• New menu in new style at ‘Shakahari’, The pure vegetarian restaurant at JW Marriott Hotel, Pune
  • Discovery of new Indian flavours in the world of Asian cuisine
  • Regional Indian and Asian Food Festivals to be organized fortnightly every month


Pune, Maharashtra – With all the newness of 2015 in the air, J W Marriott, Pune enters this new year with a treat for food lovers in the city. The pure vegetarian restaurant ‘Shakahari‘ of this star property re-invents its menu in a very unique way where the patrons will get a taste of the regional Indian food in the world of Asian cuisine. The only vegetarian restaurant of the city which serves Pan Asian food plans to offer different Indian Cuisines to all the foodies by organizing regional Asian and Indian food festivals every 15 days in a month. The season’s starting fest will be of Rajasthani Cuisine to be served for dinner starting from 11th January to 24th of January 2015. What could be a better way to welcome the year 2015?


“The whole concept of this menu re-invention and arranging Food Festivals every month of different Indian Cuisines is basically to offer the newness of Indian flavors to the gourmets. The splendid array of unique, rich, spicy and colorful Indian food will surely appeal to your palate and are bound to captivate your taste buds”, said Chef Ajmal Salim, Executive Chef, JW Marriott Pune.


The popular and mouth watering dishes like Gatte Ki Sabzi, Dal, Bati, Churma, Keri Methi Ki Kalonji, Bhindi Kurkuri, Sabzi Panchmela, will treat to one’s palate. The use of milk, yogurt or buttermilk and lentils and legumes keep its nutritional value high while giving it rich flavors and exotic aroma. “Rajasthani style of cooking not only mirrors wealth & prosperity of the region but also reflects their traditional warrior lifestyle and scarcity of water and fresh ingredients “, added Maharaj Bhuralal Prajapati who has handcrafted each dish for this food festival.


So one must visit to ‘Shakahari’ in order to enjoy and relish on its key featured Rajasthani Dishes and delight your palates at JW Marriott Hotel Pune.

For reservations please contact: 91.20.66833333.

This is a Press Release.

Aaloo Tilwale



Bhindi Kurkuri

Chef Bhuralal and Chef Pensiri


Dunkin’ Donuts makes a grand entry in Pune!

Pune, December 27, 2014: Dunkin’ Donuts (DD), the world’s leading doughnuts, baked goods & coffee chain, today made a grand entry into the second largest city of Maharashtra by launching its first restaurant in Pune.

Dunkin’ Donuts launched in Pune with a swanky restaurant at the posh Phoenix Market City Mall.


Mr. Ajay Kaul, CEO, Jubilant FoodWorks Limited, while speaking at the launch said“After making an amazing connection with young adult consumers in key cities of the country like Mumbai, Delhi and Bangalore, we are extremely excited to enter the eighth largest metropolis city in India and the second largest city in the state of Maharashtra, Pune.


We got an overwhelming response when we first entered the state of Maharashtra, by opening our first restaurant in Mumbai. Pune, being an IT and education hub of the country, attracts students and professionals from across the globe. Hence, being the youth capital of the country, the consumer mindset fits in very well with the new food culture which we want to develop in the country.


Today, as we open our 45th restaurant in India, we have plans to expand, through the year, across North, West and South India. With the evolution of the new age consumer, who find the concept of a QSR very infantile; we feel very confident that Dunkin’ Donuts will connect with them very strongly with its unique positioning in the Indian Food Service Industry.”

Speaking on the launch of the first restaurant in Pune, Mr. Dev Amritesh, President and COO, Dunkin’ Donuts India, said, “After the overwhelming love and the amazing response we have received from Dunkin’ lovers in a lot of key markets in the country, we have now decided to expand further into more exciting markets of West India. The opening of our newest restaurant in Pune strengthens our footprint in the western part of the sub-continent. We are confident that with the differentiated, all day part food and beverage menu that we offer, consumers in Pune will love Dunkin’ Donuts.”


He further added,” At Dunkin’, we invite consumers to ‘Come to Dunkin’ and ‘Get your Mojo Back’. Our signature products such as the Tough Guy Burger, Wicked Wrap, Stirr’accino Coffee, Alive by Chocolate Donut, Spiked Iced Tea and the newly launched Naughty Lucy Burger-do just that, put the MOJO back into our consumers. Right from the evolved conversational restaurant design, to our signature products to the chilled out experience, everything is crafted around the evolved urban young adult consumers.”

This is a Press Release





The Little Door

wpid-img-20141128-wa0007.jpg wpid-img-20141128-wa0009.jpg We were invited to The Little Door for a Tasting Menu, we had already been there at the launch where we had a very good time so were looking forward to it, If you have not been to The TLD yet, you should as it has got an amazing ambiance with a very relaxed feel to it , something like Goa , the food is very good and the service attentive.

After being presented a vast tasting menu we decided to  start with a Sharing nibble which was

GREEK NACHOS , herbed chips topped with four cheese sauce, dressed with feta, scallions, tomatoes, bell peppers, jalapeños, olives & feta. served with Mediterranean salsa which was excellent


Then we opted for a Non Vegetarian platter which consisted of TLD CURRAGES – grilled chicken sausages tossed with garlic, chillies & red wine sauce , STRIXXI MIMLI – fried chicken strips stuffed with cheese & herbs, served with garlic mayo, LI’L SHAWARMA – pita parcels of shaved chicken, za’tar spice, garlic sauce, potato hash & pickled salad; accompanied by onion rings, SHRIMP BROCHETTE – marinated shrimp stuffed with jalapeño, wrapped with cheese.


For the Mains we had POLLO CON SALSA AL PEPE –chicken breast rolled with mushrooms, grilled & served in mushroom pepper sauce accompanied by creamy potato mash & leafy salad.


and GAMBAS A LA PARILLA – grilled shrimps mixed with mysterious orange chilli sauce served with butter parsley rice & leafy salad.


Now for the best part the desserts.

RUM DRUM – perfectly balanced 8 textured chocolate cake , This is excellent.


wpid-2014-11-28-11.33.05.png.png Overall would we go back to TLD , yes definitely .
The Little door
D-10, Central Avenue, Kalyani Nagar, Pune, Maharashtra

McCafe Launch In Pune

McCafe is here and we were were invited for the Press Launch.

Press release – Hardcastle Restaurants Pvt. Ltd (HRPL), a Master Franchise for West and South operations of McDonald’s Restaurants and a direct subsidiary of Westlife Development Limited, a company listed on the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE : 505533), has officially announced the launch of four McCafés® in Pune. Customers can now indulge in a wide assortment of gourmet coffees and desserts at McCafé® situated at Amanora Mall, Pimpri, Hingewadi, and Magarpatta.

Speaking at launch, Ms. Smita Jatia, Managing Director of McDonald’s India – West & South said, “McCafé celebrates its first anniversary successfully with the launch of four outlets back-to-back in Pune City. Our range of premium coffees and specialty teas offer great value for money and can be enjoyed in the relaxing ambiance of McCafé – which is housed within McDonald’s restaurants. Customers can experience the McDonald’s they know and love, or explore and enjoy this new concept that will add a unique dimension to their visit.”


Smita Jatia with the staff at McCafe, Amanora Mall, Pune.

Some of the exciting products

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A very interesting Concept  which refers to the stages of production of food starting from harvesting to consumption. It is associated with sustainable and community supported agriculture and attempts to educate the customers about the link between farmers, farm communities and the food we eat. In the last few years, farm-to-table maneuver has grown rapidly all over the world.

Speaking about the initiative Chef Ajmal Salim, Executive Chef, JW Marriott Hotel Pune said, “This concept is internationally popular but a very new concept in India where our aim is to serve each guest the food, in its freshest form possible. The food served to the guests will be freshly produced from the farms, each day. The whole idea is to keep the dishes and the eating experience as close to nature as possible”.

For table reservations please call: 91.20.66833333. (PS-Don’t forget to mention you read it first here)



In Festive October, UK’S Curry King ToDelight Pune

With 14 Scintillating Marinades from Around The World

Barbeque Nation, one of the most successful casual dining restaurant chains in India, will partner with UK’s Curry King Pat Chapman for a whole new Barbeque experience during Festive October across the country. Pat Chapman’s effervescent 14 new marinades will get introduced across the country and mark the entry of a completely new genre of barbequed food.


Patrick Lawrence Chapman, who amongst other numerous titles, has been called ‘The Ambassador of Indian Food’ and the ‘Curry Leader’ by renowned food reviewers in Britain, has also been credited by Daily Mail for ‘Baltifying Britain’ for his bestseller cookbook – the first among 36 recipe books penned down by him with cumulative sales topping 1.5 million copies. Pat was a regular guest chef on the QE2, the leading luxury liner, for many seasons, and the Hilton and the Taj. Such is his understanding of the nuances of spices that he has been called upon by the Government of India in Kerala, to lecture on spices!1


During the festive month of October, Pat Chapman’s marinades promises to give a taste of grills to Indian customers as they are savored around the country.Visit any of Barbeque Nation’s 3 outlets in Pune (Deccan, Kalyani Nagar and Hadapsar) between October 3 and 31 for an amazing culinary trip around the world.  11


Barbeque Nation is a pioneer in India to promote ‘DIY’ (do-it-yourself) cuisine with a concept of live on-the-table grill in India and is today the largest casual dining brand in the country. The restaurant offers a pre-fixed menu with a fixed price. The menu is drawn from Mediterranean, American, Oriental,Asian and Indian subcontinent.


For the ‘Pat Chapman Grills The World’ Food Fest, 14 new marinades from Chef Chapman’s amazing repertoire will be laid out at the Barbeque Nation. From the British Isles come the Yorkshire Marinade, Worcestershire Marinade and the Spanish Valencia Marinade. Pat Chapman’s recipe from the Middle East comprises the Lebanon ~ Arabian Marinade and Persian Marinade. He whips up a fiery bunch of marinades from the Americas with the hot American Texican Marinade, Albuquerque Atomic Marinade,

New Orleans Incendiary Marinade, Aztec ~ Mole Poblano Marinade and the Jamaican Jerk Marinade. From Australasia comes the Outback Emu while Pat’s delectable Far East marinades include the Mighty Hot Mai Thai, Chinese Sichuan and Indonesian Bumbukacangrecipes.1111


Pat Chapman will be hosting a special cook out show on days that he is behind the counter and promises to whip up a storm with his inimitable style and preparations. ‘Pat Chapman Grills The World’ brings to Indian barbeque lovers a lifetime of work from the iconic Pat Chapman.11111111


“Chef Pat Chapman is a legend in the UK and the great ambassador for Indian food. Barbeque Nation is delighted to partner him to turn the culinary experience the other way around: get him to share with Indians the famous marinades of the world with his own interpretation and many his own creation. As the festive season lights up, many will look for an experience that sets this Dusshera-Diwali apart and we are delighted to present our guests an unforgettable culinary experience,” said Mr. Uday Menon, CBO, Barbeque Nation.


Vikram Varma, Head – Marketing, Barbeque Nation adds, “Customers today seek the thrill of deriving maximum pleasure for their taste-buds. Chef Pat Chapman is a great ambassador for what Barbeque Nation seeks to achieve for Indian food lovers: entertain, delight and enthrall our guests with gastronomical encounters of another kind. We believe that Barbeque Nation is not only an engaging experience, it is also a food adventure and we are pleased to yet again add to the richness of the experience of dining with us.”


Where: Barbeque Nation outlets–Deccan | Kalyani Nagar |Hadapsar

Date: October 3-31, 2014

Average meal for two: Rs 1600

Timings: Lunch and Dinner hours


About Barbeque Nation:

Barbeque Nation is one of the most successful casual dining restaurant chains in India. With more than 38 outlets across the nation, it offers a happy blend of American, Mediterranean, Oriental and Indian cuisines in both vegetarian and non-vegetarian choices.  With its unique independent dining experience offering, it has won the trust of more than 4 lac FB fans till date.

This is a press release , picture credits SAPROM