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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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

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.

More about Unwind Pune

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

Peshwa Restaurant Kitchen and Bar

The Peshwa restaurant is the latest addition in Pune’s ever-growing dining scene, they have a successful restaurant in Dubai where they been serving Maharashtrian cuisine to hungry diners since a long time and now they are in Baner. Good news for us.

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We were invited for a lunch with other media and blogger colleagues and this was what we tried. The lunch began with some refreshing Sol kadhi and a chilling glass of Thandai . The Thandai was so good that it got over before I could even realize it. The Sol kadhi complimented the meal.

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The starters were the stars of the lunch . I will start with my personal favourite the Prawns Chatpata, a spicy preparation of prawns with raw onion, a perfect match. The prawns were perfectly cooked and were of ideal bite size portions . A perfect starter in my opinion.

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Chicken Malvani Tikka, a juicy melt in the mouth tikka with a mild curd dressing. It is a perfect dish if like white meat. The chicken was well seasoned and had a hint of spice to add the perfect taste to it.

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Mutter Karanji, a crispy karanji with a sweet pea filling. Simple yet a sweet dish. The filling was good and the covering was paper-thin so it was the right blend of sweet and savoury.

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Kothimbir Wadi, normally all the wadis i have had earlier were very oily or were not that great. But this place is an exception, the wadi had a good flavour going and was not at all oily. The crunch, when you bite into it and then it simply melts in your mouth. Simply awesome.

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The main course consisted of Goan fish curry, Birdyachi usal, Chicken Sagoti and Biryani . The Birdyachi usal is normally made at weddings which is said that if the usal is not good the wedding food was not that good. This particular dish had a sweet flavour and went great with the meal.

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The fish curry was a hit for me and went great with a rice roti more like an appam which is called amboli.

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The wadi was piping hot and i loved it by itself. The wadi is like a roti and goes well with all the dishes.

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The desserts served were Chikki Ice-cream. The combination was an ideal choice for sweet lovers. Huge chunks of chikki in vanilla ice-cream topped with syrup. The chikki gave a good texture to the dessert.

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Kharvas is made with the first milk of the cow after it gives birth. Its is a must try. A very famous Maharashtrian dessert, it is not very sweet and tastes more like a milk pudding or a custard.

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So overall if you are a true lover of Maharashtrian cuisine and it’s culture, do not miss this. You would not regret it.

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More about Peshwa Restaurant
Peshwa Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Flavors at Seasons Aundh.

Seasons Hotel is located in Aundh, Pune.

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It is a regular visited place for the people of Aundh and Baner and surrounding areas by both corporates and regular families looking for a good experience in dining with options like Flavours and The Cellar. A visit is in order if you haven’t been yet.
We recently paid a visit to Flavours where they are having the corn festival due to monsoons.

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The place has a great ambiance and a positive vibe to it and they keep doing  lots of different food festivals throughout the year.
The previous event was street food which we  missed  but we did not  want to miss the monsoon festival this time.
The star of the festival was corn and you tend to enjoy it more in the monsoon weather and Flavours captured the true essence of monsoon in this one.

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Flavours has this unique concept where they offer a great deal of offers  everyday.

 
The buffet priced at Rs 699 is a reasonable one compared to the dishes been offered in it. Delicious starters, soups, main dishes are in abundance for every taste.
Overall for us it was a great choice and the evening was a well spent one.

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Flavors - Seasons Apartment Hotel Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Pandora Gastronomy and Bar

Pandora Gastronomy and Bar opens its doors to Pune by the end of this month, we were invited for a preview with Chef Ajay Chopra showing his mastery to us in what he does best, food.

At the end of this gastronomic evening ,one thing was certain , this place will remain in one of the finest places to dine in Pune.

The ingredients, presentations and the taste lingered with us long after the evening ended.

 

 

Tuna bhel – A bhel which was too good . Bhel served on dry ice and topped with balsamic vinegar pearls. It had a taste of tuna which surprisingly did go well with the flavour of the bhel.

 

Som Tam Salad- Prawns served on a bed of salad. A salad lovers must have dish . The prawns were simply flavoured with lemon and some herbs which complimented the cold salad.

Sun-dried Tomato and Falafel Pockets – Pita bread stuffed with falafel and salad was amazingly delicious . It was presented in the authentic style with a pita pocket. The pita was stuffed with creamy salad, sun-dried tomato and falafel.

Kaffir Lime Chicken Tikka- The chicken Tikka with kaffir lime was just mouth-watering. The rice crisp on the top added to the texture of the dish and the use of kaffir lime gave it the sour flavour it needed to complete the dish.

Hot Bean Prawn Rocks – The showstopper of Pandora. We couldn’t leave Pandora without having another plate of this outstanding dish. Tiger prawns fried in tempura batter and tossed in hot bean sauce. The prawns could not be more fresh and the dish cannot be described in words. It was simply fabulous and a must have .

Malabar Tarts – Freshly baked tarts filled with tangy chicken filling. The dish sounds simple yet the flavour can’t be more complex. The simple flavour of the tarts and cutting it by the outstanding tangy flavour of the filling.

Chicken and Black Pepper Dimsums – The dimsums were served with a chutney and chilli sauce. The dimsums coating was perfect and not very thick. The filling was not bland and had a good flavour of the spices. The sauce added tremendous flavour to the dish.

Dilliwala Butter Chicken – Butter chicken is a dish with is a popular dish in all the restaurants but here it stands out as the butter chicken is creamy and the naan goes just perfectly well with the gravy. The gravy of the butter chicken was outstanding and should be a must try.

Linguine Alio Olio Pepperoncino – Simply perfect. The dish was my personal favorite as the prawns were simply outstanding. The noodles were stir fried in olive oil and it melted in my mouth as soon as it touched my palate.

Sri Lankan Curry – A wholesome meal in itself. The Sri Lankan curry had some exotic vegetables which added to the flavour. The curry has to be enjoyed with jasmine rice. The richness of the curry and the sweetness of the rice simply outstanding!!!

Jalebi Mille Fuille – A great combination for a dessert. The chef played with the ingredients he had and offered an amazingly constructed dish. The sweetness of the Jalebi was reduced by the bitterness of the dark chocolate along with the rose creme used to hold the masterpiece together.

 

Phirni Parfait – A classic phirni topped with rose caviar. A nice looking dish. The magic was added when the rose was dipped in dry ice and crushed on the dessert. It just added to the beauty of the dish.

Japanese Cloud – A very light dessert like a fluffy cheesecake. It was an outstanding dessert .

Left to Right – Aliasgar M, Mohammad M , Farzana M and Chef Ajay Chopra .

More about Pandora Gastronomy and Bar

 Pandora Gastronomy & Bar Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

The Travelling Sushi Festival

The Travelling Sushi festival by Shizusan in Phoenix Market City , Pune has started today and is on till the 31st of this month, a not to be missed festival for the sheer magic woven by Chef Paul Kinny in the creations of these dishes. Every dish stands out and compliments the other.

 

Tutto Funghi Uramaki was the show stopper of the festival in the vegetarian menu, , the mushrooms were crisp and had a unique taste. Chef Paul Kenny just showered his culinary magic on the dish . Definitely the star of the day and my personal favorite .

Peking Duck Maki was a classic dish with the key ingredient duck so juicy, that it stood out in the dish. The crunch added to the sushi complements the sushi and a must try before the festival ends.

 

 

Sri Lankan Roll not only looked appealing but also taste delicious . The pinkish color obtained by the beetroot just added to the beauty of the dish and the crab did go very well with it .A sweet, simple dish with a burst of flavors in every bite

Mediterranean Roll with Hummus is a dish which the Mediterranean people  will be very proud as Chef Paul Kenny made the dish with utmost precision. Subtle flavours of the Hummus just enhanced the sushi. The spinach on the top gives it a very earthy look.

Jamaican Roll was a different way of preparing a sushi . The key ingredient , activated charcoal stood out in it with a subtle taste lingering .

Chiang Mai Uramaki is a combination of great flavors such as Asparagus and Avocado.The sushi is a treat for the taste buds and a very refreshing dish too .

Norwegian Salmon Maki was the star in the non – vegetarian dishes . The smoked Salmon and cream cheese was a magical combination. The taste is enhanced by the Cranberry and a true delight .

Left to right – Kartik Ganesh, Paul Kinny, Farzana Mukhtiar , Aliasgar Mukhtiar and Vikas Mewati.

More details on Shizusan 

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