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.

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Unwind Pune

Unwind is the place in Pune which reminds you of Goa, divided in three sections, spread over 14000 sqft is a perfect place to spend with someone special or a large group of friends.

We were invited for a preview and this was a one epic evening of some gastronomic treats. Chef Atul Kanade is a magician with food, his experience and his journey around India and different parts of the world in evident in the food we tasted.

We started with the Zupa De Fungi, A Truffled Mushroom Soup. Made by a combination of three mushrooms out of which Shitake is my favourite. A simple soup served with sautéed mushroom croutons and cheese stuffed mushrooms. The soup is extremely rich and soothing to your throat.It  is topped with Truffle oil which gives a fantastic flavour to it .

Healthy Oriental Chicken Soup, for all the health freaks in town, a soup high in protein and higher in taste. The soup has asparagus, bamboo shoot, mushroom finished with sesame oil.

Makhmali Paneer, the paneer surprised us by its soft texture and then the chef came to our rescue by detailing the dish. The paneer is soaked in curd and cashew paste to give it a smooth and velvety  texture. The dish just need to be tried.

Indo Thai Seekh, Another  chef’s creation by mixing Indian flavours with Thai. Dry fruits and corn marinated in Thai paste. It was flawless and went well with the astonishing combination of peanut butter. Never in my wildest dream had I thought of peanut butter going well with a dish.

Gourmet Veggie Flat Bread, In house flat bread stuffed with a blend of cheese and veggies. The flat bread was crisp on the top and soft in the center, better than a pizza I must say. Mushrooms, Zucchini and squash flavoured with seasoning gave a subtle hit soothed by the cheese.

Dimsums, Words are not enough to describe this dish. The covering made by the potato starch and wheat flour just gave a thin coating to the assorted filling. The veg filling consisted of broccoli and water chestnuts . The non veg filling consisted of prawns and chicken.

Barbados Ke Jhinge- A dish worth remembering. Jumbo prawns marinated with hung curd and in-house jerk spices. The prawns were spiked with Malibu rum which gave it a coconut flavour and i could nibble all day on these delicious prawns.

Zafrani Murg Tikka, juicy soft tikka flavoured with saffron and the tikka were complimented with peanut sauce. The spicy chutney went well with the mild tikka and gave a rich flavour to it.

Char Smoked Chicken Flat Bread, Crisp flat bread topped with smoked chicken went well together and the black mountain cheddar cheese was a cherry on top of the cake. A must try.

Cilantro Garlic Basa, a humongous fillet of Basa fit for two served on a bed of French beans and baby potatoes. The Basa was marinated in a blend of cilantro and garlic . It tasted way better than the beautiful presentation it had.

Burnt Chilli Rice, sticky rice tossed in chilli sauce topped with chives. The simple dish has way more complex flavours than it sounds and was a party of flavours as soon as it touched our palate.

Soba Noodles, a classic buckwheat noodles served in soy soup. These thin noodles went very well with the spicy soup and is a healthy substitute for those maida noodles . They were finished with sprouts which added to the texture of the dish and gave a crunch to the soft and delicious noodles.

Fish in Chilli Garlic Sauce, batter fried basa mini fillets tossed in a home blend sauce of chilli garlic basically enjoyed with their in-house soft bread. The chilli sauce on soft bread was the perfect way to finish it.

Fried Plantains with Vanilla Ice-cream, beautiful crisp stuffed plantains with chocolate. These hot plantains went very well with the cold Ice-cream. An ideal dessert if you are not a chocolate lover.

American Chocolate Mud Pie, a dish made for the chocolate lover . Oreo crust with a rich chocolate mud cake and ganache. This dish is definitely not to be missed.

 

Would we go back to Unwind, yes we would go there just for the food alone, not to be missed.

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Left to Right – Chef Atul Kanade, Aliasgar Mukhtiar, Mohammad Mukhtiar, Farzana Mukhtiar and Svetlana Savant.

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UNWIND Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Bubbly Brunch at Fortune Select Dasve Lavasa. 

Casablanca in association with Fortune Hotels has launched a Bubbly Brunch at their Fortune Select Dasve Lavasa hotel.

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Bubbly Brunch is a selection of elaborate mains and desserts and is accompanied by Casablanca’s offerings, the Sparkling Wine and Rio Spritzer, a product of Good Drop Wine Cellars.

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The food is a mix of non veg and veg Indian cuisine and Rio Spritzer is in 3 flavours currently which is being offered in the restaurant.

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The sandwiches were light and perfectly flavoured and the Mutton gravy in the mains stood out.

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The staff is quite attentive and friendly, the food could be more elaborate in terms of starters.

The journey to Lavasa is the perfect way to celebrate your Saturday morning as it was raining and the scenery was very beautiful and the whole experience is a plus point.

Zodiac - Fortune Select Dasve Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

The Basil Deck

As you walk in The Basil Deck, you are impressed by the warm interiors of the restaurant. It is located in The Abc Farms, Koregaon Park….

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We start with Zucchini Suppa which was quite a good one to start your meal with, a distinctive and different taste to it. Freshly Prepared ….

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Appetizers were Creole cottage cheese which was excellent , the other Rani ki Farmaaish was a slight disappointment because of its fried texture  so the desired taste was missing…

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Main Course was a Paneer Shashlik Sizzler which was again freshly prepared with a mix of vegetables, sauces and noodles  , sizzler normally you would prefer with Meat, we had never had a veg one  but this is a must try.

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Desserts the Nutella Fondue was a straight away hit and the Chocolate Fantasy a Sin ……….

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Overall would we go back, yes we would.

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11 East Street Cafe

In the busy city life and in the scorching heat, the location of the place is so so convenient, 11 East Street Cafe!

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Understanding and feeling the temperature, the brunch menu is designed to have some beautiful mock tails.. The flavours so mild yet so strong and soothing.. the fruity caprioskas really add to the brunch!

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The large variety of entrées is a treat for your taste buds..

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Offering oriental, continental and Indian main course varieties let’s you chose from a wide range of dishes and when in a large group gives each one the freedom to choose what they please!

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I would strongly recommend the Queen, Prince and King brunch at 11 East Street Cafe!

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The Event was covered by Murtaza Noorani and Mohammad Mukhtiar.

Pictures and written by Murtaza Noorani .

Ecole Hoteliere Lavasa

Ecole Hoteliere Lavasa had an event recently where the students had prepared a lavish lunch for parents, future students and select media people. It was a fun event where we got a chance to interact with them, have a feel about the campus and the culture, it was a day event where live cooking and lots of activities were planned around it, we were excited to be  shown around the campus too.

 

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Ecole Hoteliere Lavasa is a hospitality management college of excellence with the academic certification from the finest and oldest hospitality school – Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne of Switzerland. Already establishing new benchmarks of excellence in hospitality education in India, Ecole Hoteliere Lavasa will nurture the best-in-class professionals, hospitality leaders and entrepreneurs of tomorrow with its unique curriculum, highly specialized learning facilitators and state-of-the-art facilities, from sports academies to adventure sports, amateur astronomy to fine arts. It provides a balanced mix of business and hospitality education.

“FARM TO TABLE”

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JW MARRIOTT HAD THE “FARM TO TABLE” CONCEPT FOR ITS SUNDAY BRUNNER and we were invited.

A very interesting Concept  which refers to the stages of production of food starting from harvesting to consumption. It is associated with sustainable and community supported agriculture and attempts to educate the customers about the link between farmers, farm communities and the food we eat. In the last few years, farm-to-table maneuver has grown rapidly all over the world.

Speaking about the initiative Chef Ajmal Salim, Executive Chef, JW Marriott Hotel Pune said, “This concept is internationally popular but a very new concept in India where our aim is to serve each guest the food, in its freshest form possible. The food served to the guests will be freshly produced from the farms, each day. The whole idea is to keep the dishes and the eating experience as close to nature as possible”.

For table reservations please call: 91.20.66833333. (PS-Don’t forget to mention you read it first here)