Kargo – Something for everyone! — Reviewed!

Kargo is not a new name in the Pune dining scenes. Located in the bylanes of Koregaon Park, the place is known for some amazing food, offers and fantastic vibes. The black glasses frontage, red carpet entrance, two different seating areas along with an alfresco, open kitchen on the other hand, bright yellow wall with decal, stone textured wall, high ceilings and dim-light settings are some of the key features of Kargo.

Food menu is extensive ranging from Indian, Italian, Oriental. One can pair the drinks with some amazing starters. They were probably the first one to introduce Naanza (cross of naan and pizza) to Pune. Kargo has revamped the menu and has come up with scrumptious stuff. People can also enjoy 30% discount on the regular bar menu. To avoid the scepticism, Kargo do have the Happy Hours menu too!

I got a chance to try some of the following delicacies (off and on from the Happy menu) for my lunch...
  • Cream of Broccoli and Almond Soup (4.5/5)
  • Cream of Garlic with Mushroom Phyllo (5/5)
  • Coronation Apple with Spiced Cashewnuts and Raisins (4.5/5)
  • Spicy Barbeque and Cottage Cheese, Jalapenos and Pepper Naanza (3.5/5)
  • Roasted Pepper, Corn and Broccoli Naanza (4/5)
  • Veg Crostini (5/5)
  • Coriander Marinated Grilled Cottage Cheese (4.5/5)
  • Lemon Chilli Cottage Cheese (4/5)
  • Veg Khowsuey (3.5/5)
  • Madras Curry (4/5)
  • Coconut Panacotta (4.5/5)
  • New York styled Baked Cheesecake (4.5/5)
  • Raspberry Jam Ice-cream (4/5)
  • Single Origin Chocolate (4/5)
Started our meal with the thick, rich, creamy bowl of soups. Both the soups (Broccoli and Mushrooms) were flavourful but the Cream of Garlic and Mushroom Phyllo was a notch better. It had the deep earthy flavours of mushrooms with fresh thyme and cream. Loved it totally. Highly Recommended!

I am a salad lover, so opted for Coronation Apple with Spiced Cashewnuts and Raisins. The bowl had bang on flavours and textures. Blended with perfect creamy curry dressing, it had the crunch of cashewnuts, apples and sweetness of raisins. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Was eagerly waiting to try their Naanza so tried the Spicy Barbeque and Cottage Cheese, Jalapenos and Pepper one. Naanza was cooked perfectly however the cottage cheese marination was bit weird hence had to skip this dish. To compensate, we ordered one more Naanza – Roasted Pepper, Corn and Broccoli. This super scrumptious dish was loved by one and all. It had all the textures and cheesiness and spiced flavours. Loved it.

Next on the table was the Veg Crostini. Trust me, it was one of the best dishes I had the other day. Crispy bite sized perfectly toasted and grilled bread was topped with the delicious sweet, spiced veggies. A must have at Kargo.

One of the finest dishes I had at Kargo was the Coriander Marinated Grilled Cottage Cheese Plate. The filling dish had melt in mouth paneer patties drizzled with pesto sauce, served with grilled veggies, fragrant butter rice and bright green colored pesto sauce. It had the strong hint of garlic with the freshness of coriander. Highly Recommended!

Another paneer preparation was the Lemon Chilli Cottage Cheese. Subtle flavour of Indian spices especially the acidity of lime. The dish was grilled to perfection. Nicely made.

From the main course, Burmese Khowsuey and Madras Curry were both scrumptious. On one hand, the khowsuey (a complete meal) was nicely cooked with subtle coconut flavour and on the other hand, served with buttered rice, the Madras Curry had the intense flavour of coconut milk, curry leaves, spices. One can easily get the punch of South Indian taste.

Desserts came next. I was impressed with the Coconut Panacotta because of the refreshing hint of coconut and basil. It was just perfectly sweet to cut down the heavy meals.

Who doesn't love cheesecakes and when it is NY Style Baked Cheesecake, I was over the moon. This dessert won my heart as it just 'Perfect'. It relies upon heavy cream, cream cheese, eggs blended to smooth consistency. This cheesecake was also a crowd-pleaser.

Handmade signature Raspberry Jam Ice-cream and Single Origin Chocolate was also top notch. Rich, creamy ice-creams had bang on flavours. Must try.

Portion sizes are value for money. People can enjoy with friends, family or even alone. Guys, do visit Kargo, Koregaon Park for some scrumptious food with couple of drinks.
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1BHK Superbar – Eat, Drink, Merry! — Reviewed!

1BHK Superbar in Baner is a fresh addition to the burgeoning Baner area. The name is quite attractive and the expansion (Bar. Haute. Kitchen) of which is written on the roof just at the entrance. The two-storey restaurant has the vibrant outdoor seating with the food and beverage graffiti. As soon as you enter, the place welcomes you with the brasserie offering salads, soups, sangrias, coffee and juices with a take-away option.

Ambience: One can see a lot of elements in the interiors. After a small chit-chat with the owner, Rajat, we got to know about the insights of the decoration. "The idea to open the restaurant was the educate the Pune people about the food, thus, you can see the food graffiti, various kitchen tools", says Rajat. Mini scooter, Page 3 words, hanging wooden panels are some of the features at the 1BHK. There are so many options in seating area – be it the cosy corner with the painting on the top or the one of its kind Jhula Table or the high tables with tapas in the bar area. The high energy Superbar separates the tapas and dining section, hence, people can choose to sit as per their liking.

Menu: The hauté cuisine served in the dedicated casual dining is comfort world food with an Indian reach. From Tapas to Main meals, the place has over 150+ dishes on the menu. We had some of the signatures...
  • Liquid Paan (4.5/5)
  • Crunchy Watermelon Feta with Balsamic Vinegar Caviar (4/5)
  • Princess Veg Mezze Platter (4/5)
  • Scampi Mushrooms (3.5/5)
  • Garlic Mushrooms with Pita Bread (4/5)
  • 1BHK Cottage Cheese Steak in JD's sauce (5/5)
  • The Butter Paneer Nazza (4/5)
  • Contandina Pink Sauce with Multi Veggies (3.5/5)
  • Thai Green Curry with Steamed Rice (2.5/5)
  • Napoli Tiramisu (2.5/5)
  • Profiteroles (3/5)
  • Blueberry Cheesecake (4/5)
We started our evening with some of the mocktails and one of the most delicious was the Liquid Paan. The vibrant green colored drink had the intense flavour of gulkand and kesar. Served in the martini glass on the bed of rose petals, this drink is not to be missed.

I am a huge salad lover. And best part is when it has fruits in it. So, the Watermelon Feta Salad with in house Balsamic Vinegar Caviar was the freshness on the plate. The sweet, tangy salad is perfect for summer.

Loved the idea of Mezze platter. We ordered Princess Veg Mezze Platter for the group of 4. It had the refreshing Baba Ganoush, Tabbouleh, a delish smooth Hummus and a bright tempting Muhammara along with the nicely toasted pita bread. A must try!

Mushroom lovers would surely love this vegetarian starter – Scampi Mushroom. Half cut scrumb fried mushrooms were stuffed with the finely chopped mushrooms, spices and topped with cheese. Served in a toy truck, the dish had the pungent smell of mushrooms, so couldn't eat much.

Another dish for the starters – Garlic Mushrooms with Pita Bread. The cheesy, gooey sauce had the finely chopped mushrooms with a hint of garlic. Loved the combination with the fresh pita.

One of my personal favourite dish from the menu was the 1BHK Cottage Cheese Steak in JD's sauce.. A complete meal in itself, the plating was done right on point. Perfectly marinated and grilled large chunks of paneer were stacked over the grilled exotic veggies and served with creamy potato mash, salad and spicy dip. Highly recommended!
From the mains we had The Butter Paneer Nazza. Nicely cooked butter naan was topped with spicy paneer. Needs to be eat hot and fresh otherwise it might get chewy.

We chose Contandina Pink Sauce with Multi Veggies from the Italian range. I wish it was more cheesy and saucy. However, overall the dish was good.

Wanted to try Thai Green Curry with Steamed Rice. The portion size was good but it was more watery and had the strong flavour of asafoetida rather than the coconut milk. It was anything but Thai curry. I wish it was more balanced in flavors.

Now came the desserts. Blueberry Cheesecake was superb. It was decadent and mild sweet, the way I like. Napoli Tiramisu and Profiteroles can be avoided.

Overall, the ambience is nice, food is good and the staff is courteous. I would like to go again to try some more dishes. Enjoy some more photographs! :)

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