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Maharaja Bhog, Pune

#MaharajaBhogpune
#FoodThatFitsTheRoyals

#Thepavillionmallpune

 

After reading so many amazing reviews on many food forums about this newly opened Royal Dining Experience, I was eager to visit them and I made sure I did that at the first opportunity I got.

Enquired about Sunday’s menu & the dishes on that menu sent to me by Jagruti tempted me even more to visit them, especially Malpua and Kabuli.

Reached there at 1.30 PM and surprisingly there was no waiting.

Ambience :

Beautiful crafted Elephant head in white Metal..

Located at the Upmarket and Posh Pavillion Mall, it has an unmistakable royal touch to its decor. It has two dining sections, no major difference in both, except outer part has typical Indian low sitting. I am really fond of low sitting dining so settled for the outer space. It was cozy and comfortable, just as I like it.

They have kept one chair where you can click the pictures adorning Safa & Chundri, super concept as I felt back at home in Jodhpur. Loved the intricate white metal work on chair, and in fact entrance gate handles also have elephant shaped carving of white metal agsin speciality of Jodhpur and carving which lends the decor much needed royal touch to suit the name.

Coming on to the food, despite some small improvement areas, this for sure is one of the best Thalis that I have eaten at Pune till date.

Menu:

Sweets – Aamras, Gulab Halwa & Rabdi Malpua

Having a sweet tooth & being a Jodhpuri, I love to start any meal with a sweet. Just loved all the sweets to the core. Sweetness was just perfect for both Halwa & Malpua. They infact were the showstoppers of this huge thali.

Gulab Halwa is the signature dish of their head Maharaja Gulab….

Farsan – Pakiza, Ring Dhokla and Misal.

Again bang on with the taste. Pakiza was really yummy, Dhokla was soft with lovely chatni on side and even the Misal tasted decent.

Veggies –
Paneer Achari : Though the Sabji was really tasty with matar in it but I had some other perception about the name Achari Paneer. I was expecting it to be more tangy and spicy to suit the Achari tag.

Flower Masala : Good preparation but nothing great.

Aloo Raswala : Again a very good preparation. I was expecting dahi wale aloo to go with this sort of Thali but that doesn’t matter, I loved it nonetheless.

Pindi Chhole : No, it was not Pindi Chhole, again a totally different preparation from the name. It was kale chane in curd gravy, however tasted amazing.

Gujju Dal or Spicy Dal : We had the spicy version, It wasn’t sweet and moderately spiced for our tastebuds, tasted good.

Kadhi : Awesome Kadhi; Little Khatti Slightly tikkhi, just the way I like it. Drank 2 vati kadhi, and still wanted more but other stuff was also supposed to be finished. So had to give up on the tempetation.

Fulka : Hot & Soft
Masala Koba Roti : Good one
Missi Poori : Typical Rajasthani Style, loved it.

Jodhpuri Kabuli Pulav : It was not the typical kabuli as we make it in Jodhpur. Veggies were really scarce and It really lacked authenticity. Usually Ratalu is used in it but with time few people have started using Potatoes along with Ratalu. Along with that Gatta, Bread, Kaju, Dankh, Matar (all fried) & few seasonal veggies along with pomegranate is used. It is then mixed with the curd gravy. I felt few basic masalas including garam masala were missing too which brought the tste down from what it should be. #Disappointed as was really looking forward to this one.

Khichadi : Good, as it should be.

Welcome Drink : Kesar Sharbat. Yes, a very refreshing drink. I sipped it slowly with my food to water down all the heavy stuff.

Chaas : Good one.

Along with that we had 2 Chutneys, Papad & Achaar. Accompaniments were yummy too.

I loved the way they gave the warm water to wash hands before we started eating, followed by Dakshina for Cows, though they gave coins to put inside the gullak but still we preferred to donate little from our side for the amazing cause. Then the food followed

Service :

Staff is really courteous. They knew how to do manwaar, a typical Rajasthani hospitality ritual.

Only thing which I did not like that my son was still having the food & they brought the bill. We did not say anything that time & waited for my son to finish his food but again when he came to our table I told him to wait till he finishes his food. This put me off but with almost everything in place this could be ignored.

Frankly it didn’t matter if the mentioned dishes were way too different from there name tags but overall food was good.

However, they should work on naming the dishes correctly as it creates an impression just to see the dishes on menu and you make up your mind accordingly. No serious complaints as I liked the food, even my daughter who is a choosy eater, for the first time finished everything on her plate .

 

 

Priced at Rs 500 + GST,
value for money is one’s personal perception…

It was indeed a good experience, they should however up their game some more as they are expensive when compared to other famous and good Thali places in town.

Shahji Parantha, Apte Road, Pune

#Shahjiparantha

My first proper eat out after hibernation of approx two months… couldn’t have asked for more….

VFM : Absolutely
Ambience : It’s gud but if in grp little more space is needed…
Staff : Very courteous & has lot of patience..
Service : Super Quick

Food : when 12 beautiful ladies says in one tone it says a lot about that place… it was too gud… it not only satisfy your hunger pang but satisfy your soul also… I was like stomach is full but still want more.. 🙈🙈

We ordered ..

1) Lota Chaach(120/55) : Bang on…

2) Lassi (65): Awesome with perfect sweetness..

3) Tamatar ka Shorba(75) : smell was too gud but I didn’t drank so can’t update about taste …

4) Chur Chur Naan Thali(269): I just loved this… Chur Chur Naan was very delicious, u can eat without any dal or vegetable …. but they serve with dal, 2 vegie, raita & salad… my personal favourite #Highlyrecommended

 

5) Paranthas : All parantha thali is served with dal/chola , 2 more veg , raita & salad (i may miss name of vegetable served as food made me forgot the name..). Main Difference in stuffing, rest thali is almost same.. Good quantity of stuffing inside each parantha, you actually feel & relish all the flavours of stuffing… each is unique in their own way… tasted all the paranthas….

a) Cheezey Cheese (269) : good one but. I am not too cheesey person.. So will be my last priority…

b) Aloo Cheese (269) : Awesome taste loved the flavours…

c) Paneer (249) : Best option for paneer loving people.. Again too tasty..

d) veg dilli wala (249) : With vegetable  as  stuffing it tastes different from normal stuffed paranthas… again loved the stuffing…

 

6) Makki ki roti sarson ka saag : Best sarson ka saag eaten till now… man!! Not only Perfect in taste,

Makki Ki Roti Sarson ka saag

flavour & but a treat to eyes also…. served with big dollop of makkhan not only on saag but on perfectly cooked roti also…. served with raita (I felt not needed) & mooli ka salad & gur (Which they served more, happily on my request)…

 

 

Along with Chur Chur Naan it was a show stopper… #Highlyrecommended

“Mann bhar ke khaya” is what I will say….

Thanks to Chef Rahull & entire team of Shahji parantha to make us comfortable…

Just one thing which I feel can be improved… they should give little more place between 2 sitting, sometimes it feel clumsy & for group like us a corner place or separate place…

We went to apte road branch..
1205/4, Apte Rd, Deccan Gymkhana, Pune,

Caffa, Baner Road, Pune

Google & you will find answer..

I love & prefer to clarify my general doubts on Google… It’s like search & read & like….

It’s ok till I search content or topic on Google.. it’s fun
But..
If u have to search ingredient in a particular dish which is so common than it’s a trouble….

CAFFA Cafe, Baner road..

This cafe doesn’t want me to leave my habit of googling things & this time it’s ingredients… Usually prefer to avoid things but if you go with blundered mood than a pinch of salt can irritate you..

We ordered

1) Bombay Club sandwich(80) : With nicely grilled but with basic aloo onion Masala, it was soo flat that first I googled details what is Bombay club sandwich & than I googled veggies in  between two bread pieces…. Not at all happy…

2) Virgin Mojito(130): It was just extra sweet lime juice nothing else.. usually i don’t like to replace our food but that day we did & replacement was as it is flat in taste & flavour…. I googled to know what exactly mojito is.. & this was no where close to it.. it lacked that punch.. Sad… 🙁

 

3) Choco frappè (120): only drink which was good, which I liked….

 

 

 

 

Place : CAFFA, Baner road

Ambience : Nice

VFM : I need to Google it..

 

 

Overall not a good eperience …..

Dil Se Dilli, Baner , Pune

Jate the japan pahoonch gaye cheen Samaj gayena….
This is exactly happened.. planned for some other place but landed at some other for dinner….
We Landed at “Dil Se Dilli” ..
A small eating joint.. simple yet elegant Cafe… I was very much impressed with the cutlery & presentation….
Menu in itself is really tempting… it took me back to north… it’s not a typical delhi menu but  a typical north Indian affair… Few things though we didn’t try but yes I never found in any resutrant in pune..
One to mention is Nagori Aloo.. it’s small size special poori with dahi wale aloo… Very yummy dish which we cook at home especially mom cooked is super delicious..  it’s for my next trip..
Today we tried following dishes…

1) Tikki Chole : yummy… yes perfectly cooked aloo tikki with dal stuffing served with Chole, dahi & chutnis….. 4 tikki in one portion is good but didn’t did the justice with dal stuffing. I felt that rather than 4 small tikki if 2 with more stuffing is served than we can taste stuffing too… but still good dish…
Price : 149

2) Paneer Tikka Combo thali : 2 pc of well marinated & grilled tikka with good quantity of yummy & quiet authentic dal makhani, raita , 1 pc of super soft gulabjamun & 2 butter naan is a good option of limited Punjabi thali…
We loved dal makhani the most..
Price : Rs 259
3) Chole Bhature : 2 pc of Bhatura with Punjabi Chole was total value for money.. though tasty in their own way but outcasted by other dishes…
Price : Rs 79

4) Paneer Seek Kebab : Hero of entire lunch.. super yummy with awesome taste & perfectly grilled .. loved the slight smoky taste… Total value for money… Will go back for this dish…Price : Rs 170

 

Overall good & yummy food….

Horn Ok Please, FC Road, Pune

Yes name say blow the horn… wave to them & leave saying ok please… we are not interested…

I always appericate the hard work behind any activity especially when its cooking…. but sometimes you are not too positive…Seriously.. don’t want to say this but today’s experience was like this only. I always liked their cleanliness, ambience & food. Today when decided to go for lunch, I was quite excited that going back after a year or more…

But seriously today was not my day..

We asked for “matar kaju” & “chatpata Paneer” that too in medium spicy gravy. After food was served I doubted myself whether knowledge of my Hindi has gone for toss or still it’s there.. but it was there.. but food failed…

Trust me chatpata paneer was sweet & the gravy has the taste of not properly cooked tomato, I doubt if they had used freshly ground tomato paste rather than puree… same goes with kaju matar But we didn’t cribbed for that giving benefit of doubt.

Ups & downs are part of any cooking, understanding this for chatpata paneer , we called the person & told him about our problem & he promised us to get new preparation in medium spicy gravy.. ok but when dish came it was difficult to eat…

We felt that he added only red chilli powder in gravy like we see in movies .. ohh man.. it was difficult to eat.. we told him but he was not ready to accept that something is wrong though he offered to change our dish second time ( I appreciate him for the same). But by that time we lost interest in food…

I tried to talk to Captain or from management team but no one was avaliable. For us, yes day was not meant for us. I felt that their quality or service has fall down since i had visited them last.

Pls note I may not be a trained chef but yes I am cook at my place & I do cook good & could make out little what’s the problem.

So overall not happy with the food today…

VFM : Not at all….

Food Review :FALHAAR, Baner, Pune

Food i feel prepares you to face all kind of situation…. Valid for me also….

want to start my food review section on positive note…..

Yes indeed one of the best time I spend in last a month with the bunch of equally maddening girl gang.. Those jokes, laughter made me forget all my tensions & prepared me for coming days.

This madness was supported by few shots (Hum Tum aur…) & Awesome food…

Jamun Shot
Pic Courtsey : Google

Mango Blast
Pic Courtsey : Google

Jamun Shots: oh my my, they had not changed since the falhaar is started till this new place, opp hotel green park. It’s taste makes u drink second without fail…

Mango Blast : It was ordered by friend but it was almost finished in just few mins before it reached her.. Awesome.. A must try…

Pav Bhaji : one of the best pav bhaji available in my area as far as my knowledge is concerned…

Grilled Sandwich : not aware with the name as ordered by gang but taste was too gud….

Taste : Food was good..

Ambience : it’s simple but gud…

Staff : Very nice.. infact will like to appreciate their patience, with 16 ladies together along with few other guests & with smile they were accepting our order (frankly smile was due to courtesy or due to our non stop jokes & giggles, I am not sure but whatever is the reason they were smiling). So I think 1/4 battle already won..

VFM: I always believe value for money is one’s perception.. for me it is.It costed us 250/head where I think all had gone for min 2 shots, pav bhaji, few sandwich & 3 or 4 mocktails.

For me it’s was wonderful break…

Keep it up team FALHAAR…..