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.
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