Food Fuel, Wadgaon Sheri – Pune

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The fuel for healthy Food !

Rating – 4/5

Food Fuel, a delivery only kitchen operating out of Sainik Wadi, Wadgaon Sheri caters to a very specific segment – healthy food. They can have customized food parcels as per your requirement in terms of calories whether it may be for Gym diet or a restricted diet due to health implications. In general the food they deliver from their usual menu also has all the right ingredients to make for a healthy meal. I have been their customer for more than an year now and they have not disappointed me in terms of expectations from a healthy food perspective.

PackingDelivery & Packaging – They have hardly faltered in their commitments of delivering on time and mostly the food has arrived a good 5-10 minutes before time so my experience has been good on this front. The packaging they use is of good quality and though it depends on the distance, for me the food always came warm enough not requiring re-heating with no spills so thumbs up to them on both these parameters.

CheeseOmletteThe Food – Some of the best picks from my orders over time are below but without any doubt the Cheese Omlette is one of the best I have had ever. It’s a perfect combination of vegetable & cheese filling into a preparation that is silky smooth and kind of melts in the mouth. If you were to have it blind folded you may not even realize that it’s your humble omlette. #highlyrecommended

IMG_20160904_123041Dal Pakwan – Arguably the most popular Sindhi breakfast- “Dal Pakwan” is also up for grabs here, a great combination of Sindhi style prepared Lentils with crispy flatbread is simply yummy. Again a usually oily preparation is prepared here with no traces of dripping oil so I guess it’s a less sinful preparation that doesn’t quite compromise on the taste. #highlyrecommended

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Chicken Sandwich – A multi-grain bread with tasty chicken filling is the idea here and is a useful snack when you want to kill the hunger without worrying about the calories intake then this is an ideal sandwich for you. #recommended

ChickenCurryRiceChicken Curry & Rice – A simple yet flavorful home style cooked chicken curry where it is visible not a lot of spices are used is your companion for a light meal if you want to move beyond omlettes and sandwiches. #recommended

The Verdict – They have a lot of combos and dried fruits/fruits included with every pack that adds that extra feel good factor and the prices are extremely reasonable. I wouldn’t say that this is one of the most tasty food you will ever have but I can confidently say that this is definitely one of the best places that serves healthy food at reasonable prices. We wish them all the best for their new Outlet opening in Baner from January 1st so Baner be ready for some healthy food coming your way pretty soon !!

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Khiva, Phoenix Market City – Viman Nagar Pune

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A pretty good Central Asian Cuisine experience !

Rating – 4/5.

Blogging isn’t my profession but it’s my passion, investing the time and efforts after a hard day’s work does require special time management skills. I am in a constant juggle to give work, family time and blogging their respective dues to keep them in balance and at times it becomes just a tad difficult to manage. However every once in a while comes an event of this magnitude & fun that makes all this juggle worthwhile and the experience at Food Trail 1.0 was one such exhilarating outing indeed !

Having witnessed a fabulous view of the Phoenix Mall, it was about time to reach Liberty Square where bloggers were to convene at 11.30 am IST. For what the Indian Standard Time is famous for, I was only one of the very few who made it on time 🙂

The Contest finally begins at 12.15, Yay !! I got Khiva – Chicken !

The rules were pretty simple – 1. You pick the first chit to know where you be dining and ; 2. You pick the second chit to know the chief ingredient that should be a part of your order within a budget of 1500 bucks. Khiva & Chicken – the made for each other combination is what I got. Having heard a lot of good things about Khiva, without wasting a single minute I was on my way for a rendezvous with some promising Central Asian food.

KhivaFirstView

The first glimpse was enough to set my taste buds in motion and unsurprisingly I suddenly felt the awakening of a usually absent Usain Bolt streak in me getting activated 😉

The 50 meters distance to Khiva’s entrance felt like an eternity but I eventually made it 😉

The Ambience – The first impressions were pretty classy and I was just happy to be here, the first looks reinstated my hopeful thoughts of an ensuing classy experience, read on to find if it was just glitters or did I really find any gold here.

Among the other interesting first impressions, a couple were the use of copper utensils to store & serve water and a newspaper of sorts kept on all Tables. It was only later I realized this newspaper was instead their food menu. The music had its origins of Uzbek & Kazakh forms and it was just not food but their Central Asian based concept could be felt in a number of dimensions which meant they did a good job in establishing the promised atmosphere.

The Food – Khiva being an ancient city of Uzbekistan promised some pretty exotic food at its outset and this is one place where all your Non vegetarian food cravings are brought to a logically tasty conclusion ! Staying put with my chief ingredient Chicken – I ended up ordering three Chicken dishes as below:

KhivaChickenSoupChooze ka Shorba – It would only be fair to say that I had a bit more expectations from this one, it was probably a bit too diluted for my liking. Nevertheless it had the required earthy flavors and those mildly spiced tender chicken chunks enhanced the soup by the required margin. However once the chunks were finished it certainly missed a required flavor.

Zaituni Murgh ke Seekh – While going through the menu I came across this particular Kebab which had Green & Black Olives as that unusual ingredient which doesn’t really go with Kebab preparations. Having ordered it I was certainly a bit skeptical however the Seekh Kebab was so tender that it immediately made me fall in love with first bite and thankfully the olives and sprinkling of Olive Oil didn’t really tamper the preparation but only enhanced it. #highlyrecommended

Murgh Biryani – I am the BiryaniMaster and I certainly love my favourite food and this was one flavorful Biryani. In terms of spice level it was somewhat a level between the Lucknawi & Hyderabadi variants.

KhivaChickenBiryani1Being a Dum Pukht preparation, the flavors of meat were infused in every morsel of rice with chicken as tender as it can get before it falls off the bone. #definitelyrecommended

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The Verdict – There’s nothing abstract about the verdict here though, I totally loved my overall experience with Food Trail 1.0 and I am wondering if there’s indeed a 2.0 on the cards, hats off to Carpe Diem & Phoenix Market City for an event of this stature ! Talking about Khiva, if you don’t mind paying a premium for some lip-smacking food, just don’t think twice and head straight to Khiva right now !

 

Food Trail 1.0@Khiva, Phoenix Market City, Pune

An enchanting trail of food indeed !

Blogging isn’t my profession but it’s my passion, investing the time and efforts after a hard day’s work does require special time management skills. I am in a constant juggle to give work, family time and blogging their respective dues to keep them in balance and at times it becomes just a tad difficult to manage. However every once in a while comes an event of this magnitude & fun that makes all this juggle worthwhile and the experience at Food Trail 1.0 was one such exhilarating outing indeed !

Having witnessed a fabulous view of the Phoenix Mall, it was about time to reach Liberty Square where bloggers were to convene at 11.30 am IST. For what the Indian Standard Time is famous for, I was only one of the very few who made it on time 🙂

The Contest finally begins at 12.15, Yay !! I got Khiva – Chicken !

The rules were pretty simple – 1. You pick the first chit to know where you be dining and ; 2. You pick the second chit to know the chief ingredient that should be a part of your order within a budget of 1500 bucks. Khiva & Chicken – the made for each other combination is what I got. Having heard a lot of good things about Khiva, without wasting a single minute I was on my way for a rendezvous with some promising Central Asian food.

KhivaFirstView

The first glimpse was enough to set my taste buds in motion and unsurprisingly I suddenly felt the awakening of a usually absent Usain Bolt streak in me getting activated 😉

The 50 meters distance to Khiva’s entrance felt like an eternity but I eventually made it 😉

The Ambience – The first impressions were pretty classy and I was just happy to be here, the first looks reinstated my hopeful thoughts of an ensuing classy experience, read on to find if it was just glitters or did I really find any gold here.

Among the other interesting first impressions, a couple were the use of copper utensils to store & serve water and a newspaper of sorts kept on all Tables. It was only later I realized this newspaper was instead their food menu. The music had its origins of Uzbek & Kazakh forms and it was just not food but their Central Asian based concept could be felt in a number of dimensions which meant they did a good job in establishing the promised atmosphere.

The Food – Khiva being an ancient city of Uzbekistan promised some pretty exotic food at its outset and this is one place where all your Non vegetarian food cravings are brought to a logically tasty conclusion ! Staying put with my chief ingredient Chicken – I ended up ordering three Chicken dishes as below:

KhivaChickenSoupChooze ka Shorba – It would only be fair to say that I had a bit more expectations from this one, it was probably a bit too diluted for my liking. Nevertheless it had the required earthy flavors and those mildly spiced tender chicken chunks enhanced the soup by the required margin. However once the chunks were finished it certainly missed a required flavor.

Zaituni Murgh ke Seekh – While going through the menu I came across this particular Kebab which had Green & Black Olives as that unusual ingredient which doesn’t really go with Kebab preparations. Having ordered it I was certainly a bit skeptical however the Seekh Kebab was so tender that it immediately made me fall in love with first bite and thankfully the olives and sprinkling of Olive Oil didn’t really tamper the preparation but only enhanced it. #highlyrecommended

Murgh Biryani – I am the BiryaniMaster and I certainly love my favourite food and this was one flavorful Biryani. In terms of spice level it was somewhat a level between the Lucknawi & Hyderabadi variants.

KhivaChickenBiryani1Being a Dum Pukht preparation, the flavors of meat were infused in every morsel of rice with chicken as tender as it can get before it falls off the bone. #definitelyrecommended

Other participating Outlets and fellow Bloggers in Food Trail 1.0

A view of Copper Chimney and some happy faces of fellow bloggers !

A view of Indigo Delicatessen with some busy scenes !

Some pretty cool Ambience of Cuba Libre with yet again happy set of bloggers !

Eventually my final destination of Food Trail – the serene & greenish 212 Café & Bar !

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The Verdict – There’s nothing abstract about the verdict here though, I totally loved my overall experience with Food Trail 1.0 and I am wondering if there’s indeed a 2.0 on the cards, hats off to Carpe Diem & Phoenix Market City for an event of this stature ! Talking about Khiva, if you don’t mind paying a premium for some lip-smacking food, just don’t think twice and head straight to Khiva right now !

The Dokk – Community Bar, DP Road Pune

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A pretty good experience !

Rating – 4.5/5

The Dokk located at the Dhole Patil Road is one place you want to be with your drinking buddies for sure. You’re definitely in for some lovely finger food, Indian, Continental, Oriental etc with some amazing Cocktails and drinks at a reasonable price-point. The best part is they are almost always running one offer or the other which gives you that feel good factor.

Current special offers at Dokk !

The Ambience – The ambience is nice with both indoor and outdoor seating available. The indoors is where a nice DJ setup along with a Bar is to be made use. While I was there for the tasting there was a private party in progress which meant I had my time spent at the outdoor seating and I did spend a pretty good time I was there.

The Food – During my outing I had a sample of their Fry-Day offer that runs on Friday evening and includes unlimited 4 veg/4 non veg appetizers. For the teetotalers like me with unlimited mocktails this package costs Rs 695 + 5% GST and if you combine it with unlimited Sangria & Beer it comes down to Rs 895 + 5% GST which I thought was pretty decent. The Food & Mocktails were also not there for the numbers but some of them were really good !

The Mocktails – It was great to see the due attention given to Mocktails at a place which pre-dominantly offers Alcoholic drinks. Though all the drinks were pretty good the Fruit Bomb definitely proved what it promised, a nice amalgamation of multiple fruit juices and I loved it !

Some of the Recommended Dishes – The Pan Stir fried Veggies/Chicken & Zucchini Fritters were the best appetizers of the rather cold evening while Cheese Mozarella sticks were pretty decent as well. While for mains I tried their Indian stuff and Chicken peshawari which was essentially a chicken keema based dish was an ideal Mughlai preparation. The Chicken Kadhai was your usual trustworthy Indian Chicken Gravy which cannot go wrong when had with your usual Butter Naans.

The Verdict – Right from the easygoing atmosphere to the incredibly good Value for Money quotient, this is one place that should be on your list for party ideas with friends and family and hopefully you wouldn’t be disappointed. #highlyrecommended

 

Coladas, WTC – Kharadi, Pune

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A new concept of Tiki Bar in Pune !

Rating – 4/5

It is always a little funny for me to approach the tastings of places that are pre-dominantly pubs/bars as I have always been a teetotaler all my life. However the friends I have had right from later years in School, College and now in professional life have that affinity for alcohol big time. So Yes I am “that guy” who hangs out with my friends in bars/pubs with soft drinks/mocktails however I still go out for the love of food and finishes the “chakhna” & starters in a jiffy to face the wrath of my talli folks 😉

Therefore when I get invited to Bars/Lounges I go with great expectations towards the quality of food.

The Ambience – This concept of Tiki Bar is pretty new to me and as per the information I got from their owner Mr. Kaustubh Coladas is inspired by TIKI culture from tropical regions of Hawaii, Caribbean & Polynesia. This TIKI culture theme shows its influence in the form of Bamboo interiors, tribal graphics & Tiki masks. The drinks are mostly rum based with some innovative glassware and tropical skewers and some delicious pub food.

The Food – The food is a varied affair here ranging from your usual cheese-cherry-pineapple to some exotic skewers and tropically influenced drinks. The best from the usual chakhna was the Makad Meva which is a combination of Cashew nuts, ground nuts and other salty bits that go well with alcoholic drinks. Following is a brief on some of the top picks I liked while I was here:

Sindhi Nachos – Easily the most innovative Nachos I have ever had with the Sindhi popular dish Dal Pakwan being the nachos bit here served with an equally impressive cheese sauce. The best part – even after 45 minutes of serving the nachos didn’t become soggy at all and I liked it.

Kung Pao Chicken – The Kung Pao Chicken was like your usual chilly chicken and was pretty decent albeit a little dry. A bit more tanginess and a richer marinade would make it even a better dish.

Jerk Chicken Skewers – One word – “perfect”, this preparation had this mild flavor with a tenderness that went really well and could easily give a mild chicken tikka a run for its money. I totally loved it, #highlyrecommended

Potato Cafreal – A lovely take on the famous Goan delicacy “Chicken Cafreal”, this was the best preparation of the evening for me. Baby potatoes tossed in a green marinade was enough to remind me of this wonderful Goan delicacy. definitelyrecommended

Murgh Sholay Tikka – I have to admit this looked far more delicious than what I felt after the first bite however the taste grew on me and was one of the best preparations of the evening. This is a spicy category chicken tikka covered with egg batter which makes it a little different from your usual Chicken tikka preparation. #highlyrecommended

Narsi Goreng – The most popular dish of Indonesia, I can’t say how close it is to the authentic version as I don’t quite have a precedent to compare it against. However it required a few tweaks definitely where the Rice was a bit dry than what I would have liked but the accompanying chicken skewer & gravy (quantity needs to be increased) saved the day for me.

Chicken Saoji – Saoji Chicken is a speciality from the Vidharbha region (especially Nagpur) and I believe this preparation did a fair amount of justice to the rich spicy preparation that Saoji Chicken is supposed to be. To top matters the chicken was cooked well and is an ideal partner to a Tandoori Roti/Naan/Chapaati and equally with Rice. #highlyrecommended

Sizzling Chocolate Brownie – It was a good Brownie preparation with the  brownie chunks filled with chocolate sauce and came across as a chocolate lava cake that sizzled and sizzled how. The brownie was soft and since it was filled with chocolate sauce it further enhanced the preparation. #highlyrecommended

NutellaSpringNutella Spring Rolls – This was an innovative bit for sure with the white & dark chocolate filled spring rolls served with Vanilla ice-cream landing up on our Table and after the mandatory clicks this just disappeared in thin air as it was so tasty and delightful. The crunchy spring roll filled with soft chocolate filling worked wonders and this was the best way to finish a delightful meal.

The Verdict – This is a good addition to the already happening scenes at WTC. With reasonable pricing for drinks and a delicious spread of finger food to go with the fair enough mocktails this is one option party-goers in the IT dominated area are bound to notice and there’s a chance they might enjoy it as much as I did !

 

Barbeque Nation, R-Deccan Mall, JM Road – Pune

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Royal Kitchens of India Festival !

Rating 4.5/5

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The Royal Kitchens of India Festival is running from 15th November 2017 and is up till the 3rd of December across all Barbeque Nation outlets in Pune. The idea is to present preparations from the Royal Kitchens of India from North till South and I was glad to be a part of this experience. This post will be more about what different they are serving from the usual Barbeque Nation stuff and less about the usual.

The Ambience & Live Counters – This particular festival indeed has a festive look to it with references of Royal warriors’ depictions adorning the walls and food being presented in specialized mud-looked utensils. There are specialized live counters setup as part of the festival namely the chaat/paanipuri counter, khumb galouti kebabs, Nadru ki tikki (fried lotus stem) and Tabask Maas.

TheGrillLive Grill & Starters – Some of the best starters of the festival were Prawns on the grill, Ajwaini Fish tikka, Anari Murgh Tangdi, Dahi ke kebab and the usual Cajun spice potatoes.

The Mains – As with Barbeque Nation’s main course, there are always a plethora of items, however these are the ones I liked the most and even from these the Bater (quail) korma was something you don’t get very often and this was the perfect companion for a cool winter evening. The Awadhi Murgh biryani wasn’t exactly a classical Awadhi biryani but it was definitely workable and that’s all biryanimaster looks forward to all the time, every single time !

Among the desserts, I absolutely relished the various variants of Kulfi available on a dedicated Kulfi counter. The Lychee based Mousse & assorted pastries were pretty good to have as well.

The Verdict – With some carefully thought out menu and specific theme dedicated for the festival working well for a festival of this stature I give my thumbs up to this event and Barbeque Nation in general. Even after years of dominance I guess Barbeque Nation is indeed the undisputed King of “All you can eat Buffet” concept, without a doubt just GO for it !

 

Meraki, Koregaon Park – Pune

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Good Food in Nature’s Lap !

Rating – 4/5

Located in the busy by-lanes of Koregaon Park this is one place that suddenly provides you a transformation from the usual rush of KP to a calm and serene place that comes with a lot of greenery all around.

The Ambience –  Picture this – is there anything better than having some of the most delicious Lebanese & Mediterranean food on a slightly cool evening with a nice little bonfire giving you an apt company. With all the greenery around, very few places would compete to offer this kind of closer to nature experience.  Overall I was pretty satisfied with the Ambience and other than food this would be one factor which will allure me to come back soon !

The Food –  This was one of the more elaborate tastings (in terms of number of items) I have been to in the recent past with around 26 dishes to taste with an added middle course. I would be covering here the best of the best which I found during the sampling so that when you’re here you can go for these preps without worrying about how it is going to turn out 🙂

The Menu consisted of Mocktails, Soups, Starters, a Middle course, Mains and finally the desserts !! Despite the rather plethora of items we certainly didn’t complain as the food ranged from good to being extremely delicious. Following is a brief on some of my picks from the tasting:

Peru Pyala Mocktail – This is the one for you if you like your Mocktail to be spicy one, it was like drinking Guava with all that lovel masala ! #recommended

Carmalized fennel onion Chicken Soup – A usual chicken soup that came with a twist – a distinct and pleasant taste of fennel that went very well on a cold winter evening. #recommended

Market fresh veggie sliders – The goodness of feta cheese, crisp lettuce & spicy sauce gave these sliders a good bite and a tasty filling.

Sweet Corn & Mozzarella Fritters with Chilli Jam – Fritters consisting of Gooey Mozzarella along with a corn & jalapeno filling was fantastic to munch upon to be honest. #definitelyrecommended

Jhinga Mirch Espetada – Espatadas being a Portuguese origin dish do not mistake this one with mild flavors as this comes with a generous coating of Thecha. The prawns were perfectly marinated and grilled and this was the best starter of the evening for me but was a definitely a bit spicy but I loved it. #definitelyrecommended

Lamb Kibbeh Espetada – This being a Lamb variant comes very close to being of the texture of a Seekh Kebab. This was juicy alright and the only slight grudge I had that it would have been even more fantastic if it was a bit more tender than what it was. #recommended

Lebanese Chicken Shish Tawook Espetada – This was everything I sort of missed in the Lamb Kibbeh preparation, this was tender, juicy and simply delicious and a dish for everyone with mild flavors. It shared the honors with the Prawn preparation for being the best starter. #definitelyrecommended

Lamb Bolognaise Pizza – This was one good Mozzarella infused oven baked Pizza that had a tasty minced lamb filling to compliment the overall flavors. #recommended

Salli Chicken – This was best Mains dish of the evening and was one flavorful and slightly tangy preparation, went absolutely well with the butter naans. #highlyrecommended

Tiramisu & Orange Chocolate Fondant – These were the best two Desserts of the evening for me with the Fondant just ending up a few notches ahead than the Tiramisu which was nicely textured and had that bitter coffee taste slightly. The Chocolate fondant had a subtle orange taste to it which thankfully didn’t tamper the chocolatey taste too much while the fondant had a tasty filling of molten dark chocolate which only made matters better with the Vanilla ice cream.

The Verdict – Overall a very nice place to spend your evening with some rather varied cuisines to try on your plate. Having said that I was pretty satisfied with their Indian preparations and when you combine this with the factors of a serene ambience, efficient service and reasonable pricing – this is one place which may seem irresistible !