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.

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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.

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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.

 

 

Georges Rhumerie-French Restaurant Siem-Reap Cambodia

Vegetarian Vegan Restaurant Siem Reap Cambodia:

Are you a Vegetarian or Vegan looking for a Restaurant in Siem Reap Cambodia. Looking for something a little different for dinner?

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Freshly made vegan sausages served with creamy French-style mashed potato and dressed salad, a design your own gratin (vegan or with cheese!), and homemade tofu served with Shimeji and Enoki mushrooms are just some of the Creole inspired dishes Georges offers to vegan and vegetarian guests.

Their unique take on French Creole is inspired by Georges’ multicultural background. The flavours of his home on Reunion Island combine with French and Asian influences to create new twists on classic dishes, while remaining an authentic expression of Creole fusion cuisine.

Featuring a stylish, air-conditioned, indoor restaurant and a beautiful terrace garden, Georges Rhumerie offers a casual, yet elegant, dining experience hidden just outside the boisterous city center of Siem Reap.

The family believe a passion for food and excellence in customer service are key to the happiness of our guests. To this end, Georges’ kitchen is hard at work every day crafting infused rum, jams, chilies, chutneys, sausages, foie gras and much more.
We invite you to share that passion, and you may fall in love with Creole cuisine too!
Cambodia’s flavours, fruity and spicy, sweet and sour. Georges Rhumerie is a story about family and the love of cooking. George started a few years ago with ten different recipes of infused rum. His native island, La Reunion inspired the amazing flavours, but each have a Cambodian touch.
In this land bursting with tropical fruits and hot chillies a passion quickly grew. Paired with the need to share a piece of his country Georges was compelled to create a full range of preserves (jams, chutney and chilli pastes) to accompany the infused rums.
The results were delicious so Georges couldn’t be stopped here. Georges Rhumerie production, Show Room, Restaurant & Bar are all experiences that compliment each other, we are a family and we welcome you to our slice of home.
We have fine gifts in the form of our delicious rums and preserves, which come in adorable ethical packaging. You will find the perfect gift to take home to your friends and family. In the spirit of sharing, jams, chutney and chilli pastes are available for free tasting at Georges Rhumerie – Siem Reap.

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Home-made RUMS- Based on our old family recipe from La Reunion Island we enhance the flavour by adding locally grown Cambodian fruits and few family secrets! All of our rums are expertly matured for a minimum of 6 months and come in 10 exotic and exciting flavours. From the fiery to the fresh, we will have the flavour for you.

Chutney
CHUTNEY- An Indian inspiration, we have enhanced this cultural favourite with the addition of Cambodian fruits. We highly recommend our chutney flavours (including papaya, pineapple and mango) to accompany almost any fish or meat meal.

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JAM- Cambodia has an abundance of wonderful tropical. Georges didn’t miss a chance to use them wisely our jam collection. We would like to introduce you to the best jam flavours you will ever taste: sweet papaya, tasty mango, yummy coco-pineapple, glorious mango-passion fruit, bitter sweet orange and smooth pineapple.

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CHILI PASTE- Cambodia and chilli go together like lemongrass and ginger…a match made in flavour heaven! Cambodian’s like it hot!! Georges has reinvented this Asian favourite and created 3 distinctive flavours. We offer a hot red chilli, a milder green chilli and an exotic red chilli with pineapple combination fantastic to marinate chicken in before a barbecue.

Hours: Monday – Saturday 11:00 a.m. -10pm
Closed on Sundays
P. +855(0)9 68 61 74 48
Address:
Georges Rhumerie Georges’ Ln Krong Siem Reap
Siem Reap, Siemreab-Otdar Meanchey, Cambodia

Disclaimer: This is a promotional blog for Restaurant on the request from the Management/owners of the restaurant. All the matter/Information in this blog is from their website. This blog is purely a Promotional basis and no Copyright or any kind of Lawsuit or defamation suit/case will be entertained. 

 

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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China Grill – Restaurant Review.

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Chinese cuisine is an important part of Chinese culture, which includes cuisine originating from the diverse regions of China, as well as from Chinese people in other parts of the world. Because of the Chinese diaspora, Chinese cuisine has influenced many other cuisines in Asia, while modifications made to cater the local palate.

The preference for seasoning and cooking techniques of Chinese provinces depend on differences in historical background and ethnic groups. Geographic features including mountains, rivers, forests and deserts also have a strong effect on the local available ingredients, considering climate of China varies from tropical in the south to subarctic in the northeast. Imperial, royal and noble preference also plays a role in the change of Chinese cuisines. Because of imperial expansion and trading, ingredients and cooking techniques from other cultures are integrated into Chinese cuisines over time.

The ancient Taoist principle of Yin and Yang in which balance and contrast are the key. Each Chinese dish reflects a balance of taste, texture, aroma and colour. Be it sweet, sour, pungent, hot, salty or spicy – all the six basic flavours are incorporated deftly in all Chinese dishes.

Indian Chinese cuisine is the adaptation of Chinese seasoning and cooking techniques to Indian tastes through a larger offering of vegetarian dishes. The Indian Chinese cuisine is said to have been developed by the small Chinese community that has lived in Kolkata (formerly Calcutta) for over a century. Today, Chinese food is an integral part of the Indian culinary scene. It is also enjoyed by Indian and Chinese communities in Malaysia, Singapore and North America.

Chill Grill Brand comes from the Family of the legendary Chinese Room Restaurant (East Street). The four times in a row award winner of the World Famous Restaurants International USA Award Chinese Room, is one of the oldest Chinese Restaurants in Pune. It was started in 1976 and has completed 40 years. The restaurant has always been well ahead of its time and has maintained its iconic status through continuous innovation in the menus and service. The exquisite food is a blend of imported aromatic spices, mesmerizing fragrances, elusive oils, blissful sauces and delicious recipes. The authenticity of Chinese food along with tastes to match the Indian taste bud is represented at Chinese Room.

China Grill started its first restaurant in Wanowrie 10 years back and Riding on the success of the Wanowrie branch, China Grill is back, this time at Viman Nagar! Offering the best quality Chinese ingredients, do not miss out on the seafood here! Not only that, China Grill also brings to you North Indian dishes, to satisfy the Indian palate. All of this under one roof. Deciding where to dine has never been easier!

China Grill’s newest outlet in Viman Nagar is a fine dining branch. Owing to its sophisticated décor and interiors, the restaurants gives a quality experience to its customers. The restaurant comes with a beautiful banquet hall on its second level which is ideal for all your special occasions. China grill serves Authentic Chinese food similar to its other branches. In addition to its scrumptious menu, China Grill has also added Authentic Indian cuisine to its food options.

The food we had out here at the Viman Nagar Branch as follows:

We started with some Drinks to cool us down so ordered Blue Lagoon and Paradise Island. They have an elaborated menu for both the Food and for the Drinks to suits every ones palate.

For starters:

Sesame Toast Vegetable: Nice crispy golden brown bread triangles. Yummy in taste. #Musthave.

Corn Curd Mongolian: Very unique dish and one of the signature dish of China Grill. This dish goes through all basic cooking then refrigerating and then frying to get the exact texture without loosing the aroma and taste. It can be enjoyed with Schezwan sauce.

Paneer Tikka: Big square pieces of tender soft Paneer marinated with tikka masala served with Mint chutney. This is one of the Indian Signature dish of the China grill.

Main course:

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Vegetables in Hunan sauce: This was nice and served in a huge portion which goes well with Veg Fried Rice. Chunky pieces of vegetables tossed in Hunan Sauce with a perfect thickness of Gravy.

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In Roti I tried the Cheese Garlic Naan: Nicely presented and good in taste.

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Dessert: Sizzling Brownie with Vanilla Ice-Cream: The only different thing was instead of a scoop, a big slab of Vanilla Ice-cream was placed.

Overall… It was an wonderful experience of having a quick lunch and total Value for Money.

P.S. : Along with their fancy fine dine restaurant China Grill Viman Nagar also has a luxurious banquet facility to host all your important events. Housing a maximum of 200 people our banquet hall is ideal for a birthday party, company event, get togethers, pre/ post wedding celebrations and weekly kitties. Centrally air conditioned and one of the few places where stags are allowed we also offer you with an outdoor seating, smoking area and free wifi. Apart from these services we would be glad to add to your celebrations with tonnes of scrumptious food, a beautifully done up space, foot tapping beats topped off with a classic selection of alcohol. They have basic pre curated Menus to choose from or if you have a budget in mind even that can be worked out as per your need and choice.

Rajdhani- “Aamlicious” the Mango Festival.

DSC05005Introduction:

Rajdhani, The Vegetarian Thali Restaurant which is the flagship brand of Mirah Hospitality has spread its aroma in this industry over the past few decades. Known as a “thali place” with 72 different rotating menus with 22,464 delicacies from Gujarat and Rajasthan, Rajdhani gives even the most regular customers out of more than 9 million delighted guests with the flavour of novelty.

Brand Promise:

The brand has been in existence for over five decades and is renowned for its commitment to authentic& hygienic food, and good service.

Spread:

With a fast pace expansion and over-whelming response by millions across the country, Rajdhani Restaurants has over 28 locations across India and is also present in the Middle East. Come to Rajdhani to savour the taste of tradition.

Rajdhani has one more Brand which serves the Food from the Royal Kitchen.

RASOVARA – THE ROYAL KITCHEN

An exotic vegetarian, royal gourmet Indian meal

Rasovara brings to you, centuries later, the magical food from the palaces. They have spent long months digging into the secrets of the mystical royal kitchens of Rajasthan and Gujarat. They have traced the lineage of the shahi khansamas and dug out precious information from their attics. After months and months of work, they were generously rewarded with a treasure trove of recipes and tradition. They have carefully handpicked the recipes for the us and present it to us on a platter. Right here at Rasovara. Everything you will touch, feel and taste here is a leaf straight out of royalty and a unique experience of India’s rich gastronomic legacy.

Aamlicious – Mango Festival at Rajdhani: Its a two months long festival and serving some blissful Mango flavours delicacies. If you are Mango Lover you should not miss this festival.

Lets start with some Mango Trivia: The variety is named after Afonso de Albuquerque, a Portuguese general and military expert who helped establish Portuguese colonies in India. The Portuguese introduced grafting on mango trees to produce extraordinary varieties like Alphonso. The fruit was then introduced to the Konkan region in Maharashtra, Goa, Gujarat and some parts of southern states of Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Kerala. (Wiki) 

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There was a display counter where all the food items were kept with all the name tags to it. As almost everything had an Mango in it, no matter it is a Kachi Kairi (Raw Mango) or the Ripened Mango.

The Details of the todays menu as follows:

Welcome Drink: Aam Thandai and Kairi Panna: Both were good, Thandai was loaded with dry-fruits and the Kairi Panna was just refreshing and appetising.

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Farsan: 1. Kairi Stuffed bread Roll: Perfect soft and crispy with a twisted taste of kacchi Kairi with a combination to Indian spices made this Farsan one of the best of the lot.

2. Mango Dry-fruit Ghugra: Loaded with dry-fruits with a nice crunchy cover. It was good in taste.

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3. Shahi Aam Dhokla: Three layer Dhokla was bit stiffer compare to the regular Dhokla, for which the feedback was given.

4. Chatpata Kacchi Kairi Muthiya: Bright red colour marinated with all the tangy spices, those who have a taste developed for it they will relish it.

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Special of the Day: Mango Dal Dhokli: Although the Dhokli was less, it was served hot and the taste wise it was amazing. Nice consistency of the dal with perfect sweetness to it.

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Vegetables: 1. Arbi Mango Rassawala: It had very similar taste to the Dahi wale Gatte ki Subji. Almost all the ingredient were similar.

2. Aam aur Pyaaz ki Subji: Bit oily. Feedback given.

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3. Kaddu Kairi ka Bharta: This was the best of the lot. Perfect in taste and had it was a dry Subji.

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4. Aam ki Launji: Aam ki launji is essentially a pickle type Rajasthani chutney made by cooking raw green mango pieces with basic Indian cooking spices and sugar. Generally eaten with the Khoba Roti.

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Dal/ Kadhi: Malabari Mango Kadhi: This was just not right!!! Ripen Mango in a Kadhi. I suggested them to make it with the Pakoda with Kacchi Kairi Stuffing, which they also  agreed and said they would definitely give it a try to this option.

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Khichadi and Mango Pulav: Khichadi was the regular signature taste soft and soothing Khichadi, on the other hand Mango Pulav was rich in taste and the small mango pieces gave a sweet taste to the Pulav. Although the Pulav had lots of Dry-Fruits as well but Mango gave a distinct taste to it.

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Raita: Mango Pachadi: Finely shredded raw mango mixed with fresh yogurt with strong indian spices like hing and mustard seeds.

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Desserts:  Aamras and Aamrakhand: Both were just perfect. Right amount to sweetness along with perfect consistency.

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This Festival thali is charged at Rs 399/-. It will continue till May end. 

Thali with full Details:

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Oregano -Restaurant Review

Oregano is one of the restaurant at Ambience hotel Model colony which serves pure Veg Italian Cuisine.

Apart from their regular menu they also have an option of Italian Set Buffet system with limited desserts option, but every thing is served on the table you don’t have to run around.

They serve the Indian cuisine as well from the Aroma Restaurant which is an rooftop restaurant. So it’s a kind of a package deal.

We opted for the set menu which has the following:

Soups: Two variants: Minestrone- perfect combination of fresh seasonal vegetables, Basil, Pasta and Parmesan Cheese in hot and tangy Tomato Broth.

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Cream Of Broccoli: Thick and fresh broccoli with added cream which gave creamer and soothing taste to it.

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Salads: Italian Salad: Fresh Lettuce, Apple, Diced Carrots, Cucumber, Pineapple chunks, for the spice some freshly cut bell peppers, dressed with Honey Dijon’s Mustard. Overall a healthy package. #Unlimitedservings

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Starters: Bruschetta Al Pomodoro: Simple and basic style of serving, French Baguette topped with fresh Tomato, Basil, drizzled olive oil, garlic and feta cheese. #Unlimitedservings

Cajun Spiced Potato: Potato Wedges, flavoured with rosemary tossed in Cajun sauce, bit on the oiler side but taste wise it’s good. #Unlimitedservings

Pizza: it’s a kind of DIY pizza with any number of toppings on the 10′ thin crust, they good option to choose from the list of toppings. You can request them to drizzle less olive oil with toppings, the pizza which was served to us had this issue which was informed to the courteous manager who was ready to change it immediately. Crust wise it was perfect not over or under baked. #Unlimitedservings

Pasta: Again on the Similar lines of Pizza, this was DIY or create your own pasta, with the options of Basic, Pink, Arrabbiata, Alfredo, and Basil Pesto sauce. Along with your voice of pasta and the vegetables to add on. We opted for the penne in pink sauce with some fresh veggies. Nice and cheesy.
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Dessert: Chocolate Mousse: Smooth and served with chocolate chips. Nice and perfect in taste not too sweet not to bland. #LimitedServing.

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Pannacotta (STRAWBERRY): Served in a cup so couldn’t figure out how wobbly it was was but while taking the scoop it was light and smooth enough. Taste wise it was not that mouth melting but ok types.
Strawberry part was just the top layer and again it was just the Strawberry flavour jelly which was added to it while setting up the Pannacotta.

 

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Overall:

Food: It was good although apart from some if and buts but definitely worth a try.

Service: Pretty quick no issues.

Staff: Very polite and courteous.

Ambience: Perfect for the family and group. Comfortable sitting area, clean ambience.

Value for money: very reasonable. The above menu was 550/- ++ which comes to 595/- per person. It’s a worth a deal.

 

Address: The Ambience Hotel, CTS 1105/2, Lakaki Road, Model Colony, Pune.

Contact: 020 30189929

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