Margarita Deck – Gourmet it Up

Margarita Deck located in Kalyani Nagar above The Ship in Fortaleza Building is a Nice , Cozy open restaurant with good music, attentive service and is famous for its mexican cuisine, so for the final installment of the Gourmetit Up Followthefoodie event  we were invited to try their 3 course Mexican Fiesta.

 

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For Starters we had Fiery Chicken Wings, Chicken drumettes fried and smothered with a spicy Mexican barbecue sauce and B Falutas, Rolled up tortilla deep-fried served with chipotle salsa, pico de gallo, sour cream and lettuce, both the dishes were very well prepared .

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Mains we opted for Lamb Barbacoa, real Juicy tender meat that falls off the bone, infused with a rustic, smoky flavor and a jungle like fragrance and Spicy Chicken Quesedilla, made with flour or a corn tortilla filled with a savory mixture containing cheese and other ingredients, half moon shaped.  Delicious.

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Desserts were simply awesome with Churros, Mexican donuts tossed in cinnamon sugar served with chocolate sauce and Chocolate Nachos,Tortilla chips sprinkled with cinnamon sugar served with whipped cream and chocolate sauce.

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Would i go back? definitely, a must go.

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Krustys, A Gourmet It Up Experience

Pune has a  new all day bistro in Koregaon Park , Krustys Usp is modern European cuisine. So when GourmetIt Up who offer  fine dining experiences across Mumbai, Delhi and Pune  with leading restaurants planned a #FollowTheFoodie journey with us, we were excited to be on board and thus the review for Krustys.

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We decided to go for the four course meal which started with Roasted Red Beet Salad, amazingly fresh with Orange Balsamic Vinaigrette,Granny Smith Apples & Candied Walnuts.

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For the Appetizer we opted for the Batter fried fish in tartare sauce, this was very well prepared.

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Next for the mains we decided to go with Lemon Rosemary Infused Grilled Chicken Breast with Roast Jus

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and to finish with the heavenly dessert White Chocolate & Coconut Cheesecake, it was delicious.

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For More details on GourmetIt Up have a look at their WebSite, More about Krustys on their FaceBook page.

Blue Frog , A Gourmet It Up Experience

Blue Frog is known for its live music performances , as we have been there several times for the music performances so we never really got a chance to explore their vast menu, maybe a bite here and there.

So when Gourmet It Up invited  us to try their 3 course experience we were quite excited to give it a try.

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As they have a  menu crafted by Executive Chef Mrigank Singh, where you can select your choice of dishes conceived in Kerala to hints of Singaporean and Pan-Asian cuisine, we decided to start with Shotgun Chicken (Curry Leaves & Chili Sauce, Pineapple Pickle, Cucumber Slaw )

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and Beer Batter Fried Bombay Duck (Pickled Vegetables, ‘Kashundi’ Mustard Mayo, Raw Mango Chutney, Sweet Soy Chili)

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For Mains we had Wood Fired Pizza (Three Cheese Margherita ,Semi Dried Tomatoes, Basil, Olive Oil )

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GRILLS Chicken (Mixed Herb Marinade, Mashed Potatoes, Grilled Vegetables, Mushroom Pepper Glaze )

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and Lamb Burger (Fried Egg, Cheese, Wasabi Mayo )

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DESSERTS we tried  Apple crumble

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and Warm chocolate fudge cake.

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To sum it up the food is Delicious, will go again just for it, service – excellent, pricing Rs 750 per person.

One advice the portions are huge, very difficult for a single person to consume, maybe get the portions smaller and reduce the pricing too to attract more patrons, Note for Rs 750 the amount of food what they are giving is far too much, a real steal for people looking for a fine dining experience at a reasonable price.

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Chocolate Workshop.

This was an exciting Saturday where Chef Ajmal Salim taught us some amazing recipes at the baking workshop conducted at the JW Marriott, Pune.

We have Shot a video of the workshop which is our first attempt , 40 odd minutes of the workshop was shot by Mohammad M which was edited to this crisp 6.40 minutes by him, since its turned out well , plan to shoot for more events in future.

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Rangeela Rajasthan

Salsa , A fine dining restaurant situated in the premises of Corinthians club is having a Rangeela Rajasthan festival, delicacies from Rajasthan, so when we had a chance to experience it , we were quite excited.

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So the course stared with Gud Imli ki Kanji ( Nice)

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and Gulabi Ki Lassi

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followed by Appetizers like Khasta Pyaaz Ki Kachori ( Quite Good)

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Murg Badami ( Nice presentation) ,

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Tawe Ki Machhli

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and Hare Moong Ke Roll.

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Main Course was a variety of Veg Dishes Like Aloo Ki Katri, Gatta Curry, Baghari Dal and Non Veg was Dahi Maas ( Good) and Murgh ka Mokul.

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Desserts were Anjeer Katri ( Good ), Mali Chamcham, Badam Halwa (Good) and Ice Cream.

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Overall a good experience, Priced reasonably at Rs 750 per person.

For those who can’t  go to Rajasthan to experience the local food can go here.

Culinary & Bar Art Fest / February 11th – 25th

JW Marriott Hotel, Pune in its customary magnificent way is bringing an action packed fortnight filled with food, wine, fun and fervor in the form of the biggest F&B fest of the city called ‘Culinary & Bar Art Fest’. First of its kind in India, “Culinary & Bar Art Fest 2015” is a celebration of global cuisines and bar artistry. Stretched over 15 days from 11th – 25th February, the fest will see celebrity chefs, bartenders and sommeliers from across the world who will be coming together and along with our team of chefs and bar artists, create an unforgettable F&B experience for the patrons. The craftsmen led by our Executive Chef, Ajmal Salim will present a kaleidoscope of unique, trendsetting food and beverage concepts from across the globe. The lovers of the elite gourmet and exquisite beverage experiences will savour the tastes of authentic global cuisine in the Kashmiri, Lebanese and Turkish food festivals at Shakahari, Alto Vino and Paasha. Chocolate studio by Chef Ajmal Salim at PBC will showcase the artisan chocolate creations, Wine tutorials and dinners will take place at Alto Vino and Paasha led by renowned wine makers and sommeliers. There will be cooking workshops for food enthusiasts and for the party animals, Paasha and Miami will be bringing in acclaimed artists like Juggy D and many more.

“This is a one-of its kind concept and we are happy to bring this to India for the first time. This fest is a true celebration of the art of food and beverage and we have a lot of events and activities lined for 15 days which I hope our patrons will enjoy”, said Jatin Khanna, General Manager.

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And the team has arrived to create an unmatched F&B experience which you would have never witnessed before. Shot taken live from the #Press Conference of the #CulinaryAndBarArtFest

More Pictures and Post to follow, stay tuned…………

The Flying Saucer

The Flying Saucer had opened sometime in December last year and in its short span in Pune’s restaurant scene has become very popular and the must see place.

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Why ? you may ask.

Location, pricing , Ambiance and the Food.

Since we stay on the other side of Pune and TFS is quite a distance but that  has not been a deter for us , we have been here 4 times already.

So when we were invited for the official food tasting , we were excited.

The evening began with a  strawberry Smoothie and an Orange basil  Mocktail.

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Followed by dips platter (hummus ,mohamra, babaganoush, garlic dip, tabuleh , cacik, murtabak served with pita bread and house bread) Must Must Try………

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The satay skewers ( marinated grilled chicken skewers served with fresh raw peanut and coriander salsa ) was excellent.

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Tandoori platter in non vegetarian was an assortment of prawns , Pomfret tandoori …. Not to be missed.

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Verdict Must Go definitely.