Village – The Soul of India, West Block, Amanora Town Centre, Hadapsar Kharadi Bypass, Hadapsar, Pune

A mixed bag of sorts but just the food alone is not worth it !

Rating – 3/5

Go for this if you’re a veggie fan and looking for something more than just an eat out option.
They are a theme based eating joint and when I visited this place they had a Jail theme going on with some interesting costumes.
They don’t have a dedicated dance floor as such but they have lots of space where people can exhibit their dance moves. Usually they play out a traditional dance number and their staff guide the people to replicate the dance moves which was interesting to watch, but only for a while as I was interested in tasting the various food items on offer 😉

Started with snacks, Masaala Dosa was really good and sambhar was just right without being too sweet as is the case with so many eating joints in Pune.
Next on the list was pani puri and though I didn’t taste but my wife liked it. My wife is usually very particular about her Sambhar and pani puri and she loved both the items so full marks on those two.
Next we tried dahi vada and it was ordinary.
There was an aloo tikki starter which was tasty enough to ask for a second helping.
Coming to other starters gobhi machurian dry was fantastic and Paneer tikka was passable.
Masaala chhaas was refreshing and tasty.

I would rate the starters as 4/5.

The main course had many items but I am only naming the ones that had some taste and rest were just there just to tick that mark of variety but nothing much to write home about.
The best of the lot was the Paneer green peas gravy, with Paneer so soft and creamy and the gravy was cooked very nicely.
Daal tadka was with like a real tadka and amply spiced, tasted nice with steamed rice.
The only other noteworthy item was the Veg Biryani, it tasted nice but as is the problem with so many eating joints the Biryani rice gets overcooked over a period of time and in this case it almost started to burn from the bottom. If you take it from the top it still tasted alright.
Rest all of the items in the buffet were rather below average and the Jain Paneer stood out in the worst of the lot category. The major issue here were the raw fenugreek leaves that were added after preparing the gravy and what resulted was a total mess, this indicated a very amateur kind of cooking and spoiled my plate.

My rating for main course is 2.5/5

They had the desserts comprising of the ones below:
Sevanyi kheer 4/5
Moong Daal Halwa 4/5…was made in Desi ghee and had enough of it to satiate my taste buds.
Jalebi 2/5….was awful and I don’t like to waste food but I just couldn’t finish it how hard I tried. It was thick and too crispy till the extent of being almost hard and had nothing going for it.
Gulab Jamun…3/5 the usual run of the mill stuff, nothing outstanding here.

My rating for Desserts is 3.5/5

I would rate their service as 2.5/5, they try to be helpful and courteous but I have seen them making faces while serving on the food stalls(Dosa and pani puri) and I found it really odd as they are part of the same group as Oye Pape next door and the people working here can definitely learn a lot from Oye Pape staff.

For Ambience and overall atmosphere I would rate it as 4/5

To sum up this is a place you can go if you’re interested in not just food but other group activities then this is the place for you. There are some Tattoo makers and traditional items store(for extra charges) within the premises as well to make use of if you like.
However if you’re like me whose priorities are more towards the fact that a restaurant must first look after their primary job which is to serve good food with courtesy and everything else is secondary then you may not like this place too much:)

Tasty Tongues Chaats Bavdhan, Pune

One of the most tastiest Jalebis in Pune !

Rating – 4/5

The best item to sample at Tasty Tongues are the Jalebis made in pure ghee and not the usual refined oil types hence its a bit expensive but very tasty. 5/5, haven’t tasted anything better in Pune as far as Jalebis are concerned.
Other goodies include Rabdi(5/5), SPDP (4/5) this is the only place I eat it else I am not a big Chaat fan, then comes the bhalla (4/5) which is equally good, it’s quite crispy and again made in ghee to give it the authentic North Indian flavor.
This place is run by a Gentleman from Agra and I come from the same part of the World so it’s absolutely delightful to get the same taste as the one I had while growing up so whenever we go towards Lavasa, Tamhini or Mulshi this is our pit stop all the time 🙂
Other items worth mentioning are the Schezwan Maggie, Daal tadka and Paneer Tiranga.
This is the place to be if you love your Jalebis and Rabdis along with chaats ofcourse!
Service is quick and courteous, ambience is very average but the food makes up for it largely.
I am taking one point off because it’s definitely a bit overpriced considering the portions you get but still always a good experience to be here.

Bhairavee Pure Veg. Restaurant Baner, Pune


A pure Veg experience!

Rating – 3.5/5

During one of our return trips from Lonavala we happened to make a pit stop here for a quick bite and our experience was pretty alright.Whatever little we ordered we found the preparations good though the quantity wasn’t the greatest hence the VFM factor could be tilted towards the lower side of scale for my liking.

We ordered Paneer tikka, Paneer tikka Lababdar, Daal tadka, butter Naans and mango milkshake and we didn’t find any issues with the food.

The service wasn’t lightening fast but wasn’t very slow either. There was a soft classical music playing in the background and the interiors were also a little differently yet tastefully done.
The seating was on ground floor as well as on the first floor, by the looks of it everything seemed quite compact and a bit congested, however since we visited post 2pm we had the option to sit anywhere we wanted so it was OK on this front as well.

Here are the overall ratings:

Ambience – 4/5
Service – 3/5
Food – 3.5/5
VFM – 3/5

I wouldn’t travel from Kharadi to Baner to have a bite here but if I am in the vicinity and in mood for vegetarian fare this is a fair enough option for sure 🙂