Mocha magic at Koregaon Park

After it’s comeback some three years ago , Mocha has emerged to be one of the most popular hangouts in koregoan park with an ensemble of dishes from various cuisines and a lovely cozy ambience . Situated at the ground floor of a small complex in lane no .7 , Mocha has been delighting the customers with superb food options and probably one of the best dessert menu in the city .

Mocha Salad Bowl : For the calorie conscious salad loving people who are tired of Caesar’s Salad , Mocha Salad Bowl is a good option . It comes with lettuce , orange , mushrooms , carrot , wheat flakes corn with low calorie dressing.

The menu seems to have evolved over time and has undergone some changes in the last few years , but the latest one is perfect to suit the young crowd . The menu includes appetizers , soups , sides , sharing platters , all day breakfast items, burgers , momos , pizzas , Panini , sizzlers , pastas , desserts , smoothies , coolers , shakes and an interesting section called back2canteen invoking memories of our favorite food during college days .  While one or two visits are definitely not enough to relish the varied spread of dishes across Indian, Chinese and European cuisines served here, some of the dishes which we found interesting are as follows

Tempura Vegetables : For those who are vegetarians this is an interesting start with fried vegetables tossed in schezwan sauce . For non vegeterians  mocha fried chicken marinated with peri peri or malabari chicken lollipop which is tempered with curry leaves and kerala masala as well as bhatti ka murg , butter garlic prawns , Lebanese kebab are good options.

Pink Lemonade is a perfect cooler to accompany your food with a cranberry twist.

For the mains this place offers numerous options . Some of the interesting ones worth trying are Paneer Tikka Masala Roll , Burmese Khowsuey , Triple Schezwan Rice , sizzlers or one can opt for different options in the back2canteen section. Kheema pao is worth a try.

Desserts: Mocha offers one of the best desserts and so you need to keep some space in your stomach. Whether it is chocolate fondue or avalanche , kit kat or oreo cookie and fudge brownie shake , mocha dishes out some amazing desserts, shakes and coolers. But the star at the end of the meal has to be molten chocolate ball which is decadent chocolate sphere being poured over by hot chocolate and cracks to open up a hidden vanilla scoop. The process of seeing this happen is enjoyable makes the dish more tempting .

The ambience is cozy and pleasant with refreshing hues. One needs to climb down couple of steps to get to the door. The seating has two sections inside with comfortable chairs and sofas and outside with simple chairs and bamboo swings. This place is worth a number of visits and still it will have something new to offer you . Hope post lock down Mocha magic continues!

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An invitation to enjoy good food!

Nimantran Restaurant and Bar has been around from the mid 90s and has been one of the best family restaurants in Bibwewadi ,Pune . Top quality food , spacious sitting makes it a perfect place for a family get-togethers. 

The menu is a Indo- Chinese fare with nothing unique or with a twist. It is a normal menu like any other commercial restaurant. But once the dishes start coming to your table you realize it is nothing short of something special.  The service is very quick  . 

The menu starts with the usual starters and soups both Indian and Chinese , our recommendation would be Manchurian Dry , Cheese Masala Roomali and Veg platter for vegetarians  and Chicken tandoor or tikka , butter garlic prawns , pomfret tandoor for Non vegeterians . The veg manchurian outclasses most of the veg starters and is not very spicy while most of the tandoor starters in non veg are very good . The main course is a usual fare with harilyali , koftas , bhunas , manchurian, kadai , kolhapuri all being good . Aloo Mutter , Chicken Malvani , Butter Chicken stand out along with the dum biryanis . 

The outside and the terrace seating is pleasant , there is a small kids play area too . Although the menu is usual, common good quality, taste, lightning service has ensured this place is the favourite in the area. The pricing is by no means is cheap , but the fact that this place is always flooded with large groups speaks volumes of it’s popularity.  As the name suggests this restaurant is an invitation to enjoy good food ! 

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Top 10 dishes to look forward to post lockdown

The current times have become tough for everybody , especially the foodies who are just waiting for things to restart again .  A huge majority of restaurants and food outlets are providing deliveries , but nothing like going to there and enjoying the ambience and food . It is just a matter of few days before eventually everything gets going again .  So don’t lose heart ! Here’s a wish list of a few popular dishes to look forward to and visit! 

1.        Filter coffee: While everyone is busy making Dalgona coffee, a good majority of Punekars miss starting their day with a steaming cup of hot frothy filter coffee especially the one at Pune’s favourite restaurants Vaishali and Rupali. These places have become a popular hangout for people to start their day refreshingly before office hours. People from Deccan and Shivaji Nagar area are sure to frequent these places in groups again when the lockdown period is over.

2.        Bread omelette, and bun maska: It is said that  ‘a hearty breakfast leads to a good day’. Who better to prove this true than Punekars. The city’s two most famous and oldest breakfast places: Vohuman cafe and Good luck café are sure to get a huge  response on reopening. People usually line up to have the famous bun maska and chaai, and bread omelette to begin their day with a culinary bang.

3.        VadaPaav: Be it summer or winter, vadapaav is the easiest and the most popular choice of satiating that need for spice. The city has several famous VadaPaav outlets dating back more than two decades like Garden , Joshi Vadewaale , Rohit Vadevale and many more . No matter how diverse the street food game goes, one thing is guaranteed – there’s the compromise with the popularity of vadapaav.

4.        Misal: A plate of lip-smacking delicious misal has been the most favoured Sunday breakfast/ brunch option for Punekars. Be it from a small tapri or big brands like Bedekar , Katakirr’s, Thorat and others . New variations like cheese misal, barbeque misal have seen immense popularity over the last few months and it will continue to grow. 

5.        Pavbhaji:  Nothing beats a good plate of pavbhaji on hectic work nights. It is finger licking good when it is served with a generous dollop of butter and crispy golden paav. It’s only normal to miss your favourite pavbhaji joints during this lockdown period. But don’t worry !  Supreme Corner at JM road, Kirti on F.C Road , Relax at Sarang , Rajee’s , Anand Juice Bar and many more are all amazing places to have a sumptuous pavbhaji meal.

6.        SPDP: During these uneventful evenings at home, the mind often wanders to the  spicy, sweet and tangy taste of the famous ShevPuriDahiPuri from Vaishali and Ganesh Bhel. Puri stuffed with potatoes, chopped onions, curd, sev, chutneys and spices, is a mouthwatering dish, even in thoughts. They say, Pune mein SPDP nahikhayatohkyakhaya? So this dish is a must-try to spice up your palate after a long period of eating at home.

7.        Momos: Street food culture in Pune has evolved much in the last few years and has been enriched with many foods from all across the country . Momos has gained unparallel popularity in recent times .  After the lockdown, once the streets are filled with the lively bustle of evening shoppers, street vendors selling momos will be a hotspot for people to satisfy their momo craving. Let’s not forget the insane demand for extra sauce! In addition to steamed momos (chicken and veg), tandoori momos and Malaysian momos have also become a favourite.

8.        Amba barfi: The mango season is here and once the lockdown gets over, all of Pune’s favourite and trusted sweet shops like Chitale Bandu , Ghodke sweets , Kaka Halwai  are going to be filled to the brim with variations of mango sweets, like ambapedha, amba barfi, ambakalakand. Amongst these amba barfi is the most loved sweet for the season. The taste of amba barfi is like summer in a box, which you can enjoy as soon as the lockdown is over.

9.        Kulfi and ice cream: Kulfi, ice cream and summer go hand in hand, and Pune has no dearth of famous and delectable cold dessert places. So to beat the heat with a cold bite after the lockdown, JM road’s Mohan Ice cream parlour is the perfect place. They offer the best MalaiKulfi, GulkandKulfi, Stick Kulfi, PistaKulfi, Anjeer Ice Cream and Chocolate Ice cream. 

10.     Mastani:  Over thelast few years, there has been a boost in mastani outlets in the city. But in these ever changing time, Sujata Mastani has stood the test of time with people happily reminiscing the taste years later, especially their ‘Mango Mastani’.  With an all-natural milk base into which goes cream, natural fruit pulps, fruits or fruit extracts and ice cream, each scoop then guarantees a hint of nostalgia. Kavre Cold Drinks also remains one of the all time favourites .

So until the lockdown period ends, keep drooling over your phone and list out all your cravings. Then you can head to all of these super awesome cafes and enjoy the lovely food they serve as soon as you’re set free. Until then stay safe to stay healthy!

La Sicilia Bistro & Patisserie

La Sicilia Bistro & Patisserie , a casual dining restaurant situated at  Kothrud , Pune brings to you an array  of delicious delicacies from different cuisines. To add to that the classy ambience and decor enhance your dining experience and helps you enjoy your meal to the fullest. One has a choice of indoor as well as outdoor seating. 

The menu consist of Italian, Continental, Mexican cuisine with variety of desserts. They serve appetizers, salad, sandwich, burger, pasta and pizza. 

We ordered: 

Grilled Cottage Cheese Steak: Cottage Cheese marinated in cilantro sauce, served with spaghetti zucchini and topped with almond flakes. Head to this place for this amazing dish,

Pizza Sicilia: Topped with artichoke, olive, cottage cheese, jalapeño and basil. It was really tasty with perfect crisp base and cheese topping.

Ceaser Chicken Salad: Ice berg, mix lettuce, croutons and garlic mayonnaise. This mixture tastes delicious with the chicken.

5 Spice Grilled Chicken: Marinated grilled chicken tossed in BBQ sauce, served with mash potato and lemon butter sauce. People who love spicy chicken, should definitely try this dish. 

In desserts we had Tiramisu and Caramel Chocolate Tart which were equally good in taste and dressing. One should also try their Panacotta of the day and Banoffee Pie. 

Overall, if you are looking for Italian and Mexican food in and around Kothrud area, this is the perfect place.

La Sicilia Bistro & Patisserie Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Lately there has been a sudden boost in restaurant with novel concepts and experimental menus, and The Basil Deck is a great place for all vegetarian foodies!

After it’s success in Bibwewadi , The Basil Deck has opened its second restaurant at Prabhat Road. The restaurant has a vibrant, brightly lit interior with cosy seating, ideal for family dining. The menu is a wonderful amalgamation of Indian, Chinese and Italian vegetarian cuisines, and boasts of a lot of other experimental dishes like Muradabadi Dal Shorba, Tandoori Salad, Babycorn Tempura, Caribbean Kebab, Fire Sizzler, Blama Veg and Paneer Baloucha. The place is sure a paradise for vegetarian lovers!

To start off, their selection of soups was delicious! The chef-recommended Cream of Broccoli and Cream of Mushroom soups were a perfect rich and creamy start to a delicious meal. The Veg Tandoori Platter was a standard platter, with perfectly marinated paneer and broccoli, potatoes and mushrooms grilled to the perfection in a tandoor. The Cheese Bulletto was a revelation. It came with stuffed jalapenos and vegetables in a cheesy lemon sauce, and had the perfect amount of zest to it that had us craving for more. This was instantly satisfied by the Sangrilla Sizzler. The dish had veggies tossed in a spicy sauce, served on a bed of fried rice, with a side of fries. Their Pasta Classiques, arrived with a delectable pink sauce in a generous portion.

As it is said, it takes a good dessert to complete a hearty meal. Similarly, The Basil Deck aced at desserts. Their Lychee ki Tehri had lychee cooked in condensed milk and served in a traditional kulhad was an instant hit! The Chocolate Fantasy, as the name suggests was something anyone with a sweet-tooth would love. It had a dense sponge chocolate layer with rich chocolate mousse, and was plated to the perfection. Lastly, their Chocolate Fondue was the perfect way to end the meal.

The Basil Deck stands out in offering diverse cuisines to all vegetarian foodies, and is surely a place meant to be frequented again and again!

The chic interiors of the eatery
Cream of Mushroom Soup
Cheese Bulletto
Sangrilla Sizzler
Chocolate Fantasy
Lychee Ki Tehri
Chocolate Fondue
The Basil Deck Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

‘Eat Healthy and Stay Healthy’ is the motto of Pune’s newest travel themed eatery, and surely, they live up to it. “Itss Yummyy”started off as a traveler’s cafe about 10 years ago in Katraj and has now newly opened its second branch at Nal Stop, Erandwane. With its aesthetic and good food, the place has become increasingly popular among avid travelers, bikers and foodies who share their experiences of travel and food from around the world.

The theme of the cafe, travelling, is reflected in everything in it, be it the interior, the food or the people who visit it. Every corner of the cafe has been decorated with memoirs and souvenirs from distant places, desi quotes, artsy wall-hangings and huge dream-catchers. A few of these tall walls have been painted from top to bottom by artists from around the country. The seating arrangements boasts of tables made from cycle rims, chairs made of brightly painted tires and couches made of drums. The most surprising thing of all is that the cafe doesn’t have a roof! Since everyone now prefers to experiment with their food, Itss Yummyy is the perfect place to try something new.

The cafe’s menu consists of a wide range of mouthwatering vegetarian and non vegetarian options, from Paneer Burger to Tandoori Chicken. Itss Yummyy’s Minto Mini Lollypop are bite sized pieces that are succulent with just the right blend of mint on the inside and spices. Their Barbeque Chicken is perfectly marinated and crispy and without an overuse of spice. The Chicken Jamaican pasta there is pretty standard and makes for a perfect cheesy addition to your meal. Their Chicken Crunchy Roll with its generous amount of tender and juicy chicken filling with just the right amount of mint makes for a great ‘quick-bite’. The highlight of the meal, however is the Baba Butter Chicken and Rice combo, which is a mild-flavored yet rich butter chicken served in a generous helping. It perfectly captures within the bowl all the flavors of the north and is a great example of the best comfort food.

The cafe also holds open mics, live sessions, art workshops and special full-moon events to celebrate the traveling spirit within us. It is the perfect place to share your memories of travel, relax and be transported to places, all while you grab a bite at Itss Yummyy.

Not only that, but the cafe stays open till 3 a.m.!

Itss Yummyy Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

The culinary museum in WGSHA has been listed in Limca Book of Records as India’s First Living Culinary Arts Museum. Chef Thirugnanasambantham, Principal of WGSHA, MAHE and ITC Leadership for extending all support towards instituting this museum in Manipal and WGSHA, appreciated and thanked all those who have directly or indirectly helped towards setting up this museum in Manipal. Chef Thiru said ‘the process for WGSHA’s culinary museum to make an entry into the popular Limca Book of Records started almost six months back and after validation by LBR recently, has been listed in the book of records.

On the background of having the museum, Chef Vikas Khanna, the founder and curator of this Museum, donated thousands of kitchen tools and equipment worth millions of dollars to this museum for preserving history of India’s rich tradition of culinary arts and to educate the future generations.

Chef Thiru said, ‘This Museum’,  has placed WGSHA in global culinary map and we are proud to have joined all such efforts to preserve the history of cuisines and cultures across the world. The culinary arts academic block housing the museum was opened in April, 2018, spread approximately over 25,000 sq. ft., and is shaped in the form of a giant pot very similar to the ones found in Harappa. There are historical as well as regular household items such as plates made by the Portuguese in India, a 100-year-old ladle used to dole out food at temples and bowls dating to the Harappan era, an old seed sprinkler, an ancient Kashmiri tea brewer known as ‘samovar’, vessels from the Konkan, Udupi and Chettinad regions, apart from a large collection of rolling pins, utensils of all shapes and sizes, tea strainers of different types etc.

Located bang opposite the well known Hotel Sea Princess on Juhu-Tara Road , Kale and Kaffee dishes out a range of diet friendly dishes for the health conscious including some amazing keto food, salads and gluten free desserts . The Menu consists of breakfast items for the morning , Keto Menu , Super Bowls, Sandwiches , Wraps , Salad , Smoothies , gluten free desserts , juices and coffee.

We tried the healthy Shawarma Wrap available with Chicken or Paneer with lettuce, red onions, pickled beetroot , hummus and spinach tortilla. The Avo Toastie with mashed avocado , feta and sourdough is a great option for vegetarians. But some of keto items are a must try , especially Thai Curry and Cauliflower Rice with or without Chicken. Cauliflower Rice is in the form Quinoa with a slight overdose of peri peri, the dish is worth trying again.  End your meal with gluten free Keto Cakes , mousse or brownies.

The ambience is pleasant with an open kitchen and fresh green hue , cane chairs and a glass windows . Overall a nice place to hangout for the health conscious. 

Kale & Kaffé Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Cultures and traditions bring Indians close, strengthen their bond and hence are an integral part of their lives. Starbucks has always focused on innovations that celebrates diverse cultures and taste preferences. This spring season, Starbucks celebrates Holi with their latest limited-edition beverage, Frappuccino of Colors. As vivid as the festival of Holi, the Frappuccino of Colors comes in striking layers of pink, topped with the fluffiest whipped cream and finished with rainbow sprinkles.One look at the drink will take you back to your childhood memories of playing Holi. The Frappuccino of Colors comes with the goodness of cocoa-vanilla which is accompanied with another secret ingredient called happiness. Apart from being eye-catchy and delightful, this flamboyant drink is also highly Instagram worthy. So, grab your phones and rush to the nearest Starbucks store along with your dear ones to enjoy this delicious symphony of flavours. Available across stores in India from 28th February to 10th March, 2020 Price: INR 360 onwards.

Raviraj Forever

Hotel Raviraj located on Bhandarkar road and now identified as a budget hotel, was literally one of the leading star hotels throughout the 90’s. People use to identify this place with various business and banquet functions. In last three decades Pune has seen a surge of number of business and budget hotels and therefore people with their natural instinct have moved on trying various new hotels that seem to open every now and then. Though the conferences and banquet functions do keep happening at hotel Raviraj, what has remained constant is the food and its taste. This is probably because, it appears the hotel has managed to retain most of the staff especially those in the kitchen. 

The reason to go to this hotel primarily remains food. One might feel the service is little laid back, and the décor not very funky but what is important is that you can take your entire family to enjoy the consistency of taste here. Surya Mahal Restaurant has been welcoming and treating guest with multi cuisine food for over three decades now. The multi cuisine restaurant includes Continental, Chinese and Indian cuisines.  Our recommendations would include there famous Manchow and Minestrone soups to start with followed by Veg spring rolls, Veg Manchurian for vegetarians. But the highlight is Chicken Sukha which comes with bones as a boneless starter accompanied by just about adequate masala/dry gravy. The Chicken Tikka here is probably one of the best tikkas you will get in Pune. For mains our suggestions would include Green peas Masala, Veg bhuna, Veg Manchurian, Malai Kofta (Non-spicy) in veg. Again the best dishes in mains one can find are non vegetarian. People specially come to this restaurant to try chicken adraki which is spicy Mutton Kheema and their famous Butter Chicken.  Egg curry and various types of Indian fish preparations are also worth trying. Kheema Naan and Garlic Kulcha can make perfect breads while Chicken Biryani has been one of the most popular dishes served here. Some of the baked continental dishes, Chinese food and Sizzlers are also worth trying. Though not very huge centric the ambience is decent and perfect for a family get together. The location can’t be better with an influx of modern and international cuisine restaurants the people of Pune may have high expectations. But Hotel Raviraj has remained the same with highlight being its food. The fact that we find repeat customers at this restaurants reflects the legacy and popularity of the restaurant.

Chicken Tikka
Tandoori Chicken
Suryama - Hotel Raviraj Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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