Whispering Bamboo, Vivanta by Taj – An evening to remember!

Citi is organizing a 10 day culinary celebration – Gourmet Flavours wherein people will get an opportunity to sample the best gourmet meals at their favourite and the best restaurants in the cities across India like JW Marriott, Hyatt, Le Meridian, ITC, Taj, Trident to name a few. The cities offering Gourmet Flavours are Delhi NCR, Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai, Kolkata, Pune, Hyderabad, Chandigarh & Ahmedabad.

It is a steal to enjoy a scrumptious three course fine dine meal at economic rates.
Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore 1,150/-*(Citi Card holders) 1,350/-*(Non- Citi Card holders)
Chennai, Hyderabad, Pune, Kolkata 950/-*(Citi Card holders) 1,150/-*(Non- Citi Card holders)
Chandigarh, Ahmedabad 800/-*(Citi Card holders) 1,000/-*(Non- Citi Card holders)

I was super excited to be invited by FBAI (Food Bloggers Association of India) to be a part of the celebration. I opted for Whispering Bamboo, Vivanta by Taj and am so glad I did. Vivanta by Taj, the huge five star property is located in the Koregaon Park, wherein the travellers can seek hassle free experience. Taj is known for minimalistic and simple styles. Keeping the tradition, Whispering Bamboo is also designed the same way. Bamboo shoots decorated around the wall, wood print chairs, yellow walls goes well with the theme. I loved the vibes of the place, quick service, and excellent authentic Chinese food. Live music on weekends makes the ambience more vibrant.

We were presented with the four course set menu with mix choices for both vegetarians and non-vegetarians. However, the menu is made intelligently featuring signature dishes still it is flexible and one can add or remove their choice of dish. Our menu was as follows...

Soup: Clear Vegetable and Garlic Soup (4.5/5)
Golden Corn Five Spice (5/5)
Assorted Dumplings (4/5)
Chestnut in Sweet Garlic Sauce (5/5)
Main Course:
Assorted Vegetables in Mustard Chilli Sauce (4.5/5)
Shandong Veg Fried Rice (4.5/5)
Stir Fried Chinese Greens (4/5)
Vegetable Hakka Noodles (4.5/5)
Honey Darshan with Ice cream (5/5)
Fresh Cut Fruits (4.5/5)
Date Pancake (4/5)

Isn't this tempting? I was privileged to try all of it; however, the customers need to choose any one from each course.

Our dinner started with the appetising Jasmine Tea, a traditional chinese drink.

Starting from the soup – Clear Vegetable and Garlic Soup is a simple and healthy soup. Subtle taste, balanced flavour, one sip and just soothing feeling. Exotic vegetables in veg stock and topped with burnt garlic made this dish amazing. Basic yet flavourful.

Golden Corn Five Spice - I am still craving for this munchie. One of the finest and addictive sweet corn recipe for me. Each corn kernel was separately coated and deep fried to perfection. Each spoonful was food for soul to me.

Assorted Dumplings had steamed spinach and golden garlic dumplings and pan fried vegetable dumpling. Both had distinct flavour and the wholesome meal appealed all to my good senses.

Another star dish of the evening was Chestnuts in Sweet Garlic Sauce. Blanched Chestnuts in Schezwan sauce will surely tickle your taste buds to crave for more. Crunchy, crispy from outside fritters tossed with sweet and spicy garlic sauce. Each bite had burst of flavours in the mouth.

We were overwhelmed with the starters itself however could not resist the main course. Shandong Veg Fried Rice and Assorted Vegetables in Mustard Chilli Sauce was first combination. Rice were so flavoursome with bit garlic and other spices. Exotic veggies stir fried in spicy chilli paste and strong mustard sauce is quite an innovative dish and went well with rice.

I am not a big green veggies fan so just tried bit Stir Fried Chinese Greens. Nicely made dish with Broccoli, Bok Choy stir fried in Soy sauce, vinegar and garlic flavoured oil. Healthy choice...:)

Vegetable Hakka Noodles, a wholesome meal in itself with goodness of veggies and taste of spices. It was awesome!

Finally, the dessert platter for us. Though, in regular serving, only one dessert of choice will be served. Our platter had Fresh cut fruits, Date pancake and Darshan with Vanilla Icecream. Darshan is deep fried crispy flat noodles tossed in honey. It was super yum. I am going again to have this...:)

I am sure, words will not suffice the beautiful experience we had at the Whispering Bamboo. Mr. Praveen, the F&B Manager and Mr. Ganesh, the restaurant manager are very co-operative and helpful. This was one of the memorable evenings, I would cherish.

Whispering Bamboo - Vivanta By Taj Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Food Palette – Where food meets art — Reviewed!

The dream of owning a restaurant by a lovely passionate couple - Rohan and Amruta Apte, who were hotel management students, has finally fulfilled with Food Palette. The name emerges with merging of two concepts – restaurant and art gallery, wherein art work can be appreciated along with the delicious food.

Strategically located in The Business Hub at Waje-Malwadi highway, Kothrud, the building is impossible to miss. Parking is easily available.

Just 2 week old restaurant is doing really well. The place can accommodate around 40 people indoor including the mezzanine floor. They do have outdoor seating as well. Wooden stairs takes you to the mezzanine which is more personal place. One can also opt for small gatherings, kitties, birthdays, events in this place. Pav Bhaji, Pizza, Sandwich counter is just at the entrance. Oh! the aroma of Pav bhaji will surely catch you! :)

Food Palette serves both Veg and Non-Veg dishes in Soup, Sandwiches, Pizza, Pav Bhaji, Wraps, Punjabi, Parathas, Desserts etc. The menu is ever growing as per the requirement. They are also planning to introduce Chinese! Brace yourself to indulge in some sinful dishes.

I could not resist myself to try Pav Bhaji (Rs. 80) and let me tell you, it is one of the best Pav Bhaji, I have tasted so far. The butter laden Pav with balanced flavoured bhaji was too delicious. No need to count your calories when you have this kind of food in the front. Homemade spices were used in the preparations, undoubtedly the taste was awesome. 

Though, I tried only Pav Bhaji but was tempted to click other good-looking dishes. Veg Cheese Pizza (Rs. 140) and Veg Maratha were prepared for some other guests, but they were looking too good to resist clicking. 

I am surely gonna come back to try some of their signature dishes...
  • Pav Bhaji
  • Soup
  • Paneer Tikka Wrap
  • Pizza
  • Biryani
A total value for money place. I would highly recommend this place for those who all are looking for delicious food, calm ambience and quick service. Also, another reason to rejoice, they do home delivery also in area around 5 kms. So, I think your weekend dinner plan is sorted. You know where to head! :) May be you can catch me there!
Food Palette Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Donut Magic – Eggless, Fresh, Affordable Donuts — Reviewed!

Who doesn't love donuts? It is rather a very common breakfast and snack in many countries. The best part is you can play around with the toppings and the fillings. Recently, there are so many donuts places coming up, but I remember 8 years old Donut Magic. Fresh Eggless Donuts at an affordable price is what you can expect from them.

I was invited by the brand to try their assorted donuts, so when I happened to visit their outlet in SGS Mall, Camp, was happy to see the variety they had to offer at such a cost. Their donuts starts at Rs. 25. Yes, you read it right! You will read more about this below..:) Not only kids but they have a nice range to attract each and every family member.

Just at the entrance of the mall, you can spot a small kiosk with number of delicious donuts. I met the owner who started the outlets out of love for donuts. We had a good chat over a coffee about the history and the success story of the Donut Magic. As mentioned by him, "Started 8 years back, we have kept our basic recipe the same. We make fresh dough and do not compromise on the taste. Our motto is to make people fall in love for donuts."

He was generous to offer me almost all donuts and assorted brownies. Let me explain in detail about the menu they have to offer...
Donuts are categorized into 4 types –
  • Ring - Regular ones (Rs. 25 and 30)
  • Filled - Any type of filling in donut; lemon, caramel etc (Rs. 30)
  • Chocolate - Choc frosting (Rs. 30)
  • Speciality - Best Sellers (Rs. 40)

Here is what I tried and a quick stars to my favourites...
  • Choco Swirl (4/5)
  • Chocolate Frosted Sprinkles (4/5)
  • Caramel Kreme (5/5)
  • Choco Hazelnut (5/5)
  • Chocolate Kreme (4.5/5)
  • Glazed Coconut (4/5)
  • Glazed Lemon Filled (3.5/5)
  • White Choco Oreo (4.5/5)
  • Oreo Cookie Brownie (4/5)
  • Regular Sprinkled Brownie (3.5/5)
  • Choco Chip Brownie (4/5)
Trust me, I tried almost each and every donut. They are not only presentable but tasted great. The base of the donut was spongy My personal favourites are Choco Hazelnut Filled Donut, Caramel Kreme, Chocolate Kreme, White Chocolate Oreo and let me tell you why.

Chocolate Hazelnut Filled Donut was just soo tempting. With the first bite, the hazelnut caramel oozed out and it was just so sinful! I loved every bit of it.

Caramel Kreme - Oh! That Glaze!! No wonder it is their speciality one. The chocolate shining glaze and the caramel in it was a bonus. The base is soft and fluffy.

Chocolate Kreme - Almost alike Caramel Kreme but with drizzle of white chocolate made it look more attractive.

White Chocolate Oreo were few amongst having white chocolate. Crushed Oreos over the white chocolate on the regular base was making it taste bit different. Those who love oreo, this is for you.
Brownies were nice, firm with regular chocolate, nuts and sprinkles.

Overall, my dinner plan ended up stuffing delish donuts. Do try your favourite and let me know your experience in the comment below.
They have 3 branches..
  • Salunke Vihar
  • East Street, Camp
  • SGS Mall, Camp
Also, now they are serving in 'Chai' outlets around Pune. Home delivery is also available in the limited area. Do connect with them on Instagram to gain some offers! I would recommend you to visit Donut Magic for fresh, tasty donuts and I am sure that would not be the last visit!
Donut Magic Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato