Farzi Café has finally made its way to Pune, opening on the corner of Fortaleza in Kalyani Nagar. Using a blend of theatricality, modern cooking techniques and presentation to create a multi-sensory experience, Farzi Café means to appeal to a new generation of gourmands.
I’ve never been as excited to visit a Restaurant, as I was before my meal at Gaggan. Ranked the #1 ‘Best Restaurant in Asia’ and Thailand (respectively) for 2015 by ‘World’s 50 Best’ (and being the only Indian Restaurant to crack the top 10), I’d only heard whispers of Chef Gaggan Anand’s culinary prowess until this past October. I really wasn’t sure what to expect – other than some interesting molecular gastronomy techniques. Gaggan’s philosophy is “progressive”, taking traditional Indian cuisine to the next level, using modern food science and techniques.
Last week I headed back to the first City I was lucky enough to call home – Bombay. I know the new and approved name is now ‘Mumbai’, but to me it will always be Bombay. As much as I deny it, this City holds a piece of me in its clutches. A fact I was duly reminded of after I spent a full two weeks there (something I hadn’t done in about 3 years), running around trying to get a taste of how much it has changed.
On one of these crazy/fun escapades, my friend and Bombay local herself – Roxanne Bamboat aka ‘The Tiny Taster’ planned a night out that took us hopping from one place to the next.
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.