I am really tired of seeing Facebook status of people saying Goaaaaah. While we being not so lucky souls sweat it out and get burnt in the current heat this city has to offer, there are those few fortunate who enjoy vacations in Goa every once and then. I personally miss the shacks, the seaside lazing around on the beaches, the relaxed and fun environment and yes, of course, good seafood. I always wondered if it is possible to get the same atmosphere back in Pune.
I think Rachel Goenka and Chef Irfan Pabaney seem to have that exact same confidence for this place to do well in a market which is notorious for ubiquitous drinking watering holes. And, Baraza in East African means a public meeting place, the interior as in an island-themed bar, says a lot abt the place in itself. With a focus on The B-Life Non-Stop, which is Eat, Drink, Party, Repeat mode, this place shares those relaxed and laid-back vibes of Goan shacks and Spanish tavernas. Total beach like feel coupled with a homely tavern like atmosphere. It . In-house DJ, live performances and renowned DJs playing at the venue are the high points for this place. Hence, keeping the fact in mind that there aren’t too many good food focussed place with such relaxed atmosphere, I am very sure that guest will grab this place as their favorite one!
Fun fact; the only place to serve 8 beers on tap which include equal numbers from Effingut Brewerkz and Independence Brewery is Barazza, ladies and gentlemen!
We had been served with quite a few drinks option (refer the slideshow for images) but let us discuss the best out of them!
Willy Wonka (Rs. 399) – who could have thought of a chocolatey flavor drink with whiskey will taste that nice. Whiskey and chocolate milk, superb texture and lovely combination!
Cosmic Bubble Martini (Rs. 399) – well, a little drama is always a welcome, right? The alcohol as the denominator and candy floss as numerator utilized in the glass in front of the guest. The combination of Vodka, candy floss, and triple orange liqueur marched its way to a great potent and interaction in taste!
Kolhapuri Chicken Tacos (Rs. 245) – masterpiece played the opening shots perfectly. Marination was done right, Tender and succulent chicken chunks were literally tasted nice. It was stuffed with the super hot and spicy chicken in Kolhapuri masala that loved by everyone at the table.
“Baraza” Chicken Tikka (Rs. 275) was brilliant too. Yet again, super tender chicken and yummy taste. It had a lovely texture in tikkas. Felt nice. A comfort appetizer for a lazy evening. Dilli ki yaad aagayi yaar !
American Corn Tempura (Rs. 180) – These tempura fried nibbles served with a dash of sriracha mayo that made it absolutely impossible to stop at just one spoonful. Very reasonably priced appetizer. The combination of chili, spinach and sriracha mayo is too good for a glass of beer or your fav cocktails. Fried spinach lauded the perfect crunch and the Mayo provided the moistness and spice to the dish. Definitely, I didn’t want to stop there and order more but then there were so many different items lined up too, so had to stop.
Stir Fried Kung Pao Chili Chicken (Rs. 245) – Well, a good try but to my surprise, the chicken pieces were not as per the expectation. But Since feedback handed over to Chef, so I believe next time, it would be nicer.
Mushroom done two ways (Rs. 235), Sabudana Vada stuffed with Chicken and Cheese (Rs. 245), Goa Sausage, water chestnuts with onions, peppers, and cheddar (Rs. 325).
Rava Paniyarram (Rs. 210) with Curry leaf tadka, ghee, and some Kerala Chutney.
Ghee Roast Chicken (Rs. 325) – It was good in taste. Ghee made the dish tantalizing. It was served with green chili naan and mini coriander. I truly loved the dish. I’ll recommend the same to you people as well.
Goan Prawn Curry (Rs. 425) – anything with prawns is a welcome dish for me. And especially when we are talking abt some juicy and fresh prawns, excitement hits the top level. Somehow, I had to go slow only to find the curry didn’t have that impact and something went a little here and there in curry texture and taste. Feedback is given instantly and well received!
Paneer Tikka Masala Biryani (Rs. 325) – surprised I was that I didn’t expect it so nice. A perfect taste of the biryani masala and the condiments. Soft chunks of paneer throughout the biryani bites and it was cooked nicely, I must mention here. A good veg option for all the vegetarians out there.
Nutella Crème Brûlée with pistachio and almond biscotti tasted brilliant. I and my dear friend Mr. Chug and Chow both were on attacking position with ready to die in a fight for that one extra tip of it. The Nutella played a perfect spot in the pairing. That was the yumminess level of the dessert. Loved it.
Boozy Brownie was paired with homemade vanilla ice cream. Totally sinful and vanished within seconds. Haha.
There were few other desserts also which got served to us. And all desserts are moderately priced between Rs. 225-Rs.245. Flourless Chocolate Cake served with basil pine nut ice cream and salted caramel, Churros with chocolate sauce and snicker chunk ice cream and Classic Banoffee Pie with Bailey’s cream.
Thanks to Svetlana for inviting us and Chef Irfan and Team Baraza for graciously hosting us.
Baraza Bars & Bites is located at Ishanya Mall, Yerwada.
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 and as shared by the client/PR agency. All photos are clicked by my iPhone 6+.
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