The Asian Box (Baner) – Reviewed

This the second baby after the 4 years old Koregaon park branch, from the passionate couple Priya and Dheeraj. They moved to Pune from Singapore almost a decade ago. They felt that Pune lacked in good authentic place for the Asian cuisine. And this gave an idea to start an outlet in Koregaon Park. After successful run through they started the newest branch in Baner.

The motto of the Asian Box is to serve the authentic and rich Asian Cuisine with all the fresh ingredients, Dheeraj quoted “We want to create that fresh, made-to-order experience in an authentic, healthy way.”

The B Team was for the exclusive tasting some of their bar menu which they are planing
As it was a dry day we had to settle with Mocktails,

Lemongrass Ginger Caipiroska: It had Strong flavors of muddled pieces of ginger at the base and with a little hint of spice. Ginger pieces could have been little finely shredded then its would be nice and refreshing drink to start the evening.

Appletini: I like this drink very much as it had perfect balance of Apple sweetness and Cinnamon’s flavour.

The Thai Lettuce Wraps (Tofu): It was deconstructed salad with minced tofu wok tossed in red chilies and basil and served with iceberg Lettuce.

Cheese Lumpia: To those unfamiliar, lumpia is the Filipino term for spring rolls. It’s a very versatile dish that can be filled with anything–meat, seafood, veggies, combination of all three, fruits, jams, even cheese. They are great as appetizers, side dish, and snacks. The cheese lumpia which was served was nice with light crunch but missed out with cheese filling.
If they can add a bit more of cheese then this will be awesome.

Mixed Veg. Dumpling: These small beauties were filled with finely chopped carrots, water chestnut and beans in a translucent cover. Perfect mouthful of portion size.

Crispy Veg Saffron: This was very different from the regular Veg Crispy you have it in the regular restaurant. The Vegetables wok tossed in Coconut Cream and Saffron.

It was the Sushi time: Crispy Asparagus Maki: The Asian Box has a live sushi counter with good number of veg and non-veg sushi to opt from. This particular Sushi was bit dry, although the flavors were good. If they keep it moist it will wonderful.

Mains

Black pepper claypot rice: Steam fragrant rice topped with hot black pepper sauce. Perfect for the winters and it’s a meal in itself.

Veg Khao Suey: It is one of their signatures dish and most recommended by the regulars. The Curry was addictive and it was a tray ful of condiments which goes well with the Khao Suey. The coconut milk made this Khao Suey creamy and tasty.

Desserts:

Pandan Panacotta: This was served cute looking small jars and mind it was so addictive we actually had to order more to fulfill our craving.

Banana & Nuttella Sushi with Vanilla Ice-cream: This can be avoided.

A big shout out to Svetlana for inviting us and Priya Kripalani Mahtani & Dheeraj Mahtani and Team Asian Box for hosting us.

Disclaimer: I was invited for a complimentary food tasting event. This blog is a narrative of my experience at the event. These are my views that I have expressed in the blog. Others are most welcome to agree or disagree with the same. The blog is not personally or commercially influenced. I have not lifted, copied or plagiarised it from any source either. However, I have done my due diligence via publicly available information on the internet and as shared by the client/PR agency.

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1BHK Superbar – Reviewed

Warning this is not the Real Estate blog! It’s about the food and the new and super bar which has come up in the Baner.

The Story of this 1BHK goes something like this: While India was going through unprecedented shocks of abolition of high value currency,two friends Heramb Shelke and Vijay Shinde met hospitality professional and restaurateur Rajat Grover.

In this meeting, Heramb Shelke floated the idea of venturing together into hospitality, on which the passionate and hospitality inclined trio agreed.

The three of them concluded on venturing together with an initiative of introducing an indigenous chain of restaurants.

Incarnated by the thought of, people wanting to buy and sell away their homes in a financial frenzy caused by demonetisation, BHK was very much the buzz word during these days of darkness.

Inspired by the talk of the town they decided to name their culinary venture 1BHK.

Within no time, the consociates collaborated and began to give shape to their dream venture 1-BHK – Bar, Hauté and Kitchen, with 2 and 3BHK in the pipeline…

The Superbar is a global comfort dining with an innovative beverage repertoire.

Pune being a growing hub for food enthusiasts & connoisseurs alike, the trio concluded on rooting in the seeds of this Super Luxury bar and dining culture, located at the bustling neighbourhood of Baner -Balewadi

A two-storey construction is occupying the heart of Pune’s upscale and ever expanding Baner-Balewadi area.

On the ground level is the alfresco promenade and the brasserie offering salads, soups, sangrias, coffee and juices with a take-away option.

The high energy Superbar separates the tapas and dining section and is designed for easy interaction with the guests whilst seated on high-stools.

The hauté cuisine served in the dedicated casual dining is comfort world food with an Indian reach.

Diner’s coziness will never be at take with only one of its kind Jhula-Table concept that lets you walk around with all ease.

Expect touches of elegance & details while you dine & relish the scrumptious menu on offer.

By day 1BHK functions as a hangout place for friends, families and corporates and by night it smoothly shifts gears to become a high energy bar where the night is always young.

There is a private bar/tapas area that will be available on a prior reservation.

Every single thing at this place is a upshot of the owner and his partners. This place has it’s own charm. Once you enter the place you can see by yourself that every minute details of the wall art or objects placed on the shelves has a reason to be there. There are almost 28k wooden danglers hanging from the ceiling.

The B Team was invited for the tasting of their some Super Signature Dishes.

As we were exploring the place and the wide spread menu Mr. Rajat joined us for the Lunch. He gave us more information about the Place, Menu, and the delicious food they serve. The Menu is nicely curated while mentioning the country of origin of a particular dish. The offering from the Menu is a global affair and it has huge option to choose from, for a Vegetarian like me.

We Started With some Cocktails:

The Taxicol: This is one hell of a drink. Its has a Mix overload of rum, with white, dark and spiced rums was an immensely potent drink. After this you really need to call for a taxi!

The 1BHK Bartenders Special Vodka Cheesecake: This was the beauty in itself and very well presented. A perfect mix of premium quality Ketel One vodka and blended with Cheesecake. This was served with Freshly made Cheesecake to compliment the drink.

The Nasha Paan: It was the hatke drink and is made with vodka and gin and has a nice strong flavor of the betel leaf, served in Martini Glass.

Salads:

Valencia Orange and Apple Fusion Salad (Spain/Fusion): Freshly Diced fruits and some some cheese along with jalapeños and black olives to cut the taste. It was nice mixed flavorful bowl.

Tapas:

Garlic Mushrooms with Pita Bread (London) : The Garlic Mushroom dip is to die for so #yummilious. This is also served with Naan instead of pita bread,which make it an Indian version of it.

Mushroom Scampi (Italy): This is a Vegetarian version of Prawns Mushroom Scampi. It is stuffed and aptly baked with a Googy Cheese. It is served in fully loaded miniature Truck.

Nazza:

Butter Paneer Nazza: First came the Nazza and then came the Nanza as we all know! They are pioneers to introduce this dish way back in early 2000 and still going strong. So they have added this to the Menu of 1BHK as well. Loaded with Paneer chunks marinated in butter and mix of Indian Spices on a naan as a base to make it a proper MADE IN INDIA with all the love!

Mains:

1BHK Cottage Cheese Steak in JD Sauce
(Indian/fusion) : This is a perfect fusion food with alcohol. A big chunk of stuffed paneer along with some grilled veggies tossed in Barbeque Sauce which had Jack Daniel whisky infused in it. A total blissful food served on the table.

Desserts:

1BHK Blueberry {Philadelphia} Cheesecake: This what I call the original Philadelphia Cheese Cake. The Cheese used is originally imported from Philadelphia and this can be felt right when you scoop it. Purely
delicious.

Choc Choc Hazelnut Brownie with Vanilla Ice-cream and Hot Chocolate Sauce: 1BHK is here to serve a trend no more sizzling Brownie served on the hot plate! Freshly baked Hazelnut Brownie with a dollop of a vanilla ice-cream makes this dessert stand out from the rest.

Napoli Tiramisu: Again 1BHK has it’s own version of Tiramisu. It is served with crisp and crunchy biscuit to balance the taste of tiramisu.

Overall….

1BHK has taken the Pune’s food and party scene to the next level. The food is delicious and good amount of portion size. They don’t have a dance floor as such but you can taken on the table and let loose all your madness of the party mood…no one is stopping you doing this. It’s time to change the way Pune party and 1BHK is the place to be.

A big shout out to Devendra for inviting us and Rajat and Team 1BHK Superbar for hosting us.

Disclaimer:

I was invited for a complimentary food tasting event. This blog is a narrative of my experience at the event. These are my views that I have expressed in the blog. Others are most welcome to agree or disagree with the same.

The blog is not personally or commercially influenced. I have not lifted, copied or plagiarized it from any source either. However, I have done my due diligence via publicly available information on the internet and as shared by the client/PR agency.

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Indigo Deli Koregaon Park -Reviewed

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Let me start a with a quote “Anything is good if it’s made of chocolate.”
― Jo Brand
But I say “Anything is good if it made in Indigo Deli”

Launched in 2005, Indigo Delicatessen has defined the quintessential Deli experience in India over the years. With accolades and awards, and many a ‘firsts’ along the way, the Deli developed a tradition of delighting guests and building a patronage. It originates from the house of deGustibus Hospitality, the pioneering company that gave shape to the iconic Indigo Restaurant in Mumbai and had re-written the rules of luxury dining in India in the early 2000’s.
Indigo Deli is an all-day café that offers its guests a comfortable and friendly atmosphere with an extensive and absolutely scrumptious menu consisting of contemporary Western Comfort food, cooked using an array of techniques and practices – mostly European and American. The fare can be best described as honest, unpretentious, good food, cooked from the heart with local sustainable produce.

Each Deli is unique, with a certain central focus that defines the space. Yet, there are several aspects across the Delis that bind them. The colours and tones used within each of the Delis lends to a sense of comfort and warmth within the space and adds to the overall experience. This is mimicked by the friendly and attentive service received during the course of every dining experience.

After winning the hearts by opening its flagship outlet in Pune at Phoenix Marketcity Mall, They have opened their second outlet’s door at Koregaon Park. I was invited for the Food tasting of this outlet. The menu remains the same but, the love they spread while serving their scrumptious food has already taken the foodies to the next level.

We started the Evening with a little chat with the Chef Tushar and we also discussed the Positive vibe this place has. The place is done so well, It has a feel of old English cafe on a busy streets of London, With wide clear windows and the table attached to each which gives a glimpse of the road. It has up class high head leather sofas with a lot of head room overall makes this place a unique for a Sunday Morning Breakfast.

The evening was set with specially curated menu by the chef himself, and he knows how to keep the patrons happy.
Amuse Bouche

Amuse Bouche: It was Potato & Leek with Chive Sour Cream and the Golden Fried Leeks. This was warm and soothing served in a Cup.
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Salad: This was a freshness overloaded salad with Kale, Fennel, Apple Batons added the little sweetness, Dried Cranberries this added sourness, Feta & Candied Pecan nut for the crunchiness. Perfect way to start your dinner.

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Pizza: 3 Pepper & 3 Cheese Pizza: IndioDeli is the only place where you get the wafer thin crust, I really mean wafer thin crust here!! Perfectly baked without spoiling the crust. The 3 Cheese were cheddar, scamorza and mozzarella and 3 Peppers were Red, Yellow and Bhavnagari peppers. Combination of all six gave a perfect level of spice and good amount of cheese to make this a complete pizza.
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SDT Olives and Capers: Little sour with little juice in the Sun Dried Tomatoes(SDT) along with Black olives and Capers, these are basically the edible flower buds (capers), often used as a seasoning, and the fruit (caper berries), both of which are usually consumed pickled as well. The SDT are homemade to get the perfect quality of the tomato.

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Spinach & Jerusalem artichoke Ravioli: Jerusalem Artichoke is also called sunroot, sunchoke, earth apple, or topinambour. Ravioli was served with blistered cheery tomato, Crispy basil and bell pepper puree. These Ravioli were very delicate yet they were holding the stuffing very well.
Lemongrass Kaffir Lime Steamed Rawas with Cilantro- Black Olive Gnocchi Sauteed shitake and charred corn

Lemongrass Kaffir Lime Steamed Rawas with Cilantro- Black Olive Gnocchi Sauteed shitake and charred corn: As Chef wanted me to try the vegetarian version of this so with his magical cooking skills he took off the Steamed Rawas and made me a Veggi version. This dish was highly appreciated on the table by the non-vegetarians and it was swiped off within minutes.

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Desserts: Indigo Deli offers excellent varieties of desserts including multiple options of homemade ice-creams. We tried almost all the Desserts including Apple Pie, Chocolate layered Almond Cake, Chocolate Mud Cake and Blueberry Cheese Cake. All were just awesome.

A big Shout out for Svetlana for Invitation and Chef Tushar, Saptadeep and Team Indigo Deli (KP) for hosting us.

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Address: 26/3A/2 Power Point UG 3, Lane Number 6, Koregaon Park, Pune.

Disclaimer: I was invited for a complimentary food tasting event. This blog is a narrative of my experience at the event. These are my views that I have expressed in the blog. Others are most welcome to agree or disagree with the same. The blog is not personally or commercially influenced. I have not lifted, copied or plagiarised it from any source either. However, I have done my due diligence via publicly available information on the internet and as shared by the client/PR agency.

 

212’s All New Menu – Reviewed

212’s All Day, All New, All Good menu has launched.

On every visit 212 has some surprises stored. This time it was their all New Menu launch, and I was privileged to be invited for the tasting of the same.

Let the journey of New menu begin….

Curried Potato Mille Fieulle: Mille Fieulle is a French pastry whose exact origin is unknown. Its modern form was influenced by improvements of Marie-Antoine Carême. Traditionally, a mille-feuille is made up of three layers of puff pastry (pâte feuilletée), alternating with two layers of pastry cream (crème pâtissière), but sometimes whipped cream or jam are substituted, when substituted with jam this is then called a Bavarian slice. The top pastry layer is dusted with confectioner’s sugar, and sometimes cocoa, pastry crumbs, or pulverized seeds (e.g. roasted almonds). Alternatively the top is glazed with icing or fondant in alternating white (icing) and brown (chocolate) stripes, and combed.
But the at 212 it had a savoury version of it. The three layer of crunchy curried potato served along with veg stew, kokum lassi and coconut-chilli chutney. Veg Stew is the best ever I have had till date. In between layer filling there was mashed Potato and spiced up with Indian spices very similar to Dosa Subji. Nice Innovative way serving. Beautifully plated. although the portion size can be increased.

Eggplant Bruschetta: Eggplant would be so delicious I never thought of it. This dish is absolutely in the list of “not to be missed” The crunchy bruschetta was topped with Eggplant, Brie, Fried onions, to add the little sweetness to overall taste Figs were placed at the end. This was such a beautifully prepared, Hands down to the Chef.

Spicy Emmental Arrancini: These are stuffed rice balls which are coated with bread crumbsand then deep fried. They are usually filled with ragù (meat and tomato sauce), mozzarella, and peas. The name, which is translated as “little orange”, derives from their shape and colour which, after cooking, is reminiscent of an orange.
Arrancini were just had a perfect Crunchiness with Googy Mozzarella Cheese inside. This was served with the Chermoula Mayo.

Poutines:

Kung Fu Fondue: These were the googy-iest of the lot. So much of cheese right from the first bite. With more cheese at the bottom. So don’t forget to keep digging it. But make sure you don’t keep it unattended for a long time as this might turn in to a Soggy one. Szechwan Tofu added some spice to it and cut the cheesy taste.

Avocado & pomelo Salad: It was a freshness overloaded with Arugula, Peanut and Horseradish Dressing topped with some Walnut Chikki to add the crunch. As per my taste buds it was too sweetened.

Trio of Chips & Salsa: There were three types of Nachos Spinach, Beetroot,and Classic. These were served with different flavours of dips, like Sour Cream, Guacamole, Cilantro, Chipotle, Tomato Salsa, and Habanero Salsa. All the dips & salsa were outstanding, in terms flavour and spice levels. The Chef had taken extra efforts to create all these dips.

Burgers and Sandwiches:

Two Mushrooms Burger: This was a monster burger to with crunchy patty along with melted Gruyere Cheese. Its a super meal in itself. It was served with Fries and fresh salad.

Masala Paneer Scramble: Fusion of Indian and English cuisine. It could have been more crisper. The filling was with crispy potatoes and mint spread and served with Raisin Chutney along with Fries and Fresh Salad.

Chettinad Cottage Cheese Pizza: This is one of the innovative recipes from 212 cafe and bar. Paneer Chunks tempered with Mustard and Curry Leaves. Paneer chunks were nicely marinated and tender enough to melt away in your mouth. The cheese played its role of googy-ness and the thin crisp crust was holding strong all drama happening on top of it.

From the Grills:

Green Peas, Baby Potatoes & Celery cake: This was one of the most delicate dish served on the table. The filling was with soft sweet potatoes little spiced up with the celery patties wrapped up in grape leaves which were first steamed and then grilled and served with demi glace sauce. We had to unwrap it to enjoy the delicious stuffing.

Mains:

Truffle, Porcini and Buratta Risotto: This was the most googy and creamy Risotto I ever tasted. 212 has taken the Risotto to the next level and you will be addicted to it from the very first bite. Strong Truffle gave it slightly garlicky with a deep musky aroma while Porcine gave a deep earthy flavor which enhances any dish. Black olives and crispy banana flowers were added to give the risotto a different after taste on the taste buds.

Ultimate Beetroot Gnocchi: Nice colourful and Beautifully plated tender Gnocchi mixed with Spinach, Shallots and for the tangy flavour orange zest was added.

Desserts:

Tiramisu Eclairs: After having such a long list of newly introduced menu, For desserts I have a separate gut!! Mascarpone cheese was soft and Coffee dust gave a different taste to it. Along with some dark chocolate chips and Figs also had their own role to play.

Peanut Butter Pie: Chocolate Ganache Peanut Butter Pastry, served with Vanilla Ice- Cream, Combination of both have Mixed flavours of Sweet Nutty and Chocolaty and made the dessert complete.

A big shout out for Svetlana for invitation and team 212 for Hosting us.


Sunday Brunch at Teddyboy – Reviewed

Brunch is such an odd thing. It was created by fat, lazy people who were too lazy to wake up at a reasonable hour and too fat to wait until the next proper time for dining.

– Brian South

This sums up the Brunch definition.

Celebrated MasterChef Doyel Sarangi herself calls up and invites #TheBTeam over for a tasting we could resist.

The place has it’s own charm with breath taking view from the rooftop and rain drizzling over feels like it’s a perfect way to spend Sunday with yummylious food and fun loving family and friends.

Coming to the buffet spread, it had delicious starters served on the table with live pasta counter to choose from. Soups and the mains had a good options as well.

Starters included Corn Tikki, Veg. Seekh Kebab, Chicken Dumplings, Fish Koliwada and Chicken Tikka along with assorted Dips and Salads. You should not miss the dips, they were so good, went well with all the starters.

The mains had vegetarian,and Nonveg along with sea food. Khara Veg, Butter Paneer, Massaman Fish Curry and Murgh Dhoba were the options to choose from. To end the mains the Yellow Dal Tadka and Steamed Rice.

Desserts: Strawberry Cheesecake and Cream Strawberry Boulabaise and Churros with Chocolate Sauce. The churros dissappointed us, hard and chewy.

The Sunday Brunch is on from 12:00 noon to 3:30 PM and has the following packages: Rs. 599++ for Food & Mocktails.

Big Shout out to Chef Doyel for invitation and team Teddyboy for hosting us.

Sheesha- The Taste of Flame- Reviewed

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The famous chain of restaurant Sheesha has recently opened its doors at Ishanya Mall which happens to be buzzing place especially since the 500m Rule has been applicable. In recent months we have seen many Brands of Bars and Eateries have bloomed up. Sheesha has placed on a roof top of the Ishanya mall (It has a temporary covered for the rains)

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SHEESHA is an restaurant serving authentic North Indian Cuisine especially Awadhi and Muglai Cuisine. Menu is filled with exquisite and carefully selected dishes which are subtle yet daring. Only restaurant in Pune to introduce Nawabs of Awadh for their love of music, dance, of epicurean delights and of grand gestures. And the good news is that they have Sheesha with many flavours to choose from. Talking about their Food they try new and old recipe, experimenting and innovating to keep up with the race. Internationally acclaimed, EX-ITC Chef Kader Khan founding partner of sheesha all the way from Lucknow brings you the different taste of flame whose experience has crossed a silver jubilee in making 386 different kinds of only kebabs.

I was the part of First Bloggers table held at Sheesha Pune.

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Ambience: Restaurant have huge space. They have three option of sitting the regular Tables and chairs, second one is the cabana style sitting for small group or family and the Round table with separate area.

As we settled down, we started with some mocktails followed by the starters to cool down ourselves.

 

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Soup: Tomato Sorba: Basic Tomato shorba nothing fancy about it.

Cheese Corn Kurkure: Deep fried stuffed with googy cheese and corn was good to start with. The cover was enough crunchy to hold the cheese and with the first bite the cheese was oozing out.

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Makai Malai Seekh Kebab: This starter was served on a sizzling hot plate. Nice and mouth melting Keba, distinct in taste and aroma.

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Paneer Shashlik: Again this was served on the sizzling plate. Flavoursome Paneer mixed with roughly chopped vegetables which were tossed in a tangy tomato base puree, this give a nice colourful presentation.

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Baby Corn Amritsari: Deep fried Baby corns in Amritsari species. I my opinion
it was bit over fried which tend to lose the tenderness of the babycorn.

Main Course

There was huge spread from we had to choose, which made our task bit difficult. The main course was much better than starters.

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Tawa Sabz Banjara: This was the winner of evening. Perfect in taste, Spiciness, rich in aroma, roughly chopped vegetables served in a flat tawa style plate. This goes will with Butter Garlic Naan.

Dum Aloo Nawabi: As the name suggest, Soft Dryfruits stuffed dum aloo cooked in Cashew gravy and cooked in rich creamy gravy to get the perfect consistency.

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Dal Bukhara: One of the best dal in the town, slow cooked for hours to get the thickness without adding any thickening agent which can be felt right from the first bite. This goes well with Kadak Roti and Jeera rice.

Veg Biryani: Moist, Flavourful, rich in aroma, perfectly cooked with equal amount of spice.Vegetables were perfectly cooked and chunky. No issues at all.

Desserts:

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Avadhi Lasooni Kheer: This was something unusual in the dessert section so we ordered that. Basically it was Kheer with very finely chopped garlic mixed with the kheer. If you don’t like garlic’s after taste, then this dessert is not ment for you. It’s different and unique.

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Gulab Jamun: Small in size soft and dipped in sugar syrup.

Overall a good experience apart from some teething issues. And of course they serve different flavours of Sheesha and they have weekly Sufi nights to enjoy along with good food.

A Big shout out for the Shivangi from Carpe Diem for invitation and Team Sheesha for hosting us.

Address

Ishanya Mall, Arced 5, Terrace, Opposite Golf Course, Off Airport Road, Yerawada, Pune

Contact : 020 30162212

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Disclaimer:

I was for a complimentary food tasting event. This blog is a narrative of my experience at the event. These are my views that I have expressed in the blog. Others are most welcome to agree or disagree with the same.

The blog is not personally or commercially influenced. I have not lifted, copied or plagiarized it from any source either. However, I have done my due diligence via publicly available information on the internet and as shared by the client/PR agency.