Sawai Veg Restaurant Pune | Special Indian & Chinese Food

Sawai veg restaurant
I recently visited Sawai veg restaurant in Pune and tried out a wide range of their menu specials.

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A restaurant is not only known for their food ingredients and taste, but also for the uniqueness in their dishes. And especially now, in timed of social media, we all want to witness something different. So I decided to try all the new Special Dishes at Sawai veg restaurant.

In terms of appetisers, they have a range of Indian tandoori and Chinese starters. Here is what I tried.

Spinach Malaysian

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This felt like spinach manchurian tossed in a delicious sauce. The generous amount of cashews and garlic on topped gave it an amazing flavour.

Rozali Kebab

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Paneer cubes, with paneer stuffing and topped with lots of cheese. This is one heavy duty dish.

Shanghai Paneer

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Paneer and veggies tosses in a hot and sweet kind of sauce. This dish also had a very generous amount of veggies including bell peppers, onions, cabbage and lots more.

Aloo Ki Nazakat

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Potato shells, filled with shredded vegetables and generously topped with cheese.

Cheese Soneri Kebab

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These boat shaped kebabs were nothing like I’ve ever seen before! Crunchy on the outside and a delicious filling inside.

I also tried the Sawai special Soup, which was a delicious sweet corn soup. Very creamy and comforting!

Sawai veg restaurant

In terms of main course too, I stuck to trying out their specials. The gravies here not only had a unique name, but were also quite different in their ingredient combinations and presentation.

Sawai veg restaurant

Kasturi Moti Masala

A delicious methi flavoured gravy. It also has a fried kofta of sorts, made from mixed veggies and is topped with lots of veggies.

Sawai Sev

This was a slightly spicy gravy with a sweet tikki inside. Very good alternating flavours from the sweet and cruncy tikki and the spicy yet tangy gravy.

Sawai Special Veg

A sweet yellow gravy topped with a generous amount of raisins, cashews and tutti fruiti bits. A lot of vegetables in this one – french beans, peas to name a few.

Paneer Rasida Masala

A rich paneer dish! Delicious tangy onion gravy with paneer cubes that were stuffed. This is actually more of a semi gravy – not too liquid, but absolutely lovely in taste.

Lajjatdar Tikki Masala

Another tikki and gravy combination. This tikki however was savoury and also went really well with the gravy, which is super creamy and thick. And the tikki also has a generous amount of methi, which is toned down by the creaminess of the gravy.

I recommend trying out Sawai veg restaurant in Pune. Apart from their specials, they also have regular gravies, snacks and a wide variety of desserts. You can know more about them on their website.

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Udupi food you need to try | Real Udupi Cuisine

Real Udupi food, or Udupi cuisine actually originated from the Krishna Temple.

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If you love South Indian food then you will absolutely love the food in Udupi. A lot of places here are iconic and known to contribute heavily to the ‘udupi restaurant’ culture, that is now prevalent in so many cities.

Here is your quick guide to Udupi food

Mitra Samaj

This place is known as the birth place of Masala dosa. You have to visit this place if you are in Udupi. Apart from Masala Dosa, I recommend trying their Mangalore buns, gobi bajje and pineapple sheer.

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Woodlands

Another old and famous place in Udupi. They serve quite a variety now – north Indian and south Indian. However, I recommend trying out their thali meal and also their Moode idli.

MTR

This one started in Bengaluru and now has branches even internationally. If you want to try a true Karnataka inspired South Indian Thali then this is the place. Watch this video to know more about my Mavalli Tiffin Rooms or MTR Thali experience.

Diana

This place is famous to be the birthplace of Gadbad ice cream. Wondering what that is? One of the most famous desserts in Udupi. Watch this video to know everything about Gadded ice cream and also other items that cannot be missed at Diana restaurant.

Coffee shop of Samanvay Boutique Hotel

I ended up trying the breakfast buffet here on one of my visit to Udupi and I was impressed! Their breakfast included so many authentic south Udupi style dishes and were also really delicious. Watch this video to know more about this experience.

Those are all the places that need to be on your  must visit list in Udupi.

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Global Fusion Buffet – one of the best buffet in Mumbai!

Global Fusion Buffet
Global Fusion Buffet is something that always gets me excited!

There was a time when the Global Fusion buffet was a staple for any family outing, team meeting and so on. And it still continues to be on my favorite list, when it comes to buffet experiences in Mumbai.

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Global Fusion has many outlets throughout the city, and my favorite ones are in Andheri, Bandra and Worli. Their spread is mainly Asian food and you can find everything here! From regular items like fried rice and noodles, to sushi, to stir fry veggies and lots more. In fact, they are known for their starter or appetizer spread which is almost 25-30 items and also includes a few Indian dishes. Starters, main course and lots of dessert – you will find it all in the Global Fusion Buffet.

Some of my favorite items from the Global Fusion Buffet are:

Crispy Corn with Waterchestnut

Shanghai Potatoes

Corn Cream Cakes

Vegetarian Kebabs

Stir fried veggies

Dim sum

I usually end up skipping main course because of gorging too much on appetizers. However, when I do end up eating it’s usually the noodles or rice.

Their dessert spread is also something I love. Ice creams, mini pastries, tarts and lots more. And they are also eggless!

So that was my Global Fusion Buffet experience. Do let me know if you have visited the place and what did you enjoy the most there.

Here are some of my other recommendations for experiencing buffet meals in Mumbai

Radisson Mumbai Sunday Brunch

Hilton Mumbai Sunday Brunch

Bombay Barbeque Buffet

Trident Mumbai Breakfast Buffet

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Best Butter Paneer in Delhi – Vegetarian Indian Food

Butter Paneer
Butter Paneer – soft paneer cubes in a buttery, tangy gravy.

My love for Butter Paneer has just grown in the past few years. It’s a dish that I very comfortably order at many places; however, there are a few that serve it beautifully well.

These 2 restaurants in Delhi serve the best Butter paneer I’ve had! Watch this video to know more.

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I’ll talk about Gulati’s first. The paneer here is delicious – tasty gravy, soft paneer cubes. And I particularly feel that their rotis are really good too. Located in Pandara road in Delhi, Gulati’s is a restaurant specialising in Indian food. And is pretty well known among locals! They are known for their Butter Chicken, however being a vegetarian I can totally vouch for their food as well. They are pretty popular so they do get a lot of crowd, so my suggestion is that be prepared for a little bit of waiting.

Butter Paneer

Next is Moti Mahal. This is the original Moti Mahal in old Delhi. This is located in Daryaganj and is known as the birth place of Butter Chicken. Their butter chicken is very well known even today. So I thought of trying their butter paneer. Pretty tasty as well. Don’t expect too much of an ambience here; go here simply for the taste of it.

I would love to know more places for delicious Paneer dishes from you. So do leave that in the comments below.

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Mitra Samaj Udupi – Birthplace of Masala Dosa?

Mitra Samaj
Mitra Samaj Udupi – a place that I was really looking forward to visit!

Watch my video from Udupi Mitra Samaj. This is popular as the birthplace of masala dosa. And the dosa here is delicious!

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Let’s talk about Udupi cuisine first. Since Udupi is known as the temple city of India, the cuisine here is derived from the famous Shri Krishna Matha. Temple food is simple, healthy, fresh and uses seasonal fruits and vegetables. And is most importantly without onion and garlic. Watch this video from my visit to the Krishna temple here in Udupi to know more.

Udupi Mitra Samaj has been around for decades. This place starts early morning and serves some of the best breakfast that one can enjoy. Upma, idlis, dosa and lots more. For me the masala dosa here was really something. The texture, flavour of the masala and the chutney – all made it the best dosa of my life! Even their idlis are beautifully soft. One thing you cannot miss here is Goli Bajji – soft spongy pakodas with small bits of chilli in them. In Udupi, you will also find something called Mangalore buns. These feel like stuffed puris almost and are definitely worth trying. And make sure you finish your meal here with pineapple sheera. You will definitely thank me for it!

Udupi also has another very popular chain – Mavalli Tiffin Rooms or MTR. You can read about their delicious thali here.

If you are planning a trip to Udupi, then definitely have Mitra Samaj on your list. It’s a place thats not to be missed!

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MTR Udupi – Mavalli Tiffin Rooms Restaurant in Udupi, Mangalore

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I tried a South Indian Thali at MTR Udupi!

MTR Udupi is famous for its Karnataka style South Indian Thali. I’m trying the thali in the video below so do watch it if you’d like to know about my experience.

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While planning my trip to Udupi, I could barely contain my excitement. For those that know me and have been following me for some time would definitely know about my love for South Indian food. So visiting Udupi was a massive checklist in my food-travel places. Apart from my favorite idlis, dosas and buns, I was glad I got to try an authentic thali here.

MTR or Mavalli Tiffin Rooms is a very old chain that started in the year 1924 in Bengaluru. What started as a small coffee shop is now such a prominent brand. And their food is representative of the brand values of good clean ingredients and hygiene. Mavalli Tiffin Rooms has special parameters for checking quality of ingredients and this definitely reflects on their food.

MTR Udupi has a bunch of options available when it comes to thalis – they have unlimited thali and also different set meals. Since this was the first time I was here, I tried an unlimited thali. This thali cost Rs.250 and included everything – from pickle to subzis, to different type of rotis, rice, sweetdish. And all of this was authentic Karnataka style food.

I would definitely recommend anyone planning a visit to Udupi or even Bengaluru for that matter to include MTR in their must eat places. It’s definitely a meal to remember.

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Pune Street Food – definitely try these places!

Pune Street food
Pune street food is all about good Misal, Vada Pav, Sabudana Khichdi and many other Maharashtrian staples.

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Garden Vada Pav

One of the best Vada Pav I’ve ever had. This one is as good as a meal. Vada Pav with lots of delicious chutney, pickle, onion and some fried bits on the side. Definitely try this.

Bedekar Misal

If you love a tikhat misal, then Bedekar is the place. A simple place serving deliciously hot and spicy misal. Do enjoy with some slice bread or pav.

Appa

Pune Street food

Appa khichadi is famous. This is a sabudana khichdi which is a staple Maharashtrian breakfast dish and I love the way they do it here at Appa. They serve it with a cucumber raita of sorts which is delicious. Along with that, you should also try their poha.

Sujata Mastani

Pune Street food

Ice-cream and milkshake together – thats what Mastani is all about. I tried their Mango flavor and it was yum.

Budhani Brothers

Hit them up for the most fresh wafers in town. If you love potato chips, farsan and other kind of wafers then head here. It is an old and famous wafer shop in Pune.

Chitale Bandhu

You can’t go to Pune and not try Bhakarwadis from Chitale Bandhu. These bhakarwadis are pretty different than the ones we get here in Mumbai, and in my opinion way more tasty too.

Joshi Wadevale

Pune Street food

Another place for vadas and bhajjis in Pune. Do try their aloo and kanda bhajji while its still piping hot.

Kalyan Bhel

Pune Street food

Craving chaat in Pune? Head to Kalyan bhel and enjoy their signature tasty bhel. Love their chutneys.

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Bakeries in Pune you need to visit for great breakfast.

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These Bakeries in Pune are the perfect breakfast spots!

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Kayani Bakery

“Going to Pune? Please get cake. And Shrewsbury biscuits!” How often do our friends and family say that when they hear we’re going to Pune 🙂 Kayani Bakery is the place for both. Their cakes and biscuits are delicious but go early and be prepared to wait in a queue. This is one of the best bakeries in Pune and I recommend grabbing as much cake as you can from here!

Vohuman Cafe

This place serves the best cheese omlette, ever! Their cheese omlette is so cheesy, you need to eat it to believe it! This place again gets super packed for breakfast and you’ll find the signature cheese omlette on every table. A must visit old Irani bakery in Pune.

German Bakery

Bakeries in Pune

German Bakery is another cute place and is a popular hangout. I recommend checking out their dessert counter for some really yummy sweets. They also serve burgers, pizza and lot other items. What I like about German Bakery is their fuss free chilled out vibe.

Marzorin

Bakeries in Pune

If you love chutney sandwiches (who doesn’t!) then Marzorin serves the best ones! You have to try them here to believe how yum they are. Apart from sandwiches they have a lot other snacky items as well as more filling dishes.

So those were my recommendations on all the must visit Bakeries in Pune.

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Darios Pune – Vegetarian Food in Koregaon Park

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Darios Pune for me will always be the place where I tried an Italian Thali!

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Darios has a couple of branches throughout Pune, but the one at Koregaon Park serves all vegetarian food. I honestly don’t know if their Thali Italia is a permanent part of the menu, but it really worked for me as I got to try a whole range of their dishes.

Darios Pune served really delicious Italian food. I would easily include them in some of the best Italian restaurants that I have ever visited (in India). They get their sauces right which is honestly a big win when it comes to Italian cuisine. And the best part is that their menu is so vast that it has something for everyone.

Darios pUNE

Darios was started by Chef Dario Dezio, originally from Sicily. He draws inspiration from the the Sicilian countryside which is very much part of the Darios vibe.

Not just the food, even the ambience is really gorgeous here. They have a beautiful indoor seating section and an even prettier outdoor area. And while I was there, we even had this stunning visitor.

Darios pune

And you need to see this place after the sun has set – the outdoor section is lit up with really dim lights and turns into the perfect cozy cafe that one can enjoy alone or with a special someone.

So when in Pune, definitely visit Darios.

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Spice Klub Restaurant – Modern Indian Food

Spice Klub Restaurant
Spice Klub restaurant is one of the few places that serves delicious, vegetarian Modern Indian Cuisine.

I’ve loved food at Spice Klub restaurant right since they started. And this time, I got to capture it in a video. Watch the video below.

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Fusion food – mixing flavors, textures, ingredients and even cuisines sometimes, is something that I’m not really fascinated with. However, I do love the way Spice Klub does it. Firstly their food itself is tasty – be it chutneys, ingredients, recipes, they get their taste right. Secondly, they don’t overdo the mixing – like everything isn’t mixed or topped with cheese! Also the original flavor of the dish, as it’s supposed to be, can still be felt. So these are reasons why I love Spice Klub restaurant. They do have outlets in Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Pune and Dubai.

Spice Klub restaurant also lays a lot of emphasis on presentation – whether it’s their display of chutneys, pickles, or the way the present each dish. They definitely achieve their goal of making the food look extremely appetizing.

A lot of places in Mumbai attempt to serve Modern Indian food, and I have’t taken a liking to many of those. Simple reason being that they put way too much emphasis on the presentation, and not so much on the taste itself. Spice Klub gets both correct.

If you are keen to experiment with Indian cuisine and want to try something different, then head to Spice Klub restaurant. I would say that in terms of price, they are on the higher side. However, their taste and even quantity makes up for it.

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Here are a few more restaurants in Mumbai that I have tried and enjoyed:

Global Fusion Buffet

Best Restaurants for Chinese Food in Mumbai

Sunday Brunch at The Hilton, Mumbai

Punjab Grill

Sunday Brunch at JW Marriott

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