Got an invite from #TrellPune to cover the recently opened Farzi Café, a brainchild of the “Prince of Modern Cuisine in India” – Zoravar Kalra; and the chugger and chower in me were ecstatic.
Mishti Doi: A perfect Amuse Bouche to start with. Mishti Doi topeed with dollops of strawberry coulis. Served with the magical illusion of smoke using dry ice, the dish was a visual and culinary treat.
Farzi Apple Foamintini: Farzi Signature Apple Martini with foam and smoke. Perfect amount of alcohol with zing of apple martini is a must have.
Chai Pani and Bottle Ka Gin are definitely on top of the list to have from Farzi. Have it, to believe it.
Mini Raj Kachoris: A wonder dish. Miniature Raj Kachoris stuffed with yogurt and green chutney and topped off with spicy foam. The okra served along with it was a delight as well.
Dal Chawal Arancini: Well, the signature dish of Farzi Cafe has been making news ever since. Arancini balls stuffed with Dal Chawal on a bed of achar chutney topped with rolled papad and chutney foam is surely a delight to all Dal Chawal worshipers out there.
Tandoori Wild Mushrooms: Brilliant is the word. Morel and button mushrooms prepared in yummy white sauce with truffle and walnut dust.
Tempura Fried Prawns: Personal favorite of the day and it was simply ah-may-zing. Fresh and juicy jumbo prawns fried in tempura style topped off with nimbu mirchi air. This definitely is making me drool over it again.
Braised Lamb Chops was presented graciously and we all fell for it. However, the taste didn’t impress us much. The lamb was cooked to perfection alright, but the sticky sauce failed to leave a mark.
Chili Duck Samosa: A decent innovative dish altogether. Tender duck meat stuffed into a samosa and served with sweet plum sauce.
Chicken Changezi Quesadilla: Yet another brilliant dish. Spicy chicken preparation stuffed between what looks like a Farzified Ceylon Parotta. Nevertheless, a must have dish from here.
Karela Calamari is a highly talked about dish from Farzi. Sadly, this was not at all suiting my taste.
Chicken Tikka Masala: Or CTM as Farzi fondly calls it. Tikka Masala and Naans were literally served in a mini phone booth. A more than decent preparation of CTM, which went very well along with the naan is a good mains to go with.
Mutton Irachi Pepper Fry: Welcome to Kerala. Tender mutton in spicy pepper fry preparation served along with malabar paratha is simply mind blowing.
Bheja Fry: Fresh appams with filling of bheja fry topped with Cumin powder and coriander is an interesting main, a tasty one too.
Ras Malai Tres Leches: Something which would be happily received by all Ras Malai Lovers. Ras Malai with a layer of carrot cream and topped with rose petals is a must have.
Parle G Cheesecake: Cheese Cake sandwiched between two parley G biscuits topped with gems and dipped in milk custard with cookie dough essence.
Baileys Lollipop: Melt in mouth lollipops of baileys = mind blown.
Farzi is definitely more hits than misses and I can definitely say that its absolutely worth it. Pune can be glad that we are #Farzified now.
Keep Chugging, Keep Chowing