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

The Brooklyn Shuffle

This is my fourth review/post for The Brooklyn Shuffle on my blog, I have been there many more times besides that and I must say that till today I have never been disappointed.



The service is very important for me, sometimes more than the food, in this aspect it excels every time, the ambiance and the food compliment it further.



So when my friend and the Pr for the place Saurabh invited me for their new menu addition where they have come up with some fantastic main dishes  , it was a pleasure to attend.


We started with Greek Salad and Potato Wedges  to warm up.



Then we ordered the Little Fellas , The Classic Beef  and Fried Chicken which was excellent.



Now for the Mains which they are planning to add in the menu in the coming week or so.

The Veg Au Gratin .


My personal favorite the Beef Steak with Pearl Onion Jus which was heavenly


And last but not the least The Roast Chicken with Mushroom Sauce……..


Top it up with their winner Desserts

The Chocolate brownie


And the Oreo Chesse Cake  ……


The Brooklyn Shuffle is an all day diner where you can hangout with your friends or just by yourself  , you can grab a book and read too.

Its located  at 390, Sanskruti Lifestyle Complex, Opposite Post 91, Lane 7, Koregaon Park, Pune, Maharashtra.







 Krustys is an All Day Bistro & Bar in Koregaon Park serving Modern European food in a casual bistro style ambience that is contemporary, chic, yet, warm and relaxing. The restaurant chain has been started by INSEAD MBA and former FMCG marketer Rohhan Joshi, and, former CEO of Aptech’s International Business – Vidhiya Joshi. The core philosophy is to serve five star quality European cuisine at affordable prices.


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  1. French Beans and Grilled Chicken Salad with Orange Segments, Caramelized Almond Slivers and Passion Fruit Emulsion


  1. Lemon Rosemary Chicken with Spiced Mango Dip


  1. Black Olives, Sundried Tomato & Basil Pesto Stone Baked Pizza




  1. Slow Cooked Rustic Vegetable Cassoulet


  1. Fish en Papillote with Tomato Confit & Black Olives  (Fish cooked in a paper bag with white wine, garlic & capers; tomato confit; black olives)


  1. Lamb Bourguignon with Herb Pilaf  (Slow cooked boneless baby lamb braised in red wine with pearl onions and mushrooms)


  1. Sundried Tomato Caper & Duet of Olive Risotto




  1. Orange Centered Dark Chocolate Mousse with Caramelized Ginger & Orange Sauce


  1. 70% Belgian Dark Chocolate Fondant (infusion of mango & chilli) with Brandy Sauce


Sizzling succulence at Alto Vino


J W Marriott is a Landmark property in Pune, the minute you walk in you feel you have been transported to a luxurious heaven on earth…
Their signature Italian restaurant Alto Vino is a Premier dining place in Pune, spearheaded by their Chef Christian Huber who dishes out the most amazing Italian delicacies.
So when i received a call from Priya Sharma to try their Sizzling succulence festival where the Chef has created all the dishes  with Lamb , it was  a treat for us.
Having eaten at  Alto Vino a couple of times earlier and loving the signature dish Mutton Shanks so much that whenever the staff at Alto Vino come to know about our arrival , they sort of keep it ready.
Farzana and myself relished to the hilt this amazing Italian
festival along with Chef Christian Huber and savoured the well prepared Lamb dishes.
If you want to be treated like a King and Eat like one too , i suggest you head to Alto Vino at the earliest.
Have fun and Happy eating.
More about the hotel   JW Marriott ,
Alto Vino