Krusty’s Bistro -Kharadi – Reviewed.

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Krusty is an All Day Bistro & Bar chain that serves Modern European cuisine in a casual contemporary bistro style ambiance. Krusty’s logo suggests- that have been known to revere Hestia, the Greek Goddess of Food. They have open the doors at Kharadi WTC, an uber chic mixed flavours of European feel of interiors with mouth watering food overloaded with freshness and love.

The B Team was invited for the tasting of some of their signature dishes at the new outlet.

Introduction:
A passionate entrepreneur Rohhan Joshi (CEO & Founder of Krusty’s) has been going places in search of purest and finest ingredients all over the globe. He also shared his in depth knowledge of how the Ingredients like, right from Cheese to Italian herbs are prepared/produced at his Lab setup at the outskirts of Pune.

We started the Sunday lunch with a round of Red Wine Sangria followed by colourful line up of Bruschetta.

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Trio of Bruschetta: These lovely and fresh looking, had a combination of Roasted Beet mousse with black olives, Cream Spinach with confit tomatoes and Herbed Cream Cheese with homemade onion compote. This was the most liked bruschetta out of the lot. Next one was the Herbed Cream Cheese, very distinct flavours of herbs and the perfectly blending cheese, Nice!!

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Sautéed Mushrooms, Herbed Cream Cheese, Caramelised Onions and Wilted Spinach Pizza: Thin crust pizza, perfectly baked, fresh herbs and the Spinach along with Cheese balanced out the taste. Loved the Caramelised Onions sweetness… Just perfect.

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Spinach & Ricotta Ravioli: Every ingredient of this dish was homemade. Wine Butter Sauce made this Ravioli to the next level. Shallots, Sun Dried Tomatoes gave a little tangy and sour taste, Roasted Almonds added the crunch to the soft and googy Ravioli. Overall it was a perfect blend of all.

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Dessert: Belgium Chocolate Cheesecake: One of the finest Belgium Chocolate CheeseCake. Its made with 70% dark chocolate and it tasted blissful with every bite. All the Cheese cakes are freshly made every day.

Overall it was a nice and cosy affair at Krusty’s

A big shout out to Sijo from Ideosphere for inviting us and Rohhan and Team Krustys for hosting us.

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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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Indigo Deli Koregaon Park -Reviewed

Indigo Deli

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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.
Salad @ Indigo Deli

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.

 

Casablanca Wine presents Bubbly Brunch Fortune Select Dasve Lavasa -Reviewed.

 

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Good Drop Wine Cellars is a specialist sparkling wine producer. Founded in 2009 by chartered accountant turned winemaker Ashwin Rodrigues who learned his craft in the Barossa Valley, Australia, our objective is be at the forefront of the Indian wine revolution. We do this by offering quality and value wines, tailor-made for the Indian wine drinker. We got off the blocks in 2010 by using contract winemaking facilities in Nashik, Maharashtra. Our own sprawling state-of-the-art winery was set up in 2013 at the Vinchur Wine Park, Nashik, Maharashtra. Our wines are available in Maharashtra and Goa and will be steadily expanding to new markets.

Ashwin Rodrigues -A founder of Good Drop Wine Cellars

At Good Drop we believe that India has tremendous potential to be a quality producer of wines. The world is sitting up and taking note as more and more serious drops come out of India. We see ourselves as the harbingers of this revolution. However if the base of the industry has to grow we need to make not just high-end wines but quality and affordable wines that are suitable for the local palate. Good Drop does exactly that and with a swirl of innovation. Rio has taken wine to the masses by making it a fun beverage at under a hundred rupees a pop. Our competitively priced Casablanca is India’s only Charmat method premium sparkling wine. It won the Indian Consumer Choice Awards 2015, a testament to our listening to our consumer’s needs. More recently we have acquired Good Earth Wines the brand as part of our strategy to be a complete wine producer. I’m happy that we’re on course to fulfill our vision of seeing India as a wine drinking and producing country, one glass at a time.

THE WINERY

A winery is the heart of a wine producer. In 2013 Good Drop Wine Cellars set up one of India’s most innovative wineries in Vinchur Wine Park, Nasik, designed for especially for sparkling wine production. A sprawling facility, it has a current tank capacity of 550,000 litres extendable to 2 million litres within the existing building. The entire building is a pre-fabricated structure using sandwich PUF panels, a first in India. The machinery is largely imported from Italy. The winery is equipped with a range of pressure vessels especially for Charmat, a method of sparkling wine production.

I was Invited for the Tasting of their beautiful Sparkling Wines and Rio Spritzers at Zodiac 24hrs Astral Coffee Shop in Fortune Select Dasve Lavasa.

There was huge array of Saturday Bubbly Brunch right from the live counters, Fresh Salads, Starters, Mains and Delicious Desserts. You need to have huge appetite to taste all of these along with the Bubbly Wines.

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Good Drop Wines had two variants of wines to offer: Rose Spumante and Vino Spumante.

What are Spumante Wines: It is also called Asti or Asti Spumante It’s made from the Moscato Bianco grape.
Frizzante and Spumante are two wine words most associated with sparkling wine.
Both frizzante and spumante describe the level of effervescence (i.e. the strength of the bubbles) in a bottle of sparkling wine. Wines labeled ‘frizzante’ are what we call gently sparkling, while wines labeled ‘spumante’ are more effervescent and fully sparkling.

The carbonation in sparkling wine is created using one of two methods: Méthode Champenoise (Champagne method) or Metodo Italiano, which is also known as the Charmat-Martinotti method.

Good Drop Wines is made from the Charmat Martinotti Method. They are sweet and quite bubbly which you can feel it with every sip. My personal favourite is Vino Spumante – Its Sweet Mild and Bubbly. On the other hand Rose was bit Dry for me, wp-image-554387866wp-image-2084535738wp-image-2131941042wp-image-1160928272wp-image-2065034230wp-image-1807031249wp-image-900377540wp-image-271159453wp-image-1444210147wp-image-1229467812wp-image-1304003056it retained a slight sweetness although it’s not sugary sweet.

Next one in the line up was the Rio Spritzers- There were three flavours, out of which I could try two only. Lemon & Passion and the other one was Orange & Pineapple.

Rio- First Fizzy Wine in India to be packaged in affordable party drink with a pull-off cap.
I loved the Tangy and Refreshing Lemon & Passion Rio Spritzer. This was the Best ever combination till now I had in Alcoholic based Fruit flavour Drinks. All the Spritzers contains 8% v/v Alcohol.

Orange and Pineapple– This had Tangy and slight after taste of sweetness with every sip. Nice palish in colour.

Bubbly Brunch: As I mentioned earlier that the buffet spread was huge and one should have a good appetite for it. As per the brand standard the quality of the food was really good. The Staff is courteous and happy to help.

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The Bubbly brunch is served on Saturday and Sunday from 12:30 pm – 03:30 pm along with free flowing of sparkling wine.

A big shout out for Anupama for the invitation and Thanks you Team Zodiac for hosting us. 

Other Details: 

Zomato Link for Fortune Select Dasve Lavasa 

Good Drop Wine Website 

 

 

The Orchid Midnight Buffet- Reviewed. 

Located on the Pune-Bangalore Highway, The Orchid Pune, is a five-star property and an Ecotel Hotel in India that exudes grace and luxuriance. Away from all the hustle-and- bustle of the busy city, The Orchid Hotel in Pune is at an ideal distance from many IT and software hubs in Pune – making it the business traveller’s preferred choice of booking.

Sprawled across six acres of stunning landscaped gardens, The Orchid Pune, is host to an assortment of world-class conference rooms, banquet halls, and outdoor lawns for events. The hotel, an instantly recognisable building on the Pune-Bangalore highway, is adjacent to Pune’s only International Sports Complex makes it near-impossible to miss. 

The Orchid was the first to launch the Midnight Buffet some years back when nobody had a similar concept. Recently they have Re-Launched the Midnight Buffet at Boulevard Coffee Shop. The BTeam was Invited to for the Tasting the Midnight Buffet which is just 499/- ++ Taxes. 

The buffet was a lucullan feast and one of its kind. They had all, right from the Soups, Salads,  Starters, Mains with a unique live counter and wide variety of desserts to spoil yourself.

I will just run you through the menu starting from the Soups- Roasted Squash & Almond Soup and Chicken Tom Yum Soup.


Starters
were served on the Table:  Tandoori Paneer and Veg Dumplings. Paneer was soft and well marinated. 

Salads
had a good spread which includes the non-veg variants as well. 
Coming to Live Counter: As I mentioned earlier that they had a Unique Live Counter, They had a Hand Cart placed within the premises and they were serving Italian Pav Bhaji. We actually hogged on this !! Nicely cut Penne Pasta were tossed in PavBhaji with some Italian herbs and loads of Cheese/Butter. It was served with the homemade fresh and soft pav. 


Mains
: It was again a huge spread like Bhavnagari Salan and Indian Veg Stekar, Paneer E-Khas, Malaysian Stew Noodles, Steamed Rice and Dal Fry. My personal favourite was Paneer E-Khas and Malaysian Stew. 


Desserts
:  Along with some delicious Cakes, Brownies they also had luscious Traditional Indian sweets like Malai Ghewar and Angoori Rasmalai.

They also serve Alcohol which is the Plus point and a reason to visit. 


A big shout out to Neha for inviting us and Harshita and Team Boulevard for hosting us
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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.

Oh So Stoned KP- Alcoholic Anonymous Collection Ice-Cream. 


Oh So Stoned is a renowned Ice Cream chain in Delhi and Hyderabad and has finally made its way to Pune.

Oh So Stoned! , a venture of Meghna Group of Companies, is a popular & innovative ice cream brand based on the glacial stone concept. Launched in 2012, Oh So Stoned! Offers a wide variety of glacial stone creations, thick shakes, gooey chocolate brownies, Munchies – range of quick bites.


I was Invited to taste their signature Alcoholic Flavoured Ice-Creams, and they call it Alcoholic Anonymous.


The first thing we tried was the Rum Baba Ice Cream. On hearing about an alcoholic flavoured ice cream. Let me clear some facts of it, this Ice-Cream, it’s not alcoholic. That’s because all the spirit has been cooked off and is reduced to only flavour. The ice cream has all the punch on Rum and is topped with a Rum ball. They also have a fantastic topping sauce.

Next in the line was the Drunken Nuts about Toffee: It was the most nuttiest Ice-Cream. Nice crunchy with the very first bite. Almond praline toffee fused with Chocolate Ice-Cream topped with Roasted Almonds pieces with Signature Rum Sauce. #MustHave.

Next one was some desi style Drunken Chikki: This was a blend of Vanilla and Butter Scotch ice-cream with Small Chikki pieces sprinkled on top with their Special Whiskey Caramel Sauce. Crunchy and sticky flavor of the ice-cream.


Last one was Boozy Banoffee: The Indulgent Banana and Toffee Dessert infused with Vanilla Ice-cream topped with Chocolate shaving along with Whiskey Caramel Sauce, Choco Chips and Banana Slice. The cup cone becomes bit soggy if you don’t finish it soon. If you like the flavor of banana in your ice cream then this is for you.



Oh So Stoned has seasonal menu to look forward especially the Mango Special, where they have Mango based ice-cream and Shakes.
Thank you Maneesh Manral (Go. Pune) for the invite  and Oh So Stoned Koregaon Park for Hosting us. 

Gong – New Asian Restaurant – Reviewed

 

 

​Sacred Chinese gongs are inscribed with the Mandarin Chinese characters called Tai Loi, which means, happiness has arrived.

 

GONG- Modern Asian takes you to a new level of happiness with its high energy ambience that is a contemporary take on traditional Japanese temple architecture and diverse Asian flavours that are prepared using western cooking techniques and presentations.

The menu features a progressive mix of Sushis, Asian Tapas, Stir Fries and Curries – rolled, steamed, baked, fried, tossed or slow cooked. The cocktail concoctions make use of fresh and dehydrated fruits, herbs, spices and liqueurs to achieve a perfect harmony of flavours.
The result is a perfect balance of ingredients and textures that are all a testimony to GONG holding the baton of innovation.

GONG is a venture of Speciality Restaurants Ltd, the company behind favourites like Mainland China, Oh! Calcutta and Hoppipola. MD Anjan Chatterjee teams up with son Avik Chatterjee, who’s designed GONG to oscillate between an elegant dining space and a pumped up, high-energy bar.

Ingredients from Thailand, Japan, Vietnam and its neighbouring countries jostle for space in the exhaustive menus. There’s a wide range of sushi, rolls and dimsums to spoil you for choice, and the long list of noodles and mains ensure that deciding what to order is a tough decision.

I was invited for the tasting some of their speciality.

We started with Amuse Bouche: The term is French and literally means “mouth amuser” It has often becomed a showcase, however, due to the artistry and showmanship of the chef, intensified by the competition among restaurants. They had a cranberry sphere Jelly type with basil crumble, followed by kaffir lime tofu. Nice mix of sweet and spice in one go.

Mushroom Cappuccino Soup: This was Smooth enough to start with and served hot with Extra finely chopped Mushrooms by the side in a small bowl. Very nicely presented. #MushHave

Sushi Rolls: 

Asparagus Tempura: A Chef’s speciality. Young leafy tips of asparagus, tempura fried to a nice golden colour and rolled into a chumaki size sushi. Avocado inside and are topped with crunch. So delicious!!

Cream Cheese Avocado: This was another gem from the Chef. Mouth melting Cheesy with Mayo dressing along with Asparagus and Cucumber were there for holding up. Rolled in Sushi rice. Served with WASABI, Tender and sweet Thai Ginger. #MustHave.

Dimsums:

Edamame and Truffle Dumpling: These little babies were tender soft, silky and shiny. Along with this to add some spice and enhance the taste they had given us some authentic Dipping Sauces.

Asian Cottages Cheese Ravioli: This was absolutely must have. Flimsy Ravioli dipped in Thai flavoured curry served in Martini Glass. Wow. This is a beautiful creation by the Chef. #MustHave

Crispy Vegetable Cheung Fun: This cheung fun is one of the more untraditional dishes, mixing the textures of the soft cheung fun skin, the crispy beancurd sheets and the Veggies filling. I loved this! No wonder its the Gong’s most favourite dish.

Crispy Lotus Stem: This is unarguably the best Crispy Lotus stem I ever had. The speciality of this is the Stem are big in size and which are directly imported from Thailand. Thats it has a different taste and crunch with every bite. #MustHave

Burnt garlic fried rice with vegetables in Chilli basil: This is the only restaurant where I liked the Fried rice, nice and flavourful with burnt Garlic. Vegetable tossed and served with Chilli Basil sauce.

Stir fried Noodles: Good in taste Finely chopped veggies added to it.
Desserts:

Chocolate Dome: One of the fancy items from the menu. Big Chocolate Dome is placed and Hot Chocolate Sauce is poured over it to uncover the hidden gems like Brownie cubes, Crispy honey flat noodles, Some Popcorns, and a Scoop of Vanilla Ice-Cream. #MustHave.
Mocktails:

Malaya Spiced Melon and Hot Guava Punch: Its bit difficult to decide between both but Hot Guava Punch is my favourite.

Overall:

Gong takes you to the Journey of Asian cuisine along with some latest Molecular Gastronomy techniques and which embellishes the overall dinning experience. The Interiors of the Gong makes this journey Magnetic and Delightful.

A big Shout out to Shweta from ESOL and Team Gong for Invitation and hosting us.

 

 

 

Culture पुणे – Reviewed

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Culture पुणे: This is a new kid on the block of the hangout joint along with good Cocktails to go with.

This place has come up at the same spot where the By the Way restaurant use to be there. The interiors of Culture Pune has kept the Rustic and Rugged looks with vintage switch boards, naked brick walls behind the Bar counter.

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#TheBteam was invited for the tasting of some of their signature cocktails and signature dishes.

Cocktails :
तुळशीबाग-Basil Garden: Fresh melon infused with Basil and Vodka served in a Copper Kalash (ताम्बिया).

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Rum में है दम: Loaded with all types of rum White, Dark, Coconut Rum mixed with orange and lime juice served on the ice.

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Appetizers:

Panner Tikka Sophiyani: Big Chunks of Paneer marinated with spicy rustic masala served with mint chutney. This was yummy in taste. #musthave

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Baked Cauliflower with Fried Garlic: This was bit disappointing dish. overall baking of the cauliflower was not good. It was just cheesy and it was served with Gralic bread.

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Mains:

Burnt Garlic Veggies: Veggies tossed in Garlic sauce along with Hakka Noddles Again this didn’t suited for my palate.

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Ratatouille Pilaf: European version of veg Pulao. Slow cooked with seasonal veggies tossed with mixed herbs and aromatic Mediterranean rice with butter. This was something good from the mains which I liked it. Nice flavourful in taste bit tangy and spicy as well. Good to try out for the mains.

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Desserts:

Bourbon Panna Cotta: Awesomely made and it was scooped off within seconds from the plate. Its infused with best bourbon whiskey. #Musthave

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Old Monk Mousse Shot: Chocolaty in taste, delicate on the tongue, with a kick of old Monk. Nice for the sweet tooth.

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Creme Brulee: Homemade custard with crystal clear caramel torched to the perfection. #musthave.

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overall…

Apart from some teething issues with the service and staff the variants of the cocktails they offer is good which can be clubbed with good starters.