Ola Prime presents ‘Restaurant Week’ powered by John Jacobs is the largest pan-India culinary event spanning 10 days, across 6 cities and gives discerning food enthusiasts the opportunity to dine at some of India’s finest restaurants at a fraction of a la carte rates. Since this city has been growing big on the map of India with its own set of class reataurants and eateries, Restaurant Week India will be making its debut in Pune and will be featuring healthy and diet friendly options on the Restaurant Week menus across all the top places within the city limits. These menu items will include gluten free, vegan, low carb and low sugar options for health conscious diners. A nominal booking fee of INR 60 per person will be secured online at the time of making bookings and the customer can pay for the meal directly at the restaurant.The largest culinary event in India will once again feature Restaurant Week Signature options over and above an extensive hand-picked menu, giving diners the option of experiencing a restaurant’s signature dish at an incremental cost. This feature, a mainstay since Restaurant Week April 2014, saw up to 33% of diners opt for this offering and will be highlighted in Restaurant Week menus at most participating restaurants. These dishes are priced at an additional INR 100 for appetisers and INR 200 for main course in Pune excluding all taxes and service charges at select participating restaurants.
As a result of the association with Ola Cabs, all Restaurant Week diners will receive complimentary Ola rides to and from their meals in Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai and Pune. In addition to this, all Ola Prime Customers in all participating cities will get be given exclusive booking access 3 days in advance to when general reservations go live and a waiver on the INR 60 per diner booking fee.
As with regards to Pune; the list of participating restaurants includes:
1. Ignite Bar & Grill, Courtyard by Marriott Pune Hinjawadi
2. Kabab Hut, Sun N Sand Hotel
3. La Terrazza, Hyatt Regency Pune
4. Malaka Spice, Koregaon Park
5. Shizusan, Viman Nagar
6. Stone Water Grill, Koregaon Park
7. Terttulia, Koregaon Park
8. Trikaya, Bavdhan
A special thanks to Sheetha for inviting #TheBTeam and allowing us to have the exclusive privilege of being a part of this unique opportunity. We’ve been offered with a superb dinner fiesta at Trikaya, Bavdhan.
Trikaya is specialized in South East Asian food. Chef Arjun Singh Solanki is one good chef who knows how to make his guest happy by curating such class and undisputed dishes and receiving appreciation for the same in return !
I’m a big fan of open air / terrace seating and dining under the stars. Trikaya is one of those place which serves this option too with a first class dining space inside for a uber look and then a banquet space for private parties and gatherings. Although its on the third floor of the mall and mall’s complex isn’t that much classy but restaurant is very well maintained and nicely kept with so many different paintings and artifacts for the interior look.
Now, sharing about #BonAppétit here, Firstly we ordered a slush to start the evening in style and we got Watermelon cooler to kick start our food trail. Simple yet refreshing start to the evening and it was on the similar note of a palate cleanser to enhance our taste buds for the upcoming dishes on the table. We were presented with a pre fixed menu and we were allowed to choose 1 item from each of the categories of Appetizers, Mains, Staples and a dessert.
Hot n spicy Korean chicken: Just the right balance of the spices and honey glaze with chicken being so tender almost like melted cheese. It was so good that we started off on a roll for the evening. #LovedIt
Chicken Hoisin dim sum: Dim-sum who doesn’t want some ? The filling was very wholesome and generous. The covering made was super thing to the extent we could see the filling inside through the translucent pockets that held them. #GoodEnough
Malaysian Fish Curry: Very good portion of basa served in rich dark yellow turmeric based generous and thick Malaysian curry. The proportionate use of coconut milk in contrast to galangal and some fresh lemon grass was prominent enough to fix the mood right. Simply superb and a must have dish here in this ongoing fest. #LovedIt
Stir fried Chinese Greens and veg noodle: Too good to not miss this. Apt to its name this one was rather a mix bag of greens sliced and diced to be tossed into a wok. The dish had good amount of greens such as carrots, fresh Basil, bell peppers, shallots, and some crispy garlic along with noodles. #GoodEnough
Stir fried chicken in chilli basil sauce: rather regular chicken in chilly basil sauce but loved the fact that the Basil was actually imparting its flavour rather than being just sit-on-top kind of garnish. The mild dash of freshness that basil gave made the dish special. There were few bell peppers used to occasionally impart a crunchy bite of sorts. #GoodEnough
The mains were relished along with some noodles and rice preparations that were sorted keeping in mind the mains and ones which would pair perfectly with them. It was absolute bang on pairing when we relished our mind blowing Thai green curry along with Jasmine Burnt garlic rice.
Thai Green Curry: The one such good dish. Ah! 1 spoon of this elixir and you are cloud 9 for sure. It was so damn heavenly that we literally fought each other to dig our spoons into the small bowl. I can come a 100 times for just this one thing alone. I can’t say anymore that I do not like Thai green curry. Now I am not sure of authentic Thai curry is meant to be t\like this or not or this was rather a south Indian customizes version of the dish but It made me fall in love with this dish like never before. #Absolutemusthave
Thai chilli fried rice: A rather standard affair which is more of bulk and less on taste factor. This can be sued to polish the plate when you order lot of curries. But, honestly I would rather order 2-3 generous portions of burnt garlic rice rather than this one. #LackedThePunch
Jasmine Burnt Garlic rice: I couldn’t have asked for more when I got this as just the perfect partner in crime with the Thai green curry. The mild Jasmine flavour was absolute evident in the aroma that gripped the air around and the garlic couldn’t have been more perfect – Finely diced, golden brown and not a single piece either raw or burnt. The most perfect crispy garlic garnish that you can ever ask for. We actually thanked the Chef for not having taken the term quite literally – Burnt Garlic #LovedIt
Char grilled flat noodles: Mildly char grilled flat noodles with a bit of a crunch coming in from the generous use of shallot, bell peppers and cabbage. Nice accompaniment to any of the mains. I liked the fact that the noodles used were actually flat and thin in width unlike the thick bulky flat noodles you are offered at some other places. I could feel the mild difference in taste as well because of the use of these different noodles. #LovedIt
Desserts was a real mix bag of surprise for us coz on one hand we loved a few of them while we totally mocked at some others.
Date Pancake with ice cream: The crepes that sandwiched the dates were good but the dish as a whole was a let-down since the dates weren’t really sanding out in the dish owing to the dryness that it brought along.
Blueberry cheese cake: Loved the cheese cake like totally. The texture was bang on and the sauce used was just what you expect it to be – a tad sweet a bit sour Yummm…
Biter chocolate fondue: The saddest dish of the night which had chocolate sauce along with cut fruits. The fruits had certain acidity that it imparted to the dish in contrast to the sweet chocolate sauce. Yup the sauce was not at all bitter. But, apart from that there was nothing to be impressed. I thought it to be a miss fit of sorts by all means.
Wicked Chocolate Blob: Nothing but a deconstructed version of brownie with ice cream. It was a pretty standard affair. Nothing outstanding but nothing bad either. But with the expectation set really high it would be rather called a disappointment.
Trikaya is a uptown fine dine restaurant located at 3rd Floor, Aditya Shagun Mall, NDA-Pashan Road, Bavdhan.
Kudos to Mr Laxman Goswamy and Chef Arjun Singh who took good care of us for the night and the courteous staff who were always on their toes to serve us promptly. Chef took all the feedback very sincerely and was excited with this new concept of Restaurant Week once he witness us were done savouring all the super tasty delectable dishes. As a fine dining restaurant, Trikaya delivers scrumptious culinary delights right to the full marks! A discovery of a place which serves amazing south East Asian food ends here !
Disclaimer: The invite was for a complimentary food tasting event.
This review is a narrative of my experience at the event. The views expressed in this review are solely mine and others are more than welcome to agree or disagree with the same. The review is in no way influenced either personally or commercially nor has it been lifted, copied or plagiarized from any source however I have done my due diligence on the event via publicly available information on the internet.