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.

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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

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

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.

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