Bottled Up – White Owl Beers, A beer experience at Prem’s Koregaon Park | Bellydriven

The craft beer scene in India is sure emerging and we have evolved from the times were the only choices in beer were strong and mild and now beer isn’t just beer its anywhere between blond, stout, cider, ale or porter…And I am in love with not just the beers but the craft as well. And thanks to that it is a very rare occasion that I reach out to the bottles unless well unless there is big gathering at home primarily due to the unavailability of craft beers in the bottle Continue reading

I for Indigo aka Neel

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Indigo Deli was my usual hangout in Mumbai…I must have spent a ton of time haunting their Bandra joint, I was happy when they opened in Powai, because it was closer to home and travel time was reduced to 1/10th of the usual….And even though I moved to Pune whenever I was in Mumbai I would go back to have breakfast there before I started my day. So I was happier- read ecstatic when I heard that the opened in Pune and that too at Phoenix Market City and much much closer to home… So in a way wherever I go Indigo follows 😉

I was initially skeptical, if they would be able to give me the same experience that I used to have in Mumbai in terms of food, or whether they would treat Pune as the wicked cousin but all my inhibitions went out of the park with the experience that I had in their 92 seater, warmly lit space at Phoenix Market City Pune. Read on for my adventures here… Continue reading

Effingut Brewerkz – Where Beers bring people together

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Pit Stop: Effingut Baner –  People don’t just get together to talk about beer but it is always the other way around, the Beer gets people together to talk. And that is exactly what Effingut facilitates. Some great conversations coupled with a fantastic ambience where one can actually Live (not literally), Work, Learn and Play and oh yes EAT too. Effingut is a kind of place that knits people together. You don’t know you need a place like that in your life until you find one, or until you’ve had one and lost it. It is an experience in itself to experience.

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The Little Next Door – The Friendly Neighborhood Bar

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As one steps over the threshold of the little yellow door, it is an Alice in Wonderland experience. A flurry of colors and textures will suddenly calm your senses down… A live size Jenga, a hammock for your comfort and a foosball will greet you first. And as you get accustomed to the place you will experience the detailing that has gone into putting together is friendly neighborhood bar. Welcome to “The Little Next Door”. Completely a my kind of place where one can just relax, have a drink and have endless conversations along with good food. Read on to check out my experience at The Little Next Door Pune. Continue reading

Restaurant Week India, Pune Edition – Kabab Hut, Sun n Sand Hotel

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Restaurant Week powered by John Jacobs, is the largest pan-India culinary event spanning 10 days, across 6 cities and gives discerning food enthusiasts the opportunity to dine at some of India’s finest restaurants at a fraction ofa la carte rates. This year Restaurant Week has made its debut in Pune.  The 10-day event from 16th to 25th September 2016 showcases over 100 restaurants across Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi, Kolkatta, Mumbai and now in Pune offering diners a chance to experience some of the finest restaurants in the city. By being a part of this you can experience a three-course prix fixe menu at a fraction of the price it would normally cost.

Restaurant Week Pune features 8 participating restaurants that will offer a three-course menu (with an option of vegetarian or non-vegetarian) at INR 750 for lunch and INR 750 for dinner per diner. The price, per individual, is exclusive of applicable taxes, service charges and anything ordered outside of the special Restaurant Week menu. As a result of the association with Ola, all Restaurant Week diners will receive complimentary Ola rides to and from their meals.

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Fab Fridays at Incognito, Pune

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Love to explore different food options with colleagues, friends or family during lunch hours? But, eating out is a bit expensive for your pocket? Fret not! Incognito presents to you the fab Friday Lunch Buffet in Pune, priced at INR 550 plus taxes. Yes, you read that right! Go ahead and don’t miss out on quality meal time with your near ones, which are easy on pocket too. The menu here is a decently curated spread.

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Yin & Yang Food Festival @ Baan Tao, Hyatt, Pune

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Want to experience the holistic balance of  Yin & Yang in your food? Head over to Baan Tao, the in house restaurant of Hyatt Pune  that has come up with an unique food festival – Yin & Yang. The Festival starts on 20th July 2016 and is on till 10th August 2016 for both lunch and dinner at Baan Tao. You must be wondering what is this Yin and Yang? In Chinese Culture it is believed that there are two basic forces that rule all that exists. These energies, Yin and Yang, are opposites that complement each other and there must be a good balance between them to bring in good fortune. How is translates into food is as simple as Yin is cooling and Yang is warming. It is as simple as Green tea is cooling, black tea is warm,  Crabs are cooling, shrimp are warm for the body.

#TheBTeam was invited for a preview tasting of the dishes and we surely were knocked out with the offerings here

The talented Chef Sunil Joshi has curated three set menus (1 Vegetarian and 2 non-vegetarian sets) around the concept that entails varied vegetarian and non-vegetarian salads, appetizers, soups, main course in addition to Jasmine tea, While I chose lamb, chicken and prawns as my proteins for the day, I did taste some of the dishes from the other two menus as well. Overall trust me you wont be disappointed here and the mélange of flavours that you will experience will linger on your taste buds for times to come.

The Drinks & Accompaniments

There were two the Yin Wolf made with cucumber, ginger and cranberry  and the Yang Mary that was a spicy twist on the Bloody Mary cocktail with a hint of cinnamon and star anise. My choice for the day was the Yang Mary, I can never pass up the spice

Yang Mary Baan Tao

Pumpkin Crackers with Wasabi Peas served as accompaniments with the drinks there were Prawn Crackers too but they were gone in 60 seconds from the table to the tummy.

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Amuse Bouche offerings of panko fried garlic prawns and a rice paper roll of veggies were served to stimulate the appetite before the meal

Panko fried prawns Baan Tao

The Appetizer

The appetizers started with the green peas, spinach, truffle oil crystal dumpling. The dumplings were stuffed with baby spinach, fresh peas and truffle oil. A #MustHave But the Hatchew Latchew – silken tofu tossed in black pepper, red chilli, scallion and pepper was definitely the highlight (That is one big compliment, coming from a hard core non-vegetarian). Melt in the mouth tofu with a great balance of flavors, that will make you ask for more.

Have the Thot man gai,  a  preparation made of mince chicken, lemongrass, chilli, garlic, galangal and you will be transported to Thailand and if you love kaffir lime just like me, you will be in for a treat. Another one was braised wine butter garlic prawns, they prawns were cooked to perfection but I missed the garlic in them…

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The Salads

For salads we were served the Kaisho, smoked salmon salad with rucola and the Rojak Buah, a malay fruit salad with a tamarind chilli dressing. Both the salads were uplifting but between the two i will choose Rojak Buah.   It was super refreshing fruit and the tang was rightly complemented by a light tinge of spiciness.

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The Soups

We were served the Tom Kha Phak Soup which had flavors from coriander roots, mushroom, carrot, zucchini, cauliflower, beans, lemongrass, kafir lime and galangal. I found it a little too coco-nutty  for my taste, i thought it hid the subtle flavors of other ingredients in the soup. Thumbs up for presentation. But on the other hand the Sop Ayam, the Indonesian chicken soup was the perfect soup for a rainy day. A medley of chicken stock, somen noodles, kaffir lime and lemon grass and sliced chicken will surely make you go back for seconds…oh but wait there are mains still to go…

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The Mains

Its always a thumbs up if it’s a  juicy pile of shredded lamb with a sticky Asian sauce and some kick ass basil chicken rice to go with it. You could’nt ask for a better main course #HighlyRecommended

Shredded lamb in ginger soya sauce

The Desserts

We ended on a sweet note with three desserts… The first on up was the Cendol Ice…looked like a ice gola with but paired sophistically with fruit syrups, maraschino cherry, coconut ice cream, carnation and hot chocolate syrup. #MustHave  This was followed by the Chiffon Litchi Ice Cream Cake Slice Dessert, a combination of house made litchi ice cream with chopped nuts  and a fried chiffon cake. I am not a great fan of chiffon cakes but the  ice cream was to die for. But my favourite dessert was a simple Baked Yogurt with Frozen Berries. Silky smooth wobbly baked yougurt power packed with  blueberries & cranberries. #HighlyRecommended

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 The vegetarian, non-vegetarian and seafood pre-set menus are priced Rs. 1450, Rs. 1650 and Rs. 1850 respectively and you get more than your money’s worth. So hurry up..and and dont miss a chance to experince a little bit of Yin & a little bit of Yang

A big thank you to Ankoura Verma for inviting us and Chefs Suvendu Roy and Sunil Joshi for hosting us. Kudos to the team at Baan Tao.

Disclaimer: The invite was for a complimentary food tasting event. This review is a narrative of my experience at the event. The views expressed in this review are solely mine and others are more than welcome to agree or disagree with the same. The review is in no way influenced either personally or commercially nor has it been lifted, copied or plagiarized from any source however I have done my due diligence on the event via publicly available information on the internet.All Rights Reserved.

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