Food, Photography

Alta Cucina with MasterChef Christian Huber at Momo Cafe, Hinjawadi

Momo Cafe is to Hinjewadi what the Taj Mahal Palace is to India - a first jewel in the crown. Hinjewadi was sorely lacking an upscale hotel/resto property till The Courtyard came a knockin' and boy have they been on a roll since! The latest feather in their hat is the five day Italian Fest… Continue reading Alta Cucina with MasterChef Christian Huber at Momo Cafe, Hinjawadi

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Food, Photography

Beech Bazaar Mein !

This restaurant, just like it's namesake, is at the heart of Pune's lively hub of Pimple Saudagar. And just as a Bazaar should be, the resto is very sprightly, replete with options, and *wait for it* it's inexpensive. That's the real coup de grâce to the competition, really; with options spanning Tex-mex, pan-asian, Indian, and more… Continue reading Beech Bazaar Mein !

Food, Photography

Rum, sails and grub at The Shipyard, Wanowrie

For a place that greets you with a full size bay boat as you walk through a captain's cabin-style door; not to mention the sails and the ship's wheel smack dab in the centre of the restaurant, The Shipyard really goes all out with the theme. And for a seafood speciality restaurant, they serve some… Continue reading Rum, sails and grub at The Shipyard, Wanowrie

beer, Food, Photography, Sunday Brunch, Uncategorized

Snug down at IGNITE, Courtyard by Marriott’s Winter Brunch

This festive season is all about chilly winter mornings spent beside the fire, feet up, hot cocoa in one hand and comic book in another, as the cat quietly contemplates destroying the Christmas tree in the most brutal manner possible. If that's not your version of Christmas, the next best thing that comes pretty darn… Continue reading Snug down at IGNITE, Courtyard by Marriott’s Winter Brunch

beer, Food, Photography

A rooftop experience par excellence at Marine Drive, Hinjawadi Pune

This restaurant's iconic namesake is probably one of the sexiest 2-mile stretches in the country, and is home to some of the most stunning rooftop views, too; the central character in these landscapes being that gorgeous South Mumbai bay. Pune's version of the Marine Drive gets a 270° view of the massive Rajiv Gandhi Infotech… Continue reading A rooftop experience par excellence at Marine Drive, Hinjawadi Pune

Food, Uncategorized

Not so secret, this SuperStar – Orion Molecular Kitchen and Bar

Orion is the kind of place you take your wife to when you've forgotten your anniversary, but you're too broke for diamonds. Or if you're on that one particularly special date. Or if you're a greedy little shit like me and are simply looking for some serious gourmet debauchery. If you're about Baner road (or… Continue reading Not so secret, this SuperStar – Orion Molecular Kitchen and Bar

Food, Photography

Grilled wishes, now at AB’s BBQ Hinjewadi

All-you-can-eat can never get old. Or boring. Or obsolete. And when it comes with more options and at a competitive price, you know you've got the answer to 'where do I throw my promotion party?' or 'where do I take my South African clients for dinner?' The setup isn't new at all, but comes with… Continue reading Grilled wishes, now at AB’s BBQ Hinjewadi

beer, Brewery, Food, Photography

Out on a craic for a second innings @Irish Village, Mundhwa

The Leprechaun's missing, but the rustic-like Jameson poster is still there to greet you. There's about enough green to bear an Irish brand name but no Irish songs playing on the jukebox. Instead, there's a live show by a local band and aye, it's quare fine! I quite like my Friday evenings to begin that way! We… Continue reading Out on a craic for a second innings @Irish Village, Mundhwa

Food, Pan Asian Cuisine, Photography

21 new surprises as Malaka turns 20!

'Regional' cuisines can be inspired by the ingredients locally available, those traded, traditions, climates and culture(s). Imagine a place that's been exposed to India and China and was colonised by the British, Portugese and the Dutch. What you have is a proper medley of ingredients and cooking styles, and is probably what sets Malaysian food apart.… Continue reading 21 new surprises as Malaka turns 20!

beer, Brewery, Food, Photography

The Cologne-ization of Pune’s beer scene

I don't know about Reinheitsgebot and all that but if I can get a top-fermented German-esque lager this close to home, that tastes refreshingly citrusy, crisp, smells sweet-ish and looks the part, I'm happy in my ignorance. See, the 'original' Kölsch enjoys a PGI/PDO status, so for Pune's Kimaya Brewery to call their recently launched beer a… Continue reading The Cologne-ization of Pune’s beer scene