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

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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.

More about Panayaa

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

All Rounder Shots

All Rounder Shots in Phoenix Market City, Pune has opened recently and they had their official launch on Friday.

Divided by indoor and outdoor seating area and a sprawling area dedicated to gaming, high tech VR games not seen before in Pune, this place is a virtual heaven for gamers.

The restaurant and the bar is not far behind in any way and is well designed, the right vibe and music gives this place a certain edge according to us.

The service staff needs a special mention for being so attentive and friendly throughout the evening despite being very busy because of the launch.

Food definitely is a winner here and we had a great time tasting the dishes, the main course had a buffet laid out and the Kheema Pav stood out for its flavours.

So according to us this place stands out for wholesome and fun activities for a family, group or just a couple to enjoy and have a true VFM experience.

For more details you can visit their page on Facebook.