Dinhsaw's Xpress Cafe – New Range of menu — Reviewed!

We all have known Dinshaw's as an ice-cream outlet but now we can see them in all new look cafe, Dinshaw's Xpress Cafe, which is ‘The Complete Ice Cream Experience’ by offering a range Exotic Sundaes, Ice Cream Cakes, Smoothies, Waffles, Crepes, Thick Shakes, Frappes, Iced Coffees along with an Italian / Continental Food Menu- Pizzas, Pastas, Salads, Sandwiches & more. Extending now, we can see new Parsi Food menu too.

Located in the prime location of Koregaon Park, the cafe is a bit cramped with seating of around 20 people in total for indoor and outdoor. Being a hot summer day, we preferred to sit inside the cafe. It was packed thus had to wait for few minutes.

The new introduction to the menu was the Parsi food, freakshakes, and some sundaes. Veg Dhansak, Veg Berry Pulao, Chicken Farcha, Chicken Dhansak or Mutton Keema Ghotala are some of their signatures.

Our lunch started with the warm cheese Garlic Bread. Plated on the Pizza tray, it was cheesy and served directly from the oven. Fresh and tasty! We waited for long to try the main course Parsi dish, Veg Dhansak (Rs.199) and Rice. Usually made with meat, but the vegetarian version was also scrumptious. It is a medley of fresh vegetables and lentil. I was glad to have it with rice and the spices were a bit on the higher note, which of course, I liked. The taste was awesome!

I was curious to try Freak shake and ordered Melbourne Cookie Freakshake (Rs.250). Mahn! That was huge! It was fully loaded with oreo cookies, kit kat, gems, chocolate ice-cream, chocolate shake. So sinful! A must try for the chocolate lovers! Recommended!

Next was the luscious The Chocolate Toffee Turtle (Rs.210). Long glass with a mess of chocolate, home-made caramel sauces, nuts, cookies, vanilla ice-cream and molten brownie ice-cream. Could it get more heavenly than this? So so yummy! I loved it to the core! Highly Recommended!

Churros are my all time favourite. Jenga Churros was our last dessert to try. Stacked on a plate were fresh churros, drizzled with fudge sauce, sprinkled cinnamon sugar and topped with Vanilla ice-cream. The plate looks messy but it was worth a try! Warm churros, chocolate sauce, and ice-cream. Can't get better than this. Recommended!

Service definitely needs improvement, though, apart from that, the food was very nice. I will go again for the Toffee Turtle, Churros, and Dhansak. Please do visit the place and share your experiences in the comment box. Would love to hear from you guys! :)

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Arthur's Theme – An Evening well spent! — Reviewed!

Arthur's Theme is not a new name to Pune. It is a European fine dine restaurant, satiating our taste buds, with over 20 years in the culinary world. It is a hot spot in Koregaon Park and to reach more crowd now, they have one more outlet at the happening Baner-Balewadi High Street (BHS).

Ambiance: First thing you notice is the Cross sign in the center, then you will see the European-inspired interiors like artificial plants adorning the wall, live bar area, neatly placed cutlery, brick walls, large paintings, shades of beige, matching upholstery and furnishings. The moment you enter and see the place, it is so mesmerizing, it virtually transports you to the another world. Mellow music in the background is pleasant too. Both types of seating options - pleasant outdoor seating with the fresh breeze flowing or indoors with AC and a feel of dining in a classy restaurant, are equally good.

Ample parking space is available in the building premises.

Food: Menu is quite elaborate with the unique names, though the description makes it easy to understand the content. To cut short the time in deciding what to eat, they have recently launched the set Four Course Meal plan. Each course is curated with the 4-5 signature dishes from the menu and guest gets to choose any one from each course. Decently priced at Rs. 799+taxes, patrons can opt for Soups/Salad, Starter, Main Course and Desserts.

Our evening started with some of the scrumptious dishes chosen by the owner and chef himself. First, we had Honey Mustard Salad, a warm salad surprisingly. It had sauteed bell peppers, blanched corn, mushroom and iceberg lettuce, honey and mustard dressing for the balance in taste. Bit sour, spicy and sweet along with the crunch of bell peppers and lettuce. Recommended!

Hawaiian Salad is a chicken based salad but the chef was generous enough to make it veg for us. Juliennes of bell peppers, pineapple tossed in Mayonnaise for sweet and tangy flavors. I loved the fact that each dish is thoughtfully done to balance the taste. Recommended! 

I wanted to try soups so we ordered two- Mushroom and French Onion. Both were good but my preference was Lady Ewen Mushroom Soup. Warm, thick, flavourful soup with that attractive green color. It had an intense earthy taste. Quite subtle. Recommended!

Starters came. I had high expectations with Don Quixote or Cheese croquettes. It was more like an Aloo patty with the bit of cheese served with mayo. The crispy covering of bread crumbs made up for it. Who doesn't love cheese, so do I, so I expect it to be more cheesy and gooey! It was quite heavy and a meal in itself.

Potato Skins was next. There was so much of taste and guiltless eating on that plate. Crunchy skins with peppers, herbs and spices made this dish irresistible and that mayo was to die for. Recommended!

Since I love spicy food, I had to try Joie, which is a combination of cottage cheese and mushrooms tossed in spicy garlic sauce. That color, the texture, the flavors – bang on! Paneer and mushrooms were coated and deep fried to perfection and tossed in a scrumptious sauce which had the strong but pleasant hint of garlic. Highly Recommended!

For the main course, we had Ferdinand and Venetia. On one hand, Ferdinand is cottage cheese and mushroom cooked in flavored sauce and served with rice while Venetia is the type of pasta served in the brown sauce with baby potatoes, cherry tomatoes and onions. Both had different contrasting flavors. Ferdinand is medium spicy and Venetia was bit on the sweeter side.

Our evening came to an end on a sweeter note with the Blueberry Cheese Cake. Rich, Velvety cheesecake topped with blueberry compote was the total indulgence. Loved it. It struck the right chord of sweetness. Perfect! Recommended!

One can also pair the food with the variety of wines, beers, cocktails, and mocktails. We had different mocktails – Princess Rita, Blue Moon and both were nice.

I recommend this place for quiet dinner with family and loved ones. It's cozy ambiance and vibes are to look out for. Do try their set menu and share your experiences here in the comment box. Would love to read from you.

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