When I first got an invite from this place, I thought Dino and Duggy’s was either a simple mess kind of place, or college-student hangout kind of cafe. But it’s none of those. This place is elegant and the decor is amazing. Loved the ropes on the ceiling and the art-work on the wall! The atmosphere is very welcoming and cozy, so you can spend hours here (when it’s not crowded during lunch-hours) and enjoy their delicious food. The owners, Dino and Duggy, are experts in the area of culinary and have hands-on experience as chefs. The food speaks for itself and without wasting any more time, let’s dive into their menu:
Guilty, never been to this beautiful hill station called Coorg in Karnataka. This place is famous for it’s lush greenery and exotic views. It has been a favorite holiday spot for most travelers and families, but I never got a chance to visit it, until Hyatt happened! Hyatt brings on your table a taste of Coorg, all in one special thali! Let’s go through it one by one:
You notice the lovely decor and spacious seating as soon as you enter The Cafe (where this festival is taking place). We were greeted by Chef Anirban DasGupta, who kindly explained to us where this food comes from and what is the history attached to it. You see, he believes in the idea that food is not only about what’s put in front of you, but it brings in many stories that you can share on the table, which I completely agree with! So Coorg is a place where many warrior clans initially lived which is why their food is prepared fairly quickly and uses simple ingredients to bring in that flavor. This does not mean that the food tastes mediocre, no no, every element on your plate is carefully prepared and well thought-out and you can see that in the presentation and flavors. Let’s dive right into our tasting now:
Vibrant colored outdoors, courteous staff, magical evening lights and finger-licking good food! Welcome to SOUK by Cafe Arabia! The air here smells deliciously of roast chicken and instantly prepares your stomach and taste-buds for their scrumptious meal. This franchisee has been in Pune for a while now, mostly operating in malls at different locations. So, what’s different about this branch at Salunkhe Vihar? Have a look below:
A fine-dining restaurant located in Baner which serves delicious food and awesome cocktails! My first encounter with Orion hadn’t been a great experience. Reason? I showed up on a Saturday night which is their DJ night where the music is quite loud for the likes of us. So for me and my friends, the experience wasn’t a memorable one. But when I was invited by Team Orion to a food-tasting session, I couldn’t say no because I had already heard raving reviews about their food. So here’s how my perception changed about Orion:
A small group of people invited for the food tasting at FC Grill House, yet it turned out to be a fun evening!
FC Grill House, a restaurant located bang-on FC road, above Oriental Bank of Commerce, not difficult to locate. Before you open the door to this restaurant, you can hear the music buzzing beyond the walls. And when the door opens, voila! You can see that the place is jam packed on Friday evenings or weekends! I was invited here on a Friday evening and Sabali was performing Live for the audience. I have to admit, although I am not much of a Live music fan kind of person, the music slowly grew on me. Sabali not only plays various kinds of songs but adds their own version of Rap (some good, some meh!) to the songs they play. Kind of keeps you guessing, doesn’t it?