Bharat Bhavan- Pune’s newest culinary landscape designed by Minnie Bhatt Design feeds on Indian Craftsmanship

You’ll segue into the spell of bold Indian graphics, heritage designs and irresistable light decor in the Pune-based restaurant designed with bespoke artwork, custom details and an alluring alfresco enough to feed all your epicurean cravings.

After its successful stint with The Urban Foundry, Meraki Hospitality has introduced Bharat Bhavan, its latest food and beverage venue, to Pune. The menu at this establishment reflects India’s heritage.The brief required the designer to create a contemporary restaurant with its heart rooted in India.

Partners and promoters Sangram Shirole and Hrishikesh Shinde from Meraki Hospitality have come up with the new concept of Bharat Bhavan with a notion to honour timeless heritage. According to the design team. They have attempted to revisit  the Indian roots with some old-school techniques, local sourcing from the farms of Bharat, and highlighting some underrepresented regional cuisine.

Keeping in account the mindset of well travelled and exposed Indians to various world cultures; the design team decided to depict the history of India through the interiors of the space.

The flooring draws inspiration from colonial era terrazzo, the walls by the palaces of Rajasthan, the artworks are contemporary with Indian subjects, the bar is modern in cast concrete though it’s form (the arch) is old world.

The pendant lights at the centre reflect blending of tawny glow with traditional brass finish. The large lights emerging out of the curved wall has a modern form but an earthy terracotta shade.

The project is accomplished by the skillful and meticulous work of the design team to mix the old with the new in all the elements crafted for Bharat Bhavan. The divider screens that hide the kitchen and bathroom entrances are custom created prints, again with an eclectic mix of Indian elements like the lotus flower which in Buddhism suggest the flowering of consciousness.

The decor is bathed in colours reflecting Indian craftsmanship and imagery. Curved booths with sofa seating along the periphery and tables in the centre make up the majority of the seating.

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