Irish House, Phoenix Market City, Pune

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A Power Packed Lunch Indeed !

Rating – 5/5

Irish house brings the concept of Power Lunch with some delicious fare up for grabs. Apart from the usual menu, the Power Lunch Menu has especially designed items with portions curated for a single person.

My recommendations.

Crispy Chicken Parmigiana – I absolutely loved the Crispy Chicken Parmigiana in the foreground, it had a crunch going for it in every bite and combined with a rich baby tomato based sauce had a bit of tanginess that went really well. Coupled with grilled Zucchini spaghetti it couldn’t get any better than this.

Grilled Pepper Chicken – This was one tasty preparation and a must have while you’re here. It’s an interesting departure from the usual accompanying mashed potatoes with this kind of preparation. The red wine jus (French Ju) and the mushroom spaghetti were not the supporting cast here but too this recipe to another level. I would even be tempted to say that I liked the spaghetti more than the chicken but I must add the combination of the three elements – pepper chicken dripped in flavorsome Jus to go with this delicious spaghetti made for an awesome dish.

Lamb Sliders & Drinks – The Lamb sliders or the sort of Mini Burgers were fantastically done and had such nice Kebabish kind of lamb patty that was the soul of this preparation and I loved every single bite of it.

Chocolate & Peanut Butter Shake / Spiced Guava Mary

Both drinks were a potent companion for a Teetotaler like me during this lunch, while the spcied Guava Mary was a spiced up drink, the shake had all the goodness of Chocolate with the Peanut butter making up for a special appearance and hence I like it very much everytime I am here.

The Verdict – All the items I tasted in this Power Lunch were fantastic one after the other and at 349-425 bucks per item that is good enough for a single person’s Lunch this is an amazing proposition to be had at a setting like the Irish House, go for it by all means !

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1441 Pizzeria, Koregaon Park – Pune

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Go for the Peri Peri Chicken !

Rating – 4/5

What makes for an ideal meal? Good food, cozy environment and a great company ! This was one such evening when all the elements came together and we had a great time.

1441PizzeriaThe Ambience is pretty decent, right now the parking is a paid one while the service though is not lightening fast, the servers were courteous but they need to up their game in terms of being more pro-active in terms of supplying the condiments on to the table. Nothing serious to complain about but just a few little blemishes here and there if avoided can make the overall experience even better.

It’s primarily a Pizzeria but the show stopper for me every time are these perfectly grilled, aptly spiced Peri Peri Chicken Legs. The only slight grudge I can think of is the fact that once the upper grilled/spiced up layer is eaten the stuff beneath is a bit bland. Once this is taken care of there’s just no better preparation than this one by a great margin !

Among the Pizzas I have enjoyed the Krish and Smoked Chicken Pizza while I was there while the Cheese Chilly Chicken bread was pretty decent too ! The Tiramisu in desserts was pretty delicious too and was a good way to finish a good meal.

In a nutshell the newly opened 1441 pizzeria at Koregaon Park is a cool place to chill out if you like your pizzas and chicken wings at not so exorbitant prices. The place has come up next to Starbucks & Savya Rasa in KP, needless to say it’s a must visit for sure !

Royal China, Westin – Pune

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Royal food outing at Royal China !
Rating – 4.5/5
As we entered this piece of art at the Westin Pune, the first thing we were told that we serve Cantonese food. While no offence to this cuisine but having lived in HK as my Indian taste buds suffered quite a bit, this opening statement did send a shiver down my spine and I was skeptical how this experience gonna turn out.

The Ambience is classy and sort of formal with light music in the background, this isn’t a place for loud parties but rather a place with serene setup and soft conversations.

HotnSourSoupSoups – Chicken hot & sour / Chicken Coriander soup – Out of the two Chicken Coriander will be my preferred option when dining again while hot and sour soup was good in its own right but didn’t quite suit my taste buds.
MongolionFriedChickenStarters – The showstopper of the evening in starters and main course for me was the Mongolian Fried Chicken. These boneless chicken chunks were fried in appetising spices and had that unexpected “chatpata” flavour that was the USP of this preparation 😍

The other recommendations in starters are the steamed chicken & chive dumplings, smoked shredded chicken and fried chicken wanton.

MocktailsMocktails – The Mango punch was the best Mocktail of the evening and after every bite or so I stealthily had a sip or two away from the prying eyes of my companions 🤓

Mains & Desserts – For mains we chose to be a bit more conventional and went for Chicken Fried rice with Chicken in dry red chilly. These are not your usual Indo-Chinese spicy fried rice and chicken preparations but they were pretty good. This can be a good option for Mains if like me you’re biased towards Indian cuisine.

ChocoDomeThe Chocolate Dome dessert was the perfect way to end this memorable dinner, after the initial spectacle of warm chocolate sauce breaking up the dome revealing the Icecream underneath. The end resultant of Icecream dipped in chocolate sauce coupled with crunchy chocolate flaky bits is bound to give some crispy and delicious bites indeed and we loved it 😍
Overall I will rate this experience at Royal China very highly. I would like to add the food here is not authentic Cantonese but it is not your typical Chindian style either. The food here is somewhat a crossover between Indian/Chinese food and it definitely worked for me !

Flechazo, Wakad – Pune

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Love at first sight – Flechazo !

Rating – 4.5/5

Flechazo Pune is the next best thing in the buffet segment and thankfully a reprieve of sorts from the Barbeque Grills mushrooming in almost every lane of the city. This place has an enormous variety of options to choose from and basically something for everyone.

The seating area is large enough to accommodate over 100 folks at a time and the ambience in general is pretty good, it’s especially lit beautifully during the evenings.

The options vary ranging from making your own Pizza, live counters serving keema Pav, oriental, chaat and other tid-bits on a conveyor belt and what not !The buffet consisting of Starters (14), Mains (12+) and desserts (14+) come on top of all of this ☺️

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Liquid Nitrogen at work

The desserts counter is further accentuated by use of liquid nitrogen though it didn’t quite add much to the overall experience for me but it looked good for sure.

However whenever I am here, it’s really these colorful Macarons that I just can’t get enough of and it again ends up a cover picture of my post whether on Insta or on my blog. I can’t help but they are just so photogenic 🙂

Recommendations 

Chicken Wings – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Chicken 65 – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Brownies, Macarons and Liquid Nitrogen based Icecream – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Mocktails – Kiwi, Watermelon & Apple based were all awesome – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Veg Crispy – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Fish starter – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Chicken Biryani – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

The Verdict – This blog is a summary of couple of my visits and during the second one, it was time to validate what seemed to be a great promise during the initial one.To be fair to them they actually surpassed my expectations This was one fantastic experience that would be difficult to forget and any buffet place which I visit from now on would be bench-marked against this one for sure.

Lastly I also learnt one more thing as to whatever hacks I may try (like not eating for 14 hours or having a dash of lime & salted water before the meal) I will never have enough appetite to try every single item on their Menu. It’s fantastic and a must visit place !

Onesta, Kalyani Nagar, Pune

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An honestly fantastic deal & experience at Onesta !

Rating – 4/5

Had a chance to visit Onesta Pune during Navratras (no non-veg) ): I got lucky as part of their #nameoftheweekoffer through which two of us got 4 pizzas, 4 pastas, 2 beverages and 4 desserts in all, totally on the house !

I was wondering as it is with these offers we will be told some fine print and then probably service will be at a different level but none of it came true and we had a pretty good time 🤗

Coming to the food, the Paneer Tikka Pizza was cheesy, crunchy, spicy and biryanimaster enjoyed every bit of this vegetarian pizza.

FarmhouseAndMargaritaUnfortunately the same I cannot say about the Pasta & Margarita Pizza, they were at best – half decent 🙂 The Farmhouse Pizza in the background however was good and loved every bit of it !

The Desserts however were pretty decent and the Chocolate Mousse was fantastic and this is something you should definitely try while you’re at Onesta !

Barbeque Adda, Xion Mall – Pune

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A good place for tasty Barbeque Food !

Rating – 4/5

Barbeque places are a craze in Pune for the last couple of years and we have 20+ brands operating in the City as I write this 🙂 What makes for a special place among so many is not only the numbers but good quality food coupled with good Ambience and warm hospitality.

My latest outing in Barbeque Adda ticked all the right boxes and I was surprised to know that this wasn’t a chain but a homegrown brand of former IT employees which made me appreciate the experience even more 🙂

Among the starters the Tandoori style chicken wings were the best I have ever had while all of the starters were fantastic including the chilly chicken and corn chatpata in the frame.

I must add that almost all of the starters were fantastic and you would be pressed not to eat them in large quantity making the mains a difficult proposition to negotiate as you would be so stuffed 😉

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The Verdict – The other USP of the place is the availability of Cold stone flavored ice creams in Desserts ! We had a Paan flavoured one and it turned to be pretty good to be honest with a decent sprinkling of nuts and dry fruits ! The rates are pretty reasonable too, it starts from Rs.475++ and goes up-to Rs.640++ based on the day/time of the week.

In a nutshell this place is a must visit when in the vicinity of Wakad / Hinjewadi areas and is an ideal place to have some quality Barbeque time with family and friends !

Babbi da dhaba, Old Pune Mumbai Highway

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An exceptionally ordinary experience !

Rating – 2/5

On our way back on a fine rainy day from Lonavala and having read a bit about “Babbi Da Dhaba” on a Pune based foodie group on facebook and otherwise we decided to have our lunch here.

The setting is pretty ordinary (which I don’t mind as long as food is good) with a logically separated section where folks can have their drinks and smoke (which will eventually find its course to your table too. I hate passive smoking around my child but then this was a Dhaba, people even don’t care about it in City).

The server had no clue of what is the speciality or what one can order, so walked over till the counter and asked “Butter Chicken Meetha toh nahi hoga?” – question I ask every time I am pondering over the decision of ordering a portion of butter chicken away from North India. The answer thankfully was “Chatpata hoga ji – Delhi/Punjab ke jaise” – which was definitely reassuring !

Ordered for Daal Tadka, Half butter chicken, butter naans.

Service was fairly quick and food arrived in a matter of 10 minutes, however from this point onwards everything went downhill ):

1534857119524Daal tadka – there was something very sour about the Daal and it didn’t even taste like the Daal tadka we get in Pune, forget about calling it the Daal Tadka we are supposed to get in Dhabas. On bringing this to their notice they quickly changed it and brought another one in 5 minutes which was less sour but then again not good. To add insult to injury the owner – Senior Daarji comes up and tell us they checked the Daal and there’s nothing wrong with it, I couldn’t tell him that we even feared that the preparation might have been stale, didn’t take another bite !

1534857095799Butter chicken – First things first, this butter chicken wasn’t sweet at all. Infact not even minutely Sweet but it wasn’t a typical Dhaba butter chicken either, no creaminess – just adding a gallop of white butter to a Masala shredded chicken gravy doesn’t make for a typical Punjabi Butter chicken.

This isn’t the first time that my dream of having that perfect Butter Chicken is shattered in and around Pune. However the troubling part is that this was supposed to taste good as I was at a Punjabi Dhaba but I guess that’s what my food destiny had in store for me Today ):

That old Mumbai Pune highway with its string of so called Dhabas continue to disappoint me with their botched up food and serving anything in the name of Dhaba food.

The only slight point I found in favour were the decent pricing compared to the other dhabas on this stretch which will give even some 5 star restaurants a run for their money. Here the overall damages for a decent quantity lunch for two adults and one kid were under 500 bucks.

P.S. – My yardstick of judging this food is of-course the scores of Punjabi/North Indian Dhaba food experiences I have enjoyed over the years in North India (UP/Delhi/Rajasthan/MP).

In case you appreciate the Dhaba food at one of those places then this may not turn out to be your cup of tea.