Royal Indian Experience at Shakahari Marriott Pune
I was so excited to visit Shakahari Marriott Pune – a restaurant in JW, that serves specialty Indian Cuisine. They cater to food from different states of India, and have dedicated specials for each of these as well.
When I visited Shakahari, they had a North Indian and Rajasthani menu. I quite enjoy both the cuisines so I had a great time. You should check out this video, that shows you everything from my visit here.
If you saw the video, you know the ‘Royal Indian Experience’ at Shakahari isn’t an understatement.
JW Marriott Pune is a very well done property. It’s boasts of a different vibe to each of it’s restaurant. And the fact that the property does have a lot of space is an added advantage. I took the steps to head up to the restaurant and I could see their staff, dressed up in Indian attire, ready to welcome us.
The minute you walk into Shakahari, that same sense of space kind of comes back to you. Sometimes you walk in to a restaurant and all you see around is hustle and bustle. Dishes all around, meals being served, large families – this is a typical scene that I have encountered many-a-time. However, the way this place is designed, conceals that very well. Larger dining area, a wider kitchen, which is still partially visible to guests give this place a more elegant feel.
In the thali I had, there was a mix of Rajasthani and North Indian dishes. Starters included Dahi Wada, Rajma Salad, Palak Patta Chaat, Besan Chilla to name a few. I absolutely loved the Dahi Wada. Main course included Puris, Gatta Kadhi, Dal Baati Churma and many more items.
And the dessert was a whole mishthan bhandar – a sweet shop! There was so much variety in the kind of barfis available to motichur laddoo, to Kulfi and lots more.
And we finished the meal with some Paan.
I would definitely recommend you to try out Shakahari and experience this Royal Indian Meal.
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A bread bowl with a paneer tikka filling.
Chole Paneer Adraki
This would make for excellent chakna.
Blue Cheese Naan
My first ever!
Makke di roti with Sarson da saag
Who doesn’t love some good Punjabi food!
Not the biggest fan of kheer or sevai, but for those who love it, this would be divine.
Litchi and kacchi kairi drink.
Watermelon juice and some lime and mint.
Pina colada Lassi
Such cute servings.
I absolutely recommend this place. Their food quality is really good. And so is the service. And as far as I know, they even do home delivery. Since I’m a vegetarian, you could easily rely on all the options I’ve provided here.
I quite enjoyed my meal here and would definitely be back to get some more.
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If you’ve been following me for a while, you would probably already know that my heart skips a beat everytime I think about Lassi Te Parrontthe. It’s one of my most favorite places to eat..like EVER!
Lassi Te Parrontthe, for those of you who are new, is a a place at Carter Road in Mumbai. You get different varieties of Parathas here – ranging from aloo, to gobi, to methi to paneer and probably few more. The parathas are delicious, to say the least. And what I personally admire is the dedication with which the owner Nikhil Thakur a.k.a. Parronttha Man from Carters makes these. Watch this video from my visit to Lassi Te Parrontthe and you will know what I’m talking about.
I hope after watching the video you understand the level of parathas I’m talking about.
The stuffing in these parathas is literally spot on. I’ll tell you about my favorite one here – the aloo and it has a delicious flavor from masalas like dhaniya powder. And the parathas are also cooked to perfection. A lot of times while eating parathas outside I find that there is a spot either towards the extreme sides or where the stuffing is really heavy that feels kinda uncooked. But not with the ones I’ve had at Lassi Te Parrontthe.
The parathas are served with Dahi that comes in a kulhad which seems pretty fresh and not at all sour. And some pickle too. You also get some chhaas and lassi here.
When you visit Lassi Te Parrontthe, you will pretty much see the main Parronttha Man getting the parathas ready. And just watching him make them can be so cool.
Highly recommend this place.
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Bombay Biryani is located in Hill Road, Bandra. If you know Jimme’s Kitchen then it’s right next to it. It’s a pretty new restaurant serving kebabs, biryani and various other items. Being a vegetarian I was slightly apprehensive to visit this place but it was a pretty good experience.
So here is my guide – a vegetarians’ guide on what you should be eating at Bombay Biryani!
Hara Bhara Kebabs
These are fried to perfection – the right kind of crispy and crunchy; not even slightly overdone in any way. I did feel that they went chewy after a while, but that could be because of the longish photo session we had with them! These are served with a coriander chutney on the side which is super tasty. And it also comes with some salad. These Hara Bhara Kebabs topped with some cheese is just what you need to start off an awesome meal at Bombay Biryani!
Cheese Schezwan Naan
This dish here is absolutely recommended. Naan filled with cheese and schezwan sauce. It doesn’t get more Indo-Chinese than this! It does taste pretty delicious. The warm naan, melting cheese and spicy schezwan. Combination alert!!
Almost feels like paneer tikka and fragrant rice. The Biryani doesn’t feel dry at all. In fact the masala is spread out fairly well. The paneer chunks are soft. Overall quite nice!
Subz Dum Biryani
Loads of vegetables – carrots, french beans and more in a spicy masala. It does have a super strong garlic after taste but honestly, I quite enjoyed it.
Both the biryanis were serves with raita that had some jeera powder and some garlic. First time for me trying out raita with garlic – but pretty good.
This tangy orange drink had a taste of pure santra meets jaljeera. If you enjoye these kind of flavors ask for this one.
Salted Caramel Phirni
I’m honestly not the biggest fan of Phirni but this one seemed pretty nice and creamy. And the Salted Caramel was definitely that nice alternate flavor that enhance a sweet dish. Do try this.
Overall their food is slightly spicy, at least for me. So you can either enjoy it as is, or ask for slightly lower spiced dishes. All in all, I quite enjoyed my food from Bombay Biryani.
Bombay Biryani can be a good home delivery option. Hit them up to check if they deliver in your area.
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I’m not really the kind of person that loves eating Indian food while eating out. So when I was headed to Veranda Bandra, I didn’t really know what was about to come! So here I am sharing my experience with you.
My visit to Veranda Bandra is captured in this video. I hope you enjoy it!
Here’s a description of everything you saw me eat at Veranda Bandra.
Leonardo Dra-vidli with Aam Panna
Alternating flavors to help cleanse your palate. That gunpowder is the good stuff!
It’s pumpkin soup and it didn’t make me throw up. So yeah!
Nothing like minty fresh watermelon with some liquor.
It’s a total burst of flavors in your mouth. The salad is oh so fresh. And the beetroot with hung curd is probably the best that beetroot has ever tasted for me.
Raja Dahi Varma
This is a dahi bhalla – but deconstructed! Great taste.
Palak Bhindi Chaat
Spinach, fried bhindi, chutneys and hung curd – it’s got everything going on.
Cottage Cheese Trilogy
3 Different flavors of paneer – mild, spicy and healthy i.e. with spinach!
A beetroot kebab with tomato chutney on top, a mushroom one and the best one – a spinach kebab with sweet mango pickle. That pickle is parcel worthy!
Perfect baingan bharta, tomato and onion kulcha and dal makhni that’s not too heavy.
Only thing better than saunf is saunf rolled in chocolate! That’s what I felt about this.
White Chocolate Souffle
Melting goodness. Never knew white chocolate souffle could feel so good.
That’s all from my visit to Veranda Bandra. I hope you enjoyed reading and watching. Please stay tuned for more. And in the mean time don’t forget to stay in touch with me on my social media. All links are below.
When I first heard about Goila Butter Chicken, I was like would they have anything at all for me? I’m a vegetarian and honestly a bit apprehensive of trying out places that have a meal option in their name itself! But, I conquered all my fears and tried out Goila Butter Chicken.
If you are in and around Andheri West, then Goila Butter Chicken is a great delivery option for you. It not only serves great non vegetarian stuff, but their vegetarian dished too are pretty awesome. I’ve listed below my favorites from Goila Butter Chicken. Do try them out.
Goila Butter Masala
This is the Goila Butter Chicken version of Paneer Butter Masala. The gravy is brilliant – not too creamy, not too thin. And it has a hint of that charcoal, smoky flavor going on, which to be honest I quite love. Paneer chunks are soft and generously spread.
If like me you are bored of regular roti or naans, go for this wheat roomali. It goes excellently well with the Goila Butter Masala.
Aloo and Bhindi Kadhi
If it’s a welll cooked, subtle flavored kadhi, I will love it. And this one is no exception. Amazing homestyle besan and dahi kadhi with potato pieces and bhindi in it. Being a Sindhi, I quite love these kind of veggies in my kadhi. This is extremely homestyle – so if you want something mild, yet soothing have this with some jeera rice from Goila Butter Chicken.
Beetroot Tikki Chaat
Beetroot tikkis and ragda with dahi and chutneys – both coriander and imli. And topped with some potato salli. Can’t go wrong with this. Order this for a fun addition to your meal. It is indeed delicious.
And lastly you can finish off with some Mango Rasgullas, like I did!
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I was recently sent a DIY meal box and I was like okay – that’s a bit of mehnat! But this box is worth every ounce of effort. Homestyle – check! Tasty – check! What more could I want!
I tried the vilayati kadhai subz box – all kinds of exotic veggies in a yummy kadhai gravy. Cherry tomatoes, all shades of peppers, broccoli, zucchini, carrots, corn. The gravy was tomato based and so tasty…the kadhai masala was the real bomb. The minute I added it I wanted to just eat!
They serve this with parathas which you need to just heat for a couple of minutes, with or without ghee and your all set! Excellent parathas too.
And one box was enough for 2 of us – for a full meal.
I was also sent their chocolate chip cookies. These are also like a ready to bake DIY. These were yummy too – right amount of butter, amazing taste of the cookie, slightly too crisp but that wasn’t a showstopper at all. And good amount of chocolate chips!
I recommend their meal kits. They are tasty and pretty healthy too. Yes they are a bit of extra effort, but their taste more than makes up for it. And they give you the perfect instructions to get going with this meal kit. So actually it’s super simple.
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The word Farzi is so aptly used to name this cafe – a complete illusion for one’s senses where various textures, flavors and aromas mingle together and create something extraordinary! This is a place where you will get exceptional food that is twisted and made unique in its own way. I was invited to sample the food here and boy, it was a feast – both, visually and for my taste buds!
Farzified Vada pav
Experimenting with starters and drinks is the way to go here.
The first thing I was offered was Amuse Bouche – a palate cleanser. It’s believed that food when started on an undiluted palette tastes the best! This was mishti dahi essentially, with such a great flavor. It comes in these little katoris and your supposed to have it in one go.
I started with a version of Raj Kachori. This had dahi obviously, some imli chutney, green chutney and kurkuri bhindi with pomegranate on the side. One bite of this and I was like – Waaaaooowww! The imli chutney had a frothy texture and appearance, the Raj kachori was nice and crispy and then there was dahi flavored with spices which tasted exceptional. The kurkuri bhindi made for a good crunchy side with this dish.
Then I tried something that was essentially dal Chawal in the form of round crispy balls. Now dal Chawal is almost soggy food but the kurkuri outer covering and papad made this super interesting. And it had a salsa kind of flavor going on which added such a good zing!
Then I tried the Vada – the chutneys served with this were the real bomb! And the tempered chilli! And this was actually pav inside the Vada!
Then came a cane topped dish with something different inside – this was mini naan with the margherita pizza sauce and cheese. You must eat this immediately when it comes else it can become super chewy. But this combination was awesome!
Then there was samosa with the traditional filling but tempered with some white sesame and honey chilli sauce. OMG – I don’t like any fooling around with a regular samosa but this tasted pretty nice!
Then tried the tandoori paneer with a very thai green sauce kinda feel to it. I’m not too fond of thai so I didn’t care much for this. This was served with some mustard dip.
Then came some appam and a very heavy coconut stew with it – i didn’t enjoy this because I’m not a big fan of coconut flavored food.
After all these starters it was time to move to main course. But wait..first let me tell you about another palette cleanser! A huge tree like thing was placed on my table with 2 lollipops hanging out from its branches. These felt like kadhi (Punjabi besan kadhi – I’m not kidding) frozen and made into a lollipop. All fancy and did give me a fresh clean start to my main course.
For the main course I started with some spaghetti – aglio e olio style and this also came with some coconut thing going on. The spaghetti was so well done and I’m afraid that this was the first time I mildly enjoyed the coconut flavoring.
Then came some pav bhaji – not just regular pav but with focacia bread and it was called Ratatouille Pav bhaji! This bread was out of this world – I ate so much of it just by itself because it was so yummy. The bhaji I found a tad bit greasy. It is topped with sev and onion. The combination of sweet focacia and bhaji is definitely something different!
Then came some churma balls and some yellow dal. The churma balls feel quite heavy..But the dal that comes with them is superb. It also has some of that crispy chana dal with masala on top and I just loved it.
And finally came some mix veggies kofta in a rich creamy cashew and tomato gravy along with some ajvaini naan – the naan was exceptional. The kofta was quite tasty – anyone who loves rice cashew flavored gravy would love this.
Don’t judge me, but there’s still some dessert that I had! Started with a Parle G cheesecake – jee Haan Parle G along with some gems! And this was placed in a bowl with loads of chopped pista and a rabdi kind of thing. Very meh – not my type at all.
Then I tried a strange but rich Ras Malai – one mouthful and you would have a mixture of ras malai and rabdi.. The presentation was remarkable – especially the Caramel colored sugar top!
And finally I ate some planets from the solar system! This dessert was called the signature milky way big bang – it was almost created right in front of me! Liquid nitrogen churned ice cream and fruits and chocolate! Fruits included some blue berries, plums. The chocolate fudge pieces were exceptional.
Finally ended this super huge meal with some paan gujia – paan and cotton candy together..that’s 2 of my favorite things!
Ohh and I almost forgot to mention the drinks – I tried the green apple martini kind of drink – this felt so refreshing and light. I also tried their Farzi Tina which was sweet lime infused in fresh orange juice.
Farzi cafe is a must visit..at least once. And it’s going to be an experience and not just another meal outside. The ambience feels nothing less than a posh place. And the staff are super friendly and considerate. Special mention for Shahbaz – our attendant, who patiently waited everytime I clicked a picture.