Arth – A gem in Pune.

After Mumbai, Arth has opened in Pune in the Westin Hotel, dazzling interiors by Gauri Khan makes this place a must visit, another thing what it stands out for is the food. Gas free cooking and recipes sourced from her personal life and travels has taken Arth to the next level by Chef Amninder Sandhu.

Chef Sandhu made sure that we have a great time and the meal started with white chocolate balls filled with spiced Pani puri water.

Kashmiri morels ( mushrooms) sourced at around Rs 40k due to its exclusivity were found in this dish Morels Stuffed, stuffed with mushroom mince, served with nachini and walnut soil in an amazing presentation.

Mutton chops were cooked to perfection and presented in a very old traditional way of slow cooking.

Large dishes were Deomali, Mutton curry cooked in bamboo and served with jasmine rice. Pearl potatoes was one dish you should not miss, served with Dahi ki khamiri roti and Choley Kulchey.

Another outstanding dish on the menu is the whole goat, you have to pre order this dish 48 hours in advance, this will be tried next time. Till then you do not miss this Gem in Pune.

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IFTARI SPECIAL AT EIGHTY EIGHT, HYATT PUNE KALYANI NAGAR

Imagine the streets of Mumbai’s famous – Mohammad Ali Road; the long line of food stalls abundant with food and with people devouring the rich and lavish fare. Bringing the festive vibe of one of the most prominent landmarks of the world is Eighty Eight at Hyatt Pune. Committed to bring to its patrons the culinary jewels of the world, Chef Suvendu and his team presents food inspired from Mohammad Ali Road with their ‘Daawat – E – Khaas’ Festival once again, this time in the holy month of Ramzan.

Be sure to experience rich, smoky and perfect Kebabs, Rolls, Curries and more in this gastronomical affair. The chef and his team have put in their heart and soul into curating this special menu with delicacies like Gosht ki Gullar, Shammi Kebab, Haleem, Baida Roti, Gurda Kaleji, Dum Mutton Biryani and lots more at Eighty Eight’s Dinner Buffet. Capturing the essence of the foodie dream world; this festival will leave your taste buds excited with a sumptuous spread of Chats, Golas, Kebab’s, Kheema Roll, Mutton Chap to name a few. The dinners will end on a sugary note with desserts such as Noorani Malpua and Sheer Korma.

Celebrate Iftari with us with delicious delicacies from the most famous Eat Street of India – Mohammad Ali Road; starting 1st June till 15th June, 2018.

DATE: Friday, June 1- Friday, June 15, 2018

TIME: 7PM – 11PM

VENUE: Eighty Eight, Hyatt Pune, Kalyani Nagar

COST: INR 1450 ++

Deewan Khana

Deewan Khana is a new place opened in Balewadi, loved the traditional and modern decor with a Maharashtrian theme here. The cuisine doesn’t disappoint if you are looking for an awesome Maharashtrian meal . The staff knows what they are serving and are very pleasant to interact with.

We were invited for a traditional lunch and started the course with Mutton Kheema Unde, a soft and succulent Kabeb which melts once eaten. A must have if you are a meat lover.

Mutton Chops in green masala was a coconut green chilli marination with perfectly cooked mutton chops. The chops were not very spicy and gave a fresh appeal to the dish.

The showstopper was the unlimited Mutton thali. It has been a long time since we have had a mutton thali so delicious . The bhakri was soft and complimented the mutton dishes. The thali consisted of mutton achari, mutton sukha and mutton rassa. The thali should be enjoyed with a refreshing glass of solkadi which had a soothing flavour for a sunny day.

Purnalu, an absolute stunner. It’s a by product of puranpoli and it is deep fried. The stuffing is not very sweet and is enhanced by the dollop of ghee which you can pour on it. This dessert is a must try and i can assure you it will get over before you realize it.

Chikki Icecream, a crisp and sweet flavour chikki ice cream. A different dish which I really enjoyed. The peanuts complimented the vanilla ice cream.

Overall a must visit if you are looking for a VFM meal and a traditional one too.

More details about the restaurant here.

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

Food Trails 1.0

We were recently invited to one of a kind Food Trails organised by Phoenix Market City and CarpeDiem.
We were supposed to pick up two chits, one consisted of the restaurant we had to dine in and the the other the secret ingredient which must be present in your dish.
I was extremely excited to attend this event.
The first chit I picked up was of Khiva Restaurant . The second chit mentioned corn as my ingredient. Corn is the ingredient with is very rarely used in mughlai cuisine which Khiva specialises in.
After a discussion with the Chef we came up with Makai Seekh Kabab for the contest .
I chose a very common dish and needed to make a few changes to it. So we decided to give it a twist and make it with khoya which is a dairy based product. The khoya gave a creamy texture to the kabab.   The kebab turned out so soft that it was melting of the skewers. After several attempts the chef was able to master it and it tasted fantastic . The kebabs were creamy and had a slight sweetness which was because of the khoya . It was a rich dish as there was a variety of ingredients used such as dried fruits, khoya and fresh corn. The dish was an absolute winner and so was Khiva for a making a complex dish look so easy and taste fantastic .

The Irish have come to Koregaon Park

The Irish have come to Koregaon Park in Nitesh Mall and they have come with a bang we must say. Modern and contemporary designed, inside and outdoor seating, a stylish designed bar gives a very good feel about this place. The food deserves a special mention here because it’s very innovative and well presented, the beverages are a hit too with the Terminator deserving a shout out for those who wish to experience an awesome beverage served in a mammoth jar, it requires a team effort to finish it. Do not miss this. The staff is well trained and they are eager to serve with a smile and are aware of the ingredients and elements of the dishes and beverages. A must visit if you are looking for a good time over delicious food and awesome beverages. This is one VFM place, do not miss this. More details on their Facebook Page

Bombay Brasserie is back

Bombay Brasserie was one of our very frequented restaurants some years back and then it closed its doors to Pune which left us disappointed and now its back with a bang, swanky interiors, a superb vibe, attentive and friendly staff, excellent beverages and delicious food makes it a blockbuster package.

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We were invited for its launch and the limited time we spent there due to a prior commitment , we had a blast.

The beverages are served in quirky quarter bottles and are too potent and delicious . They have different combinations which are served with snacks which go well with it.

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The mocktails are not very far behind and are amazingly delicious, specially the Kairi Panna which had a sour yet sweet taste.

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The Andhra Chicken was a mouth-watering dish which had crispy fried chicken strips marinated in ground Andhra spices. The chicken was tossed in bell peppers and spices and it was a well presented and delicious dish.

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The peanut prawns were too good. The prawns were fresh and were perfectly seasoned. The peanut flavour was strong which is to our liking. The prawns were spicy and tasted perfect.

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The Seekh Kebab is a must have when you visit BB . It is served on a bed of a soft naan and the Seekh Kebab melts in your mouth. The Seekh Kebab is humongous and goes absolutely well with the hot naan.

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Mutton Galouti Kebab had a twist as it was served on a crisp roti. The kebab was delicious and too soft, it needed the support of the roti for digging it in. A must have.

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The desserts were unfortunately not tried by us as we left early but it seems they were up to the same mark as the food as had seen pictures of it on other social media accounts later.

Overall do not miss this place if you are looking for a good time with some good food to go.

The duo of Food-Adda , Aliasgar and Mohammad .

For more details visit Bombay Brasserie Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato