Tasting food has always been interpreted differently. But when it comes to discovering great food, that too with pals with the same food wavelength…you are home. So here is my chronicle of a soiree with great food and good vibe, where each of us discovered some classic elements on the plate one delicious bite at a time…at Terttulia Bistro, Balewadi
So my maiden trip to this quaint place was courtesy of the generous folks at Carpe Diem, a drive to Balewadi High Street, (Well my first) and a showcase of interesting twists to food - the evening had so much to offer…
What strikes you when you step into this new rooftop bistro in Shivaji nagar, Pune are the colours and the quirky wall graffiti with a fabulous rooftop panoramic view of the Pune skyline. Buzzing with a perfect melange of colours you can also experience an extraordinary seating. So the moment we arrived, we got to clicking pictures, all the while admiring Team OWCB's eye for detail and what a happy and buzzing place that they had transformed the roof top to. Walls are adorned with funky frames and the two blue windows on the bar gave the ambience a colour pop all the while reiterating the name of this cafe. So the table was set, to explore the food in this place under a starlight sky…
My engagement with The B Team took me to the launch of a debut cookbook - ‘What’s on the Menu’ by Celebrity Chef Shazia Khan in Pune. Published by Om Books International, the cookbook was unveiled by Chef, Food stylist and Food Photographer Michael Swamy and noted food connoisseur, Karen Anand. This was followed by a cooking demo by the chef herself where she tossed up a Fig and Asparagus Salad from her cookbook.
At the first glance what captures your attention are the stunning colour photos which depict food as the centre stage of celebrations. The book captures the essence of home-cooking. In this cookbook Shazia shares family recipes and traditions that have been passed down from generation to generation.
Look closely and inside are 90 recipes for both classic and contemporary cooking that are perfect for day to day extravaganza and special occasions with family and friends.
Travelling 20 km one way in search of great food – CHECKDevouring an exquisite platter of food with a bunch of foodies – CHECK A Bellydriven Delight – CHECK What more do you want from a food tasting escapade? That is exactly how my evening ended at Chandralok/ Jumeirah Cafe that is situated near Mahalaxmi Lawns in Karve Road. Even though the place dates back 20 years, one should have a look at their new avatar, absolutely a must go for the youngsters. Run by an amazing bunch of people from Aperto Hospitality- Abhinav, Udit and Aditya Neelgaonkar, Chandralok has 4 sections – A fine dine, an open garden restaurant, a party lawn and a roof top cafe with an Arabian theme that caters to their different target segments.