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.
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.
Unlike most fine-dining eateries that rarely exist outside of 5-star hotels in Pune, Savya Rasa is a classy stand-alone restaurant, serving up gorgeous South Indian fare. Loosely translated, the word ‘Savya’ means South, and ‘Rasa’ means cuisine.
If you live in Pune, and haven’t attended one of Karen Anand’s Farmers’ Markets, you’ve surely been living under a rock. They’ve come a long way from their first-ever Market in 2012, and have provided Pune’s budding chefs & home cooks a super platform from which to promote their food.
Yes, you read that right the first time. Brazilian cuisine has found its way to Pune – a sentence I never thought I’d hear myself say.
This August, Olive Bistro finally brought the Guppy by ai pop-up to Poona. Lead by their award-winning Chef Vikram Khatri, Guppy promised fun, contemporary ‘Japaneasy’ food and delicious Tokyo-style Cocktails. I was invited for the preview and was really looking forward to it, having sampled their fare once before at a Farmers’ Market.
There’s a lot that can be said about Indian food – we have more types of cuisines than I care to count, and more than enough restaurants and street food stalls touting the same. I love our cuisine, for all its bold flavours, subtle aromatics and delicate spices. On trips abroad, I often find myself craving it after a couple of days of the regional food – there’s just something about Indian cuisine that no other culture can capture in its flavours.
Among the most popular dishes in our country (and my personal favourite), biryani is way ahead of the rest. The origin of biryani is a highly debatable topic, but we all can agree that it has strong roots in both Mughlai and Hyderabadi (Nawabi or Deccani) cuisine. A simple dinner at the newly opened Food Story on Boat Club Road in Poona, however – changed the way I will look at every biryani dish I eat from here on out.
The EVVIVA Sky Lounge, on the rooftop of the Courtyard by Marriott – Pune City Center has the kind of casual-smart vibe that appeals to the twenty-to-thirty something working professionals as well as a slightly older audience. I’d been there before (two years or so prior), for a couple of after-work-parties, but never had a chance to sample anything from the menu. They’ve made a few renovations and changes since then, so I didn’t know what to expect when I was invited over, but I was looking forward to relaxing over drinks and dinner with a friend.
Every single time I hear the name ‘Fantasie Fine Chocolates’ or even just ‘Fantasie’, Bohemian Rhapsody immediately starts playing in my head. Fantasie chocolates have had a soft spot in my heart ever since I was a child – my grandfather would always buy us the chocolate-covered biscuits every time we went to Poona on holiday, so I always associated family and vacation time with them. I still buy them every time I walk into a Fantasie store and they still taste like my childhood. An institution of confections, the brand has been around for 69 years, now led by the effervescent Zeba Kohli. If you haven’t tried Fantasie’s chocolates yet, I suggest you get on board ASAP – you’ll thank me later.
A little sunburnt, with blistered feet and a satanic flu, but nonetheless happy – I returned from a new camp-out music festival in the Sahyadri hills, called The Lost Party, held this past weekend. Invited to stay by LetsCampOut, I was rather intrigued – having only been camping at a music festival once before (actually, it was rather like glamping), this experience sounded a little outside of my comfort zone – so of course I said yes!