Monday, November 6, 2017

Foodie’s Delight at Sheraton Grand Pune

A visit to Feast, the multi-cuisine restaurant at Sheraton Grand Pune where they have new themed food promotion dinner for Fridays & Saturdays. On Saturday, it was time to take in some Spanish delights. Here are the details.

It is quite an interesting aspect to showcase world cuisines at your restaurants and let aficionados get a taste of sumptuous food. Sheraton Grand Pune is doing just that at their multi-cuisine restaurant aptly named Feast. The hotel and restaurant in turn have unveiled their new themed food promotion dinner for Fridays & Saturdays. Of course, they have their all-time darling sushi & tempuras on Wednesdays. Then there is the usual 30% regular dinner buffet which has Indian and international cuisines. In this special food promotion offer, foodies will get to eat Sushi & Tempuras delights on Wednesday, Persian Treats on Friday and Spanish Cuisine on Saturday. The best part is that they will be there for a few months and will see different menus every week. So you will see no repetitions. Yet the chefs at Feast will keep popular dishes based on feedback.

At the blogger’s meet on Saturday, we got the chance to try some Spanish temptations. The dishes picked were popular dishes from all over Spain. We started by getting to the soups. Three types of soups were inviting – two cold soups & one hot one. I tried the Ajo Blanco Soup which has almond, sherry, vinegar, olive oil and garlic. Almost pureed almond with a slight bite combined well with the other ingredients. Very mild to taste, I found it to be quite comforting. But the Crema De Queso soup consisting of Manchego Cheese just brightens your mood with its subtle cheesy taste.

What I liked about the starters is that they were bite-sized/ small and tempted you with some appealing tastes. The Tamales Pollo, a popular item in Spain and Latin America, is surprisingly again mildly spiced but still tempts you. For the uninitiated, it is steam corn dough steamed in corn husks or banana leaves. The Uncooked Banana Frilas with Paprika Flavour are an acquired taste but the paprika adds to the appeal. Of course, the Torte De Marise which is mix seafood, olives and eggs were sensational. Every flavour was distinctive yet did not overwhelm the other. The fried cheese sticks consisting of the Manchego cheese just could not go wrong. Another starter which was more a tapas dish was Salmon served with Tomato Sauce on Toast and cheese was light enough to go for a couple of them at one time. The well-prepared Salmon went well with the sauce and cheese. Mushrooms served with Cheese on Tortilla Chips were nothing exceptional but worth a try. What stole the limelight was the mixed seafood paella. The perfectly cooked paella rice with a slight bite combined well with the tomato sauce and other ingredients. One would assume this is how paella would taste in Spain.  

We smoothly moved over to the main course. One needs to mention the Fish Mullet Escabeche Style which is sour and spicy. The combination worked well with the delicate fish and leaves a fabulous after taste in your mouth. The Pollo Al Chilindron which is Roast Green Pepper Sauce with Chicken could be called neat but nothing exceptional.

You have to finish the meal with some desserts and this is where words fell short to describe the desserts. Chocolate & Churros won us over. The rightly sweet chocolate sauce was a perfect match to the crispy churro. The Creme Catalana which was cinnamon flavoured brulee was also a winner with its delightfully tantalizing flavour. Pity it has small portion per cup. The perfectly made Flan tasted just the way a normal flan would. But the Spanish Rice Pudding with its overwhelming cinnamon flavour and rather bland taste was just off putting. I was told that it was supposed to be that way but I was sorely disappointed. The rest of the Spanish sweet treats were neat too.

On a whole, one can safely assume the multi-cuisine restaurant Feast at Sheraton Grand Pune is making an effort to treat foodies and regulars with something different in world cuisine. Visit the to know what Spanish, Persian and Japanese cuisine is like on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

TIMING: 7 PM – 11.30 PM
DATE: Wednesday, Friday & Saturday
FOR RESERVATIONS, CONTACT: 020 66411111 ext. 35

Friday, October 27, 2017

Pune Events Listings

 Here are the latest events happening in Pune. Choose the favourite for a great time…

 Sunburn, Asia’s largest dance music festival is set to bring its spin-off 'Sunburn Reload' to Pune at Phoenix Marketcity. Catch talented Julia Bliss, Noise Faktory and Joshi play live at Liberty Square, Phoenix Marketcity Pune. The electrifying evening will witness Siberia’s house music talent - Julia Bliss spinning popular tracks & mixes; Joshi, a young lad from the sand & surf of Goa, will impress the audience with his foot-tapping EDM music and Noise Faktory is sure to take the crowd on a rollercoaster ride with their energetic sets across genres ranging from Future House, Electro, Trap, Progressive n Dubstep. So put on your dancing shoes and get ready to jump!
WHERE: Liberty Square, Phoenix Marketcity Pune, Nagar Road
WHEN: October 28, 2017
TIMING: 6 PM Onward

Want to have a wickedly good time at Effingut Brewerkz Pune? Get into Halloween mood and scare away those demons on Tuesday at the three brewpubs (Koregaon Park, Baner and Kharadi). Put on spooky costumes and shout trick or treat with us while you sway to the beats of DJ Jack’s Tetralogy on special DJ Nights. This great venue is home to some of the best craft beers and offers guests nothing but the best service. Dance the night away with your friends with spooky d├ęcor around you and some Halloween special surprises. Savor your favourite craft beer styles & finger foods and celebrate spooky Halloween at Effingut Brewerkz. Trick or Treat!!
WHERE: Effingut Brewerkz – Koregaon Park, Baner and Kharadi
WHEN:  October 31, 2017
TIMING: 8 PM Onwards

Massimo Quarta is considered one of the most important Italian violinists. His expertise with the violin and his musicality has been hailed by audiences all over the world and his recordings of Paganini’s violin music are unequalled. On his first visit to India, he will be joined by prominent pianist Simonetta Tancredi. They will be playing Stravinsky (Suite Italienne), Beethoven (Sonata No. 8 Op. 30 No. 3), Respighi (Violin Sonata) and Paganini (I Palpiti). This concert should not be missed. PHOTO CREDIT:
WHERE: Mazda Hall, Dastur Primary School, Opp. Ladies Club, Camp
WHEN: October 29, 2017
PRICING: Entry Free

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Friday, August 25, 2017

Pune Events Listings

Here are the latest events happening in Pune. Choose the favourite for a great time…

Shakahari, JW Marriott Pune’s one-of-a-kind specialty vegetarian restaurant, is introducing new culinary favourites from across India to their existing menu, by unveiling the addition of a lavish spread of authentic & popular Gujarati dishes. Curated by Maharaj Jai Kishen, this menu will have guests enjoy handcrafted dishes laden with traditional Gujarati charm. The new menu will offer an array of traditional recipes which will showcase the various flavours and spices of the land. Be it appetizers such as Sandwich Dhokla and Handvo, Undhiyu, Gujarati Kadhi or Methi Thepla, the new menu weaves together the culinary threads from different regions of the state to create a complete Gujarati gastronomic experience. For the guests with a sweet tooth, the Mishthan Bhandar at Shakahari leaves them spoilt for choice with a large variety of mouth-watering delicacies. Shakahari invites all its patrons to relish this newly launched Gujarati menu and will continue to serve them popular regional delicacies from their existing Rajasthani spread.
FOR INFORMATION, CONTACT: 020 6683 3333 or visit 

Find Inner & Outer Peace through Meditation
Attend the Soul Saturdays event by Sawan Kirpal Ruhani Mission at Phoenix Marketcity, East Court and learn the art of living a stress-free life through meditation and balance a busy lifestyle. Sawan Kirpal Ruhani Mission is a non-profit organization that provides a forum for people to learn meditation, experience personal transformation, and bring about inner and outer peace under the guidance of H.H. Sant Rajinder Singh Ji Maharaj. 
WHERE: East Court, Lower Ground Floor, Opposite Phoenix Marketcity, Nagar Road
WHEN: August 26, 2017
TIMING: 10 AM – 11 AM
PRICING: Entry Free

3 Spices at Double Tree by Hilton brings to its patrons the ‘Rajasthani Food Festival’. This ten-day extravaganza will serve some of the most authentic delicacies from Rajasthan and also showcase its vibrant culture. The par excellent chefs have personally designed and handpicked the menu which consists of the best known Rajasthani veg and non-veg dishes. The restaurant wishes to give its patrons an unforgettable culinary experience and hence have invited specialty guest chef Dharmendra Singh all the way from Hilton Jaipur in jugalbandi with Doubletree Hilton Pune’s very own Chef Joy Dey. To add an extra zing and take you on a palatable journey of the Rajasthani culture, the restaurant will be dressed in lively Rajasthani colours with traditional folk music played in the background.
WHERE: 3 Spices, DoubleTree by Hilton, Chinchwad
WHEN: Till August 31, 2017
TIMING: Dinner Only

Anup Murarka is a singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist based out of Pune. Since 2011, Anup has been performing shows in Pune & other parts of the country.  A typical power packed performance of Anup comprises of songs ranging from retro to folk to Sufi, Indie & Bollywood, all performed in his unique style. So, groove into his best mashups this Thursday at Krusty’s, World Trade Centre, Kharadi. 
WHERE: Krusty’s, World Trade Centre, Kharadi
WHEN: August 24, 2017

Ganesha Chaturthi is celebrated with spectacular display and cheerfulness. Pune celebrates Ganesha Chaturthi with great pomp, complete enthusiasm and welcomes lord Ganesha with Dhol Tasha Pathak and also his favourite ‘Modak’. So this year don’t miss the chance to visit the mesmerizing Ganpati idols in Pune. Come to Courtyard by Marriott, Pune Chakan and book a stay and enjoy VVIP visit to 4 of the most prominent Ganpati pandals in Pune city.
WHERE: Courtyard by Marriott Pune, Chakan
WHEN: Till August 27, 2017
PRICING: Rs. 5, 500 + Taxes
FOR INFORMATION, CONTACT: 213566 6666 or email