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.


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 )


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


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


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


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


DESSERTS we tried  Apple crumble


and Warm chocolate fudge cake.


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.

More about  Gourmet It Up. and Blue Frog

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.


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.


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


and Gulabi Ki Lassi


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


Murg Badami ( Nice presentation) ,


Tawe Ki Machhli


and Hare Moong Ke Roll.


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.


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


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.



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.



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.


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


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


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


Verdict Must Go definitely.




  • 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