Shahnoor’z, Koregaon Park Annexe, Pune

If you love kebabs this is the place you need to visit. I am completely in love with this place for its food.

Moiz Adtani who previously was working in marketing sector wanted to do something on his own. So, with support of his wife he started as a home chef and gradually advanced to a take-away kiosk to a single table outlet to now a 8-9 table restaurant. Do not expect any fancy décor but you can surely expect lip smacking kebabs. This restaurant is named after Moiz’s mother and those all are her recipes which are served here.

Foodprowl team was invited here for a food tasting. And it was one of the best tastings I have attended. Focus was food and this place gets full marks on it.


Recommended Dishes: All Kebabs, Nizami Shawarma Roll, Mutton Rogan Josh, Kadhai Paneer, Mutton Kapsa Rice, Malai Firni


Food: We were served lots of kebabs one after the other. One mushroom and rest all chicken.

Shahnoorz special Kebab: Chicken breast with minced chicken inside and grilled in tandoor garnished with lots of cream. Indeed, a special kebab. Chicken breast and minced chicken was well cooked and had nice flavor of tandoori masala.

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Irani Tandoori Chicken: Chicken marinated in yoghurt, cooked in tandoor to perfection and garnished with lots of grated cheese and roasted cashews, almonds. Unlike regular spicy tandoori chicken, this preparation is slightly sweetish and cheesy. Mild flavor but surprisingly delicious.

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Makarana Kebab: Juicy chicken drumsticks, 4 per portion, well-marinated and cooked in tandoor till the bone. Meat was falling off the bone. Again, garnished with lots of cream.

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Golden Wings: Chicken wings cooked in tandoor. These had a golden glaze and hence the name. These had a hint of cardamom flavor.

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Murg Pahadi Tikka: Chicken kebab marinated in green masala. Little spicy but flavorful. Only green colored kebab among all reds.

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Murg Achari Tikka: Tender chicken pieces marinated in slightly sour achari masala, cooked in tandoor sprinkled with pepper and topped with lots and lots of cream. Amazing in taste. Chicken was tender and was melting in mouth.

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Tandoori Mushroom: Only veg starter served in this tasting. Small button mushrooms marinated in spicy tandoori masala. Mushrooms were cooked just right. I am not a mushroom kebab fan but this was surely an exception. Outstanding taste.

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We were already stuffed with appetizers. But we were just halfway through. There were mains yet to come.

Nizami Shawarma Roll: Grilled chicken in a spicy but creamy sauce put in a soft pita bread. I simply loved this. It had good amount of chicken and just right amount of creamy sauce. Very flavourful.

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Chicken Bhuna Roll: Bhuna chicken wrapped in Roomali roti. It was bit spicy. However, I loved Nizami roll over bhuna roll.

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Mutton Rogan Josh: Thoroughly cooked mutton in a thin but spicy gravy. I am not sure if they had used ‘ratanjog’ in this preparation but whatever was served to us was delicious. A must try.

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Murg Mussallam: Chicken chunks in a thick gravy having minced chicken. Fried egg was used as an underliner. Gravy was thick and mildly spicy.

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Chicken Angara: Smoked boneless chicken in a thick, spicy onion based gravy garnished with a dollop of butter. This preparation had a nice smoky flavor.

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Kadhai Paneer: Medium spicy. Tender paneer in a thick medium spicy creamy gravy. This is a must try for vegetarians. I liked this preparation.

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Assorted Roti Basket: All the gravies were servd with tandoori and roomali rotis, naans, kulchas. All these were laden with butter. I liked the lachcha paratha

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Mutton Kapsa Rice: This one deserves a very special mention. We actually had said no to a rice as we were too stuffed and had no appetite for anything else. But Owner insisted serving this rice. I looked a simple rice preparation. But once we tasted this every one of us were damn impressed. Mutton chunks with some masala topped with long grain rice garnished with hearty amount of cashews. This was moderately sweet in taste. But absolutely flavourful. We initially requested to serve us just couple of spoons to taste. But each one of use asked for more and more. This is absolutely must try. Even though you are stuffed with their delicious kebabs, please keep some space for this delicious preparation.

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Malai Firnee: This was another star. A nice and thick phirnee set in a kulhad. Delicious phirnee garnished with grated almonds.

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Gajar Halwa: This was also good. Good amount per portion.

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Service: Very friendly and hospitable staff. Moiz made sure that we are enjoying our food tasting and everything would go well.


Value for Money: Of course, Yes. Very pocket friendly place serving absolutely lip-smacking food.


Rating: 5/5

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Paddy’s café, Kothrud, Pune

FoodProwl team was invited for a food tasting at paddy’s Café on a Sunday afternoon. To be honest, I did not expect this place turn out to be so good. This is a very good place located in a quite lane to enjoy your meal peacefully. And if you are lucky, you may also get to watch a game of tennis as this place is located in the premises of Solaris Club, Kothrud and has a clear view of Club’s tennis courts.


Recommended Dishes: Oreo Milkshake, BBQ Chicken sandwich, Grilled chicken sandwich, Veggie burger, Pink sauce pasta, Pancakes.


Food:

Oreo milkshake: One of the best Oreo shakes I have ever had in recent times. Finely ground Oreo in thick and perfectly sweetened milk. No lumps, no crumbs blocking the straw. I simply loved this shake right from the first sip. I would highly recommend it.

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Corn and Cheese balls: beautiful golden fried cheese and corn balls. Batter was well-seasoned. Plenty of cheese oozing out when bit into. Only problem with this was that the covering was very thick. A thinner layer would have been better.

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Basil pesto sandwich: A veg sandwich. Diced veggies with some basil and spinach with lots of pesto sauce in home made fresh and pliable sandwich bread. I am not really a fan of pesto sauce. But rest of my friend loved the taste.

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BBQ chicken sandwich: Chicken chunks loaded with BBQ sauce in homemade sandwich bread with an iceberg lettuce leaf. Tender chicken in soft bread was good.

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Jerk chicken sandwich: Jerk chicken in in homemade sandwich bread with an iceberg lettuce leaf. Served with French fries and garlic sauce. I found this sandwich bit dry. But the garlic sauce served it was very good.

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Grilled chicken sandwich: Tender grilled chicken loaded with mayo. Served with French fried and garlic sauce. I liked this sandwich the most.

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Veggie burger: This was a sheer surprise. I never expected a “veg” burger to be so good. First bite and I was thoroughly impressed. Minced veggies combined with mashed potato patty coated and fried. Put in a soft and fresh burger bun with lettuce, slice of cheese and lots of mayo. If you think veg burger cannot be delicious, you should really try this burger. Despite of being a red meat burger lover, I liked this.

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Harissa chicken burger: Tender chicken spiced with harissa sauce put between the burger bun. It was spicy and tasty.

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Pink sauce pasta: Penne in pink sauce with bell peppers, cherry tomatoes, mushrooms and black olives. Pasta was slightly overcooked but the sauce was very creamy and cheesy. Pasta was seasoned well, garnish with sprinkled cheese and parsley.

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Arrabbiata pasta: Penne in spicy arrabbiata sauce. This also had veggies and lots of chopped garlic. Had less sauce as compared to pink sauce pasta. Slightly sour taste of this past was good. But I liked pink sauce pasta better.

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Creamy chicken pizza: Lots of cheese and chicken chunks seasoned with black peppers on a very thin pizza base with spicy tomato spread. Little less baking could have helped.

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BBQ chicken pizza: Chicken chunks in BBQ sauce on a thin crust. The taste was okay but I preferred Creamy chicken pizza.

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Fluffy Pancakes: We were already stuffed and in no mood for a dessert. But these pancakes were simply amazing. Stack of 3 hot and fluffy pancakes with whipped cream and honey syrup on side. The taste was out of the world. Pour the syrup as you like and take a bite. Outstanding!!!

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Ambience: An open sit-out with a view of tennis courts. Wooden tables with wooden chairs. Tissues, water bottle and cutlery kept on table. Clean area. Quite environment. Ample parking space available just outside the café.

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Value for Money: Totally.


Rating: 4/5

 

The Flour Works, Kondhwa, Pune

Food Prowl team was invited for a food tasting at new branch of The Flour Works opened in Kondhwa near Badhai Sweets, Salunke Vihar road. A spacious outlet with very good food. They offer European, American cuisines and also some outstanding confectioneries.


Recommended Dishes: Vietnamese ice coffee, Peanut butter chocolate smoothie, Hot chocolate, Stir fried chicken with balsamic glaze, Honey sriracha chicken pizza, Pork spare ribs with a citrus chilli jam and creamy mashed potatoes, Curried slow cooked chicken thigh with apple salad and wine sauce, Provencal lamb stew, all desserts.



Food and Beverages:

We started with some beverages- coffees, smoothies.

Beverages-

Vietnamese ice Coffee: Lots of ice cubed in sweetened condensed milk topped with Vietnamese roasted coffee. I loved this coffee. Slightly strong but refreshing. Make sure to stir the mixture well before having a sip. Coffee is too strong.

 

Vietnamese ice Tea: Same as iced coffee in which coffee was replaced with tea. It looked the same. But I preferred the coffee over tea.

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Kiwi Blue berry smoothie: A thick shake served in a tall shake glass garnished with kiwi slices and some blueberries. Quite filling.

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Peanut butter chocolate smoothie: A thick and creamy chocolate shake with a hint of peanut butter. I loved the taste.

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Starters

Vegetable and cheese croquettes: Golden fried croquettes which had lot of cheese. These were served with a cheese dip. Tasted good.

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Spinach and goat cheese tartlets: These were looking beautiful but I did not like the combination of spinach and goat cheese. Also, the base of the tartlets was too thick and crumbly.

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Stir fried chicken with balsamic glaze: Amazing appetizer. It tasted as good as it looked. Julienned chicken tossed in balsamic vinegar with juliennes of onion and bell peppers. This well-cooked chicken had a subtle taste of balsamic vinegar. Bell peppers and onions were crunchy. A must try.

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Boneless buffalo wings: This is the first time I have seen boneless wings. De-boned chicken wings tossed in buffalo sauce. Slightly sweet. Though this one sounded interesting, the tasted wasn’t very impressive.

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Main course-

Honey sriracha chicken pizza: A thin pizza base loaded with honey and siracha sauce topped with good amount of cheese and some chicken chunks. Base was perfectly thin and was cooked just right. Sriracha sauce was hot but honey and cheese toned the spice level down. It could have used some more chicken. But overall a very good pizza.

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Pork spare ribs with a citrus chilli jam and creamy mashed potatoes: Outstanding. Juicy spare ribs perfectly cooked, put on very creamy potato mash and drizzled with citrus chilli jam. Meat was tender and was melting in mouth. Citrus chilli jam was thin in consistency and went very well with this meat. A must try for pork lovers.

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Grilled chicken breast with a spicy caramel glaze and sautéed mushrooms: Very beautifully presented dish. An entire chicken breast grilled and glazed with spicy caramel. Served with sautéed vegetables. Though it looked amazing, I didn’t like the taste much. Maybe I am not used to have a caramel flavor in my chicken. Chicken was slightly tough.

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Crispy Pork belly with spiced white wine sauce and braised red cabbage: The outer layer was way too crispy. We couldn’t eat it. But the meat after separating the outer layer was good. Wine sauce was tasty.

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Curried slow cooked chicken thigh with apple salad and wine sauce: Good main course. A non-spicy dish. I preferred this one over grilled chicken breasts.

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Provencal lamb stew: It was very delicious. Well marinated boneless lamb chucks in a sweet and sour thick gravy with potato chunks. Very flavorful dish. A meal on its own. I simply loved this stew.

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Desserts-

We were served Chocolate terrine with whipped cream, Custard quartet, Caramel panna cotta with ginger bread, Dark chocolate mousse with orange caramel filling and creamy orange sauce. I liked Chocolate terrine and Caramel panna cotta the most.

Hot chocolate: One of the best hot chocolates I have ever had. Dark and thick hot chocolate. Neither very sweet nor an overdose of chocolate. This is a must try here. They have rose, orange and spiced variation of hot chocolate along with the classic one.

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All in all, a very good experience.


Value for Money: Yes.


Rating: 4/5

Mughlai Zaika, Viman nagar, Pune

We were just looking for a new place for a lunch in Viman nagar and happened to drop by this place. And we were more than glad that we did. We tasted one of the best biryanis here.

This newly opened Mughlai restaurant is owned and managed by Sayed Moeen. Sayed is in constructing business with his father. But his live for hospitality area made him open this restaurant.

This place is situated opposite to football ground, near Natural’s ice-cream, Viman nagar.

Picture Credits: Sayed Moeen, owner of Restaurant. We were too famished to click even a single pic.


Recommended Dishes: Chicken dum biryani, Mutton dum biryani


Food:

Mutton Dum Biryani: It was just perfect. Generous amount of tender lamb pieces with masala in an aromatic long grain rice garnished with fried onions. Meat was absolutely succulent and well marinated. Masala and rice were in right proportion and had perfect blend of spices. None of the spices overpowered each others. Unlike many other places, this had no dry fruits added to it and had only one pod of cardamom- just to give aroma and not to ruin the taste. Portion size is enough for one person if you are not having anything else. Biryani is served with thick raita. Mutton dum biryani is a must try here. My friend who otherwise is hesitant towards mutton biryani, loved this.

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Chicken Biryani: Though all other characteristic of this biryani matched to mutton dum biryani, masala was different in taste and pleasantly so. This masala was slightly spicier than that of mutton biryani. Again, aromatic rice, right amount of masala, tender pieces of chicken in generous quantity.

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Chicken Shawarma: There is some improvement needed here. Chicken should have had more flavors and some more dressing would have had helped the taste. Lavash was bit cold.

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We did not have appetite to try any other appetizers or main course. But judging by its biryani, I think will soon will be visiting this place to try other delicacies.


Service: Well trained and courteous staff. We were greeted and seated with a smile. No issues while serving and replenishing.


Ambience: Décor done with pendent lamps. They looked nice even during afternoon. No other fancy painting or picture frames. Well-lit area with fairly comfortable chairs and sofas having sitting capacity of 104 covers.

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Value for Money: Yes


Rating: 4/5.

The Courtyard, Kothrud, Pune

A new multicuisine restaurant in Kothrud. Food Prowl team was invited for an exclusive food tasting here.

Situated opposite to ‘Kheliya’, off Paud road, this place has a classy décor and offer wide variety of dishes in not only Indian but Continental and Oriental cuisine as well.

They have 21 pages long menu with on an average 10 dishes per page. This should give you a fair idea about the options you will have there.


Recommended Dishes: Zuppa Di Broccoli, Corn Cheese Balls, wrapped cottage cheese, Burmese khow suey, Lasooni Paneer Tikka masala, Crispy Honey noodles with Chikki ice-cream


Food: This is a first veg, non-veg place where my recommended dishes list feature all veg preparation. Not that non-veg is not good here. But personally, I loved the vegetarian preparations over non-veg ones. And this has never happened with me before.

Soup:

Zuppa Di Broccoli: A creamy thick soup which appeared like crème of mushroom. But it actually had nice and delicate flavor of broccoli along with corn and mushrooms. Very flavorful and perfectly seasoned with black pepper. I loved this soup.

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Starters:

Wrapped Cottage cheese: Paneer covered in batter rolled in ‘shev’ and deep fried. Served in a small plastic wine glass with Sichuan sauce at the bottom. Beautiful presentation. It tasted good with the Sichuan sauce.

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Corn Cheese Balls: Another deep fried but delicious appetizer. Not at all oily and had perfect seasoning. These were again served in small plastic wine glasses with chilly mayo to go with it. Only problem was that the dip was put at the bottom of the glass and we could not dip the cheese corn balls directly in the sauce.

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Murg Paprika Tikka: A chicken tikka with twist of paprika. Well marinated chicken chunks had a prominent paprika flavor. This was served with mint chutney. Quite spicy and flavorsome.

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Butter garlic Prawns: Grilled prawns which creamy butter garlic sauce on it. Prawns were well grilled and straightened for presentation sake. A good amount of butter garlic sauce was put on prawns and was decorated in a way that it resembled a crab. I specifically loved the butter garlic sauce. But I would have loved this sauce on the side instead of on prawns. Too much sauce on the fish sometimes ruin its taste.

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Paneer Shashlik: These grilled paneer cubes had mild flavor. Paneer was very fresh and well marinated. It went well with accompanying sauce.

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Main Course:

Burmese Khow suey: This was vegetarian preparation. But very delicious. And most importantly it was served with its 7 traditional accompaniments. The coconut flavored soup was nicely thick and creamy. Wok tossed Hakka noodles were laden with burnt garlic. When condiments added to it, this one tasted just outstanding. I would strongly recommend this one for you to try.

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Chicken Steak in Rum and Mushroom Sauce: Minced chicken made into a patty and grilled to perfection. It was poured over with rum flavored brown sauce with lots of chopped mushrooms in it and grilled vegetables on side. Sauce was good. Portion size seemed little less for one person.

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Lasooni Paneer Tikka masala: I simply loved this dish. Thick flavorful gravy with tender paneer chunks in it. A medium spicy preparation. Delicious. Juglee naan and garlic naan went very well with this.

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Tawa Veg: A semi dry vegetable preparation garnished with chopped coriander. People who like spicy veggies should try this dish.

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Lasooni Dal Fry: Another outstanding dish with prominent flavor of garlic. This tick dal not only went well with rotis but also with veg Pulao.

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Dessert:

Crispy Honey noodles with Chikki ice-cream: Amazing Dessert. Honey noodles with vanilla ice-cream is no surprise. But what was unique about this dessert was the ice cream served in it. Chikki ice cream is something I tasted for first time. And Oh God!!! I am in love with that flavor now. Do not, I repeat, do not miss this dessert here.

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Service: Serving staff seemed pretty well-trained. But the impressive thing was that owner was making sure to visit each and every table and talk to them about experience they were having. He believes that if the guests are facing any problem, it is better to solve it then and there instead of getting to know about it later through their feedback forms or reviews.


Ambiance: Classy. There are very few restaurants in Kothrud which offer this kind of ambiance. The Courtyard just increased that no-so-long list by one. Clean and well-lit dining area. Despite of being an open restaurants, I did not see any mosquito or house flies in there. Well laid tables. Large siting capacity. This is a very good place to party with family and friends.


Value for Money: Yes.


Rating: 4/5

Mandarin and Mircchi, Shastri Nagar, Pune

A new venture from the owners of Barazza and Sassy spoon. Mandarin and Mircchi is offering Indian and oriental appetizers. They have different menu cards for Indian and Oriental. So, if you are in a mood for Indian meal, you don’t have to glance at Oriental menu and vice-a-versa. But I would suggest mix and match your orders as they have few good dishes in each section.

This review is based on the food tasting event. Carpe Diem had invited few of the food bloggers for this tastig event. We were asked to order anything from the menu. We mainly focused on appetizers, few of the well know main courses and all the desserts.


Recommended Dishes: Coffee cooler, Three style Mushroom Dimsum, Hargau, Asparagus Dumpling, Carrot and Turnip cake, Raan ladi pav, Chicken Chettinad, Mangalorean prawn ghee roast, Rabdi Mousse with Saffron sauce, Classic banoffee pie with baileys cream.


Drinks:

They have some innovative cocktails and mocktails on their menu. I tried 2 of them.

Paan Banarasi wala: Innovative and refreshing cocktail. Beautifully presented. Paan lover would definitely like it.

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Coffee cooler: Espresso, vanilla, citrus mix, fizz and some rum added to it. Cool drink. I could not resist but to order another glass of this.

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Food:

Appetizers-

Three style Mushroom Dimsum: Shiitake, oyster and button mushrooms with truffle oil and fried garlic. This shumai looked very nice. Elegant purple color and equally elegent taste. I liked these dimsums even though they were veg.

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Chicken and Prawn Shumai: Another shumai. This was bit bland. But tasted good with Sichuan sauce and chilly oil served with it.

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Hargau: Prawns and bamboo shoots in a pepper thin wrap. I loved this dimsum. Great taste. I would strongly recommend this one.

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Asparagus Dumpling: Another dimsum I loved. Asparagus, water chestnut mock meat in crystal skin garnished with a pod of pomegranate. Have it with chilly oil.

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Chicken Cheung Fun: Kra pao chicken mince with bird’s eye chili, basil wrapped and steamed. Chicken mince was tasty but the wrap would have been thinner. The thick wrap killed the taste of this cheung fun.

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Envelope Chicken: Deep fried chicken with black pepper, chili and spring onion served in a butter pepper envelope. This wasn’t impressive. Chicken did not have any flavor. Most of us gave it a pass after tasting it once.

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Prawn Tempura: Another bland appetizer. I found it bit oily. The batter could have had more seasoning. The sauce served with this also failed to give these batter fried prawns some taste.

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Salt and pepper squids: Beautiful looking appetizer. Squids stir fried with sweet corn, bell peppers and spring onions. Tasted good.

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Carrot and Turnip Cake: Surprisingly amazing. Carrot and turnip did not appeal to me when I heard it, but this preparation surely was great. Fried carrot and turnip cakes/ cubes with lot of chopped chili and garlic. Subtle taste, perfectly fried cakes. Simply outstanding.

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Stuffed Bombil Fry: Bombil marinated in coconut chutney, stuffed with prawns, crumbed and deep fried. Thiugh the dish sounded appetizing, it really wasn’t. It was very oily. When I bit into it, oil just oozed out. Not impressive.

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Raan ladi Pav: Flavourful meat shredded from roasted leg of lamb put in ladi pav. I personally liked the taste. Yes, it becomes bit messy while eating it. But the taste was worth the mess. Lamb with regular ladi pav topped with ever green cheese sauce was delicious.

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Dahi Kebab: These were okay. Nothing great about them though. Outer layer was bit thicker than required.

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Main course-

Lemon Grass Australian John Dory: Grilled John Dory with lemon grass wrapped in banana leaf. I wish we wouldn’t have found this Dory. Fish was overburdened with lemon grass.

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Khow Suey: Served in a large bowl. Gravy was creamy. Presentation was good. Bu the condiments were missing.

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Chicken Chettinad: Very good. Spicy and flavourful gravy. Chicken was well marinated and tender. Appam and Malabar paratha went very well with this.

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Mangalorean prawn ghee roast: Another amazing main course. Succulent prawns roasted in ghee with bell peppers, curry leaves, chopped garlic, coconut, tamarind paste and home-ground masala. Beautiful color and delicious taste. Must try.

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Raan Biryani: Good. Aromatic biryani had well-cooked lamb meat and just right amount of masala.

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Dessert-

We ordered all the desserts.

Rabdi Mousse with Saffron sauce: Loved the presentation. Rabdi put inside the set mousse garnished with mint leaves. Taste was also good. Aptly sweet.

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Honey noodles with vanilla bean ice cream: Regular dessert.

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Flourless chocolate cake with basil and pine ice cream: Again, good presentation. Basil and pine ice cream on its own didn’t taste very well, but tasted good with chocolate cake. Cake, on other hand, should have been bit softer and moist.

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Tab tim grob-water chestnut in sweetened coconut milk: I didn’t taste this. I don’t know how was the taste.

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Classic banoffee pie with baileys cream: Best of all desserts. Banana, cream and toffee pie put on a crispy pie base and garnished with cut banana. Simply delicious. Must try.

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Service: Good. Nothing to complain about staff looked well trained and cheerful.


Ambiance: Just like the menu, décor is a mix of Indian and Chinese themes. Dragon on one wall and peacock on other. Well-lit area. Non-annoying music.


Rating: 3.5/5

 

Must Try- Baan Tao Specials, Hyatt Pune

Never ever this place has disappointed me. Be it food, service or ambience, this place has always managed to score full marks on all fronts. This visit was no different.

Baan Tao has introduced 11 dishes- 6 sushi and 5 mains. These are their must try dishes for month of August. And these dishes are indeed must haves.

FoodProwl team was invited for a food tasting here.

Recommended Dishes: All of those 11.

Food: First we were served sushi.

3 veg and 3 non-veg.

Smoked shitake, spicy tobanjan, tempura crisp roll INR 850++

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Aspura maki – Asparagus roll INR 850++

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Teriyaki grilled tofu, pariko, umeboshi roll INR 850++

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Smoked Scottish salmon, togarashi, chilli bean mayo INR 1050++

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Maguro- Tuna Maki INR 1050++

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Ebi tempura maki INR 1050++

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All of them were beautiful looking and tasty.

My personal favorites were-

Aspura maki which despite of having only asparagus in this maki roll, this one tasted as delicious as it looked. It was garnished with white and black sesame seeds.

 

Ebi tempura maki had nice crunchy prawns and was garnished with tobiko. I loved it.

Smoked Scottish salmon was sprinkled with togarashi which gave it a nice spicy taste.

 

For mains, we had

Pan seared salmon, tossed edamame, kamaboku, basil rice, fragrant black bean sauce INR 1450++

Tonkatsu grilled prawns, Singaporean wok tossed rice noodles INR 1250++

Steamed Chilean Sea bass, oyster garlic sauce, sautéed baby spinach, Basil chilli rice INR 1650++

Wok tossed chilli pork belly, peppers, scallions INR 1050++

Kung Pao tofu INR 700++

 

Pan seared salmon: A good fillet of salmon pan seared and served with basil rice. Impressive plate presentation. And the taste was perfect. Well cooled salmon with just right amount of black bean sauce. Rice was garnished with crab-meat kamaboko. A perfect main course.

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Tonkatsu grilled prawns: Prawns are my all-time favorites. And if it is in Asian cuisine, I love it even more. Sizable number of prawns grilled with tonkatsu sauce and put on portion of glass noodles which was surrounded by crispy noodles. Tasted amazing.

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Steamed Chilean Sea bass: Amazing plate presentation. A portion of steamed fish in oyster garlic sauce. I found fish and rice bit bland. I think for that portion of fish and rice, some more sauce was required. But the sauce was perfect and went very well with fish.

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Kung Pao tofu: This is more like an appetizer. Very soft pieces of tofu tossed in kung pao sauce. It tasted fine.

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If you are a pan Asian food lover, you should really visit this place. But hurry!!! This menu will be there only till end of August.

 

Indian Food Trails- Indian Food festival at Eighty Eight

Eighty Eight is offering an extensive buffet every Tuesdays and Wednesdays where they will have food from different regions of India. Menu is changed everyday. The day we visited Hyatt, Pune they were having Bengali food trail. They offered-

Live counters
Kabuli channa chat
Vegetable chop
Macher chop
Starters 
Beguni
Chicken roll
Mutton cutlet
dimar chop
Main course 
Mutton kosha
Chicken dak bangla
Misti pulao
Mohan moong da
Patolar dorma
Phulkopir dalna
Mix bhaja
Mutter paneer
Ghee bhat
Breads
Hing kachoori
luchi
Dessert
Rasgulla
sandesh
kalakand

Here are few pics