Magnum Opus- Something for Everyone Reviewed!

Magnum Opus, located in Pimple Saudagar- a one stop destination for all - may it be couples wanting a candid dinner, or party goers looking for a dance floor, or family wanting to dine. Owned by Mr. Manoj Pandey, its a huge property, capacity to cater more than 350 people, on rooftop has three segments with different decor, ambience and atmosphere. 

Amongst three, one is Magnum Opus, a fine dine veg and non-veg restaurant, offers world cuisines with the choice of AC or open air seating. As you enter you are welcomed by a magnificent setting, a delightful antique marble cut stones on the wall and the luxuries of modernity.

Big canvas paintings adorn the walls. This place is ideal for family or corporate meetings looking for A La Carte or Buffets.

Another is Bay Leaf, a pure vegetarian section with separate kitchen and kids' play area. Parents can sit back and relax, enjoy their meals without running around their children. Lollapalooza is the third section, a lounge with a dance floor where youths can hangout with friends and party together.
I was representing Food Bloggers Association of India (FBAI) and being a pre-launch invite, lunch was complimentary.However, the menu offered a wide variety of mouth-watering world cuisines. I had the Caramelised Onion and Zucchini broth soup, which could be avoided.

Starters were served on the table- Jalapeno Cheese Balls, Anjeer Kebab and Honey Chilli Crispy Potato.

They were exquisite especially Cheese balls having a crispy crust with gooey, melt in mouth cheese inside. The green chutney which accompany the appetisers were equally good.

Starters were followed by a intelligently designed lavish buffet spread with a mix of veg and non-veg. Variety of salads included Spiced Chicken Caeser salad, Tomato Mozzarella salad, Classic Pasta salad, Garden Fresh salad, Greek salad, Mix Seafood salad, Cucumber Khimchi salad, Raw Papaya salad of which my favourite was Tomato Mozzarella, wherein Tomato were roasted and sprinkled with mozzarella, nice juicy taste.

Moving to main course, Penne with creamy pesto, Mutton roganjosh, Goan fish curry, Paneer Makhan, Chilli garlic noodles, Chicken burnt garlic rice, Dal tadka, Steam Rice, Veg pulao, assorted Indian bread, papad and pickle- something for everyone.

Penne Pesto was surely the crowd puller. Makhani gravy was smooth and rich but Paneer could ave been more soft. Dal Tadka went well with Steam Rice.

We really did not have space for desserts but they looked promising. Fresh fruit platter, Gajar halwa, Moongdal halwa, Gulab jamun, Shahi tukade, Angoor rabri, Kala jamun. Who would say a no?

Shahi tukade failed to impress but Moongdal halwa surely was on a different league-loved it! What could be a better combination with winter noons and hot and scrumptious halwa? Kala Jamun was soft and warm.

Staff was new and active with a bit knowledge of food. They will obviously have hands on experience when everything goes in full swing.
Lifts and parking are also available exclusively for Magnum Opus.

I really congratulate Mr. Manoj Pandey and his team for Magnum Opus and wish him all the success!
Magnum Opus Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Salute Bistro-'Toast to young energy' reviewed!

Salute Bistro, just four months old, is located in calm and peaceful lane of viman nagar. It is owned and managed by a young energetic entrepreneur Piyush who aims to take his dream high above the stars. Salute Bistro as described by Piyush is a toast to life, to new beginnings, to new friends.
The bistro was started with a joint passion of Piyush and his friend but he had to quit due to some unavoidable conditions. 
We were invited personally by him at an event organised by IIHM. It was a dinner invite for the coming weekend. Reached early and thankfully had no issues in the parking. Being a food blogger, we are used to take photographs so my job started by taking few pics of the place. Nice, small place with indoor and outdoor seating. Photo frames adorn the walls expressing the taste of the place.
Coming to the food and drinks, I was offered Virgin Mojito, which was good with refreshing mint and bits of lemon. I would suggest to use only lemon juice and not its pieces in Mojito.
Fellow blogger ordered for French Onion Soup and so did I. With huge expectations, I was waiting for the soup, but unfortunately it failed to impress me. Cheese and Croutons were missing. Surely, they took the note and assured to serve it accordingly! :)
Appetizers started with Jalapeño cheese crackle and Nachos in vegetarian category. Jalapeno Cheese Crackle was tactfully covered with crispy rice flakes and cheese inside with colorful beetroot and potato filling. Never saw rice flakes crust on crackles. Nice attempt.
Nachos were good with loads of cheese however, flavour could have been better. In non veg it was Buharis chicken 65 and chicken green-hornet. Being a vegetarian could not review non-veg.
Main course started with Veg Lasagne and must say it could be their signature dish. One of my favourite. Pasta sheets were properly cooked along with the vegetables. Flavours were intact. For me, Veg Lasagne was the star of the evening! .

Continued with the non veg main course there were Lemony Pepper Chicken, Grilled Fish With Lemon Butter Sauce, Prawns Marinara and Thai green curry with butter rice which looked equally good.
For a happy and sweet ending, Lemon Tart and Caramel Custard were served which we missed because I had to leave early. My bad! I wish the team all the best and hope to see the bistro grow each passing day...:)

Salute Bistro Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

JW Marriott Pune: Special demonstration for kids pre-Christmas

Christmas,the festival of joy, is just round the corner. It would be an understatement to say that children get ridiculously excited about Christmas. In fact it sometimes seems like they spend the whole year waiting for it. Christmas is a time for baking, whether you're making Cookies, Cakes, Ginger Breadhouse, or Pastries.

While baking, kids are always fascinated and curious about how to bake and decorate. It's time for something a bit more conducive to busily-growing bodies for which Hotel JW Marriott came up with special demonstration, where children tried their hands on making of the X-mas goodies.

I was invited by PR for this wonderful event at JW Marriott and was glad to see so many kids with curious eyes. Chef Sidney Dcunha and his staff made sure to entertain kids with their interactive session. Huge Gingerbread house was the centre of attraction for everyone.

Demonstration started in the Pastry Room which is downstairs passing the labyrinth passage. Preparations were done, kids were excited and so were the chefs.

Chef Sidney took the lead and asked each kid to wear their apron and toques. Proud could be sensed in their body language. So, after all gearing up, cupcakes, Christmas cookies and few edible items for decoration were ready to be crafted by the little chefs.

Children were given colorful piping bags for icing along with cupcakes and cookies. They were given a reference photos as welluse. Couple of them were too young to do icing but filled with energy to do everything.

Chef and his staff were helping them with the icing and the decoration. Kids were so happy with their creativity and so were we. Such a bliss!

The event concluded with the lavish buffet lunch at Spice Kitchen. Huge spread of Veg and Non Veg preparations including Soups, Salads, Oriental cuisine, Italian, Indian and obviously numerous options for desserts! Will post the detailed review of Spice Kitchen in my next post. Enjoy the pictures by then.

And I wish alike this event, all the future events at Marriott be a big hit!

Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year to a wonderful host!