Masala Bar opens in Pune

Finally Masala Bar opens its doors in Balewadi High Street.

The place is beautifully designed and has a soothing ambience,terrific vibe and a mind blowing menu.

The revolutionary cocktails are just top notch and handcrafted by magicians. The food is an experience and is a journey to be tried.

The food is innovative and has a stylish twist on the classic dishes.

Top notch service with knowledge of the dishes served speaks volumes in today’s day.

Do not miss this #Pune.

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Black Dog Easy Evenings.

Black Dog Easy Evenings is hosting some fabulous events all over the country.

The recent event hosted by Black Dog was at The Hub Lounge in Hinjewadi . The event was a standup act by Atul Khatri .

I being a huge fan of Atul Khatri just could not miss this opportunity.

The best part about these events are the signature Black Dog cocktails such as the Black Dog Breakfast which was spiced with cinnamon and nutmeg to give you the perfect flavor of the drink . My personal favourite was the Apple Spritzer, the soothing flavour of apple juice and the hit of Black Dog just simply complimented the drink.

It was a fun evening with laughter and an excellent show hosted by #blackdogeasyevenings.

Vh1 SUPERSONIC 2018

Vh1 Supersonic 2018 day one sure has got Punekars grooving! The first day of India’s biggest music festival concluded on a high note as Pune shook its leg to the wacky trio and top- notch headliner, Major Lazer’s popular numbers. Brimming with quirky festival vibe, the first day of Vh1 Supersonic 2018 was a massive hit with Major Lazer getting the crowd excited as they stepped on stage.

Moreover, music lovers were in for a toxic treat with bass music kingpin, Nucleya taking on the stage. Punekars turned out in huge numbers and went wild as Nucleya set the stage on fire. Nucleya who is known for bass heavy and wild live performances, upped the game this time around as he left the ever- lively crowd wanting for more. While the English Indie- band, Alt-J helped fans tick must-see artists from their bucket list with their smashing performance, American DJ, Dillon Francis’s multi- faceted performance blew the crowd away. From renowned international artists to local gems, the first day of Vh1 Supersonic had it all!
While day one at Vh1 Supersonic 2018 was nothing less than brilliant, day two turned out to be a haven for music lovers as they turned out in huge numbers. Curing the festival hangover from day one, Punekars had reasons enough to make it to the second day and enjoy the easy Saturday afternoon breeze with a chilled beer at Laxmi Lawns. Bingeing on their favorite snacks, the crowd cheered ONE&ONE as they took on the Sonic Realm Stage followed by B.R.E.E.D. While Madboy Mink made their fans go wild in the Live Arena; Calm Chor, DJ Moncity and Johnny B gave music lovers enough reasons to shake their leg. The start to Day two was more like a therapeutic session as the crowd immersed themselves in a perfect mix of all things exciting and entertaining.
Pune is serving up the latest hotbed for tourists and local crowd alike with the massive line up with Vh1 Supersonic 2018. Reviving Pune’s party scene, day three was all about mind- boggling music that spanned across different genres. The genre- specific festival setting sure did make Vh1 Supersonic a favorite amongst Pune folks. Ranging from the newly added genres like rock and hip- hop to good old trance and EDM, the festival had something for everybody. With uber cool artists and well-curated music, Day three at Vh1 Supersonic served as the perfect getaway.

The third day welcomed a multitude of artists across genres who stole the show. While dance music dominated the scene on day three and wowed lovers of music with with Candice Redding and Zaeden burning it up, India’s most popular post-rock band, Aswekeepsearching ran at full throttle and Oliver Smith shook things up with trance music. Transitioning from EDM to rock and a range of genres, day three was a powerhouse as artists tampered with the audience’s heartbeat.

Talking about the eclectic assortment of artists and genres culled from all over the world, Saugato Bhowmik, Business Head- Integrated Network Solutions and Consumer Products, Viacom18, “The first two days have been beyond magnificent. In fact we created the most complete and diverse music festival ever in India. We brought music giants from various genres from all over the globe and gave Pune folks a taste of the global festival scene. People lapped up the experience with open arms. Seeing music lovers turn up in unprecedented numbers for the festival has been extremely rewarding Third day had an unparalleled vibe to it and we are expecting the crowd to grow even further.”

With a host of new genres picking up quickly, Day three at Vh1 Supersonic 2018 was a treat for music lovers. While the audience impatiently pre- gamed and awaited headlining international biggies, Sean Paula and Incubus, they did not miss out on enjoying the spectacular line up in the first half. Are you game for a rather wild evening?

Penthouze in Nibm Road.

Penthouze one of Pune’s favourite nightclubs launched its newest property at Dorabjee Heritage Mall, NIBM.

A fabulous spot for drinks, food and entertainment.
The honed aesthetics, energetic vibe and eccentric elements add to the overall mood of the space
Located on the 4th floor of the mall, this dynamic space is spread over 7,000 sq feet and is designed to luxuriously accommodate up to 600-700 guests. Divided into three sections, Penthouze NIBM has an indoor section which includes a dance floor and a bar area along with an outdoor open to sky lounge with spectacular sunsets, making it one of the NIBM’s most trendy nightlife spots. The entire experience of this place is reinventing.

Penthouze NIBM is the ideal spot for the people to unwind and party after a long day with a great ambience and breathtaking view.

The food menu offers Middle Eastern cuisine and has a perfect small bite section to go with the ambience and mood. The must try are the fries like the Home Cut Fries, Yam Chips, Zatar Fish, Turkish Sis Touak, Greek Prawns and Spiced Pineapple with Basil Mascarpone.

The cocktails and signature drinks at Penthouze NIBM are specially crafted using the most premium ingredients and trending flavours. The star drinks include The Ultimate Classics like the Rum Cooler which contains white rum, orange and lime juice, sugar syrup, lemonade and triple sec. The Margarita consists of tequila, Cointreau and lime juice. Other cocktails like the Martini Red Belly, Mojito and Indo Cuba Libre are extremely refreshing.

Some of the dishes we did taste were, Yam Chips, a perfect start to a scrumptious meal. Crisp and a healthier option than the potato chips. The chips are served with a sour cream dip and a mango sauce.

Zatar Fish, flavourful fish coated with zatar spice. The fish was moist and extremely fresh . Perfectly cooked fish served with a good blend of flavours.

Chicken Kheema Paratha, a classic dish with a twist. It not only looked amazing but tasted fantastic. Spicy kheema in a paratha served with a dollop of butter.

Prawns and Paneer Gano Wrap, a healthy option for all the people looking for a snack. Perfectly cooked prawns served with an in house dill yogurt. The wrap was my favorite and is definitely a must try.

Zatar Chicken Leg, a meal fit for the kings. Juicy chicken legs served with pita bread and salad. The marination was similar to the zatar fish. The mains have a quite interesting concept where you can pair your food with a choice of sides.

Basboosa, a coconut flavoured cake with pineapple syrup. It tasted good and the ricotta cheese gave it a great contrast and balanced the sweetness of the cake.

Spiced Pineapple, a simple dessert but tasted fantastic. Sliced pineapple Sautéed in sugar along with a special blend of spices. Subtle flavours yet so good.

Penthouze NIBM will be hosting some exciting gigs aiming to make it an enthralling experience for all the guests along with their delectable food, piquant cocktails, and rooftop view.

Timing- 7 pm to 1:30 am
Location- 4th Floor, Dorabjee Heritage Mall, NIBM

Power packed Hangover Brunch at TGI Fridays™

TGI Fridays, the global leader in casual dining, has introduced their new Hangover Brunch menu, which features a wide variety of drink options including non-alcoholic and alcoholic options depending on what you’re looking for when you’re out on weekend together.

The new Super Foods menu features appetizers, entrees, desserts and of course, drinks, both non-alcoholic and alcoholic like the Breakfast Potato Skins or Breakfast tacos loaded with scrambled eggs. The Hangover burger is a sure cure of all the happy high feeling of last night’s adventures or you can try the Egg BLT Sandwich or Roasted Veg slides with Chimichurri sauce – to enjoy your brunch which is authentically American!

We were invited for this and here are some of the dishes we tried. Chocolate Milkshake, a humongous overload of thick shake made from chocolate ice cream. The way they make the thick shake is quite fascinating. They blend three scoops of chocolate ice cream and top the glass with whipped cream and some chocolate ganache.

Pomegranate juice in its pure form, a perfect detox. For all the health freaks,an ideal solution.

Ceaser Salad, TGIF is the only place in the world who can make me enjoy a vegetarian Ceaser salad. Perfectly dressed salad with a slice of multi grain bread. A must try for all the health freaks in town. Calamari Frites, golden fried calamari. Crisp from the outside and perfectly cooked from the inside. The crisp calamari was served with chilli mayo which complimented the dish and enhanced the flavour. Hangover Burger, this can not only cure your Sunday hangover but also you food craving for an entire month. The burger bun were smothered in butter, a perfectly cooked meat patty in the middle and a half fry egg on top. Enough said…… You need to try it out to fall in love with it. Brownies with Ice-cream, it does sound like a simple dessert but TGIF had made sure that it doesn’t remain that way. Three huge pieces of brownies topped with ice cream and covered with piping hot caramel sauce. My three favorite desserts in one place. What else can I ask? TGIF brunch in a new concept introduced by them as they allow you to order meals from the set brunch menu. The menu consists of their classic dishes and is a steal for the price they are offering it for. The brunch in a must visit for all the people waiting to visit TGIF. The Hangover Brunch is available on Saturday & Sunday from 12 noon to 3pm and comes with a choice of imported liquor also. For those who are looking to detox there is a choice of freshly squeezed juices and other amazing non-alcoholic drinks but if you want to still binge more, there’s a choice of regular package with IMFL and Imported drinks.

The Johnnie Walker Gourmet Experiences are here.

Johnnie Walker invited us to a first ever, one of a kind experience! Some delicious food was paired with the finest scotch whisky in the world.

The beautiful Evviva Sky Lounge was the venue for this.

The first course was served with Johnnie Walker Black Label which had a rich, complex and an incredibly well balanced flavor which went very well with Murgh Bhatti kebab and Chicken Ceaser Salad . The kebabs were delicious and tender and had a spicy taste . The Chicken Ceaser salad was spot on with succulent chicken pieces and some beautiful and fresh dressed salad.

The powerful, full bodied, smokey flavours of Johnnie Walker Double Black gave a good contrast to the pasta pomodoro sauce with chicken. The pasta was one of my favorites and was enjoyed with a slice of garlic bread.

The dessert was a match made in heaven. The In-house brownies were gooey and the rich chocolate sauce was just like a cherry on top.

The Red Label gave a spicy smoky flavor to brownies.

Overall it was an absolute hit and a great tasting experience.

Thanks to the Johnnie Walker team for this wonderful experience.

Panayaa- Modern Indian Kitchen

Panayaa is a modern fine dining restaurant in Kalyani Nagar which is in the Mariplex Mall.

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They have taken Vegetarian food to the next level, this modern eatery is one fine example on how a restaurant needs to be functioning for a good fine dine experience.

Superb interiors, comfortable seating, proper well-lit designed restaurant with an expansive menu lined up for vegetarian food.

We were invited for dinner and we started with the Cheese Munchies, a delicious starter served in an innovative way.

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The Vada Pav Version 3.0 was a winner for us, a delicious potato patty served with chutney and some chilies, simple mind-blowing stuff.

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The Cottage Cheese Indiana was a simple cottage cheese dish,well-flavored and the cheese was just melting, perfect.

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The Corn Bhel Maze Cornetto was another innovative presentation.

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The Nazakat Kumbh, tandoori smoked mushrooms served with some Indian spices is a good dish for mushroom lovers.

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The Chole Bunny Chao was simply outstanding, Chole sitting on a fresh hollowed baguette, do not miss this.

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Special mention is a simple dish Dal Tadkewali, description of this dish won’t do any justice, you could visit Panayaa for this dish alone is all we can say.

Sabudana Papad Sev Puri , a dish which not only stunned our senses but also our taste buds. A very innovative way of serving sev puri and I never thought I would enjoy sabudana in sev puri but it was a fantastic dish.

Panayaa is introducing molecular gastronomy into the classic Indian dishes such as the Sabudana Papad Sev Puri and Khamad Dhokla Oxide and its a treat.

The winner of the day was the Chocolate Landscape , mud cake, brownie chunks and oodles of chocolate and sauces make this dessert a signature dish, this is a chocolate lover dream come true.

Overall if you are looking at some thing different and a real good dining experience, you can’t miss Panayaa.

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