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.

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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

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.

Chocolicious Affair at Daily Treats

Daily Treats in the Westin Hotel in Pune has come up with an exciting and a fascinating concept of chocolate tasting.

The chocolate making workshop was one Chocolicious Affair where they had laid down an array of the finest chocolates made by Chef Selva.

The entire tasting was like an experience from the Hollywood movie Willy Wonka and his chocolate factory. This has to be experienced by one and all.

Chef Selva explained all the ingredients, features of the different chocolates and with some insider tips on how to make them.

The secret to consume and enjoy the chocolates to the fullest is to pair the sweet ones with the sour or fruity ones was one of the tips shared by him.

The Chocolicious Affair at The Westin Hotel is a must visit for all the chocolate fans in Pune.

For more details you can visit their page on Facebook

Farzana and Mohammad with Chef Selva.

Dokk – Community Bar

Dokk – Community Bar in City Point, Boat Club Road in Pune  has revamped and changed its management, with some exciting offers to boast, they are having a different concept on Friday named Fry-Day, unlimited Tempuras, Fritters and Sangria and Beer on tap for a steal deal of Rs 895 + tax, it’s a worthwhile deal.

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Every Friday they would be twisting the menu around this concept.

We were invited by Ashutosh to try out this Fry-Day and it was a fun evening spent with some delicious food like Chicken and Corn Dogs , the Chicken and Zucchini dish was delicious. Other starters like Chicken Wings and Crispy Chicken stood out for the taste and flavours.

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We had the tandoori platter too with an assortment of chicken and fish kebab which was perfectly seasoned, hot from the tandoor and delicious.

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If you like having a nice time, unlimited food and Sangrias and some good music, you could spend a nice, chilled out evening at the Dokk for a steal deal.

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For more information refer to the link below.

The Dokk - Community Bar Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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