Grillicious | Baner | Pune

Love for good meat has always prompted me to be on the lookout for places that serves good grills. Finally got a chance to head over to Grillicious. Below mentioned experience is a narrative of a food tasting and a personal visit.

Mocktails…

Lemongrass Mint Mojito: We couldn’t have asked for a more refreshing drink to start with. Perfect combination of lemongrass, mint mixed with soda.

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Green Apple and Lime Glacier: Well, true to its name, this one’s a brilliantly presented drink using crushed ice in the form of glacier. Each scoop had the distinct taste of the mix of green apple and lime.

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Dinshaw’s | Koregaon Park | Pune

A well known brand in the ice cream industry, Dinshaw’s has set up a tidy café, mostly serving American comfort food, in Pune. With Navroze around the corner, it was time for some Parsi feast from the Dinshaw kitchen.

Well, this tasting was indeed a mix – mostly Parsi and some random dishes.

Lemon Iced Tea: What a refreshing start to the hot afternoon. Though I would have preferred a more intense flavor of tea in the drink, this was good enough for the hot weather. Standard ice tea with mint leaves.

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Cheesy Garlic Bread: A good portion of sliced bread topped with garlic and cheese. A really good starter. Would have done really really better with Italian Breads, however , this version served with mayo is good nevertheless.

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Japanese Fest | Baan Tao | Hyatt, Pune

Japanese cuisine is something which excites, intrigues and surprises many of us. The use of raw meats/seafood may not be accepted by many in India, but for those who does, it sure is a culinary treat. Japanese Master Chef Shohei Nakajima travelled to Pune just to run this fest through the Puneites.

N.B: Today’s the last day of the fest and hence a good crowd is expected, plan for a prior reservation 😉

The Nigri Classic consists of salmon, tuna and yellow tail. Impressive

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Brewery Hopping | Hyderabad

Craft Beers have set a trend in India. With Breweries popping up every now and then, the demand for ‘Good’ craft beers are increasing as well. Last week, Hyderabad was my destination. The city currently boasts 4 functioning breweries with at least another 4 in the pipeline. Considering the fact that its been hardly a year since the first brewery opened, Hyderabad has been doing pretty well as far as the crafts are concerned.

The main motives of the hopping are 2 things – Promotion of craft beers, and awareness on ‘Don’t drink and Drive’. Drink responsibly, enjoy the beers and please, don’t drink and drive.

Hyderabad Brewery Hopping #1 – HyLife Brewing Company

First up was HBC. A beautiful setup with brilliant décor. The tasters were served in a push cart replica. It costs Rs.200. The beers on tap are Wheat – James Blonde, Strong Ale – Don’t Go Home, Stout – Snoop Dog, Lager – Drunken Monk, Pilsner – Hoppy Ending and Fruit – Mausam Beer.

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The personal favorite of the day was Lager – The Drunken Monk. The most refreshing of the lot to start off the day with. The beer was more cloudy than I had expected, it had hints of fruity flavors. A 500 mL glass costs you Rs.300.

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Arthur’s Theme | BHS | Pune

Arthur’s theme would be a familiar name to all those who reside in Pune. A restaurant which has been consistent for the past 20 years or more. Started off as a happy little restaurant in the by lanes of Koregaon Park, they have now opened a branch in the latest “happening” part of the city, Balewadi High Street.

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Apart from the regular menu, Arthur’s is running a 4 course meal, which is priced somewhere around 800 per person, the menu for which can be chosen from the regular menu or the newly crafted limited menu. The 4-course-meal, considering the quality of the product, is a good deal for the amount.

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Soups/Salads…

Leopold II: I couldn’t have asked for anything better to start off the day. Requested the staff to make it a little spicy and the perfect soup was in front of me. Flavorful clear soup with carrots, mushrooms, baby corns and onions with considerable amount of black pepper.

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