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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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.


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.

 

 

 

Khiva-The Royal Treat. 

​Khe Vakh! (What a pleasure!) is what the folks in the city of Khiva, Uzbekistan, say to celebrate good life and good food.

The award-wining restaurant, first started its operations in Mumbai and now have taken the challenge to tempt Punekars by offering a unique journey of exotic Royal Frontier Bhukara Cuisine. The restaurant is located in Phoenix mall, third floor, next to Copper Chimney.

This concept food restaurant has travelled all the way from the province of Uzbekistan to Mumbai. And after creating a tremendous impression among the Mumbaikars, it’s on its way to bowl the Puneiites over with delectable food. Bukhara food is known for its richness and is famous for its exotic use of spices, dried fruit and nuts. Khiva will welcome you with it’s unique and spacious ambience done aesthetically with rustic wall décor, cosmopolitan yet ethnic that will instantly give you a feeling as if you have been transported to a different land. Says Roshan Nichani, owner of Khiva, “After receiving an overwhelming response by the people of Mumbai, we are now coming to this beautiful city of Pune. Known as a complete foodies’ paradise, Pune was undoubtedly our next destination to bring Khiva, and we are sure the people will like this gourmet experience as much as Mumbai does.”

After bringing its patents the pleasure of eating finger-licking good food in Amchi Mumbai, Khiva, the award-wining restaurant, offering a unique journey of exotic Royal Frontier Bhukara Cuisine, is opening its first outlet in Pune. The royal luxury dining, Khiva will serve sumptuous culinary delights such as ‘Seekh Kebab’, ‘Sikandaar Raan’, ‘Peshawar Paneer Tikka’, ‘Chandni Chicken Kebab’, ‘Lychee Ki Three’, ‘Nalli Ka Salan’, and the signature ‘Dal Khiva’, to name a few.

The ‘Asli Dum’ preparation of food is Khiva’s pièce de résistance, along with earthen pot cooking, simmered for long hours to ensure that the taste buds get ticked with every bite. Khiva tries to revive the lost art of slow cooking, using fresh and pure flavours and ingredients, keeping it simple and minimalistic – the true taste of Maharajas.

The chefs at Khiva have mastered the art of Peshawari and Bukhara cuisine. The iconic dishes such as the ‘Sikandri Raan’ and Dum Biryani offer a sampling of the menu’s best features.

I was Invited for the food tasting as a part of the Media Preview of Khiva Restaurant. 
As we settled  down after the brief introduction with the owner himself and Imran who handles the operations of restaurant was there to take care of us.

We started with Virgin Mojito and the traditional complimentary dish known a PARRA which was served with three different Dips. Parra is basically are crunchy sticks which are suppose to be dipped in the dips and enjoy till your food arrives. As it was mentioned to me that everything is made fresh and taken full care to maintain the quality of the food which the patrons can enjoy and relish the Royal Cuisine. Three Dips were Fresh Mint dip, cheese garlic mayo, and the spiciest one was the Tomato Chilli dip (Have it with caution)
Appetizers:

Paneer Peshawari Tikka: This was tandoori cooked Creamy Soft and big square pieces of Malai Paneer marinated in Yoghurt and spiced with yellow chilli served with basic salad. This had its own distinct flavour not too spicy not too sour but right amount of flavours made this paneer yummy.

Mutter Aur Cheese ka Tikka: This was just out of the world dish!! Served hot enough to hold the googy cheese within. The base was of green peas and gram flour which was shallow fried. Perfect to start with and highly recommended for the Vegetarians.

Makai Sheek Kebab: Sheek Kebab preparation is not everyone cup of tea. This has to be perfectly cooked from within and at the same time it should not get overcooked or burnt from outside. The Moisture in the dough plays a important role in it. These were so well cooked and sprinkled with homemade masala to add the extra flavour to it. Recommended.

Mains: 
Paneer Khurchan: This is served in a Flat plate cottage cheese or Paneer sautéed in Capsicum, Tomato, fried onion to give extra flavour. Its colourful and flavourful dry subzi.

Subzi Nargisi Kofta: Soft Mix Vegetable dumplings or kofta’s fried and cooked in Tangy Tomato Onion Gravy. Little sweet -little tangy at the same time made this subzi unique of the lot.

Meloni Tarkari: As the name suggest its a kind of a seasonal and fresh mixed vegetable with perfect consistency of the gravy.

Dal Khiva: Black Dal cooked overnight and shimmered with tomatoes, Ginger, Garlic, Cream and butter is added to get the perfect taste and thickness. The dal has to be cooked at least for 8-10 hours to attain exact consistency and aromatic flavours of all the ingredients.

Dum Biriyani/Subzi Biryani: This is one of the dish to be Musthave to end your Mains. Steaming within the Covered clay pot gave the rustic taste to the Biryani. There are very few places you will get biryani less oily and more and rich in flavours this is one of those places. It was served with Raita and Mirichi ka salan which blended with it very well.

Desserts:
We tried Lychee ki tehree, Elachi Jamun, Baked Anjeer Halwa, Zaffarani Angoori Rasmalai. Out of this Lychee ki Tehree was the winner, flavourful not too sweet.

I found Baked Anjeer Halwa bit too greasy not for my Palate.

Overall…
It was a royal and wholesome experience for the evening.

 

 
DisclaimerI 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.

White Owl Brewery -Beer Tasting Review


White Owl Brewery: 

Mumbai-based White Owl Brewery is set to launch its Award-Winning Craft Beer in Bottles to significantly expand the availability of its handcrafted brews across the country.  This move will complement White Owl Brewery’s existing footprint in Maharashtra.  The Company currently distributes up to 8 varieties of its craft beer – On Tap and more recently in India’s first-ever Kegger (a 5-Litre Portable Keg) – at over 70 renowned restaurants & bars across Mumbai & Pune.

White Owl Brewery’s quick expansion over the last two years bears testament to India’s rapidly-growing beer market where the evolution of beer has been fuelled by the preponderance of microbreweries and brewpubs across the country.  Craft Beer is now enjoying robust growth and is considered to have brought about a revolutionary change in the drinking habits of Indian consumers.  There is no shortage of experts who predict that in the next 10 years, India will see a craft beer revolution larger than that in the United States or Europe.  As such, White Owl Brewery’s Coming soon in Bottles  as well which enables it to not only enter the substantially larger Retail Segment, but also expand its existing presence within Restaurants/Bars and consequently cater to strong & growing consumer demand across all sales channels in India. Bottles are expected to be launched in Pune in quick succession after Mumbai and for White Owl Brewery will continue expanding into select urban markets in Western, Northern and Southern India.

With its beer soon being available in three formats (On Tap, in Keggers and in Bottles), White Owl Brewery is giving its patrons the unique opportunity to enjoy its craft beer pretty much anywhere.  Bottles of White Owl Beer will make their way to the smallest of neighbourhood bars and into any fridge at home.  With White Owl Brewery Keggers, the experience of house parties and weddings will continue to be elevated.  Keggers do more than just boast a sharp aesthetic appeal; they are uniquely designed to retain beer freshness and are fun-sized for easy storage.  And of course, White Owl Brewery will continue to expand its On Tap presence across the country where beer lovers and aficionados can enjoy its entire portfolio of award-winning, handcrafted brews at their favorite watering holes.

About White Owl Brewery:

White Owl Brewery is a (small) Mumbai-based brewery obsessed with handcrafting beer using only the finest of natural ingredients from around the world.  Inspired by an eclectic selection of Old-World & New-Age brewing styles, White Owl Brewery’s highly-experienced and internationally-trained brewing team takes its craft (very) seriously and has cobbled together a bunch of award-winning beers renowned for their crisp, complex flavours and distinct aromas.  White Owl Brewery’s current portfolio – in addition to Spark & Diablo – includes: Halcyon, a crisp German Hefeweizen; Shadow, a dark English Porter; Torpedo, a punchy American Pale Ale; Paulina, a refreshing German Kolsch; and Ace, a bubbly French Apple Cider.

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I was invited for the beer tasting at Raasta café Baner.

Beers for tasting:
Spark – Delicate, refreshing & citrusy Belgian Wit

Diablo – Crisp, roasty Irish Red Ale

Ace – French Apple Cider

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My personal liking goes for Diablo: Strong enough to keep the taste tingling for a long time on the taste buds. Perfect for any given occasion with yummy bar bites from Raasta Cafe.

 

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Second liking would go for the Spark: As it had some hints of citrus which gave the beer a refreshing taste. It’s just the next big thing on the menu.

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The last resort would be Ace an delicate French apple Cider. Although I am not much fan of ciders, light on the taste. This can go with nice hot and spicy or Cheesy Bar bites.

Along with Beers I also tried some Bar Bites from the Menu.

 

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Nachos: Crispy Corn Nachos with Tomato salsa, Beans and Homemade Cheese Sauce. Perfectly goes with Diablo Beer.

Chilly Tamarind Grilled Paneer Kebab: Sweet and Tangy Paneer Cubes grilled in an Indian Clay Oven. Goes well with Spark Beer.

Contadina Pizza: Fresh Tomato Sauce with Good amount of Mozzarella, Jalapeno, Finely cut mushrooms, Olives, Broccoli flowerets, and Sun dries Tomatoes. Perfect for the Ace Beer.

White Owl Beer Website

White Owl Beer FaceBook Page

White Owl Beer Twitter

White Owl Beer Instagram

Big Shoutout for Svetlana from Carpe Diem for the Invite and Raasta Cafe Baner for Hosting us 

 

 

The Farzi Cafe – Mango Mania – Review. 

It is the time for a Mango to get Farzified. The ongoing #MangoMania Festival at The Farzi Cafe was totally Mango centric right from the Cocktails to Appetisers till Desserts it was all the way Mango. 
Farzi Cafe hosted the first ever Bloggers table for the #MangoMania Festival and I was glad to be the part of it. Special thanks to Jerlyn The FoodFantic for putting up my name for this tasting. 
Lets start with the a round of Cocktails which was specially curated menu for this festival. 
List of Cocktails: Mangosutra, Mangomania, Mangolicous, Mangorita

I tried the MangoSutra: Mixologist had played with some vodka shaken with redwine and passionfruit puree and mixed with mango fizz… and the Magic was poured in a wine glass with a raw mango slices were place on the top. Beautifully made with the right amount of alcohol along with right amount of fruit punch to it. 

SALAD:

Green Mango and Papaya salad with Peanut Chutney and Imli Chutney and crispy Lotus Stem: This combination of salad has become very common now a days where there is a Mango festival going on. But at Farzi had it own twist to it by adding Imli ki chutney. nice fresh and well tossed. 
TAPAS:

Raw Mango and Mushroom Kulcha: This was absolutely brilliant. Three lovely kulcha placed in Dimsum steam bowl with the raw mango and mushroom stuffed kulcha with its tandoori crust and crumbly filling. I personally liked. 

Ghee Podi baby Idlis Raw Mango and Cashew nut Masala: Ghee Idlis were basic but the Cashew nut powder with South Indian Spices mixed along with it gave this dish a good palate changer effect to the taste buds. it was served with the basic red colour South Indian Chutney. 
MAINCOURSE:

Pan Tossed Aubergine And Asparagus, Cherry Tomato and Mango Masala: This was just the winner of all the dish served so far. Perfect combination of aroma, exact amount of spices with right amount of gravy to hog on. Although it had cherry tomatoes and mango but it didn’t out to be sour or too tangy overall. It had balanced taste due to the good amount of spices added to it. It goes well with Roti/Naan. 

Paneer pepper fry, Tomato and Mango Curry, served with Malabari Parotha: Who doesn’t like paneer ? everyone likes it…. This dish takes the paneer to the next level. Flaky Malabari Parotha makes the subzi crunchy, nice and addictive. Impeccable amount of sourness and spiciness makes you fall in love with very first bite.

DESSERTS

Vanilla Pod Cheesecake with Kesari Aam Ras: Beautifully plated and along with Brownie to the base of a Kesari Aam Ras CheeseCake. Although the brownie was killing the overall taste of the aam ras. but if you have separately then you can enjoy both side of the world. 

Mango and White Chocolate Popsicle with fresh Mango Faluda: Again very ingeniously prepared and served on bed of rock shape cutlery. This dish could be more pleasing to me if it had more of sevai added to it, bringing it close to the regular Faluda. White Chocolate and Mango Faluda did their job of creating a Magic to this dish and which Farzi is also know for it. 

Overall..

Food: Food and Magic goes hand in had at Farzi. 

Service: Prompt with courteous staff to serve. 

Ambience: Feels young and energetic. Comfortable sitting.