What: Indian Trails
Where: Eighty Eight, Hyatt, Pune
When: Tuesday-Wednesday; Dinner Only
Indian food is so varied and rich with distinctive style of cooking. We can eat almost each unique dish everyday and still won't repeat the same in a month! To celebrate the Independence Month, unity and culture of India, Eighty Eight, Hyatt Pune has come with the Indian Trails Food Festival wherein apart from the regular buffet, patrons can enjoy the Indian specialities from different regions on every Tuesdays and Wednesdays for dinner only. It is a culinary experience of having varied Indian food from the country's finest places under one roof!
Each week the theme and city is distinctive to add-on to the different meal experience every time you visit. This week the theme was 'Purani Dilli'. The idea is to transporting you to the favourite spots in Delhi with the varied delicacies. Right at the entrance is the special chaat and paranthas counter so that you don't miss street food. Offcourse, chaat tops the list on the Indian Food. The aroma of piping hot paranthas surely lure you to grab a bite.
Also, the Indian counter on the other side serves the grills, tikkas, kebabs. The buffet was extensive and a separate section was reserved for the "Dilli" style preparations like Rajma, Aloo-Gobhi, Kadhi Pakoda to name a few. We started our meal with the 'Rooh-afza' as a welcome drink. Then, moving on, we tried perfectly spiced chatpata Samosa Chaat. It was tangy, savoury, spicy and bit sweet - just they way I like it.
Next on our table was the Paneer Tikka and Soya Chaap. Nice, flavourful and aromatic starters. Beautifully marinated succulent paneer and crispy soya chaap were well cooked.
Shifting from starters to the main course, we tried delicious curries like Rajma, Kadhi Pakora, Paneer Lababdar from North India. Curries were served with hot paranthas and roomali roti. The unusual dish I tried was the Pink Roomali Roti which had the essence of rose. Bit sweet, that roti was not suitable for my palate. Rajma Chawal is all time favourite and for sure is not missed in Pune.
Desserts too are inspired by the theme and one could see Laddoos, Barifs, Gajar Ka Halwa and Shahi Tukdas for the day. With so many international guests, the dessert counter was a mix of Traditional and Modern sweets. I tried Kulfi Falooda, which was so refreshing and out of this world.
Apart from the current festival at Eighty Eight, Baan Taao also have some signatures which we tried. The star dish of the evening was the Kung Pao Tofu. The melt in mouth tofu dish was perfectly tossed with honey chilli sauce and garnished with peanuts. Loved it. Highly Recommended.
How could I control myself from ordering Sushi. Loved both the Mushroom and Asparagus Sushi, nice and fresh ingredient.