Walking into the new Conrad Hotel on Mangaldas Road can be a little intimidating at first. Once you get past the super-high ceilings and sprawling square footage, it can actually be quite a comfortable place to settle in to. A little further past the casual seating area and down a wide flight of marble steps, is Coriander Kitchen.
Have you ever wished for something fantastical, only to be disappointed? Like when you’ve had a long day and all you can picture in your head is a really spectacular <insert name of your favourite dish here> but you reach the Restaurant only to find that said dish is off the Menu? Well that feeling pretty much describes my experience at Pesto Pesto, when a group of bloggers and I were invited for a preview of their “French Food Festival”.
Having heard about Pesto Pesto’s Italian fare, it was surprising to me that they were choosing to do a FFF, but I love French cuisine, so nonetheless I was excited.
Walking into Stone Water Grill (SWG) for the first time after almost 2 years, I was hit by a wave of nostalgia. Countless nights of teenage shenanigans, birthdays, after-parties and more flood my mind. Their message for the night was ‘We Are Back’ – and back with a BANG indeed. As I joined an invitee table, we are introduced to Riyaaz Amlani, CEO and Managing Director of Impresario Hand Made Restaurants, the big daddy behind SWG, Salt Water Grill and so many more. With only minor renovations to the interiors, the ambience is rather soothing, with dark sofas and soft orange lighting.
I absolutely LOVE seafood, even though I’m really challenged when it comes to cleaning and de-boning it (somehow I am always the only one at the table to choke on a fishbone) so I stick to shellfish and fillets as far as possible. I recently came across this new Pune based company called Fishvish, which promised to deliver ‘Blast Frozen’ seafood directly to your doorstep – music to my ears, because I had been planning some experiments with fish for a while but I was not prepared to go to the fish market by myself.
Incognito is a trendy little restaurant at Phoenix Market City, Pune. True to it’s name, it’s so ‘Incognito’, that unless you knew to look for the tiny green awning over it’s entrance, you would probably walk right past it. I really love their cosy interiors, especially the walls lined with bookshelves and random knick knacks!
The Menu spans across a variety of cuisines, from Continental to South East Asian and even a few Indian dishes make their way into the fold. This really isn’t a surprise, considering founder and Chef Ravish Arora is famous for having a wide range of dishes on the menu at his other restaurant, ‘Polka Dots’, as well.
Olive Bistro is certainly one of my favourite places to dine in Pune, and when my lovely friend Roxanne aka ‘The Tiny Taster‘ invited me to join her for a tasting of their new menu, I simply couldn’t resist! We were treated to a custom-tailored menu featuring some of their popular ‘specials’ as well as a few new treats, all meant to highlight the bold, simple flavours of true Bistro-style food. Chef Noah Barnes – the youngest Chef in India to represent at the Hans Bueschkens Young Chefs Challenge Asia Semi Final in 2011, Hong Kong – was kind enough to take time out from running the kitchen to come and explain each dish at our table.