fondue which sounded wrong, but tasted absolutely delicious. Served in classic fondue style, the bhaaji and cheese mixture was accompanied by crispy chunks of paav. The cheese did not overpower the bhaaji and this made the dish a total winner.
For desserts, on the servers recommendation we got the chocolate landscape where chunks of chocolate cake, brownies, chocolate and caramel sauce is topped with heavy cream and instantly frozen using liquid nitrogen. For the amount of time it took to create this chocolate landscape at the table, the result was a regular tasting chocolate dessert.
Plus & Minus:
What surprised us with the food was that the presentation of each and every dish was unique and quirky and yet with all the show, the taste was always on point. With great vegetarian food, good service and an open-air setting, this place is quite popular in the area. On the flip side, the seating arrangement at the restaurant is such that there is absolutely no privacy for the tables.