This review is based on two outings so far and I can say some of the points I noted are good, some are average and others are nothing to write home about.
To start with, it’s definitely a different kind of outlet which has an All North Indian Menu, with loads of combo meals/thali options and is ofcourse a veg only place.
They have a variety of starters that are kept in the offing in an attempt to give vegetarians a taste of non vegetarian stuff with these options of vegetarian chaaps that are so readily available in the National Capital Region.
Ambience is pretty Ok with around 4-5 tables on the ground floor and further 5-6 tables on the intermediate floor as part of their mezzanine flooring layout where the ceiling could really bump your head if you’re not careful.
Coming to the parking side of things it could be a little painful if you have a four wheeler as they don’t have their own dedicated parking so apart from the space for about five cars, one has to rely parking in the bylanes of Kalyani Nagar.
Coming to the food, so far I have tasted the following as part of ordering the Veg fried platter, Veg thali, kadhai paneer and Dal Makhani combo, Special Veg thaali and ice-creams :
Dal Makhani – 4/5, it’s creamy and has got a nice texture and tastewise it’s fairly close to that authentic Dal Makhani of North Indian cuisine yet it’s not the best that I have tasted in Pune.
Kadhai Paneer – 3.5/5, slightly different taste of kadhai Paneer than what could usually be found but quite alright.
Shahi Paneer – 3/5, it’s a little too sweet for my liking as and like my Shahi Paneer with a subtle hint of sweetness.
Dal fry – 4/5, this was quite decent and it went really good with steamed rice.
Mix Veg – not applicable, it had a hint of foul taste to it which my wife noticed and they changed the dish with a serving of kadhai paneer. So wasn’t really able to review the dish.
Veg Tawa Masaala – 2.5/5, this qualified just as being edible and wouldnt be something that I would order individually apart from making the numbers in their Veg thali.
Veg Biryani – 4/5, this is pretty good and tasty for a veg Biryani and is the second best dish we tasted after dahi kebabs.
Following is what I have tasted in their starters :
Stick Seekh kebabs – 4/5, a fairly good and a unique preparation.
Kurkure mushrooms – 3/5, had a stuffing of mushrooms and was quite alright.
Gulabi Tikki – 3.5/5, would rate it slightly above the mushroom starter in terms of taste and one can order this as an individual dish apart finding it in their fried platter
Dahi kebab – 4.5/5, this is one dish that stood out in the entire food fare and we liked it very much. I have tasted better dahi kebabs in Pune only in Oye Pape and this one is a close second.
Talking about ice creams, the Giani ice creama have a bit of a different flavor to them and so far tasted Rose(4.5/5) and Vanilla (3.5) flavors and would definitely like to taste other flavors.
In terms of service there’s quite a bit to improve before customer can truly say “Wah Ji Wah” as the service is slow and servers almost always even forget to refill water on their own unless you remind them all the time which could be quite annoying.