Mooie Cafe & Bar – Reviewed

img_20171010_193759-011904538442.jpegThis place is an Oasis for this area. Mooie Cafe & Bar a newly opened cafe at Bhumkar Chowk right next to New Poona Bakery. Mooie is a Dutch word for the Beautiful, Pleasant or Nice.

The owner of this cafe is same as the owner of NPB. Mooie Cafe dream come true project for him and very close to his heart as well he is passionate about it. The food menu is designed and prepared under the consultancy of Star Chef Shailendra Kekade.

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

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We Started the evening with a round of Mocktails Pina Colada and Lemongrass Mojito. (They soon gonna launch the bar menu with Wine and Beer)

Appetizers:

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Smooth Mushrooms: It goes as per the name. Smooth and Juicy served with mascapone cheese, with a black pepper and garlic marination and drizzled with Balsamic. All the flavors were perfectly blending the Mushrooms.

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Silken Tofu and Broccoli: I expected the Tofu being soft but it disappointed my expectations. The Tofu was too chewy, so left the dish after the first bite.

Pizza:

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Tomato Red Pizza: Basically the pizza was served half n half, the other half was Bianco Pizza.
The thin crisp crust was topped with sun dried tomatoes, roma tomatoes, Olives along with shredded cheese on top. It was sour and cheesy in taste.

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Harissa Paneer Steak: Nice thick round slice Paneer with the colourful sides gave this a appetising feel when placed on the table. The sides of spaghetti zucchini and assorted vegetables. Basically Harissa has two variants Red and Green Harissa. This was the Green Harissa marination on the paneer. Paneer had the smoky flavours along with the spiciness of paste.

Desserts:

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We were served,
Baked New York Cheesecake, Double Chocolate Brownie, Tutti Frutti Trifle Pudding, & Chocolate Cherry Sachertorte: The much liked and slurped off the plate among them was the Baked NY Cheesecake, it was finished within seconds actually! Brownie was bit hard to scoop with ice cream. Tutti Frutti Trifle would be loved by the kids as it had lot of cream and Tutti Frutti along with jelly. Chocolate Cherry Sachertorte, as I have had the original Sachertorte in Vienna where this dessert is originated from, this was not even close to that.

Overall it was a mix review of the place and the food they serve.

A big shout out to Amir for inviting us and Team Mooie Café 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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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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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.

Panayaa – Modern Indian Kitchen – Reviewed.

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Why all the Non-vegetarian’s should have fun!

No matter it might be fine dining, great food, fancy preparation of food, now the Vegetarians have their own place to relish delicious food with great ambience.
Let me introduce you all a place called Panayaa- A Modern Indian Kitchen. It’s a Mumbai-based chain of restaurant. It has open its doors recently in pune at Mariplex Mall Kalyani Nagar. Here Pure vegetarian food becomes even more stylish and contemporary taking the food to the next level.

Panayaa aims to re-invent desi gourmet with some crazy, wacky and out-of-the-box culinary experiments. From molecular gastronomy to the best that regional India has to offer.

The BTeam invited for tasting some of their signature dishes.

We started with a round of some Mocktails like Exotic Punch, Black Beauty, Blue sea, Guava Luscious (most favorite of the lot)

As I said Panayaa aims to re-invent desi gourmet, the first appetizer was:

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Wada Pav Ver. 3.0 : It was much more improvised version can any one think off. Small buns stuffed with the spiced up potato and it was flawlessly baked. Just it could have been stuffed with more of spiced mashed potato then it could have been on dot.

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Cottage Cheese Indiana: A regular tandoori marination paneer cubes were mouth melting. It had perfect combination of spice selection. It was served with salad.
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Corn Bhel Maze Cornetto: Now this is called an innovation!! five crisp maze cone stuffed with creamy corn bhel and zingy bell pepper frosting. The appetiser was served in a brandy snifter glass and it was the most fancy looking dish of the evening.
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Chana Masala Wonton Chat: Crispy wontons stuffed with chatpata channa laid on the bed of channa masala topped with smoked and mint chutney garnished along with shredded raw beet, carrot and some sev. A overall perfect fusion of two cuisines.
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Nazakat Kumbh: Big in size and juicy mushrooms marinated with smoky flours of tandoor with a hint of mixed indian spices. Nice recommendation for the mushrooms lovers.
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Roomali Roti Italiano: Even the regular Masala papad is upgraded with a twist of Italian touch. Crisp papad with Masala toppings loaded with cheese served on a pizza bat. One good thing about this was, that the base was crisp till the last bite.

Mains:
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Panayaa e Khaas: This is a signature subji from the chef. This was one of the best subji’s served for the evening. Soft Panner cubes tossed in a rich brown gravy. It goes well with all types of breads.

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Kheema Kasturi: Perfectly Minced Mixed vegetables cooked in kasturi methi flavoured caramelised brown gravy. It was garnished with fresh cream to balance the flavours.
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Papad Kofta Curry: Papad dumplings stuffed with the panner mixed with chefs special spices, cooked in a Makhani gravy. The papad dumplings lost its taste due to overpowering flavour of Makhani gravy.

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Dal Tadkewali and Makhani Biryani: Dal was purely yum. Strong flavours of fresh tadka and it was aptly thick. Although the Biryani didn’t clicked the taste buds as it was too soggy.

Desserts:

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Mohanthaal Cheesecake: Some traditional desserts taste excellent as they are kept its originality intact. This didn’t appeal to me much.

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Chocolate Landscape: This dessert was dramatically constructed with nitrogen infused ice on Mud cake soil and brownie chunks, fresh fruits are also used like Kiwi and Apple chunks, drizzled with Coco powder, Vanilla Ice cream and Caramel Mousse made from the dry ice, and loads of chocolate and caramel sauce. It is prepaid on the table itself. It almost takes seven minutes to reach the final stage.

Overall the journey of Panayaa was good. Although the price range is on a higher side, but if you want to try something extraordinary in vegetarian then this is the place.

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A Big Shout out for the Carina from Alpha Events Pune for the Invitation and Riddhi and Team Panayaa 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.

Fort JadhavGadh – A Royal Resort.

“Fort JadhavGadh – Earlier it protected the Royal Pride. Now it safeguards Royal Traditions. “

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Discover the Charms of living like Royalty at Fort JadhavGadh, one of the World’s first Museum Fort Hotels. Overlooking the lush highlands of southern Pune, this Gallant fortress with a mighty history of 300 years has been lovingly restored to its erstwhile glory by the Kamat Group. And skilfully adorned with some of the finest amenities to appease the modern-day royalty.

The story of Fort Jadhavgadh starts from the man who himself was as strong in mind and body as the stone structure he created. Pilaji Jadhavrao was the Maratha General in the army of Chhatrapati Shahuji. In 1707, Chhatrapati Shahuji, the grandson of the great Chhatrapati Shivaji, was released after 21 years of imprisonment by the Mughal ruler Shahjahan. The Mughals still controlled the Maratha region but were loosing some ground because of Aurangzeb’s death. It was during this time that Shahuji thought of a comprehensive plan. His ultimate goal was to bring back the lost glory of the Maratha empire and recapture the region from the Mughals. He was also an excellent judge of characters. Therefore, he appointed a select group of loyal men, to spread far and wide across the region and recharge the quiescent emotions of the people.

It was this select group of men of honor that Pilaji Jadhavrao was a part of. With a keen focus on the mission assigned to him, Pilaji lost no time in gathering able men across Jadhavgadhi and Saswad area and to train them to fight for the victory of the Marathas. Power of the mind or the sword, whichever instrument seemed more befitting for use at a particular situation, Pilaji used most assuredly. His stories of valour and the way he could use the sword are still spoken about.
It was indeed through the heroic efforts of men like Pilaji Jadhavrao that Chhatrapati Shahuji finally sat on the throne of the Maratha empire. Pilaji Jadhavrao breathed his last in 1784 after leading a long and fulfilling life of a true patriot, serving the Marathas till the very end.

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Fort Jadhavgadh was built in 1710 and it was the residence and safe haven. Since it was built for practical purposes, it is devoid of intricate designs and cravings like other Maratha fortresses. Yet it is steeped in Maratha architecture. Woodwork and armoured main Durwaaza. Rock stairways and main residential quarters. And of course the dungeons which served as grain storerooms, and in tumultuous times prisons. Four such enigmatic dungeons have been traced and restored. One of them may even have a secret route to be used in times of crisis.

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The Royal treatment starts at the Main Gate or the Durwazza with a Royal traditional Maratha style welcome with Tutatri and with Tikka and a welcome drink. After the registration and completing the formalities the staff escorts you to the Kholi.

At Jadhavgadh, the rooms are called ‘Kholi’ Marathi for ‘rooms’ . They have been crafted in a manner that they seamlessly fit on the sidewalls of the fort. A total of 58 rooms comprising of 3 suites, 39 rooms of various types, 12 royal tents & 4 neem cottages all are spread across the fort’s three wings

Room types:

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1. Kholi -Deluxe Room: The Kholi or Deluxe rooms of the Fort are equipped with all conveniences and luxuries of the modern world.

2. Varsha Suite- Premium Rain Shower Room:
Located on the lower level of the main fort, these spacious rooms have an uniquely designed bathroom that let you gaze up at the stars and feel the cool hill breeze- all while taking a relaxing shower.

3. Chhavni- Royal Tent:
Live in something different – a Luxurious Chaavni Royal Tent equipped with all modern amenities and an attached bath area.

4. Neem Forest Cottages:
Four quaint Neem Forest Cottages are located amidst nests and chirping birds. These eco-friendly cottages are unique in nature. Completely air conditioned and with all the modern amenities, The Neem Forest cottage will certainly amaze you.

5. Hill View Daalan- Premium Hill View Room:
Situated on the top level of the main fort, the Hill View Daalan- Premium Hill View Room have a balcony overlooking the lawns and providing a view of the vast open spaces.

6. Museum Suite:
Located on top of the Aai museum and with its very own private entrance, the Museum Suite is one of the most sought after rooms at the fort.

7. Maharani Suite:
Located at the top of the fort and below the Maharaja suite, the Maharani suite has a direct access to the swimming pool and the spa. You will never forget your stay at this royal suite.

8. Maharaja Suite:
The Maharaja suite is a royal indulgence in the true sense. Be treated like Royalty at this kingly suite. With a panoramic view of the surrounding hills, the Maharaja Suite was where the seat of power rested.

Activities at the Fort:

 

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Shivaji Martial Arts – DaanPatta : This is a 45 minute evening show that takes place at royal lawns or at ‘Payatha’ at the backdrop of the fort wall. A troop of 15 youth perform Shivaji’s martial art in a traditional technique using bamboo sticks, spears, swords, fire wheels, and much more. The performance is lethal as well as stunning and is thoroughly enjoyed by all ages.

Ghazal Nights: Occasionally, Fort Jadhavgadh’s roof top restaurant comes alive with ‘Ghazal Nights’ filling the air with a nostalgic ambience. Commensurate with the theme, we provide Indian traditional ‘Mostly Grills’ cuisine and gadda and bolsters seating for the event.

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The Aai Museum : Fort Jadhavgadh is the only hotel of its kind with an in-house museum. The Aai Museum, as the name suggests, is a dedicated to the mothers of the world. It is a labour of love of Dr. Vithal Venkatesh Kamat and he has painstakingly created this museum by reusing and reviving the fort’s horse and elephant stable houses.

Bullock Cart Riding: A common means of transportation in ancient times, ‘Jinker’ bullock cart riding has been revived by Fort Jadhavgadh for its residents. Beautifully decorated carts donning plush colourful mattresses and pillows along with traditional fanfare are used to create an unforgettable and exhilarating experience for young and old alike. Other activities such as fig farming, cow milking, etc. that allow you to experience rustic village life at the fort are also arranged upon request.

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Temperature Controlled Swimming Pool and Spa: Swimming Pool is operational from 7am to 7pm. While some of you can Rejuvenate and relax at idyllic pool side spa.

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Gate opening and Closing Ceremony: Back then when the Royal families were living as per the tradition the Maha Durwazza or the Main gate use to open at 9:30am and it use to close by 6:30pm and no was allowed to pass by once it is closed. Still these tradition are followed. Now the ceremony last for 10 mins only, They close the door and brief history of the Fort is given by the Care taker or Killedaar Somnath.

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Guided Fort & Museum Tour: Its one of the most advance guided tour which takes back you to 300 years of history of the fort. It takes 1 and half hour to complete the tour and covers almost 25 points of interest including the Aai Museum, which unfolds the history and importance of every point.

There are other activities as well like Archery, Rifle Shooting, Pottery Making. Fort JadhavGadh also has Royal Lawns with a capacity of 3000 -4000 people for wedding, Product Launches and big social gathering.

They also have 90 seater Banquet hall – ‘Prangan’ The Conference Room.

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Above all this the most Important is Food. Fort JadhavGadh has two restaurants: Chhajja- The Coffee Shop (Multi Cuisine) and Payatha A Royal Ethnic Cuisine. Food at both the restaurant is impeccable and scrumptious. The service and the staff are very courteous and treat you royally.

Payatha has a open kitchen counter and has huge buffet spread with two live counters of Puran poli and Desserts. Being under the management of Kamath Group the food quality is never compromised. The Cleanliness and the hygiene of the staff is utmost taken care. The buffet Spread is really huge and you need a royal stomach to relish on all this. Along with Maharashtrian cuisine, Punjabi Cuisine is also served. They also have Jatra night on weekends where ‘Lavani’ – ( Lavani is a combination of traditional song and dance, which particularly performed to the beats of Dholki, a percussion instrument.) live performance is displayed and you can enjoy it with delicious food.

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Fort JadhavGadh is a absolutely fantastic and unique destination for a Individual Family or Family get together events. Even Corporate Team building up activities can also be organised here.

A big Shout out for Neha (Shout it out Media) for the lovely Staycation Invite and Mr Aloy lobo and Team JadhavGadh for hosting us.

Contact :
Fort JadhavGADH – A Gadh Heritage Hotel
Jadhavwadi, Hadapsar Saswad Road, Pune – 412301 | Map

Email: res@fortjadhavgadh.com
Phone: +91 99 8757 3818
Tel: +91 2115 305200/305220.

Disclaimer: I was invited for a complimentary Staycation . This blog is a narrative of my experience at the venue. 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.

 

IceKraft- Lets paint the town Black

Mumbai based brand has setup three outlets in Pune. IceKraft, crafting happiness is known for their Gothic black ice cream. The goth culture is now reflected in the ice creams as well. So all the black lovers Ice Kraft is where you would definitely like to visit. Know that when you have the black charcoal ice cream you’re in for a surprise because the ice cream is black but has a hint of the orange flavour which only works in the favour of it.

IceKraft’s Black magic is spreading fast among the foodies and the youngsters. This is one of the very unique ice-cream which has activated edible charcoal in it. Along with Ice-cream they have lot many thing to offer, like Nutella Freaky shake, waffles, pancakes, fries, different types of corn based dishes, some healthy salads and sandwiches. So its a one stop destination for the all the age group.

The B Team was invited for the tasting some of their Snacks and the of-course the Black Ice Cream.

The Hurricane Fries: Its a Twisted/tornado Potato fried and drizzled with flavour of your liking which are mentioned in the menu. It was nice and crisp till the end.

Zucchini Fries: Crunchy with soft steamed zucchini inside sprinkled with their secret spices. Something really hard to find in a regular cafes.

Sweet Potato Fries: It had sweet and spicy taste to it which made this stand out from the regular masala fries.

Crinkle Cut Fries: Nice big chunky pieces with the similar masala sprinkled on it which was on the sweet potato fries, this made bit difficult to differentiate between the both. Although you have different option of sprinkles to choose from like Herbed, Paprika, Cheesy, Chaat and Pepper.

Steamed Corn with Pepper: This was the taste changer dish from the course which was served till now. Hot and spiced up with Pepper golden corns tossed with butter.

Desserts:

Coffee based Absolute Chocolate Freak Shake: This had a coffee base, Oreo, Nutella, brownies, choco-chips and hot fudge, it was one of the messy shake I have ever eaten. Once it is placed on your table you should stop counting your calories intake. This was really nice in taste, but mind it, you will have to share it!!! Its huge!!

Chocolate Pancake: Moving on to a much decent and well plated item from the menu was this Pancake. Nice hot pancake is soaked in Chocolate syrup.

Waffle with Black Ice Cream: This was out of the menu. generally they serve it with the regular waffle but just for us the owner wanted us to try it out and give the feedback. As the waffle was hot the Ice cream was melting and it got messy by the time we tried to capture some amazing pictures.

Black Monster: This was as usual the star of the evening, Black Waffle cone with steel grey with Activated Charcoal Ice-cream with some shredded Choco-chips sprinkled on it. Wow this the first expression come in when the ice-cream was served. There was bee line for capturing the best picture of it. It altogether a different experience to have it. It was perfectly sweetened and had a very earthy taste to it.

A big shout out to Ishita for inviting us and Mohit and Team Icekraft 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.

TJ’s Brew Works & Nudo Pizzeria- Reviewed.

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I have heard this saying many times “Everyone would be healthier if they didn’t eat junk food”. But if I say now your Junk food has become healthy food… yes you read it right. We have half way in 2017 and TJ’s Brew Works is celebrating its 5th year, this July. The last 5 years have been enriching for TJ’s Brew Works, as it has also been responsible for brewing memories in many lives. In an endeavour to make healthy choices, TJ’s is tweaking and twisting the existing menu to incorporate spent grain dishes, a treasure trove of goodness, nutrition, taste and health. Spent grain is super rich in protein, fibre content and macronutrients.

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TJ Venkateshwaran, fondly known as TJ, founder TJ’s Brew Works and partner Girish Monie met sometime back, and in a casual conversation discovered they shared similar ideologies while they were independently experimenting and innovating with healthy food choices in life. This resulted in a new collaboration where the duo decided to pursue their passions under the same roof with an already established commercial entity at TJ’s Brew Works.

Now Girish takes care of the Kitchen and TJ is taking care of the brewery.
TJ has introduced two new variants of Beer – TJ’s Quin B and TJ’s Buck B, made from super seeds Quinoa and Buckwheat respectively.
 TJ’s Brew Works wanted to give a new twist to the way people have always perceived these super foods, by introducing the two new beers that are Belly Good! 
Beer per se made from barley is the healthiest alcoholic beverage since it is natural. By replacing some proportions of barley with Quinoa or Buckwheat, the goodness of these seeds and health benefits of these ingredients now augment the beers without taking the essence out of the beer. Sounds healthy right!! And the healthy Saga continues in the food as well.

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Nudo Pizzeria-

Nudo Pizzas at TJ’s Brew Works
 is another food revolution, with the introduction of Gluten Free, Grain Free and Guilt-Free Pizzas by Nudo Pizzeria Al Naturale, the brainchild of Girish Monie. 
Nudo pizzas are made with interesting Superfoods in their 5 Crusts; Almond, Buckwheat, Quinoa, Amaranth and Waterchestnut, Cauliflower and Whey Protein, with unusual sauces such as their Classic Red Tomato Marinara, Roasted Garlic White Sauce and Almond and Pine Nut with Basil – Green Pesto.
From its Signature list; Nude Farm Veg, is a Quinoa Crust Pizza with a Roasted Garlic White Sauce, Nudo Pepperoni, made with Amaranth Crust and Classic Red Tomato Marinara Sauce are some of the Nudo pizzas that are good for you and taste divine. Girish takes immense pleasure to introduce Nudo Pizzeria by giving indepth knowledge of how he achieved the perfect receipe of converting the Pizza as a Healthy pizza. These are some of his view about the same “NUDO lies skin deep. Nudo is a way of life imbibed into a culinary innovation. It roots for foods with innate goodness, stripped of any artificiality whatsoever. We have foregone grains in a bid to make it completely Gluten-Free. Nudo is all about Whole Foods, Real Foods, Super Foods.”

That’s so much of good food yet be eaten!!! Lets try out some of it.

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We started the evening with the TJ’s new Brew Quin B and Buck B along with Beer infused Beer Cheese Soup.
I personally like the taste of Buck B more as it was more closer to the beer which gave a slight bitter after taste. As Quin B was on the milder side but it was refreshing in taste.

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Next one was the nice colourful very well plated Russian Olivie Salad-This was with Pineapple, Beetroot, Peas, Sweet Potato and Carrots Yumm!!

Soup: Beer Cheese Soup : Nice Warm and cheesy with a hint of beer flavour. The thickness was also good.

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Appetizers:
They served us 2 veg and 2 non-veg Appetizers: Dark Malt Bao and TJ’s Spent Grain Pelmeni- As I earlier mentioned that Spent grain is the residue left over after the liquid is extracted from the malt during the brewing process. This residue is very healthy, super rich in protein, fibre content and a lot of macronutrients… which makes the Bao so delicious, that you just can’t have just one!! nice soft and juicy with Tofu filling inside with the tangy sauce. #Musthave

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TJ’s Spent Grain Pelmeni- The Pelmeni are dumplings consisting of a filling wrapped in thin, unleavened dough. Its origin is from Siberia and it has its own variants in different cuisine in nearby countries. The Pelmeni which was served to us was bit greasy and chewy outer cover.

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Main Course:

Mini Burgers (Cottage Cheese)- Burger patty was Juicy with soft and marinated cottage cheese with full of taste. As it was a Mini Burger you could finish at least two of them.

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Spinach Wrap: Came in two variants Crispy Mushroom and Paneer Bhuna. Both the wraps were so beautifully placed on the plate, and they were huge, which is a good portion size for two. Taste wise I found Paneer Bhuna more flavorful. The Contrast color of chunky Paneer and the green wrap stands out the most of all the dishes.

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Pizza: All the pizza crust are healthy and these are made from Buckwheat, Quinoa, Amaranth – Water chestnut, Almond, Cauliflower and Whey Protein. All the crust made on a daily basis and kept frozen. As of now they have 13′ inches pizza, but soon they will be introducing it other sizes as well.

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The Pizza we tried were Buckwheat base Farm Veg, Amaranth Base Not Guilty Pizza, and Quinoa Base Margaritta. All the pizza had a very distinct taste of it own but never missed the White Flour taste, Infact these were more tasty and filling. Many of their toppings were organically grown and imported with a country specific. You can even make your own pizza and choose your toppings like Zucchini, Artichokes, Broccoli, Mushrooms, Bell Peppers, Cherry Tomatoes, Red Onions and so on. The guilt free part of the eating these pizza is that they make you full without harming your metabolism.

Desserts:

Caramalt Cookie Sandwich and Nudo Grain Free Brownie: warm and Chewy cookie with Vanilla Ice-cream with Soft and warm Brownie which had natural sweetners added.

 

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Vegan Masala Pan Kulfi: A innovative dessert tried to replicate the taste of the regular masala pan flavor infused in a Kulfi form which is served on the gulkand stuffed roll of a pan.

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This was the most guilt free food tasting I ever attended.

A big shout out to Svetlana for the Invitation and TJ Venkateshwaran of TJ’s and Girish from Nudo Pizzeria for Hosting us and introducing us to the healthy eating/drinking can be Delicious as well!!!

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TJ’s Zomato Link

Address: East Block, Amanora Town Centre, Hadapsar Kharadi Bypass, Hadapsar, Pune.

Contact: 020 30163544. 

Timings: 12 PM to 1 AM
Parking: Mall Parking

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