Dalchini – India on your Plate – Reviewed

In India water changes its taste at every mile while a new dialect emerges every 4 Miles. This also adds to the Culinary variety that India has to offer. From Condiments and the spices to the varied cooking techniques, each one adds a unique flavour to different regional cuisines of India. This is what a Dalchini tries to offer all the different flavours of rich Indian Cuisine to your table.

I was Invited for the food tasting of such colourful and rich flavours of Indian Cuisine.

We started the evening with homemade and localised beverages from all over India.

Beverages:

Neer More, Pudine ki Shikanji, Gud di Lassi

Neer More: We in Pune also have the version of Buttermilk and we call it as “Taak”, But this was from the Chennai with a hint of curry leaf which gives a nice after taste of the curry leaves. Perfect in consistency. Its good to include Buttermilk in your daily meal.

Pudine ki Shikanji: This was the most refreshing drink of all. Tangy with a minty taste which is also gives a kick start to your digestive system. This should not be missed.

Gud Di Lassi: Typical Punjabi lassi, nice and thick, and you can have guilt free as it was sweetened with Jaggery. You should have a palate ready for the Jaggery infused Lassi.

Salads:

Beetroot PachadiBeetroot Pachadi
Beetroot Pachadi: Big chunks of boiled beetroot nicely mixed with curry leaf infused Yogurt. This was aptly sweet and sour with a slight after taste of curry leafs. This was nice and heathy way to have the Beetroot.

Aloo Channa Ka Chaat
Aloo Channa Ka Chaat: It was all mix flavour of Tangy flavour from the lime, Strong pungent flavour of Mustard sauce, Sweetness from honey dressing. Overall Diced Potato tossed in a Kasundi honey dressing mixed with crunchy Channa.

Appetizers:

Kundapur Aloo Ghee RoastKundapur Aloo Ghee Roast
Kundapur Aloo Ghee Roast: This had a strong connection with the costal region of Karnataka’s town name called Kundapur .The Potato Ghee Roast looks fiery with potato cubes dressed in a glossy scarlet hue, tempered with fragrant curry leaves, tossed in the freshly ground bevy of aromatic spices and roasted in ghee to give you a lip smacking dish worth every bite.  Kundapur Masala Powder is an indigenous, versatile spice mix which is used to flavour and give a distinct character to the universally popular Mangalorean Bunt Community specialty dish known as “Chicken Ghee Roast”, This was a Vegetarian version of it with Potato.

Palak Papadi Chaat

Palak Papadi Chaat
Palak Papadi Chaat: This appetizer comes from the land Nawabs a.k.a. Lucknow. In Lucknowni Chaat has a all together a very different and very distinct taste and method of preparation of chaat from rest of India or rather northern states of India. Palak Papadi Chaat is one of the unique gem from it, Crispy Palak leaves topped with potato and chutney, sweet dahi and loads of shev and garnished with fresh Aanardana.

Achar aur Cheese ka Panner

Achar aur Cheese ka Panner
Achar aur Cheese ka Panner: Very similar to the Achari Paneer but Paneer cubes were super mouth melting. Served with fresh Mint Chutney and some Salad.

Kothimbir Wadi

Kothimbir Wadi
Kothimbir Wadi: Our own delicacy from Maharashtra. Firstly steamed and then Fried to perfect crunchiness with bare minimum oil residue, served with sour Curd. Very nicely served in a bamboo basket.

Main Course:

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Phaldari Kofta: As the name suggest its not the regular Mugalai Kofta, but a very unique combination of Raw Banana and Pumpkin kofta in a rich creamy brown gravy. If nobody tells you that what the kofta are made from you won’t able to guess it. This was so nicely made. The kofta’s were so delicate and the gravy was perfect with the spice levels.

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Chennar Dolna: A traditional recipe from Bengali cuisine. So basically chenna is the coagulated milk and paneer is the coagulated milk which has been set firmly. Chennar is generally used in all most all the Bengali sweets. The spongy balls of Chennar and Potato cubes are cooked in ghee laced gravy, with Bengali spices.

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24 Gante ki Dal: Its a very rare to get the nice and creamy dal in Pune which is slowed cooked almost for 24 hours and so the name goes for it. Thick and rich in aroma, creamy and I bet you just can’t stop having it.

All these Subjis were served with Desi Gheu ki Roti, Chapati and Malabari Parotta.

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Ghee Rice: Long grain rice tossed in ghee with a sliced onion, Curry Leaf, and Cashew.

Desserts:

Khubani ka MeethaKhubani ka Meetha
Khubani ka Meetha: Khubani or Qubani ka meetha is an Indian sweet made from dried apricots and this is dessert is originated from Hyderabad. It is the perfect dessert to serve after a sumptuous meal. Qubani is a Urdu word means- ” Apricot” Meetha is a Urdu word means- “Sweet”. Its a very delicate dessert to make. De- seeded Apricot soaked overnight and blanched in a sugar syrup to achieve the perfect thickness and it is garnished with nuts and fresh cream of Malai. Its a out of the box dessert and you must try it.

Chukandar aur Akhrot ka Halwa
Chukandar aur Akhrot ka Halwa: Its a simple yet different dessert made from beetroot and walnut halwa cooked in ghee and sugar added as per the taste.

Serradura
Serradura: Its a Goan dessert with Portuguese Legacy. Layers of cream and crushed Marie Biscuits served in a small glass.

Dalchini is the only place where you get introduced to the local cuisine of pan India.

Big shout out to Team Dalchini and Chaitanya for Inviting and hosting us.

Zomato Dalchini Kothrud

Address: 3rd Floor, Above Burger King, Ravat Furniture, Paud Road, Kothrud, 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.

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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.

 

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

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 

 

 

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. 

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.

 

COCO- Sushi & Bar-The Members only Club in Pune.

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Lets paint the town #Black. Black is always associates with authoritative and powerful so as this place is, COCO is uber and upscale place to be. This place is here to revamp the nightlife scene of Pune. Lets get more details about this.

Pune’s nightlife space has changed, as the city gets its first ever members only lounge, COCO Sushi & Bar. Located in the heart of the city, on the 12th floor of Onyx towers, the 180-degree view from COCO is mesmerising.
The concept is by Kunal Mhaske, a well-known restaurateur in Pune, who already has successfully established brands like Raasta Café & Penthouze in the city.
A perfect place to party with like-minded people or to wine and dine with your near and dear ones, COCO strives to bring back the long-lost nightlife culture Pune had a few years back and be the go to place to unwind and celebrate with its close knit social circle. It’s a space where the crème de la crème meet, bond, dine, party, network with each other and have a good time being in their comfort zone with familiar faces around.
The lounge is spread across 3000 sq. ft and seats 70 guests. The interiors of COCO can be best described as classy, chic with a dark ambiance, starry lights running along the length of the club and the ceiling donned with stylish chandeliers that further add to the exclusivity and luxury of the space. 
There are comfortable couches, high tables & chairs, a private dining area for guests and two outdoor spaces on its either side overlooking the vast expanse of the city. The highlight of the lounge is COCO’s logo, which is the bee mounted on the central pillar and etched in golden on the tables.
The cuisine at COCO is Asian and has a delectable range of bar bites and appetizers.
Chef Jugal Pradhan, Consulting Chef at COCO is at the helm of the kitchen. Chef Jugal born in Darjeeling, his journey through the mountainous ranges all the way to Tengra, gave him an insight to the surreal flavors. He draws his inspiration for cooking in his early years from his grandmother. Soon enough he went on to travel the orient, to Thailand, Japan, Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam, Cambodia, Indonesia, China, Bhutan, Tibet and Nepal. He has worked in the Pan Asian Kitchen in Chiang Mai, Thailand; The Chinese Room, Kolkata, Nobu in Monte Carlo, Hakkasan and Yauatcha in Mumbai.
Chef Jugal says “The menu will be extensively sushi based, which denotes a generic term for all or any appetizers at COCO. Right from the soups, salads, dimsums, dumplings, nigiris, sashimis, the portions are customized to individual servings and to offer a variety.”
Some of the signature appetizers are a variety of sushi rolls, the Beijing Duck Thong Soup, Smoked Edamame Dumplings, Roast Duck with Ponzu, Lemongrass Fish Cakes, the Dynamite Shrimps, Banana Leaf Wrapped chicken, a variety of ramens, to name a few. 
The thought behind keeping the menu only Asian, is that Asian flavours are sharp and apt for the Indian palate. Also, the dessert menu has been curated with attention to details and has very unusual combinations like Wildflower Honey Pannacotta, Wasabi Ice Cream, and the Smoked Dark Chocolate Mousse Cake, that would be a perfect end to the sumptuous Asian meal. 
The eclectic bar experience with premium liquor and interesting cocktails such as Black Irish, Sleeping Volcano, Bloody Maria, Old Samurai’s Mojito, Dragon’s Nest Caprioska, Spiced Rum Fig Sour, and Japanese whiskies like Hibiki & Kawasaki Whisky, add to the top notch and classy vibe at COCO Sushi & Bar.
Speaking on the members only lounge concept, founder Kunal Mhaske says, “I always wanted to have a private space for my social circle, where people could just come and have fun without worrying about their security and enjoy themselves thoroughly with familiar faces around. Moreover, a classy place where guests would want to make that extra effort to dress up and come to party”.
COCO opened to its exclusive members on 21st April 2017, Friday with its flagship property “Black Friday”, an energetic, fun party to bring in and celebrate the weekend. 

COCO Sushi & Bar will be open for dining on all evenings of the week except Mondays while the club nights will be on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, 11:30 pm onward.
Members can make reservations for their guests for dining from their registered mobile number, but will need to accompany the guests for club nights.

Brief History about Sushi: The original form of sushi first came to Japan from Southeast Asia around 2000 years ago. The form of Sushi we know today came into being around the 8th century. Fish was salted and wrapped in fermented rice, a traditional lacto-fermented rice dish. Narezushi was made of this gutted fish which was stored in fermented rice for months at a time for preservation. The fermentation of the rice prevented the fish from spoiling. The fermented rice was discarded and fish was the only part consumed. This early type of sushi became an important source of protein for the Japanese.

I was invited for the Food Tasting of their exclusive Asian menu.

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California Sushi Roll
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California Sushi Roll
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California Sushi Roll
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California Sushi Roll

California Sushi Roll: As one of the recommended dish of the restaurant, for any sushi lover this will steal your heart.This sushi is made inside-out with perfectly cooked rice, stuffing and it was nicely plated. California Sushi Roll one of the most popular styles of sushi in the US market, the California roll has been influential in sushi’s global popularity and in inspiring sushi chefs around the world in creating their non-traditional fusion cuisine. Tōgarashi is Japanese for genus Capsicum, or specifically the species Capsicum annuum, and commonly translated as chili pepper. Gari is a type of tsukemono (pickled vegetables). It is sweet, thinly sliced young ginger that has been marinated in a solution of sugar and vinegar. Young ginger is generally preferred for gari because of its tender and natural sweetness. Gari is often served and eaten after sushi, and is sometimes called sushi ginger. It is considered to be essential in the presentation of sushi. It is used to cleanse the palate between eating different pieces of sushi, or alternatively before or after the meal.

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Wild Mushroom Sushi
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Wild Mushroom Sushi

Wild Mushroom Sushi: Tender shredded mushroom rolled up in sushi rice served with Tōgarashi and Gari perfectly made. Strong flavour of Tōgarashi made this sushi outstanding.

 

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Miso Shiro Soup

Miso Shiro: A delicate Miso broth with wakame, it’s a sea vegetable, or edible seaweed. It has a subtly sweet flavour and is most often served in soups and salads. It’s known for its health benefits. Miso is a traditional Japanese seasoning produced by fermenting soybeans with salt and koji. Generally miso is salty, but its flavour and aroma depend on various factors in the ingredients and fermentation process. Overall a tasty and warm soup with loaded health benefits.

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Sam Tom Salad

Sam Tom Salad: This is a classic Thai favourite salad made of raw shredded papaya, Beans, Cherry Tomatoes and garnished with crushed nuts. Perfect taste of sweet and sour.

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Crispy Lotus Stem
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Crispy Lotus Stem

Crispy Lotus Stem: If the restaurant is serving Asian cuisine then this appetiser has to be in the menu. Honey glazed crispy lotus stem with sweet chilly made this dish one of the favourite on the table.

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Edamame & Truffle oil Dumplings

Edamame & Truffle oil Dumplings: When dumpling container arrived and when it was opened these cute little dumplings made every one say wow!! These little ones wrapped around with the thin cover giving a polished light green in colour. Edamame is a preparation of immature soybeans in the pod, found in cuisines with origins from East Asia. Texture was shiny, smooth and delicate.

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Spicy Broccoli Dumpling

 

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Spicy Broccoli Dumpling

Spicy Broccoli Dumpling: Again golden little pouch shape dumplings with a crushed broccoli stuffing was perfectly soft. Although its named as spicy Dumpling but wasn’t at all spicy.

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Tempura Vegetables
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Tempura Vegetables

Tempura Vegetable: Crispy deep fried vegetables. Basically Tempura is a classical Portuguese dish brought to and popularised by Japan, consisting of seafood or vegetables that have been battered and deep fried.

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Rock Corn Dynamite

Rock Corn Dynamite: One of the fancy looking dish where in the fried corn balls were placed on a vertical arrows and served with their homemade dynamite sauce.

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Golden Silken Tofu with Ponzu
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Golden Silken Tofu with Ponzu

Golden Silken Tofu with Ponzu: Special mention to the tofu, it was silk soft, mouth melting tofu I have every eaten, absolutely delicious dish. It was tossed in homemade Ponzu sauce which is a citrus-based sauce commonly used in Japanese cuisine. It is tart, with a thin, watery consistency and a dark brown colour. This was served with Japanese rice.

Desserts:

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Smoked Chocolate Mousse cake
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Smoked Chocolate Mousse cake

Smoked Chocolate Mousse cake: Anything of chocolate is always good!! beautifully plated, good amount of chocolate with the balanced taste of bitterness and sweetness.

 

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Honey Panacotta
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Honey Panacotta

Honey Panacotta: This was much talked about dessert of the COCO. Panacotta was melting in mouth with good amount to sweetness.

 

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Tender Coconut Mousse
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Tender Coconut Mousse

Tender Coconut Mousse: Nice looking dessert but taste wise it was somewhat sourish so did’t go ahead and spoons were down.

 

***Thank you Svetlana from Carpe Diem for Invite and Team COCO Pune for Hosting us. ***

 

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