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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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.

The Dream Kitchen – Reviewed

The Dream Kitchen is situated on 8th floor in Konark Icon Magarpatta. The restaurant has a Dhaba style setup with overlooking the lush green surroundings of the complex. It has a semi open kitchen which gives us a open feeling while enjoying the food.

Recently I was Invited for the tasting of their delicacies.

We started with some nice and thick Punjabi Lassi followed by some mouth watering appetisers.

Appetisers:

Mozzarella Cheese Sticks: A very unique appetiser, googy cheese stuffed with shallow fried coating with with home made punjabi spices. Very nicely plated.

Afgani Chaap: Chaap is the minced soya which is also called as false meat for the vegetarians. TDK has many such varieties of Chaap to offer. This was Moist and creamy in taste. Not too spicy not too bland perfect taste.

Dahi de Sholay: This is another gem from the TDK, Main ingredient s the hung curd mixed with finely chopped veggies which are stuffed in a coating. Taste the best when you have it hot and it was nicely plated.

Chatpati Chaap: One more unique dish, slightly chewy but nice mixed taste of chaat and the spices gave a nice tingling taste on the taste buds.

Mains:

Chaap Rogan Josh : This a Vegetarian version of Mutton Rogan Josh. Minced Soya is cooked with the home made authentic ground spices, which gives the gravy nice brown colour and the aroma is also very nice.

TDK Sp. Paneer: This subji is gravy is rich as well as spicy with Mouth melting paneer chunks along with finely chopped veggies. This is a must have in the mains. This is the creation of the owner himself as he is chef by profession.

Dal Makhani: Its Slow cooked overnight dal. Perfect in thickness and the rich in aroma.

Three types of breads were served as per the Subjis : Laccha kulcha, Kesari Paratha, and Naan Changezi. Special Mention to Naan Changezi, this is one of the out of the world bread which has dry-fruits on it and it goes well with TDK Sp Paneer.

Desserts:

Gulab Jamun: Nice, Soft ad big enough to satisfy the sweet tooth.

Kesar Wali Kheer: This was loaded with Dry Fruits and perfectly sweetened.

Shahi Tukda: Crisp Bread slice dipped in a thick Rabdi drizzled with Rose syrup.

Overall…

Its a nice place to have a good food with Dhaba style ambience with punjabi songs playing in background. Service is pretty prompt. Its a Value for money restaurant.

A big Shout out to Karma PR for Invitation and Team TDK 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.

New Poona Bakery – Product Review.

 

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New Poona Bakery (NPB) is one of the oldest and largest bakeries in central Pune. Known for its delicious cakes and mouth watering puff (pattice), it is popular amongst city’s youth. New Poona Bakery offers a large assortment of Cakes, Pastries, Cookies, Kharis, Breads, Toast.

They are one of the oldest and largest bakeries in central Pune. Started in year 1967 at Budhwar Peth, Pune. Well known for satisfying the taste buds of Puneites. Today the 3rd generation is managing the business with completely new perspective of modernisation & management.

For ever increasing demand they have expanded the manufacturing capacity by establishing huge new factory setup at Wakad in 25,000 sq.feet area. Here they have separate unit to manufacture pure vegetarian baked products, so pure veg. from New Poona Bakery is really a 100% pure veg. most of the customer is aware of it and appreciate it a lot. The set up is to cater segment like institute, industries, IT sector, hotels and specialty caterers. Hardly there is anyone in Pune who don’t know New Poona Bakery (NPB).

Recently I received an Gift hamper of their lovely products. The delivery person was at my door by sharp 8am and he delivered the fresh products like:

1. Garma Garam Pattice : I have been eating these pattice since childhood. Nice crisp almost oil free with good amount of stuffing. Best for the Sunday family Chai time.

2. Fudge Brownies: I had never tried these before, These were really good, not too sweet not to dry.

3. Whole Wheat Toast: Toast are the one of the best products NPB have, Nice and crunchy, and you can have guilt free as there are made up of whole wheat.

4. Makkhan Khari: Their Khari is very different from the regular khari which you can buy from the local market. Taste wise it has little sweet taste and the crunch makes it different from the others.

5. Special Toasted Butter Buns: I have eaten toasted buns from Kolhapur but now onwards these will be in my house. Perfectly baked, crunchy and very good in taste.

6. Butterscotch Cookies: I found bit hard at the centre and too greasy.

7. Authentic Maharashtrian Bhel or rather Puneri Bhel ( with Ready mix Packets Inside): These is perfect small family pouch for evening snacks. Kids loved the taste and its very easy to make. Very nicely packed.

Over the years NPB has introduced many new products without compromising the quality and the quantity and thats what the legends do. NPB is truly a Legendary Bakery on Pune.

A big shout out to Placet Services for sending the gift hamper.

New Poona Bakery Website

Disclaimer: 

I received a complimentary food hamper. This blog is a narrative of my experience of the same. 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.

 

 

K’s Kitchen- Pune- Reviewed

K’s Kitchen has some interesting things to offer with no added sugar and a variety of salad dressings and sandwich spreads, keeping in mind the taste and convenience factor for the new generation with no compromise on health and quality.

K’s Kitchen is a brain child of Karen Anand and her Sons Param and Sasha. The Factory is located in Pune itself. The whole product range is available in the following cities : Pune, Mumbai, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Secunderabad, Coimbatore, Ooty, Pondicherry, Chennai & Kolkata. These yummy products can be ordered through the online sales partners like Amazon.in, Snacked.in, Tastebells.com, Shophop.co.in, Foodmemories.com, and Engrave.in.

I got a chance to try their Singapore Chilli Sauce (125/-) and the WholeGrain Mustard Sauce.(125/-)

First Impression of the Product: Beautifully packed in a glass bottle. The product is visible enough.

Taste: First I tried the Singapore Chilli Sauce in Noddles with fresh vegetables and it turned out to be really good in all the terms, like Taste, Colour, Aroma, and the most important is the spice level. The Thickness of the Sauce is perfect to get mixed up with noddles and give away the taste evenly.

Wholegrain Mustard Spread: The spread is so fresh and had the strong and dominating Pungent taste of Mustard. This was used homemade Bombay style Toast sandwich and this gave a nice twist to the overall taste. I added a cheese slice to tone down the flavour. The only thing you need to keep in mind is while adding it add it cautiously and as per the taste buds because of the Freshness and the purity of the Sauce.

The whole product range can be seen on the

Website link

or ordered by calling on 020 41231322 / 23.

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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.