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

Mughal Sarai, Kondhwa, Pune

This is a must visit place for the delicious food they serve here. One simply cannot afford to miss Mughal Sarai.

FoodProwl team was invited for a food tasting. We were served preparations that are already on the menu. That means there were no experiments.

It usually happens that couple of dishes in a food tasting turn out below expectations. But rarely it happens that everything just falls in right place. And Mughal Sarai was one of those rare occasions when each and every dish was just perfect. From appetizers to desserts, delicious!!!

There used to be a Hukka place here- The Terrace. This now is turned into out n’ out Family restaurant. Owner- Sanjay says their main focus is serving you delicious food in a classy ambience when you are dining out with your family.


Recommended Dishes: Literally anything from their menu. Here are few from what I had. Ghosht paaya ka shorba, Keftey kebabs, paneer shahjahani, murg makhni, paneer lababdar, daal Bukhara, taftaan, kachche gosht ki Biryani, Phirnee.


Food:

Karari roti: a crispy rumali roti with a small amount of spiced oil over it and sprinkled with chopped coriander. A tasty alternative for masala papad. The best part was this roti remained ‘karari’ will the last bite, though we took almost 10-12 minute to finish this.

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Ghosht paaya ka shorba: This is the best paaya soup I have tasted in ages. Broth so flavourful and spiced up perfectly. It had small pieces of well-cooked boneless mutton. Even if you are not a mutton fan, you should really try this soup. Take my word, you won’t regret.

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Murg yakhni: Yakhni literally means stock of boiled meat. Another flavourful soup. Mildly spicy chicken stock with chicken pieces added to it. I liked this soup as well. But for me, paaya shorba was a winner.

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Dahi ke Kebabs: Yoghurt mixed with grated paneer seasoned with Indian spices, made in patties and deep fried. There are many ways this dish can go wrong. But kebabs served here were really good. Beautiful golden color patties. Yoghurt had given these a slightly sour taste. Good veg appetizer.

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Paneer Shahjahani: Succulent paneer marinated, seasoned grated paneer and cheese put between two slices and chargrilled. Simply tasty.  It had a beautiful color and equally delicious taste. It was served with mint chutney.

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Murg ki raseed: Chicken leg pieces marinated in curd and spices and then chargrilled. Chicken was perfectly cooked. There was a slight hint of cardamom. A perfect appetizer to order for chicken lovers.

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Kefta kebabs: Hands-down the best appetizer of that lunch. Minced lamb with minced onion and other Indian spices bound on skewers and grilled to perfection. I can’t really explain the visually appeal. Let the pic below do the talking. Simply scrumptious appetizer. Please, please, please, do try this one.

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Gosht nalli nihari: Outstanding nalli nihari. Slow cooked mutton in a thin spicy gravy.

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Murgh makhani: It’s very creamy and slightly sweet. A typical smooth rich and thick gravy with chicken in it.

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Paneer lababdar: A preparation in smooth rich and thick gravy for vegetarians. Paneer was tender. It was garnished with lots of cream and bit of a grated cheese. It was very good to taste.

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Daal Bukhara: Creamy urad daal preparation. I had not expected this daal to be so yummy. I loved it.

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Main course was served with Taaftaan, Butter naan and Peshawari naan. Out of these I liked the taaftaan the most. This thick bread preparation went very well with all the gravies.

Kacche Gosht ki Dum Biryani: Though we were already full, the aroma of this biryani made us to taste it and oh god, what a biryani that was!!! Meat, spices, rice, aroma- everything was just perfect. Simply delicious.

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Phirnee: This was not a usual, regular set phirnee we get everywhere. It was like a very thick kheer. The owner said that this was chef’s own take on the famous desserts as they wanted to serve something new. And frankly I liked this variation over the regular one.

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Kulfi: Needless to say, Mughlai meal is incomplete without this one. Bit of rabdi pored over kulfi and garnished with grated dry fruits.

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Service: Well trained and courteous staff.


Ambience: Classy. They have a rooftop sit out as well as air conditioned section. I believe the terrace section must be very good in the evenings.

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Value for Money: Yes.


Rating: 4.5/5

 

 

Mughal Sarai, Kondhwa, Pune

This is a must visit place for the delicious food they serve here. One simply cannot afford to miss Mughal Sarai.

FoodProwl team was invited for a food tasting. We were served preparations that are already on the menu. That means there were no experiments.

It usually happens that couple of dishes in a food tasting turn out below expectations. But rarely it happens that everything just falls in right place. And Mughal Sarai was one of those rare occasions when each and every dish was just perfect. From appetizers to desserts, delicious!!!

There used to be a Hukka place here- The Terrace. This now is turned into out n’ out Family restaurant. Owner- Sanjay says their main focus is serving you delicious food in a classy ambience when you are dining out with your family.


Recommended Dishes: Literally anything from their menu. Here are few from what I had. Ghosht paaya ka shorba, Keftey kebabs, paneer shahjahani, murg makhni, paneer lababdar, daal Bukhara, taftaan, firni.


Food:

Karari roti: a crispy rumali roti with a small amount of spiced oil over it and sprinkled with chopped coriander. A tasty alternative for masala papad. The best part was this roti remained ‘karari’ will the last bite, though we took almost 10-12 minute to finish this.

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Ghosht paaya ka shorba: This is the best paaya soup I have tasted in ages. Broth so flavourful and spiced up perfectly. It had small pieces of well-cooked boneless mutton. Even if you are not a mutton fan, you should really try this soup. Take my word, you won’t regret.

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Murg yakhni: Yakhni literally means stock of boiled meat. Another flavourful soup. Mildly spicy chicken stock with chicken pieces added to it. I liked this soup as well. But for me, paaya shorba was a winner.

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Dahi ke Kebabs: Yoghurt mixed with grated paneer seasoned with Indian spices, made in patties and deep fried. There are many ways this dish can go wrong. But kebabs served here were really good. Beautiful golden color patties. Yoghurt had given these a slightly sour taste. Good veg appetizer.

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Paneer Shahjahani: Succulent paneer marinated, seasoned grated paneer and cheese put between two slices and chargrilled. Simply tasty.  It had a beautiful color and equally delicious taste. It was served with mint chutney.

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Murg malai Kebabs: Chicken leg pieces marinated in cream and spices and then chargrilled. Chicken was perfectly cooked. There was a slight hint of dalchini. A perfect appetizer to order for chicken lovers.

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Kefta kebabs: Hands-down the best appetizer of that lunch. Minced lamb with minced onion and other Indian spices bound on skewers and grilled to perfection. I can’t really explain the visually appeal. Let the pic below do the talking. Simply scrumptious appetizer. Please, please, please, do try this one.

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Gosht nalli nihari: Outstanding nalli nihari. Slow cooked mutton in a thin spicy gravy.

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Murgh makhani: It’s very creamy and slightly sweet. A typical smooth rich and thick gravy with chicken in it.

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Paneer lababdar: A preparation in smooth rich and thick gravy for vegetarians. Paneer was tender. It was garnished with lots of cream and bit of a grated cheese. It was very good to taste.

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Daal Bukhara: Creamy urad daal preparation. I had not expected this daal to be so yummy. I loved it.

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Main course was served with Taaftaan, Butter naan and Peshawari naan. Out of these I liked the taaftaan the most. This thick bread preparation went very well with all the gravies.

Kacche Gosht ki Dum Biryani: Though we were already full, the aroma of this biryani made us to taste it and oh god, what a biryani that was!!! Meat, spices, rice, aroma- everything was just perfect. Simply delicious.

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Phirnee: This was not a usual, regular set phirnee we get everywhere. It was like a very thick kheer. The owner said that this was chef’s own take on the famous desserts as they wanted to serve something new. And frankly I liked this variation over the regular one.

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Kulfi: Needless to say, Mughlai meal is incomplete without this one. Bit of rabdi pored over kulfi and garnished with grated dry fruits.

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Service: Well trained and courteous staff.


Ambience: Classy. They have a rooftop sit out as well as air conditioned section. I believe the terrace section must be very good in the evenings.

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Value for Money: Yes.


Rating: 4.5/5

 

 

Daawat-E-Khaas, Mohammad Ali Road Food Festival, Hyatt Pune

There would be hardly anyone who doesn’t know about food of Mohammad Ali Road. All delicious Kebabs, non veg gravies, parathas, rice preparations and desserts. Hyatt Pune has all that to offer you in their Daawat-E-Khaas, Mohammad Ali Road food festival. This festival is organized in “EightyEight”. Frankly, I though all the food would be mild, non-spicy just like the food in most of the five-star properties. But I was completely wrong. Chef Suvendu Roy and his team has completely nailed the food preparations. Chef Suvendu and his team personally went to Mohammad Ali road to capture the essence those preparations. And they have done it successfully.  It is as delicious as the food served on Mohammad Ali road.

FoodProwl team was invited for a food tasting at EightEight on the same day when the festival started. It is a dinner buffet which offers wide variety of delicacies including live tawa counters, chaat counter, gola counter.

This festival will go on till 26th June.


Food: Right from starters to desserts, every dish was commendable. It would be hell of a task to talk about each and every dish that they had on buffet. But some of the dishes are ought to be mentioned.

Starters-

Tangdi Kebabs: Amazing. Well marinated chicken leg pieces grilled to perfection. One of the most succulent and delicious tangdi kebabs I have had till now. I took 1st bite and I was in love with this starter. I don’t really remember how many tangdi kebab did I have.

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Mutton Seekh Kebabs: Well spiced minced lamb put on skewers. Kebabs were well cooked and aptly spicy. These kebabs went well with mint chutney.

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Soya bean ki chaap: Another delicious starter. Coins sized soya bean chaap cooked on tawa were very tasty. This was the star of veg starters.

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Paneer Tiranga: Soft paneer in three different colors cooked in tandoor.

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Gurda kaleji and Bheja Fry: This was from tawa. Lungs and Brains of lamb deliciously seasoned, spiced and tawa fried retaining the moisture just right. If you love it, this is one of the best kaleji fry you will have. Spices added were perfect and was well cooked. Don’t give this one a miss.

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Soya mutter kheema: Fom tawa for vegetarians. It tasted fine.

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Main Course-

Nalli nihari: Thin consistency of gravy, very flavorful. Broth had all the essence of lamb bones and mutton was also lusciously cooked.

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Murgh Khorma: Exquisite. Smooth medium spicy thick gravy. The taste was out of the world. Gravy was thickened with yoghurt which gave it a mouthwatering creaminess. Chicken was juicy and well marinated. This one tasted awesome not only with rumali roti but with rice as well.

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Haleem (chicken): One of the best Haleem dishes I have had recently.  A delectable medium spicy chicken preparation having paste like consistency, garnished with fried cashews. It went very well with rumali roti and stuffed parathas.

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Bohri Mohalla Murgh Pulao: Long grain rice and tender chicken cooked in a flavoured broth giving it a subtle taste a spices along with brownish tinge. It was garnished with fried cashews and onions. Most of us had it with Murgh khorma gravy. Outstanding taste.

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In vegetarian mains they had Bharwan bhindi, paneer kurchan, kali daal and digari masala. However, I was too occupied with non veg to taste the vegetarian options. But veg dishes sure looked appetizing.

Desserts-

They had wide spread of  specialty desserts. Noorani malpuva, mawa jilebi and chamcham were the best of them all. I will let these pictures of desserts speak for themselves.

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Service: Very good. We were served on a table. Everything was piping hot.


Ambience: Total Mohammad Ali road ambience. Right from the red table sheet to aluminum serving utensils, they have tried to give you the look and feel of the famous Mohammad Ali road during Ramzan.


Value for Money: Buffet dinner is prices at INR 1300 plus taxes which I found a definite worth a deal.

 

 

The Ugly Duckling- Revamped Menu, Pashan, Pune

The Ugly Duckling whose UPS is smoked meat has added new dishes to their menu. FoodProwl team was invited for this newly introduced menu tasting. Previously they had very limited options. But now the number of dishes has increased manifolds with same brilliant taste. Apart from more smoked dishes, even salads, sandwiches, pizzas and innovative mocktails are added to the menu.

We had BBQ wings, Buffalo wings, bacon cheesy wedges and onion rings in starters. Chimichuri Chicken Minute Steak, Smoked pork with gravy, smoked duck with spicy orange sauce, smoked chicken in Spicy BBQ Sauce, Shepherd’s pie, Oh my Chicken Pizza, Egg bacon and cheese burger, Spicy pulled pork burger. And for desserts we had Red Velvet Hot chocolate, Bread pudding and Frozen Hot chocolate.


Recommended Dishes: BBQ wings, bacon cheesy wedges, Smoked pork with gravy, smoked duck with spicy orange sauce, Spicy pulled pork burger, Red Velvet Hot chocolate and Frozen Hot chocolate.


Food:

Starters-

BBQ wings: Highly recommended. Slightly crispy chicken wings tossed in just the right amount of BBQ sauce. Wings had retained the crunch. Visual appeal was itself very tempting. Damn tasty starter.

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Buffalo wings: Good Taste. Deep fried chicken wings in a buffalo sauce. Spicy.  Sauce was little more than required.

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Bacon cheesy wedges: Another highly recommended starter. Who doesn’t love bacon or cheese??!! And both of them are in ample quantities in this starter. Seasoned potato wedges topped with lots of cheese sauce and crispy bacon on it. Lovely cheesy dish. A must try.

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Onion rings: Crispy batter fried onion rings. Beautiful golden color. Garlic mayonnaise went well with those.

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Main Course-

Chimichurri Chicken Minute Steak: Pan seared chicken coated with green chimichurri sauce giving chicken flavor of parsley. Chicken was tender and cooked well. It was served with herbed potato wedges and house salad.

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Smoked pork with gravy: Unlike other pork preparation this wasn’t fatty/oily at all. Pieces of perfectly smoked pork meat poured with mildly spicy gravy. Meat was delicious. It was served with garlic bread, mashed potato and house salad. Garlic potato mash was tasty. Must try main course.

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Smoked duck with spicy orange sauce: Another flavorsome smoked meat preparation. Marinated legs of duck smoked and poured with spicy orange sauce. Sauce went very well with salty duck meat. This also had garlic bread, mashed potato and house salad as side dishes. Extra sauce is given in a sauce boat for you to add on a meat according to your taste.

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Smoked chicken in Spicy BBQ Sauce: I am not a great admirer of prominent BBQ sauce taste. Chicken overall tasted good. Among the 3 smoked meat dishes this one had the best visual appeal may be due to color of the sauce.

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Shepherd’s pie: Spiced minced meat topped with potato mash and baked. Sauce was slightly pungent for me. It was served with garlic breads.

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Oh my Chicken Pizza: Pesto sauce as a base sauce this thin crust pizza had lots of cheese topped with grilled chicken and roundels of chicken sausages. Crust was perfect. You might have to add some seasoning and chili flakes to curb the saltiness of cheese.

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Egg bacon and cheese burger: Leaf of lettuce, fried egg with cheese slice and bacon rashers. Tasted ok. But more filling would have been better.

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Spicy pulled pork burger: Very good. Pulled pork meat in a BBQ sauce topped with cheese slice which was slightly melted. Messy while eating. But worth a mess. It was served with herbed potato wedges, cole slaw in extra mayo dressing and ketchup on a side.

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Desserts-

Frozen Hot Chocolate: Delicious dessert. Looks like a soufflé with lot of cream. Sweet taste of cream and slightly bitter taste of chocolate go very well together. We could not resist but ordering this dessert for one more time.

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Bread pudding: Decorated on a serving plate nicely. Pudding was nice and moist. However I preferred frozen hot chocolate over this.

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Service: Niranjan himself was taking care of the service part. All the dishes came to table one after the other without any delays. Presentation of all the dishes was simple yet appealing.


Ambience: Simple décor. Nothing fancy or expensive. All the focus is on the food. But place is clean and tidy. Cutlery is spotless. They have 3-4 tables downstairs and 3 tables upstairs.


Rating: 4.5/5

COCO Sushi & Bar, Mundhwa, Pune

COCO Sushi and Bar is Pune’s first ever members only lounge. The concept is by Kunal Mhaske- owner of Raasta Café & Penthouze in the city.

I was invited for a food tasting here. Menu of this place is all Asian and has a delectable range of bar bites and appetizers. We had a fixed menu for the evening which was quite elaborate.

In Veg we had California Sushi Roll, Miso Shiro, Som Tam Salad, Crispy Lotus Stem, Spicy Broccoli Dumpling, Smoked Edamame and Truffle Dumpling, Tempura Vegetables, Rock Corn Dynamite, Lemongrass Tofu Sauté. In Non-veg we had Pop Chicken Sushi Roll, Beijing Duck Thong, Spicy Squid Salad, Seafood Suimai, Crispy Conji Sliced lamb, Sesame Sichuan Snapper. For desserts, we had Smoke Chocolate Moussecake, Honey pannacotta, Tender Coconut Mousse, Wasabi ice cream.

They also have premium liquor and interesting cocktails such as Black Irish, Sleeping Volcano, Bloody Maria, Old Samurai’s Mojito, Dragon’s Nest Caprioska, Spiced Rum Fig Sour, and Japanese whiskies like Hibiki & Kawasaki Whisky, add to the top notch and classy vibe. They are also planning to introduce Japanese alcoholic beverages very soon.


Recommended Dishes: California Sushi Roll, Crispy Lotus Stem, Smoked Edamame and Truffle Dumpling, Lemongrass Tofu Sauté, Chicken Sushi Roll, Beijing Duck Thong, Seafood Suimai, Sesame Sichuan Snapper, Honey pannacotta


Food: Food included soups, salads, dimsums, dumplings, nigiris, and mains with rice or noodles.

California Sushi Roll: Vegetarian maki roll. Sticky rice around crunchy vegetables. Beautifully presented on a service platter sprinkled with some spice powder. Tasted wonderful. Highlight of this sushi, rather all the maki rolls served that evening was, rice wasn’t too sticky and yet holding the inner layer perfectly.

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Pop Chicken Sushi Roll: Very delicious. Crumbfried chicken diced and rolled in Rice and topped with spicy mayo. I would strongly recommend this sushi roll.

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Wild Mushroom Sushi Roll: This was not initially included in menu but was served on request. Another maki roll having nicely seasoned wild mushrooms in it.

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Miso Shiro: This was a thin soup. A flavourful broth flavored with Misowhich is a traditional Japanese seasoning produced by fermenting soybeans with salt and koji and sometimes rice, barley, or other ingredients. It had tofu and seaweed. Tasted slightly spicy.

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Beijing Duck Thong: Soup worth a recommendation. Mildly flavoured broth having diced duck meat, broccoli and glass noodles. Thin liquid with milky appearance. Served in a short goblet instead of soup bowl. Duck meat was tender and broccoli gave a good visual appeal to the soup. I loved this soup. I could not help but ask for another portion.

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Som Tam Salad: Thai salad having shredded papaya, carrots, beans and quartered baby tomatoes in a lemon dressing put in a lettuce leaf and sprinkled with feta cheese. People who like line flavor would like this salad.

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Spicy Squid Salad: Squids and cucumbers slices cut into half and seed part removed were tossed in mild oriental dressing. Spicy in little sour in taste. I liked it.

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Spicy Broccoli Dumpling: Next up were dumplings. Minced broccoli in dough wrapper. It had a nice green color. Wrapper was perfectly thin and was holding the filling just right. Broccoli as was minced and seasoned tasted good unlike the steamed broccoli.

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Smoked Edamame and Truffle Dumpling: Delicious dumplings. Edamame beans and truffle minced and wrapped in a dough. Mixture was flavored perfectly. Accompanying sauce went really well with these dimsums.

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Seafood Suimai: These were amazing minced seafood in a slightly thick wrapper and garnished with cheese which was melted due to the steam of suimai.

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Crispy Lotus Stem: One of the best crispy stem I have tasted so far. Perfect thickness. Perfect crunch. Perfect flavor. Everything about this was just right. This is a must try.

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Tempura Vegetables: Batonnet cut vegetables lightly covered with batter and deep fried. It tasted okay.

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Rock Corn Dynamite: Artistically presented corn chees balls. Covering however was bit thick than required.

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Crispy Conji Sliced Lamb: Though the flavor of this was good, lamb was sliced too thin. I was told that the thin slices were to ensure proper cooking of meat. But it lacked the taste of lamb. Sauce was good covering was also fine. Lamb should have been slightly thicker.

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Lemongrass Tofu Sauté: This was a main dish. I have never ever tasted tofu this tender and fresh. I am not at all a fan of tofu. But I, rather all of us on the table simply loved this dish. It was served with a steamed rice garnished with chopped golden garlic. Sauce was tangy and toothsome. I loved this tofu dish.

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Sesame Sichuan Snapper: This another main dish was also worth trying. Shallow fried snapper topped with Sichuan sauce served with wok tossed noodles. Fish was fresh, cooked perfectly.

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Smoked Chocolate Moussecake: A chocolate mousse with a smoky flavor. It was good.

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Honey Pannacotta: Beautifully presented and equally tasty. Pannacotta had a beautiful glaze to it.

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Tender Coconut Mousse: I am not really a fond of coconut desserts. But I like the presentation of this mousse.

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Wasabi ice-cream: Wasabi flavored ice-cream is a must try.


Service: Very good. Staff was professional. Well trained. They had the menu knowledge. You can go with their recommendations.


Ambience: Classy. There are comfortable couches, high tables & chairs, a private dining area for guests and two outdoor spaces on its either side overlooking the vast expanse of the city.

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Value for Money: Absolutely.


Time: Dinner: 7 pm to 11:30 pm, Tuesdays to Sundays
Club Nights
: 11: 30 pm onward, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays

Prior Reservations Required.

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Sunday Brunch at MoMo Café, Courtyard Marriott, Hinjewadi, Pune

Courtyard Marriott had revamped their Sunday brunch at Café MoMo. I was invited for a food tasting here and I must say this brunch option is very impressive. Lots of options in Indian, continental and Chinese cuisines.


Food: They had 2 veg and 2 non-veg starters, huge and appealing spread of salad, 1 veg and 1 non-veg soup, lots of options in continental and Indian main course both in Veg and Non-veg including momo counter, noodles counter and live chaat and Dosa counter and an extra-ordinary spread of delicious desserts.

Starters:

Tandoori Murg: Despite of being kept on buffet, the meat was juicy, marination was good and it was grilled perfectly. I liked the taste.

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Fish nugget: I did not expect fish nuggets to be that good. Crumb fried nuggets had beautiful golden colour. Deliciously seasoned batter did all the trick. I could not resist having more and more nuggets.

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Fried Wonton: Another perfectly fried starter. It wasn’t really oily and was crunchy.

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Gobi koliwada: This looked good. But I did not taste these as I was completely in love with nuggets.

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Momo counter: They had veg momos and chicken momos. Stuffing was good but I found momos little bit dry.

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Salads: In veg they had Greek Salad, Veg Creamy Peas Salad, Glass noddle salad, Beans and cucumber salad with Olive dressing, Veg Tabolleh. Out of which I liked Greek salad and Glass noodle salad.

Greek Salad: Vegetable in Greek salad in Vinaigrette dressing had perfect crunch and good amount of feta cheese.

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Glass noodle salad: glass noodles with lots of bell peppers and shredded lettuce together tasted good.

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In Non-veg they had Raw Mango and prawns salad, Cobb salad, Pasta and chicken salad with Asparagus dressing, Healthy sprouts with fish salad, Roasted Lamb salad in barbeque dressing and Spinach bacon salad. Out of these I loved Raw Mango and prawns salad and Roasted Lamb salad in barbeque dressing.

Roasted Lamb salad in barbecue dressing: Another delicious looking salad. Minced lamb tossed in BBQ sauce with some finely chopped veggies and garnished with Pomegranate seeds and a raw onion ring. Delicious.

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Raw Mango and prawns salad: Raw mango tossed in spicy seasoning put in a small bowl and topped with a medium sized prawn. Raw mango was very tasty. Prawn did not have any taste on his own but tasted good with raw mango.

Soups: They had Crème of Mushroom and Chicken Soup. Both were fine. Nothing to complain about.

Main Course:

Indian Section had Railway Mutton curry, Meen moili, Paneer butter masala, Beans pooiyal, Veg aloo lauke ki sabji, Methi mutter malai, Langarwali daal. All in all, good options. All of them tasted fine. No complaints.

Continental Section is worth mentioning. It had Broccoli and pumpkin au gratin, Hassel back potatoes, Mexican chicken Enchiladas, Shepherd’s pie, Cajun Chicken roast. Out of these Au gratin, Shepherd’s pie, Cajun Chicken roast were outstanding.

Veg Au gratin: I am not really a fan of veg continental preparation. But this au gratin was one of the best I have tasted in recent times. So cheesy and so yummy.

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Shepherd’s pie: Simply outstanding. A layer of mashed potatoes on top of juicy minced meat baked to perfection. The best part was that the meat had retained its juices even after sitting there on a buffet for more than 2 hours. Pie tasted out of the world.

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Cajun Chicken roast: Roasted chicken with lots of vegetables. It tasted as good at it looked.

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Pasta (made to order): I had ordered fusilli in white sauce. Al dente pasta with some veggies in very creamy sauce and had shredded cheese sprinkled on it. Just the way I like it. I was so tempted to have more of it but I had to reserve some appetite for Desserts.

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Desserts: Beautiful spread of desserts having Badaam Halva, Mava barfi , mini rasgulla, Chocolate truffle, Lamington, Chocolate tart, Mango mascarpone, Pastry, Tootie frooti cake slice, New York style mango cheese cake, Strawberry panna Cota, Muesli cookies, Soft centered chocolate ball, Hot chocolate pudding, Chocolate Coconut slice, Opera Pastry.

I could only taste Badaam Halva, mini rasgulla, Chocolate truffle and Hot chocolate pudding. Chef had nailed it. All the desserts I had were superb. I especially loved Chocolate truffle and Hot chocolate pudding. So soft, chocolaty and yummy. If you are visiting this place and these 2 are on the menu on that day, you cannot afford to miss it.


Service: Excellent. Service staff as well as kitchen staff who work just behind their respective counter is welcoming, friendly and courteous.


Ambience: Chic. Comfortable chairs. Spotless cutlery and crockery. I could also see the kitchens behind the counters which also looked clean. For Sunday brunch, there is live music and also a magician who shows some impressive trick going on individual tables. If he happens to visit your table, ask him to show the Aroma trick. It is surprising and impressive.


Value for money: 1099++taxes (Brunch with welcome drink) and 1399++Taxes (IMFL) is a good deal.

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