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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Tales & Spirits – Martini Fest – Reviewed

Tales and Sprits has never disappointed me with their food and innovative Cocktails. Food is really outstanding and it’s a vegetarian restaurant. I have tried almost every thing on the menu, on my multiple visits with friends and family.

Recent ongoing Martini fest gives me a one more reason to visit.

The B Team was invited for tasting of their signature Martini and Food.

Martini’s we tried :

Ferrero Rocher Martini – It had Vodka, crushed black pepper, nutella, rice Krispies with a Ferrero Rocher Chocolate Ball on the rim. Mixed flavours of Sweet with a hint black pepper gave unique taste to it.

Espresso – Vodka, espresso, simple syrup. Strong flavor of Coffee simply compliment the Vodka presence. Nice bitter taste with after flavor of Vodka made this drink of the night.

James Bond Series 007 – Vodka, sweet and sour, green olives (stirred not shaken). It was one of the strongest Martini of the lot. Warmth would be felt with every sip.

Cotton Candy Swirl – Vodka, strawberry crush, pineapple liquid, cotton candy, lime. This had dramatic effects in the preparation, soft cotton candy was placed and Vodka was poured out which melted and eventually and gave a sweetened after taste.

Dragon Tales – Vodka, jalapeno, dragon fruit, farm basil and lime juice. Next strongest Martini with little different taste from the rest due to the basil and Dragon Fruit.

T&S Dirty Martini – Gin, olive juice, lime juice. This is the signature Martini from T&S with a twist of lime along with Gin mixed with Olive brine.

The Mr Freeze – Vodka, grenade, raspberry eye balls, sweet and sour.

Porn Star Martini – Vodka, orange liqueur, passion fruit, lime, golden petal dust.

Broken Heart Blues – Vodka, gin, lime juice, blue curacao, edible purple petal dust.

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Food :

Farmers Snacks:
Jalapeños & Mozzarella Cigars: This is one of the best Mozzarella Cigars I have ever tasted. Crispy cover with oozing Cheese within. Served with Pink pony dip.

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Eadamame Gyōzas: This was bit dry as per my palate with less stuffing and flavourful.

Shitake Bok Choy Gyōza: Shitake are basically an edible mushroom native to East Asia, which is cultivated and consumed in many Asian countries. It is considered a medicinal mushroom in some forms of traditional medicine. This was nice an juicey compared to the earlier one with strong flavor of Garlic and Ginger.

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Balsamic Mushroom Skewers: Nice big Juicey Mushroom grilled to perfection with chimmichurri which is an uncooked sauce used for grilled meat; it comes in a green version (chimichurri verde) and a red version (chimichurri rojo) and seems to come from Uruguayan cuisine. It is made of finely chopped parsley, minced garlic, vegetable oil, oregano, and white vinegar. In Uruguay, the dominant flavoring is parsley, garlic, red pepper flakes, and fresh oregano.

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Soup:
Wine Cheese Popcorn Soup: This an unique and signature soup from T&S. It’s nice, thick and warm popcorn flavour soup with wine cheese infused. It is served with Bucket of crunchy popcorn to add more flavour to it.

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Spa Salad: Very nicely presented in an half cut Pineapple stuffed with mixed leaves, Brussels sprouts, Broccoli, apple, Pineapple tossed in Mustard sauce, Coconut oil and chilly Dressing. Overall an healthy affair.

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T&S Fillers:

Thai Jungle Curry: One of the Best Thai Curry in the town. I bet you won’t regret this. Getting the perfect consistency without losing or overpowering other flavors is the most important thing while preparing Thai Curry, and T&S achieves it ease.

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Mascaporne Cream Cheese Pizza: Thin crust pizza with toppings like Tomato Concasse, Marinated peppers, Zucchini, farm fresh onions, spiced up with Paprika Flakes. Pizza retains its crispiness till the last bite.

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Malai Paneer Balchao: This was absolutely an outstanding dish. Soft Paneer chunks cooked in fiery Goan Vegetarian pickle paste served with Buttered Buns. Perfect spice levels with nice red in colour might increase your appetite.

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T&S Biscuit Bhakri: A Rajasthani fusion preparation, Cumin scented Crisp Bhakari served with mashed Potato – Onion Subji along with spicy Lasooni Thecha.

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Desserts:

Citrus and Berry Parfait: One of the fancy dessert from T&S. Mandarin, white chocolate berry parfait covered with chocolate shell & it is flambéed.

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Baklava & Butterscotch: T&S is the only place where authentic Baklava served with Butterscotch Ice-Cream is served. The first look itself is drooling.

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A big thank you to Zainab for inviting us and Sasha, Team Pomelo Social, Sagar and Team Tales & Spirits for being an excellent hosts.

 

 

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.

 

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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