Surrounded by the city’s skyline, under a blanket of stars, along with whiffs of cool breeze for company, Lost The Plot, Pune’s only rooftop cinema offers an experience that is absolutely beautiful and overwhelming! And with their newly introduced menu, what they like to call ‘cine-grub’, there is no reason you shouldn’t stop by for a magical evening.
Having been around since January 2014, ‘Lost The Plot’ has already made its way through the hearts of movie-lovers. Screening popular, classic, cult Indian and foreign films, there is something new on display every week. Unconventionality at its best, I would say! Sitting with a bag of popcorn on a lazy rooftop couch is what I think they must call ‘the good life’.
Quite set in its own ways with a defined set of loyalists, why the introduction of the new menu, I wondered. “We like to keep experimenting, and wanted to offer an enhanced experience to our audiences. The new menu has a variety of almost everything, from toasties to chicken drumsticks to eccentric cocktails. We hope you guys will love it!”, explained Nikita Naikanavare, Owner and Founder of Lost The Plot. And I was indeed in awe of all the new introductions!
We were made to sit on cozy high wooden tables. Nikita, with her bubbly nature, was always on her toes, playing the perfect hostess! She was quite excited to tell us about her journey at Lost the Plot; ten on ten for the hospitality!
The first dish on our list was Mama’s Tomato Soup, and it certainly was just the comfort food I needed to open up to the place. Accompanied by a bread stick, the tomato soup was just right and left me wanting for more. Next in line was a dish of Vilayati Bhajji, assorted fried vegetables coated in sambar masala, served with a tangy tomato chutney. The bhajjis were a little too oily for my liking but would be ideal for a rainy night. The Macho Nachos was another dish with a giant heap of tortilla chips, beans, cheese, sour cream and salsa. Although these are things that generally go together I felt like there was too much going on there and the flavours could be toned down a little.
The arrival of Jamaican Jerk Chicken was revolutionary (yes, it deserves so much drama!) since I forgot the teeny-tiny complaints that I had before eating that. Roasted drumsticks coated with a mix of various spices, the chicken was well cooked and could easily qualify as the best BFF for any movie. Rub a dash of lemon on it, and you’re sorted till interval! For those of you who aren’t fans of spicy food, adding a dip to it would be a good idea. The makers were enthusiastic about the feedback and quite open to suggestions.
I was a little skeptical about the Chimichurri Chicken Burger since I thought the American sauce wouldn’t go well with the meat. But one bite into it, and I knew I was wrong. The burger, served with salad and potato chips, was undoubtedly one of the best items on their menu. I’d surely recommend it.
However, I wish I could say the same about the Spice Tangy Pulled Chicken Naan Pizza though. Naanza is a concept that has been doing the rounds at most of the city’s popular joints. But this one wasn’t exactly up to the mark. The naan could be crispier and the toppings tastier. Next came the Thai Noodle Soup Bowl and although I was super full by this time, I was glad I tasted it because it was one big bowl of goodness. The broth, mixed with Thai spices was pure yum and the noodles just swished into the mouth along with the soup. For mocktails, I had a Captain Jack’s Colada, which was the regular Pina Colada, but with an orange twist to it. The twist was a welcome one and made me two glasses of the drink.
They say, “There is no love sincerer than the love for desserts”. Or wait, I think I just made that up! My love for the plateful of Churros with Dark Chocolate and Salted Caramel Sauce which was placed in front of me can testify for that. I suggest a dip in both the sauces when you try this one out. The other desserts in the menu seemed interesting too, especially the Watermelon Rasmalai. But I decided to save that for my next trip there.
Lost the Plot is a place where dreams come true on the big screen, and the food is definitely a ‘Yay’ from us. So don’t wait, just go and load yourself with all the goodies! Are you still here?