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.

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 .

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Feast at Sheraton Grand Pune Unveils Exciting Themed Dinners for All!

Feast, the multi cuisine restaurant of Sheraton Grand in Pune is taking it up a notch by introducing an unique concept in their buffet.

They have a special cuisine throughout the week, Sushi & Tempura delights on Wednesdays,Persian treats on Fridays and Spanish cuisine on Saturdays.

The Spanish cuisine was fantastic with some authentic dishes from Spain.

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Crema de queso was a hot cheese soup which was the ideal start to the evening . The soup had a mild yet soothing flavour of cheese, which gave it a very unique and creamy taste.

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The starters were quite filling and almost left no space for mains. The Tamalese Pollo was great with the flavour of the herbs and crisp breadcrumbs texture.

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Torte De Marised is a must have for people who like eggs. Fluffy eggs stuffed with a blend of mixed seafood, absolutely delicious.

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The prawns wrapped in basil was a different dish and gave a contrasting effect to the dish. The basil added favour to the mildly spiced prawns.

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The Paella is a traditional dish from Spain with consist of seafood tossed in rice. The dish had strong flavours and the fresh squids and prawns just added to the flavours.

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The mains consisted of Fish Miller which was tossed in a sweet and sour sauce and had a crunch to it. The dish went well with Carne Guisada which was a tenderloin steak cooked in sherry vinegar.

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The desserts section is one of the reasons i would love to visit Sheraton at any given chance.

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The churros were crisp and served in a heavenly rich chocolate sauce.

The other dessert consisted of flan which is a milk based custard and Spanish almond cake which had roasted almonds.

The Spanish cheese cake was so sinful and delicious that I just couldn’t stop with one.

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More details on Sheraton Grand Pune Bund Garden Hotel  

 

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Cafe Colombia

Cafe Colombia is a trendy place frequented by a young Pune crowd, opens in the morning serving breakfast till late in the evening serving some excellent beverages. Music , cool vibes, live shows and the delicious food sums up this place, nestled in a quiet lane in Kalyani Nagar.

We were invited for a dinner and with the right company of the owner Abhishek Dube.

We started with the Magic Mushrooms, a crisp stuffed mushroom which was golden fried in a bread crumb batter. The mushrooms were stuffed with cheese and it was a delight in every way.

Teriyaki Chicken, strips of juicy chicken Sautéed in teriyaki sauce. The chicken had an intense flavour of garlic which gave a good hit to the dish.

Chilli Hot Dog, soft hot dog bun with a delicious sausage. The hotdog was topped with spicy mutton kheema and cheese. The mustard and chilli gave an amazing flavour to it.

Garlic Prawns, Sautéed prawns in butter garlic sauce accompanied with an assorted gourmet veggies . The prawns went well with the herbed mash potatoes which gave it a creamy texture.

Brownies, sizzling gooey brownies with chocolate sauce. The classic combination can never go wrong specially if the brownies tasted more like fudge.

Left to right Abhishek, Aliasgar, Farzana and Meetu.

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Would we go back there? Definitely.

Cafe Colombia 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.

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Wood Fire Grill

Wood Fire Grill is one finely designed restaurant in Kothrud, the open areas with live grills make it a preferred choice if you are a lover of grills and rich food. We were invited for a new menu launch and this is what we tried. Badami Shorba, a shorba worth trying. Finely cooked in a thick Badami paste . The hot soup was the perfect way to start my journey of a culinary adventure. Taimuri Shorba, a shorba made by lamb jaw cooked overnight so all the bone marrow and flavours are extracted. The shorba will hold a special place for meat lovers and was absolutely priceless. Galouti kebab, the famous galouti kebabs served on a bed of papad and we loved this fusion . The papad gave the crunch to the dish and the galouti kabab just melted in my mouth leaving a lot of flavours playing with my mind. Mushrooms, spicy garlic mushrooms fried in tempura batter . A match made in heaven, spicy garlic and tempura batter go fantastic together and with the mushrooms in it, you should try this. Fried Prawns, the ideal way to served prawns was mastered by Chef Rajan . The prawns were deep fried but not at all oily and they were absolutely fresh. I think you don’t need anything else to make a perfect dish. Seekh Kebabs, they were not dry at all and the fat oozing out of the seekh kabab just made it even more juicy . The mint chutney had the sweet and tangy flavour which enhanced the flavours of the spicy seekh. Murg Dahi Kalimirchi, the chef insisted that we try this dish and i totally agree with him after trying it . The dish had this creamy texture of the gravy and the pepper gave a perfect hit. The dish went fabulously well with butter naan. Konkani Fish Curry, chef has not tried to experiment with this dish and kept it simple, flavours stood out. Fresh surmai fish in a fabulous Konkani curry made it an awesome combination. Gosht Taar Korma, huge chunks of mutton boti cooked in korma. The boti just fell off the bone and was tender enough right . The curry was a winner, so was the mutton boti. Keema Kaleji Masaledar, keema kaleji is our Sunday classic made in our house. Perfectly cooked with the right flavours. Beetroot Halwa, beautiful red colour halwa which had a rich flavour from the mava and creamy texture because of the condensed milk. It a must try. I have had a lot of halwas before but beetroot halwa here was just unique. Double Da Meetha, a dessert specially for the sweet lovers, I generally enjoy this a lot but this one was tad too sweet for my liking. Overall give Wood Fire Grill a go if you have not yet. L to R Swapnil, Rutuja, Farzana, Aliasgar and Sachin

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