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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Sunday Brunch at Teddyboy – Reviewed

Brunch is such an odd thing. It was created by fat, lazy people who were too lazy to wake up at a reasonable hour and too fat to wait until the next proper time for dining.

– Brian South

This sums up the Brunch definition.

Celebrated MasterChef Doyel Sarangi herself calls up and invites #TheBTeam over for a tasting we could resist.

The place has it’s own charm with breath taking view from the rooftop and rain drizzling over feels like it’s a perfect way to spend Sunday with yummylious food and fun loving family and friends.

Coming to the buffet spread, it had delicious starters served on the table with live pasta counter to choose from. Soups and the mains had a good options as well.

Starters included Corn Tikki, Veg. Seekh Kebab, Chicken Dumplings, Fish Koliwada and Chicken Tikka along with assorted Dips and Salads. You should not miss the dips, they were so good, went well with all the starters.

The mains had vegetarian,and Nonveg along with sea food. Khara Veg, Butter Paneer, Massaman Fish Curry and Murgh Dhoba were the options to choose from. To end the mains the Yellow Dal Tadka and Steamed Rice.

Desserts: Strawberry Cheesecake and Cream Strawberry Boulabaise and Churros with Chocolate Sauce. The churros dissappointed us, hard and chewy.

The Sunday Brunch is on from 12:00 noon to 3:30 PM and has the following packages: Rs. 599++ for Food & Mocktails.

Big Shout out to Chef Doyel for invitation and team Teddyboy for hosting us.

The Orchid Midnight Buffet- Reviewed. 

Located on the Pune-Bangalore Highway, The Orchid Pune, is a five-star property and an Ecotel Hotel in India that exudes grace and luxuriance. Away from all the hustle-and- bustle of the busy city, The Orchid Hotel in Pune is at an ideal distance from many IT and software hubs in Pune – making it the business traveller’s preferred choice of booking.

Sprawled across six acres of stunning landscaped gardens, The Orchid Pune, is host to an assortment of world-class conference rooms, banquet halls, and outdoor lawns for events. The hotel, an instantly recognisable building on the Pune-Bangalore highway, is adjacent to Pune’s only International Sports Complex makes it near-impossible to miss. 

The Orchid was the first to launch the Midnight Buffet some years back when nobody had a similar concept. Recently they have Re-Launched the Midnight Buffet at Boulevard Coffee Shop. The BTeam was Invited to for the Tasting the Midnight Buffet which is just 499/- ++ Taxes. 

The buffet was a lucullan feast and one of its kind. They had all, right from the Soups, Salads,  Starters, Mains with a unique live counter and wide variety of desserts to spoil yourself.

I will just run you through the menu starting from the Soups- Roasted Squash & Almond Soup and Chicken Tom Yum Soup.


Starters
were served on the Table:  Tandoori Paneer and Veg Dumplings. Paneer was soft and well marinated. 

Salads
had a good spread which includes the non-veg variants as well. 
Coming to Live Counter: As I mentioned earlier that they had a Unique Live Counter, They had a Hand Cart placed within the premises and they were serving Italian Pav Bhaji. We actually hogged on this !! Nicely cut Penne Pasta were tossed in PavBhaji with some Italian herbs and loads of Cheese/Butter. It was served with the homemade fresh and soft pav. 


Mains
: It was again a huge spread like Bhavnagari Salan and Indian Veg Stekar, Paneer E-Khas, Malaysian Stew Noodles, Steamed Rice and Dal Fry. My personal favourite was Paneer E-Khas and Malaysian Stew. 


Desserts
:  Along with some delicious Cakes, Brownies they also had luscious Traditional Indian sweets like Malai Ghewar and Angoori Rasmalai.

They also serve Alcohol which is the Plus point and a reason to visit. 


A big shout out to Neha for inviting us and Harshita and Team Boulevard 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.

Gong – New Asian Restaurant – Reviewed

 

 

​Sacred Chinese gongs are inscribed with the Mandarin Chinese characters called Tai Loi, which means, happiness has arrived.

 

GONG- Modern Asian takes you to a new level of happiness with its high energy ambience that is a contemporary take on traditional Japanese temple architecture and diverse Asian flavours that are prepared using western cooking techniques and presentations.

The menu features a progressive mix of Sushis, Asian Tapas, Stir Fries and Curries – rolled, steamed, baked, fried, tossed or slow cooked. The cocktail concoctions make use of fresh and dehydrated fruits, herbs, spices and liqueurs to achieve a perfect harmony of flavours.
The result is a perfect balance of ingredients and textures that are all a testimony to GONG holding the baton of innovation.

GONG is a venture of Speciality Restaurants Ltd, the company behind favourites like Mainland China, Oh! Calcutta and Hoppipola. MD Anjan Chatterjee teams up with son Avik Chatterjee, who’s designed GONG to oscillate between an elegant dining space and a pumped up, high-energy bar.

Ingredients from Thailand, Japan, Vietnam and its neighbouring countries jostle for space in the exhaustive menus. There’s a wide range of sushi, rolls and dimsums to spoil you for choice, and the long list of noodles and mains ensure that deciding what to order is a tough decision.

I was invited for the tasting some of their speciality.

We started with Amuse Bouche: The term is French and literally means “mouth amuser” It has often becomed a showcase, however, due to the artistry and showmanship of the chef, intensified by the competition among restaurants. They had a cranberry sphere Jelly type with basil crumble, followed by kaffir lime tofu. Nice mix of sweet and spice in one go.

Mushroom Cappuccino Soup: This was Smooth enough to start with and served hot with Extra finely chopped Mushrooms by the side in a small bowl. Very nicely presented. #MushHave

Sushi Rolls: 

Asparagus Tempura: A Chef’s speciality. Young leafy tips of asparagus, tempura fried to a nice golden colour and rolled into a chumaki size sushi. Avocado inside and are topped with crunch. So delicious!!

Cream Cheese Avocado: This was another gem from the Chef. Mouth melting Cheesy with Mayo dressing along with Asparagus and Cucumber were there for holding up. Rolled in Sushi rice. Served with WASABI, Tender and sweet Thai Ginger. #MustHave.

Dimsums:

Edamame and Truffle Dumpling: These little babies were tender soft, silky and shiny. Along with this to add some spice and enhance the taste they had given us some authentic Dipping Sauces.

Asian Cottages Cheese Ravioli: This was absolutely must have. Flimsy Ravioli dipped in Thai flavoured curry served in Martini Glass. Wow. This is a beautiful creation by the Chef. #MustHave

Crispy Vegetable Cheung Fun: This cheung fun is one of the more untraditional dishes, mixing the textures of the soft cheung fun skin, the crispy beancurd sheets and the Veggies filling. I loved this! No wonder its the Gong’s most favourite dish.

Crispy Lotus Stem: This is unarguably the best Crispy Lotus stem I ever had. The speciality of this is the Stem are big in size and which are directly imported from Thailand. Thats it has a different taste and crunch with every bite. #MustHave

Burnt garlic fried rice with vegetables in Chilli basil: This is the only restaurant where I liked the Fried rice, nice and flavourful with burnt Garlic. Vegetable tossed and served with Chilli Basil sauce.

Stir fried Noodles: Good in taste Finely chopped veggies added to it.
Desserts:

Chocolate Dome: One of the fancy items from the menu. Big Chocolate Dome is placed and Hot Chocolate Sauce is poured over it to uncover the hidden gems like Brownie cubes, Crispy honey flat noodles, Some Popcorns, and a Scoop of Vanilla Ice-Cream. #MustHave.
Mocktails:

Malaya Spiced Melon and Hot Guava Punch: Its bit difficult to decide between both but Hot Guava Punch is my favourite.

Overall:

Gong takes you to the Journey of Asian cuisine along with some latest Molecular Gastronomy techniques and which embellishes the overall dinning experience. The Interiors of the Gong makes this journey Magnetic and Delightful.

A big Shout out to Shweta from ESOL and Team Gong for Invitation and hosting us.