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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A café/bar with the theme of ‘Mines’ is very well a first in Pune. They have taken every detail into account. The seating, décor, posters and the food supports the case. Several kinds of cuisine are available, including North-Eastern and South-Eastern cuisines owing to a majority of the mines in these areas.
A food tasting was organized at Mineority By Saby and here is how it went…
Hyderabad Nyzams Mutton Sheekh: My search for a brilliant sheekh kebab ends here. Charcoal grilled juicy sheekh kebabs served with traditional flat bread. The flavor and the texture of the sheekh was top notch.
Coal Field Margarita: Who doesn’t fancy a good margarita ? Thin crust stone baked pizzas with imported tomato sauce, mozzarella and basil. Pretty nice.
The tradition of organizing food fests round the year has always been strictly followed by Courtyard Marriott. This time , Middle Eastern Cuisine. Thanks to the expertise from Chef. K.K.Gopalkrishnan who has spend many years in the middle east. He brings all his knowledge into the food fest and its pretty evident indeed.
What a perfect time of the year to be munching on some yummy kebabs. That too to experience the brilliant food in an amazing roof top is the best you can ask for on a chilly night. The Great Kebab & Biriyani Festival is a 10-day long festival which gets over on the 31st of this month. The fest is happening at Level 12, one of the finest roof top ambiance the city has seen. Poolside seating, almost 360 degree view of the city and breeze.
Lucknowi Tangdi Kebab: Personally, I dont prefer leg piece. But this very preparation is simply mind blowing that I had almost my 3rd helping. Medium spicy lucknowi marination and a well cooked chicken grilled to perfection.
The 10th edition of Sunburn was one of the much awaited event of the year. The excitement level was indeed high for the fest which is a decade old. Top artists from all over the world were in the line up and a musical extravaganza was on the cards.
The first bad news came almost a week before the event. Local residents of the Kesnand village were against the fest. The DJ fraternity of too joined the protest for a totally convincing reason.
Indigo Delicatessen, a name that India is familiar with for over a decade now. Indigo Deli has always delighted their patrons with their selection of meat and bakes. This time, it was Punekar’s turn to witness and taste what Indigo has to offer.
A tasting session at Indigo Deli went like this:-
Corn and Potato chowder: Slow roasted potatoes and crushed corns along with strips of tender chicken was served on a plate and the hot soup poured over them. The chowder was perfect and the distinct taste of all the ingredients could very well be felt.
R-Adda is the latest addition to the in-house restaurants of the world famous Ramee Grand. It’s a Bike(rs) themed pub and is mostly evident from their décor and the overall ambiance which includes posters, wordings, and even a community table which is attached to a bike.
The launch party was much talked about in the city with celebrities from cine field and soap operas gracing the function.
A food tasting event went like this…
Classé is one of the latest entrant into the Pune food scenes. Classé is that kind of a place which I definitely wouldn’t have tried if it wasn’t for a Carpe Diem invite (me being a pure non vegetarian and Classé being a pure veg fine dine).
Pre plated set course meals are their USP and they are doing a pretty good work at that. The ambiance is nothing short of a fine dine feel.
7/10/15/21 course meals are priced at Rs. 599 / Rs. 899 / Rs. 1299 / Rs. 1999 excluding taxes.
Course I – Mocktail…
Blood Orange Mojito: Very refreshing indeed. Sparkling orange juice, mint leaves and lemon wedges with mojito syrup. Perfectly balanced.
Crispy pita strips with hummus and salsa were also presented as a pre-starter (maybe?)
Teddy Boy, Baner has been in news for all the good reasons ever since it started. A brilliant launch party followed by celebrity visits, packed weekends and weekdays. Teddy Boy has now become the go-to place for the party goers who fancy a good roof top ambiance. The view from the roof top is mind blowing.
From the kitchen and the bars, here are a few must haves…
- Apple Cinnamon Mojito: White rum, mint and lime with hint of apple juice, apple wedges and topped with a cinnamon stick. The flavors of each and every ingredient in the drink could be identified.