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Wednesday, March 28, 2018

The Daily All Day now in Pune

Pune has another entrant from Mumbai and this cousin definitely gets some good news as it enters the heart of Koregaon Park. The Daily All Day with its sparkly white walls and inky black frames takes a centre stage opposite Sanskriti in Kp. Nestled along the already settled and seasoned players this new entrant is surely holding its ground with confidence and panache. It is already talk of the town and many are lining up to this Daily (pun very much intended). 
Spread across 4000 sq feet, this place sure is done up beautifully. Classic interiors with just black and white. A lovely smart bar which occupies a centre stage. Minimal setting which lets the place breathe with space and natural light. Greenery everywhere even on your table with cute plant pots sitting plumply across. The outdoor area just opens up under the blue sky with trees circling over you. The Daily is a perfect cafe throughout the day serving your favorite cuppa or a chilled juice and come night it transforms itself in a resto bar. Definitely this guy brings good news (i told you so in the starting ) literally. The Daily has always stood for providing the happiest experience to their patrons upon every single visit. Interestingly, the concept is the only good news restaurant & bar in India, with a motto of spreading positivity, joy and optimism amidst the negativity.

Now who doesn't need that... Roof of Happiness’ has frames that carry interesting news snippets from around the world and a chandelier incorporating good news titbits exudes a charming allure to the space. This whole vibe is literally great news in terms of their food. One of the places which blew my mind with the entire experience. They serve a mix of European, Asian and Continental and a wide variety of cocktails. Over here comfort dishes and bar bites rule too. A Healthy Menu which will include delicious smoothie bowls, charcoal activated idlis and nutritious juice blends, among other enticing options is in the pipeline and I am so waiting for it, I swear. 
Until then lets start with what I had this time around which was pretty awesome by it self. 

4 / 5 
White rum, cherry liqueur, basil, cranberry infused tea with basil dry ice smoke.
This was a molecular cocktail priced at Rs 350 
Their cocktails are potent yet soothing and have a fresh take maintaining a taste of their ingredients individually and not just muddled together. 

Three Melon salad 
5/5 Must try! 
I have become this salad girl and love gorging on mind you GOOD AND BALANCED salads. This was perfect. So summery, so light , so healthy, so fresh and just yummy. Watermelon, musk and green melon with feta, pine nuts and lemon mint dressing. Such a simple combination and glad they kept it simple cause the primary flavours were bursting in the mouth with the mere magical pairing with each other. The sweetness of melons and cooling effect paired with that of creamy comforting feta and the crunch and that nutty flavour brought in by the pine nuts was just wow. The lemon and mint just enhanced these flavours by sometimes peeking out to give their taste too. - MAGIC 

Champagne Mushroom Fricassee 
5/5 Must Try! 
(if i could just give it more than that)
Just look at that beauty and take it all in. How can something look and taste so good.
Wild Mushroom sauteed in champagne vinegar coupled with Parmesan cheese, wrapped in crunchy filo.
What should I say ? Cause words certainly wont do justice to its flavours.
The mushroom, champagne, Parmesan somewhere just lost themselves as an identity or prime taste to create this supreme combination which was neither any one but the magic together. The notes of champagne with that mushroom essense coupled with comforting Parmesan. So so melt in the mouth and then wrapped in that crunchy filo. What a mouthful. I might have had more than one. I can actually have the whole platter. It was so good. 
Its wondrous. 

Thai Style Stir Fried Lotus Root (Vegan)
4/5 Recommended 
This beauty is actually vegan.
Firstly i always wanted to have vegan. This is my first vegan dish. I am not a fan of Lotus Root and i loved the dish. 
They import their lotus roots for this one. Its like veggies in kung pao sauce combined with mushrooms and Lotus roots. 
It had a lovely nutty, sweet and spicy taste. Would have tasted even better if it was crispy. Like all the ingredients. But then that's just me. I have a fascination with crispy fried stuff. 

Gypsy Queen
4.5 / 5 
Another molecular cocktail. Look at this beauty. One of the best whiskey cocktails i have had recently. It maintains the taste and smoothness of whiskey giving hints of peach, cinnamon infused with apple wood smoke. 

The Daily Spicy Chicken Wings 
4.5/5 Recommended for wing lovers
These babies were so pretty and yummy. Perfect wings which should be a bit on the spicy side. Missed the crunch due to the clicking sessions. Wish had them hot. 

Lemon Pepper Fish 
4/5 subtle flavours exactly the way intended
Grilled Basa marinated with parsley and lime topped with balsamic vinegar reduction.

Spicy Chicken Sliders
5/5 Must try 
This exactly literal sense and meaning of great things come in small packages. 
What packaging filled with flavour and taste which can give regular famous burgers run for their money honestly. 
Achieved perfection with this baby. Tasty, soft and well flavoured chicken with spicy relish topped with that cheddar and crispy (my fav ) perfect onion rings. The bun was equally good and soft; made in house.(which not many places master the art of making the perfect bun or bread - my complain always)
And the fries, did i forget them, no i cant. Have to stuff the slider with some no.... 

Cleansing Ginger - Chicken bowl. 
I ain't a ramen person but everyone else loved this. It was just so comforting to look at and just hold it. 

And the main course is served... 

Chicken on Fire
4.5 / 5 
Spicy chicken with sautéed onion and cilantro on a flat bread. Better than a pizza. 

Slow Roasted Roma Tomatoes with Spaghetti
5/5 Must try!
I ain't a fan of veg pastas and least bit red sauce ones but this here isn't any other common one. This is from the Eden of tomatoes. Yes you heard that right. What can go wrong when you have spaghetti cooking slowly in buttery Roma tomatoes sauce with a hint of fresh basil and throw in some olives. This classic Italian recipe can never go wrong. Perfection. Yummy .. sorry my bad. I should be saying. 

Moroccan Lamb 
5/5 Must try! 
Braised lamb in Moroccan spices tossed with bell pepper and carrots served with herbed rice. Simple hai na.. nah .. it was far from simple. The aromatic Moroccan curry with tje perfect medley of spices and the bell peppers and carrots went surprisingly well with the lamb. The lamb itself was so flavourful, soft and perfectly done. I loved it with the rice which just had the right flavours so as to not mess up the flavours of the lamb. It was so comforting. Loved loved it. 

Beurre Noisette John Dory
Pan roasted Australian white fish served with plum tomato and kaffir lime risotto in a caper and butter lime sauce. 
Didn't quite like the pairing of the fish with the risotto. The fish on its own was really nice. 

Oven Roasted Tomato & Olives stuffed Ravioli. 
3.5 / 5 
Home made ravioli stuffed with oven roasted tomatoes, olives and pine nuts cooked in chive butter sauce topped with spicy tomato coulis and goats cheese. 
What went wrong for me here was the size of the ravioli which made the edges harder and stuffing less. It would have been amazing if the stuffing was more and the size smaller which would definitely take the dish notches high. 
P.S little more of the goat cheese please. 

So good... all this was over no sooner than we stopped clicking.. check the highlight for it. 
Loved everything about this place and these desserts were no different. This place guys is 💗💗
In the pic you can see - ranking according to my favorite. 
Flour less Dark Chocolate mud cake Rs 200 
Wildberry and pink peppercorn Pannacotta Rs 200
Orange and Pomegranate Pannacotta Rs 200
Ricotta cheese and chocolate chip filo with mixed berry compote Rs 225 

Flourless Dark Chocolate Mud Cake 
5 / 5 Must Try ! 
This is sooo muddy good that you would even dream about it long after you have devoured with crazy passion. One of the best desserts I have had in recent times. Priced at Rs 200. This baby is completely vfm and more. 
Every bite you dig in is pure blissed out muddy chocolate good.. so dense, so soft, so chocolatey and all that .. one bite with that vanilla ice cream is pure pleasure. Must try ! @dailyallday_pune has some amazing things to offer on the menu and this sure is one of their stars. Give it a visit . I insist. .

Orange & Pomegranate Panacotta 
4.5 / 5 
A fresh summery panacotta. As soon as you see it you want to sing along just love-struck by that wiggle wobble - I wanna chiggy wiggy with you. 
The panacotta was soft and had tje perfect texture and sweetness with the summer citrusy orange and the delicate sweetness of pomegranate. Karle chiggy wiggy oh.. 

Wild berry & Peppercorn Pannacotta 
4.5 / 5 
It was as good as the one above just with the difference of that sour tinge of wild berry. 

Ricotta cheese & chocolate chip filo with a mixed berry compote
4 / 5 
What an unusual pairing of cheese with chocolate chip wrapped in crispy filo sheet with that punch of berry adding that little sweet sour twist. 

This place impressed me beyond my expectation. It sure deserves all the accolades it has been getting. The ambience, service and the most important aspect food - literally sweeps you off your feet. 
Definitely a place on everybody must visit list. I see this being the city favourite very soon. Almost everything is par excellence. 
Try it out and you will know why I am ranting all about it. 
Now didn't I tell you that this was definitely GOOD NEWS!

  • Address: Yoganand, Opposite SBI Bank, Koregaon Park, Pune, Maharashtra 411001
  • Phone: 020 71966624

Let me know your experience and thoughts.
Until we meet again. 

Stay happy! 
Enjoy the Summer and stay hydrated. Save water and share it with birds and animals.


Saturday, March 24, 2018

My First pair of White Jeans and how to wear them with flare

Afraid of wearing white pants?
I have always been afraid or not so confident about wearing a pair of white jeans. Honestly ..
I am heavier on my bottom and on the plumper side so it was a big no according to the fashion bible.
White pants are meant for skinny girls - myth or reality.
I was soon to find out .. one more thing on my bucket list was about to be ticked or flicked in the bin.
I was out shopping for my birthday when I saw this gorgeous pair and in my heart I always wanted to try one out and then there were friends and family saying it will make you look thicker, not for you and you get the drift.
But guess this time I threw caution to the wind and went after my heart and was I glad I did that.  I rocked this look on my birthday ..  Loved it and completed another challenge in my brain, life, fashion, confidence whatever you may term it. But I did conquer this fear with ace.

Some tips to wear it with flare.
  • Always get the perfect fit, not too baggy or it will make you look more frumpy and big and not too tight, you don't want the colour to reflect on those areas that you want to camouflage more. It should fit perfectly.
  • Don't go in for a too thin material which is see through nor a too thick one which adds another layer which is not required.
  • Wear appropriate underwear, you don't want it to look like a bizarre peep show. 
  • Pair the jeans with a plaid shirt and you have a classic on your hand. 
  • create layers, try blazers, dusters, to break all that white. Just match the right colours. It will work out surely.
  • The classic one will always remain black and white - its magic. So pair it up with a black top. 
  • White on white is pristine. 
  • Try long tops, shirts, stripes if you don't want to experiment too much.
  • Lastly wear it with panache and carry it with attitude and you are done. 
Such a classic piece for every wardrobe especially in Summer. 

Outfit Details 

Denims - Ginger 
Top  - Zara 
Duster - Chemistry
Footwear - High street 
Bag - Rocky S 
Watch - Tommy Hilfiger 
Glares - Forever 21

Happy Summer!

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Bar Bar Pune Ladies Night and Boozy BBQ

Ladies Night are lit and honestly all the other nights as well. This watering hole in Pune is sure famous amongst the Puneites and with a strong reason as well. What do you expect when you happen to be India's first bar with wholesale pricing - the best of course.

Bar Bar is having a Boozy Bbq festival till 25th of this month. Only place in pune serving food made in alcohol and its bae.The specially curated food menu by Chef Paul features an assortment of 11 perfect boozy dishes that can get you high without your favourite pint on the side.
While they have also curated a special drink to order with each of these dishes. Check it out everything you need to know and more. 
Btw my personal favorite - Loaded Nachos with Chilli Infused Tequila; White Rum Tandoori Chicken Tikka; Gin & Lemon Chicken Wings.

The chef personally recommends the Bourbon Barbecued Cottage Cheese Brochettes; bourbon sauce, grilled vegetable & couscous and the Beef Tenderloin with Whisky Cream Sauce; served with mushroom risotto & broccoli as his favourites from the menu and we couldn’t agree more!

If the alcohol wasn’t enough, Pair them with their beer tower and classic LIITs available at wholesale prices through the day.

Head to BAR BAR for a finger licking good time with your best buddies for this limited period festival.

Ladies Night At Bar Bar 

BAR BAR | First Floor, Phoenix Marketcity Pune | Connect on Facebook and Instagram @BarBarPune
Timings: Weekdays 3.00PM – Midnight; Saturday – Sunday 12 PM-Midnight
For Enquiries: +91 8806 967967


Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Lord of the Drinks Pune

The famed Lord of the Drinks - LOTD has come to Pune. How does this make me feel completely glad, sad or total rad?
Lets start from the starting ... this happening place is located at the busy Kalyani Nagar main junction - Fortaleza opposite Gold Adlabs. The place is situated such that you get beautiful view as you look down sipping on your favorite drink. Spread over two floors, the ambience is lit and I love the bar. Its so pretty with all those fancy light chandeliers that you are drawn to it automatically. The seating is comfortable with plush sofas. They also have a terrace seating with another bar which has got a nice white casual vibe.
The evening was beautiful, was it delicious as well is the question ?
Started with a Melon twist cocktail.

Melon Twist Cocktail
Rs 450 

Let the drama unfold with Vodka, fresh watermelon, basil, coriander, passion fruit syrup and sweet and sour mix flamed with cinnamon stick. This came in a horn kinda thing with some lovely drama unfolding with pouring of fumes of cinammon. This was quite ordinary nothing to remember or order again.

Apple Foamtini
This looked too pretty to be true with loads of drama and presentation in style.
A vodka based drink with Green Apple and mint foam to be the main bases. I found this drink too minty. As I said it looked pretty as a daisy but definitely lacked any punch.

Cucumber Sour
This definitely needed some tweak it really tasted like fresh cucumber water and thats not what I  expect from my cocktail or have a cocktail in the first place for. May be its just my thing.

Chicken and Bhutta Quenelle
Rs 235
An amazing soup I had in a long time, so creamy, perfect consistency, light and subtle flavours and comforting which came with steamed grilled corn and chicken Quenelle. To be eaten as you wish. I had a mouthful of everything together and it was wonderful. The balance of each element on that plate, the sweetness of corn coupled with comforting creamy soup and bite of tender well cooked flavourful chicken - yum. The presentation was so good.

Tandoori Chicken Nicoise Salad.
Rs 395
Its a meal in itself with a generous amount of spicy pulled tandoori chicken, eggs, potatoes, olives, jalapenos, onions, herbs to add to that wholesome taste and mango vinaigrette. I would be happy just munching on this. So filling, healthy and tasty as hell.

Veg Five Spice Dumplings
Rs 355
Must try for the dimsum lovers.
A mixture of veg filling so beautifully balanced and steamed with a five spice mix and chilli. The dips were so neat and went amazingly the dark red was the spiciest, where as the green one had hints of mayo and was the most subtle amongst the three and creamy. Where as my heart was on the last one. A peanutty one with a corse texture and medium heat which went with the dumplings superbly. .

Malabari Prawns
Rs 495
Prawns in malabari masala dressing chargrilled to perfection drizzled with coconut malai sauce or dip. those crunchy flavourful curry leaves, pungent mustard seeds ka tadka on the well done sweet prawns. The flavour was crazy.
I devoured 4 of those babies and was still finding it difficult to stop myself.

Butter Chicken Croquettes
Rs 425
Perfect crispy croquettes but definitely missed the butter chicken filling taste.
I will give this a miss.

Chettinad Chicken Pizza
Rs 455
The chettinad chicken is love and pizza is bae so was in real anticipation to try this out. The base was lovely thin and loaded with enough cheese. The chicken flavourful with the masala the sour pickled onions tasted nice. However it didnt come out perfectly well balanced. The masala or toppings were tad less which decreased the flavour. It was difficult to eat the complete or huge onions. It would be nice if they could perhaps slice them. This has potential.

Black Dal
Rs 355
So creamy, so flavourful, mashed nicely with all the spices which were really subtle which added to the taste of the core ingredients and the slow cooking gave it such amazing taste and then there was their secret boozy ingredient as well.

Tadka Paneer Masala
Rs 395
This was served with a kulcha and I  just took one bite cause I was waiting for my mutton. That one bite was enough to state this was better than the non veg curry. This was creamy, rich paneer flavour, soft melt in your mouth paneer and that makhani ka swad with paratha.

Pepper Pistachio Mutton Korma
Rs 525
This was served with malabar paratha. Nothing like a korma I tasted ever. Very rich and creamy. Was'nt spicy at all, you could get a wiff of pistachio and taste it as well in every bite. The korma was very subtle and hardly any heat from the pepper. It was nice. The mutton was cooked well.

Goan Prawn curry.
Rs 595
Now here was a lovely flavoured curry with lots of coconut flavour and juicy prawns. I wish it was a little thinned. I found it too thick for a curry. Otherwise it was yum. It was served with lemon rice. Now the lemon rice on its own was nice but with the prawn curry I prefer plain boiled rice. I thought they both lost their individual taste after pairing them together. Now thats just my view.


Red Velvet cake.
Rs 275
I truly never was nor am a fan of red velvet cake so cant say much.

Classic jar of Tiramisu
Rs 275
Firstly it wasnt set in a jar. It came like a slab or a piece of cake.
It was moist, soft, juicy and it was very good. I have had tiramisus at lots of places, i wont say it was the best but definitely was very good. If not the first comes in the second category.

Nutella Chocolate Panacotta
Rs 275
I dont know why its called panacotta here, it was nothing like panacotta firstly. It didnt have that texture neither the wobble nor that softness or the taste.
It was good as something like a cheese cake on its own but it was'nt panacotta.

All in all I have mixed feeling about this place. I expected the drinks to be in their league just going by their name. The drama, the presentation is all there but the punch, the core is missing. They really need to up their drink game situated bang in the middle of such noteworthy watering holes.
The food is really good and flavourful, few tweaks here and there no complaints on that front. The desserts are ok. The ambience and comfort is really good, you can sit here for hours but you need a reason to do that.
The service was not upto the mark and slacked a bit. All these may be teething problems. The place has tremendous potential and stands at a prime place. What needs to be seen is will they pull up their socks and deliver to the expectations.

Hope you find this post helpful.

Until next time, next post.


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