Raasta literally means Road in Hindi. So when Raasta cafe goes on a spree opening its popular brand all over town - Its safe to say that most of the popular roads (raastas) in Pune have a Raasta cafe to boast of and the number keeps going strong of this expanding crowd favorite brand.
So we decided to check out the newest Raasta cafe in town at Ishanya mall.
Well this one is not just a cafe this is Raasta Cafe Pubtown and as you enter you get the exact feels of a pub. Relatively smaller than its siblings else where it sure does have the same traits though. Abiding by the Raasta Culture it sure does give you the easy going, laidback feels. Sticking to its signature orange, white black this place has the vibe of a Caribbean lounge and a pretty youthful and vibrant one at that.
I love the orange white notes that keep running on the entire ceiling. It gives the place a very alive, lively kind of a vibe.
Coming to the main thing - drinks and food - they very well lived up to their expectation and kept the bar high. The quality and taste is maintained as per the Raasta standard.
We tried their signatures and enjoyed them completely.
Right from the jerk chicken to khowsuey everything was made as tasty as it always is.
Btw their Bar bites are yum.. bite it and see it 😜
This was a mix between a satay rubbed with jamaican spices. Lovely flavours and tender chicken.
Must try !
Dips and Pate
This traditional platter of hummus, Tzatziki and spicy pepper was over within no time at all. Always love it.
Tempura fried Prawns
Perfect Japanese tempura prawn fritters. So crispy on every bite and soft from within. This came with a honey chilli dip which just went superbly together.
Perfect bar bite to order when at @raasta.pune
Rs 350 .
Raasta Grass Martini
The lemon grass makes all the difference. Such a refreshing drink with that lemon juice and did i forget the gin now. Never. 😊
This was a simple classic one with assorted lettuce, parmesan, smoked chicken and croutons. I wish it had more dressing though. Making a mental note to ask for extra dressing when I order this next.
Oreo cookie Freak shake
I love this monster. The taste is so yum and its huge filled to the brim and then some more with fresh cream, ice cream, chocolate syrup, a big brownie and cookies.
My only thing always at all their outlets is that I find the brownie on the harder side would love it more if it was goeey but guess thats their standard brownie. May be cause when you dip it in the shake it shouldnt disintegrate. Just guessing. But I still love it.
Overload of cheddar, mozarella along with tomatoes, mushrooms, jalapenos and olives all toasted well on a toasty little baguette. I loved the mushroom one more. Good nibble whilst drinking on some yumminess.
Chicken tikka pizza
Simple flavours kept minimal with the tikka masala. Loads of mozarella and sprinkling of capsicum and onions. We sure had a winner.
Olives, bell peppers, onion, tomatoes and loads and loads of feta. Such a fresh salad this was.
Fresh watermelons and basil leaves to the killer combination of white rum. This was super yum. The watermelon added to the sweet soothing factor and gave it that extra edge.
Rosemary Mustard Paneer Kebab
For the paneer lovers. Melt in the mouth paneer with that hot traditional kasundi flavour rolling in your mouth with the creaminess of paneer.
Saffron and Parmesan chicken kebab
Another melt in the mouth dish what with parmesan and chicken grilled in the clay oven with strong saffron hints. A mild dish for the ones who like it the minimal way.
Veg Burmese Khow suey
Need I say more.
New York style baked cheese cake
This one is another Raasta classic and rightfully so it deserves to be. Soft cheesy, creamy and a bit sour with the berries.
Cheesecake lovers rejoice.
This Mascarpone layered goodness soaked in bitter strong coffee and with that pungent rum. So creamy, so soft, so soothing. So very yummy.
I love it completely.
And that my friends got us to bid a farewell. I had a great time.
So for all the working people and people who just love to party this is a perfect place to grab that drink and soothe your nerves after a hard day of work.
You know what to order. Dont forget you heard it from me.
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Until next time.
Disclaimer - I was invited for the tasting however the views expressed are completely mine solely based on my experience of that day.