4 Seasons East Street, Pune

Food is Good but not Biryani !

Rating – 3.5/5

So here we were shopping at M.G. Road and East Street and planned our rather late lunch at Baghban around 3pm thinking that there will be less or no waiting.
However there are some strange rules creeping up in that place recently like only group of four and above are allowed in the A.C. family section and the rest will have to be content with the open area in the heat and that too with a waiting of more than 30 minutes on weekends!
This prompted us to try something else and as I checked on Zomato 4 seasons was hardly half a km away and we immediately decided to give it a try before we ourselves got tandoored while waiting at Baghban….

This place is next to the Sujata Mastani outlet and is easy to miss while driving through east street.

Ambience – 3.5/5 – The ambience was fairly alright and seating was comfortable and the place had good air conditioning which we just loved after spending more than four hours bargaining in the scorching heat on. M.G. Road πŸ™‚

Service – 3.5/5, they were not full by any stature of imagination when we visited but still the service was a touch laid back and lethargic but thankfully when the food arrived it was hot so not a big turn off but definitely can be improved upon.

Food – 4/5, following is what we ordered:

Chicken Nizami kebab – 5/5, these were the most awesome kebabs we tried in a long long time. The chicken was well marinated, tender and perfectly tandoored at the same time. I tried hard to find if something was missing but I just couldn’t find a fault as it was so good πŸ™‚

Mutton Rogan Josh – 3.5/5, This was fairly Okayish to eat and nothing outstanding but not bad either. Could have done more with a bit more meat on the bones though πŸ˜‰

Mutton Biryani – 2.5/5, this was the spoiler of the show. Their menu talked about how Hyderabadi Biryani is like and what goes into making it the authentic way etc so my hopes were really high.
What came out in the handi was a dry serving of Biryani that didn’t really taste anything like a Hyderabadi Biryani. The taste was not the worst I ever had but it was just devoid of any spices and had it been not that dry I believe it’s on the lines of Lucknawi Biryani preparation with no khada masaala ever making it to the actual Biryani rice.

So we really tasted two dishes at the extreme ends of the spectrum and I would have rated them high if not for the Biryani debacle, would give it a try again in the near future.

Visited April 2015

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