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.

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Indigo Deli Koregaon Park -Reviewed

Indigo Deli

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Let me start a with a quote “Anything is good if it’s made of chocolate.”
― Jo Brand
But I say “Anything is good if it made in Indigo Deli”

Launched in 2005, Indigo Delicatessen has defined the quintessential Deli experience in India over the years. With accolades and awards, and many a ‘firsts’ along the way, the Deli developed a tradition of delighting guests and building a patronage. It originates from the house of deGustibus Hospitality, the pioneering company that gave shape to the iconic Indigo Restaurant in Mumbai and had re-written the rules of luxury dining in India in the early 2000’s.
Indigo Deli is an all-day caf̩ that offers its guests a comfortable and friendly atmosphere with an extensive and absolutely scrumptious menu consisting of contemporary Western Comfort food, cooked using an array of techniques and practices Рmostly European and American. The fare can be best described as honest, unpretentious, good food, cooked from the heart with local sustainable produce.

Each Deli is unique, with a certain central focus that defines the space. Yet, there are several aspects across the Delis that bind them. The colours and tones used within each of the Delis lends to a sense of comfort and warmth within the space and adds to the overall experience. This is mimicked by the friendly and attentive service received during the course of every dining experience.

After winning the hearts by opening its flagship outlet in Pune at Phoenix Marketcity Mall, They have opened their second outlet’s door at Koregaon Park. I was invited for the Food tasting of this outlet. The menu remains the same but, the love they spread while serving their scrumptious food has already taken the foodies to the next level.

We started the Evening with a little chat with the Chef Tushar and we also discussed the Positive vibe this place has. The place is done so well, It has a feel of old English cafe on a busy streets of London, With wide clear windows and the table attached to each which gives a glimpse of the road. It has up class high head leather sofas with a lot of head room overall makes this place a unique for a Sunday Morning Breakfast.

The evening was set with specially curated menu by the chef himself, and he knows how to keep the patrons happy.
Amuse Bouche

Amuse Bouche: It was Potato & Leek with Chive Sour Cream and the Golden Fried Leeks. This was warm and soothing served in a Cup.
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Salad: This was a freshness overloaded salad with Kale, Fennel, Apple Batons added the little sweetness, Dried Cranberries this added sourness, Feta & Candied Pecan nut for the crunchiness. Perfect way to start your dinner.

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Pizza: 3 Pepper & 3 Cheese Pizza: IndioDeli is the only place where you get the wafer thin crust, I really mean wafer thin crust here!! Perfectly baked without spoiling the crust. The 3 Cheese were cheddar, scamorza and mozzarella and 3 Peppers were Red, Yellow and Bhavnagari peppers. Combination of all six gave a perfect level of spice and good amount of cheese to make this a complete pizza.
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SDT Olives and Capers: Little sour with little juice in the Sun Dried Tomatoes(SDT) along with Black olives and Capers, these are basically the edible flower buds (capers), often used as a seasoning, and the fruit (caper berries), both of which are usually consumed pickled as well. The SDT are homemade to get the perfect quality of the tomato.

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Spinach & Jerusalem artichoke Ravioli: Jerusalem Artichoke is also called sunroot, sunchoke, earth apple, or topinambour. Ravioli was served with blistered cheery tomato, Crispy basil and bell pepper puree. These Ravioli were very delicate yet they were holding the stuffing very well.
Lemongrass Kaffir Lime Steamed Rawas with Cilantro- Black Olive Gnocchi Sauteed shitake and charred corn

Lemongrass Kaffir Lime Steamed Rawas with Cilantro- Black Olive Gnocchi Sauteed shitake and charred corn: As Chef wanted me to try the vegetarian version of this so with his magical cooking skills he took off the Steamed Rawas and made me a Veggi version. This dish was highly appreciated on the table by the non-vegetarians and it was swiped off within minutes.

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Desserts: Indigo Deli offers excellent varieties of desserts including multiple options of homemade ice-creams. We tried almost all the Desserts including Apple Pie, Chocolate layered Almond Cake, Chocolate Mud Cake and Blueberry Cheese Cake. All were just awesome.

A big Shout out for Svetlana for Invitation and Chef Tushar, Saptadeep and Team Indigo Deli (KP) for hosting us.

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Address: 26/3A/2 Power Point UG 3, Lane Number 6, Koregaon Park, 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.

 

212’s All New Menu – Reviewed

212’s All Day, All New, All Good menu has launched.

On every visit 212 has some surprises stored. This time it was their all New Menu launch, and I was privileged to be invited for the tasting of the same.

Let the journey of New menu begin….

Curried Potato Mille Fieulle: Mille Fieulle is a French pastry whose exact origin is unknown. Its modern form was influenced by improvements of Marie-Antoine Carême. Traditionally, a mille-feuille is made up of three layers of puff pastry (pâte feuilletée), alternating with two layers of pastry cream (crème pâtissière), but sometimes whipped cream or jam are substituted, when substituted with jam this is then called a Bavarian slice. The top pastry layer is dusted with confectioner’s sugar, and sometimes cocoa, pastry crumbs, or pulverized seeds (e.g. roasted almonds). Alternatively the top is glazed with icing or fondant in alternating white (icing) and brown (chocolate) stripes, and combed.
But the at 212 it had a savoury version of it. The three layer of crunchy curried potato served along with veg stew, kokum lassi and coconut-chilli chutney. Veg Stew is the best ever I have had till date. In between layer filling there was mashed Potato and spiced up with Indian spices very similar to Dosa Subji. Nice Innovative way serving. Beautifully plated. although the portion size can be increased.

Eggplant Bruschetta: Eggplant would be so delicious I never thought of it. This dish is absolutely in the list of “not to be missed” The crunchy bruschetta was topped with Eggplant, Brie, Fried onions, to add the little sweetness to overall taste Figs were placed at the end. This was such a beautifully prepared, Hands down to the Chef.

Spicy Emmental Arrancini: These are stuffed rice balls which are coated with bread crumbsand then deep fried. They are usually filled with ragù (meat and tomato sauce), mozzarella, and peas. The name, which is translated as “little orange”, derives from their shape and colour which, after cooking, is reminiscent of an orange.
Arrancini were just had a perfect Crunchiness with Googy Mozzarella Cheese inside. This was served with the Chermoula Mayo.

Poutines:

Kung Fu Fondue: These were the googy-iest of the lot. So much of cheese right from the first bite. With more cheese at the bottom. So don’t forget to keep digging it. But make sure you don’t keep it unattended for a long time as this might turn in to a Soggy one. Szechwan Tofu added some spice to it and cut the cheesy taste.

Avocado & pomelo Salad: It was a freshness overloaded with Arugula, Peanut and Horseradish Dressing topped with some Walnut Chikki to add the crunch. As per my taste buds it was too sweetened.

Trio of Chips & Salsa: There were three types of Nachos Spinach, Beetroot,and Classic. These were served with different flavours of dips, like Sour Cream, Guacamole, Cilantro, Chipotle, Tomato Salsa, and Habanero Salsa. All the dips & salsa were outstanding, in terms flavour and spice levels. The Chef had taken extra efforts to create all these dips.

Burgers and Sandwiches:

Two Mushrooms Burger: This was a monster burger to with crunchy patty along with melted Gruyere Cheese. Its a super meal in itself. It was served with Fries and fresh salad.

Masala Paneer Scramble: Fusion of Indian and English cuisine. It could have been more crisper. The filling was with crispy potatoes and mint spread and served with Raisin Chutney along with Fries and Fresh Salad.

Chettinad Cottage Cheese Pizza: This is one of the innovative recipes from 212 cafe and bar. Paneer Chunks tempered with Mustard and Curry Leaves. Paneer chunks were nicely marinated and tender enough to melt away in your mouth. The cheese played its role of googy-ness and the thin crisp crust was holding strong all drama happening on top of it.

From the Grills:

Green Peas, Baby Potatoes & Celery cake: This was one of the most delicate dish served on the table. The filling was with soft sweet potatoes little spiced up with the celery patties wrapped up in grape leaves which were first steamed and then grilled and served with demi glace sauce. We had to unwrap it to enjoy the delicious stuffing.

Mains:

Truffle, Porcini and Buratta Risotto: This was the most googy and creamy Risotto I ever tasted. 212 has taken the Risotto to the next level and you will be addicted to it from the very first bite. Strong Truffle gave it slightly garlicky with a deep musky aroma while Porcine gave a deep earthy flavor which enhances any dish. Black olives and crispy banana flowers were added to give the risotto a different after taste on the taste buds.

Ultimate Beetroot Gnocchi: Nice colourful and Beautifully plated tender Gnocchi mixed with Spinach, Shallots and for the tangy flavour orange zest was added.

Desserts:

Tiramisu Eclairs: After having such a long list of newly introduced menu, For desserts I have a separate gut!! Mascarpone cheese was soft and Coffee dust gave a different taste to it. Along with some dark chocolate chips and Figs also had their own role to play.

Peanut Butter Pie: Chocolate Ganache Peanut Butter Pastry, served with Vanilla Ice- Cream, Combination of both have Mixed flavours of Sweet Nutty and Chocolaty and made the dessert complete.

A big shout out for Svetlana for invitation and team 212 for Hosting us.


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 

 

 

Rajasthani Food Festival – The Orchid Hotel Balewadi.

Rajasthan- Land of Kings.
Rajasthani Food Festival @Orchid Hotel Balewadi.

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You will get the feel of the richness right from the entry when you arrive, you will be welcome with a tilak and offered with the Rajawadi Lassi loaded with Dryfruits. Then you enter through the replica of the Jaipur’s Famous Hawa Mahal. The staff is dressed in Rajasthani attire will welcome with Ram Ram Sa or Khamma Gani – A traditional way of welcoming the guest. The Boulevard is decorated with the Rajasthani artefacts and they also have traditional seating arrangement.

Coming to the Food: The Buffet spread is as usual is huge. They have three types of Dal Baatis, Seven types of traditional subzi, Ten mouth watering desserts, four types of appetisers, live counter of Chaat and Pani Puri along with Golawala, Salads and Soups. This is a huge spread!!!

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Things I tried: All the Dal Baati’s with the Panchmel Dal: Very Nicely prepared soaked in ghee, with Richness overloaded!! Gatte ki subji was perfectly cooked, with right amount of sourness.

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I just skipped the regular subzi’s to keep up some space for the Desserts.
In between I also tried some of the Chaats like Papadi Chaat, Kachori Chaat, Pani Puri. all were the winners!!
To end the mains I tried the Khichadi Kadhi- Hot Kadhi and soothing Khichadi completed the meal.

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Desserts:

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Churma: This was nice moist and aptly sweet, and it was a perfectly going with Panchmel Dal and Baati.

Churma Ladoo: The Churma was nicely roasted and added some dryfruits to it.
Malpua: It was bit dry, so gave a skip.
Other desserts were Imarti, Mawa Kachori a sweeter version of the Kachori with dryfruits, and some fusion desserts like Churma Mousse, Jalebi Rabadi Pie, Rasmalai.
Moong Dal Halwa- Graciously loaded with ghee and dryfruits.

Overall: This was a very unique experience of the rich culture of the Rajasthan. Rest Drool over the Pictures!!

A big Shout out to Neha for the Invitation and Team Orchid (Boulevard) for hosting us.

Important things to be noted:
Date of Festival: Its a ongoing till 6th of August.
Price : 1050/-  (Its a Pure Vegetarian Festival) 
Timings- 12.30 to 3.00 PM & 7 to 11 PM, Sunday Brunch- 12 to 4 PM

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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.

 

Sheesha- The Taste of Flame- Reviewed

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The famous chain of restaurant Sheesha has recently opened its doors at Ishanya Mall which happens to be buzzing place especially since the 500m Rule has been applicable. In recent months we have seen many Brands of Bars and Eateries have bloomed up. Sheesha has placed on a roof top of the Ishanya mall (It has a temporary covered for the rains)

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SHEESHA is an restaurant serving authentic North Indian Cuisine especially Awadhi and Muglai Cuisine. Menu is filled with exquisite and carefully selected dishes which are subtle yet daring. Only restaurant in Pune to introduce Nawabs of Awadh for their love of music, dance, of epicurean delights and of grand gestures. And the good news is that they have Sheesha with many flavours to choose from. Talking about their Food they try new and old recipe, experimenting and innovating to keep up with the race. Internationally acclaimed, EX-ITC Chef Kader Khan founding partner of sheesha all the way from Lucknow brings you the different taste of flame whose experience has crossed a silver jubilee in making 386 different kinds of only kebabs.

I was the part of First Bloggers table held at Sheesha Pune.

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Ambience: Restaurant have huge space. They have three option of sitting the regular Tables and chairs, second one is the cabana style sitting for small group or family and the Round table with separate area.

As we settled down, we started with some mocktails followed by the starters to cool down ourselves.

 

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Soup: Tomato Sorba: Basic Tomato shorba nothing fancy about it.

Cheese Corn Kurkure: Deep fried stuffed with googy cheese and corn was good to start with. The cover was enough crunchy to hold the cheese and with the first bite the cheese was oozing out.

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Makai Malai Seekh Kebab: This starter was served on a sizzling hot plate. Nice and mouth melting Keba, distinct in taste and aroma.

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Paneer Shashlik: Again this was served on the sizzling plate. Flavoursome Paneer mixed with roughly chopped vegetables which were tossed in a tangy tomato base puree, this give a nice colourful presentation.

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Baby Corn Amritsari: Deep fried Baby corns in Amritsari species. I my opinion
it was bit over fried which tend to lose the tenderness of the babycorn.

Main Course

There was huge spread from we had to choose, which made our task bit difficult. The main course was much better than starters.

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Tawa Sabz Banjara: This was the winner of evening. Perfect in taste, Spiciness, rich in aroma, roughly chopped vegetables served in a flat tawa style plate. This goes will with Butter Garlic Naan.

Dum Aloo Nawabi: As the name suggest, Soft Dryfruits stuffed dum aloo cooked in Cashew gravy and cooked in rich creamy gravy to get the perfect consistency.

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Dal Bukhara: One of the best dal in the town, slow cooked for hours to get the thickness without adding any thickening agent which can be felt right from the first bite. This goes well with Kadak Roti and Jeera rice.

Veg Biryani: Moist, Flavourful, rich in aroma, perfectly cooked with equal amount of spice.Vegetables were perfectly cooked and chunky. No issues at all.

Desserts:

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Avadhi Lasooni Kheer: This was something unusual in the dessert section so we ordered that. Basically it was Kheer with very finely chopped garlic mixed with the kheer. If you don’t like garlic’s after taste, then this dessert is not ment for you. It’s different and unique.

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Gulab Jamun: Small in size soft and dipped in sugar syrup.

Overall a good experience apart from some teething issues. And of course they serve different flavours of Sheesha and they have weekly Sufi nights to enjoy along with good food.

A Big shout out for the Shivangi from Carpe Diem for invitation and Team Sheesha for hosting us.

Address

Ishanya Mall, Arced 5, Terrace, Opposite Golf Course, Off Airport Road, Yerawada, Pune

Contact : 020 30162212

Zomato Link

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Disclaimer:

I was 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.