The Green Chef – Gourmet Healthy Meal home delivered! — Reviewed!

What: The Green Chef (Healthy food)
Where: Wadgaon Sheri, delivers almost in all areas of Pune
Order: +91-9011073473;

"A healthy outside starts from the inside". Rightly said. Salads and healthy food for some is "ghaas phoos" but trust me when it is rightly made nothing beats the fresh and healthy greens. I have tried health food from different brands like Salad Grills, Vigour Kart, Sante Spa to name a few and totally in love with the food they have to offer. Also, I appreciate the hard working home chef creating amazing dishes.

One of the women entrepreneurs I know is Ms. Sheetal Dalvi who heads the brand – The Green Chef. Located in Wadgaon Sheri, Pune this healthy food delivery kitchen serves almost every part in the east Pune since one and a half years. From Salads to Keto Meals to Mini Low Carb Eats the place serves nutritious food made with fresh, seasonal, locally sourced raw material. I was pretty excited with the range of menu they have. So, we tried the following...

  • Quinoa Buckwheat salad (3.5/5)
  • Waldorf Veg Salad (4/5)
Mains (carbs+protein):
  • Tofu multigrain roll (4.5/5)
  • Dal, Daliya and Veggies (3.5/5)
Keto : 
  • Keto paneer with cauliflower rice (3.5/5)
  • Grilled Tofu with Veggies (3.5/5)
Smoothies / Desserts / Sides:
  • Mix Fruits Yoghurt Smoothie (4/5)
  • Basil chia pudding (3.5/5)
  • Almond brown rice phirni (4/5)
  • Choco Nut Mousse (4/5)
  • Banana Chocolate Oats Muffin (4/5)
What I liked about The Green Chef was the ease to order and on time delivery. Coming on to the food, the super low carb Quinoa Buckwheat Salad (Rs.199) was loaded with the quinoa, veggies and tangy dressing. I was wishing it had more flavours. The crunch of croutons and freshness of pomegranate seeds enhanced the taste though.

Next from the Soulful Salads was the Waldorf Salad (Rs.179). Classic American recipe with chopped apples, celery, grapes and walnuts with mayo dressing but The Green Chef gave it a healthy twist by replacing mayo with the greek yoghurt. Bit sweet and tangy, I liked it against the Quinoa one.

If you are looking for some filling yet healthy grab to go dish, Multigrain Tofu Bhurji Roll is the right choice. The Multigrain roll dough was made with the healthy combination of wheat, jowar, ragi. The roll was stuffed with the spicy scrambled tofu and veggies. The protein pack roll was easy to digest. Loved it.

Not everyone loves Daliya. But its my favourite. The fibre rich daliya was served with the low fat and protein rich moong dal and veggies. Dal was packed in another box and had a bit more oil which could have been avoided. Veggies were sauteed to add crunch to the complete dish.

For all the people on Keto Diet, definitely go for the Keto Paneer, the curry of which was made with almond, coconut and cream. The creamy curry had superb coconut flavour. It was paired with the cauliflower rice. I was keen to try. Nicely grated cauliflower replaced the normal rice to make it a no-carb dish. It needs to be eat fresh otherwise the pungent smell of cauliflower ruins the taste.

Next was the protein packed Grilled Tofu with Veggies. Tofu was nicely sauteed and tossed with exotic veggies in soy sauce. Bit spicy, sweet and tangy dish was scrumptious.

I was stunned to see the range of guiltfree desserts they have. Smoothie, Mousse, Muffins, Phirni, ask it and The Green Chef have it. I loved the rich, thick, creamy and delish Mix Fruits Yoghurt Smoothie. It had nice sweet flavour. of natural honey. I wish the plastic cup it was packed in was sturdy. However, the packing was done neatly and not even a drop was spilled.

Choco Nut Mousse was one of the best guiltless desserts I had in long time. The dark chocolate taste lingers in your mouth till the end. Best part was the mousse was sweetened with the banana and topped with the nuts.

Never ever had thought of Brown Rice dessert – Almond Brown Rice Phirni. I was really amazed to eat Phirni made from brown rice, low fat milk, seasoned with cardamom and honey. Thick phirni was addictive. Loved it.

Basil and Chia Pudding was the next dessert. It was thin in consistency however the basil, chia and fruits made a delicious concoction. My mind was blown away with the Banana Chocolate Oats Muffin. Super soft, fresh and sinful muffin was best ever. Must try!

Overall, if you are looking for healthy eating with wide range of guilt-free food, you know where to order from.
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Pizza and Waffle Festival at Tea Trails, Pune — Reviewed!

What::The Pizza and Waffle Festival
Where:: Tea Trails, Pune and Mumbai
When:: 10th November 2017 – 30th November 2017

I am not a tea lover but visiting to Tea Trails needs no reason and when they are hosting Pizza and Waffle Festival, it absolutely makes it worth visiting. When I first went at The Tea Trails, Law College Road, I loved the place because of the scrumptious food and the peaceful and calm vibes.

Pretty excited about the Pizza and Waffle Festival, I again visited the same outlet after almost a year. Things do change! Well, they do not have a separate menu for the festival so one can choose from the options in the menu. Ranging from Mexican to Classic Veggie to Tandoori Paneer Pizzas there are certainly good choices. From the Pizza section, we ordered for the...
  • Veggies Blast (3.5/5) 
  • Mexican Pizza (4/5) 
Veggies Blast Pizza is the classic pizza with peppers, onions, babycorn, msuhrooms, tomato with loads of cheese. The small sized thin crust pizza was overpowered with the taste of cheese, I wish it had more of seasoning and veggies.

Mexican Pizza on the other hand was very good. Spiced with 3 peppers, peri-peri, jalapeno seasoning and green chillies, this pizza surely hit the right chord. I loved the spice and the perfect amount of cheese. It is a must try!

Coming on to the Waffles, Tea Trails do have 6 types of waffles with chocolate, caramel and fruits toppings. We opted for...
  • Choco Joy Waffle (2.5/5)
  • Chocolate Waffle (3.5/5)
I was keen to try fruit waffle but it wasn't available so had to settle down with the chocolate. Choco Joy was supposed to have chocolate syrup, chocolate curls and choco chips however the one served to us was a thin waffle drizzled with choco sauce and garnished with chocolate pieces. Nothing fancy.

With some expectations, next came the Chocolate Waffle. It had the same toppings with the scoop of vanilla ice-cream on only one of the waffle piece. Strange! It tasted better though.

We also tried the bubble teas. Served to us were the Cranberry and Mango – both looked and tasted same!! We then tried our favourite Smoked Cheese Sandwich and Bombay Masala Sandwich. Unfortunately, they too failed to impress because of the filling and the over grilled bread. Both the sandwiches were way too dry thus had to order cold coffee, which again was good and noting exceptional.

People can go and try their Mexican Pizza, Chocolate Waffle and stick to the classic liek Bun Maska, Kanda Bhajiya and Masala Tea. Also, enjoy few more clicks...:)

Panayaa – Modern Indian Kitchen — Reviewed!

The Mumbai based 2-year old brand, Panayaa, has always created a buzz within the food lovers circuit and is now all set to astonish the Pune foodies for their choice of vegetarian destination. Panayaa is known for their progressive Indian cuisine with traditional recipes combined with modern techniques and fusion.

Located on the ground floor of the Gold Adlabs Mall, Kalyani Nagar, the place is easily accessible. The first thing that comes to the notice is high ceilings, low lighting, and wood paneled walls and partitions. Small small things are taken care of. Interiors are done tastefully, quite rich and give a very earthy feeling. The creative mesh curtains are there to give you privacy as well. Private dining rooms are also there if you have a large family or friends. Mellow music adds on to the whole experience.

Menu: Appetizers are the fusion of traditional recipes with the modern twist of molecular gastronomy. Main courses are kept untouched and people looking for having classic Indian dishes can go for it. I personally loved the starters. Some of the contemporary must-haves at Panayaa are the Khaman Dhokla Oxide, Sabudana Papad Sev Puri to name a few.

Following are the dishes I tried for my lunch...
  • Cheese Palak Shorba (4/5)
  • Parmesan Cheese Paprika Croute (4.5/5)
  • Chhole Bunny Chao (4/5)
  • Bean Burrito (3.5/5)
  • Roomali Roti Italiano (4/5)
  • Bhelpuri Version 2.0 (4/5)
  • Cottage Cheese Indiana (4.5/5)
  • Corn Bhel Maze Cornetto (4.5/5)
  • Nazakti Kumbh (4/5)
  • Khaman Oxide (4.5/5)
  • Sabudana Papad Sev Puri (4/5)
  • Panayaa E Khas (3.5/5)
  • Makhani Biryani (3.5/5)
  • Dal Tadkewali (4/5)
  • Mohanthal Cheesecake (3.5/5)
  • Chocolate Landscape (4.5/5)
Since it was a tasting table, we were served tasting portions and not the usual ones. We started our lunch meal with the healthy and nutritious power packed Cheese Palak Shorba. Bright green colored, creamy shorba had the punch of goodness and taste. Loved it. On the other hand was the spicy and tangy Parmesan Cheese Paprika Croute.

Chhole Bunny Chao was the cute little hollowed out french baguette stuffed with spicy Indian chhole and topped with crispy fried onions. The outer shell was just a bit hard but the overall dish was scrumptious.

Next on the plate was the mix of Indian and Mexican cuisines – Bean Burrito. I personally found a lot of tomato ketchup in the burrito to make it bit sweet. It was a filling dish though.

Italian fusion to the classic Roomali Roti created Roomali Roti Italiano. It was deliciously made. Crisp Roti base was slathered with green chutney, ketchup, finally chopped bell peppers, tomatoes, onions and loaded with grated cheese. I loved this appetizer.

Was very keen to try the Bhelpuri Version 2.0. It was presented with a bit of drama on the table. A molecular representation of puffed rice, spices, chutneys served with curd spheres. Tangy, Spicy Bhel was placed over the crunchy papdi along with coriander and tamarind chutney. Super yumm!

A super succulent and fresh appetizer with really strong, rich and vibrant Indian flavors was the Cottage Cheese Indiana, our next appetizer. The paneer was super melt in the mouth and grilled to perfection.

With a beautiful presentation, we had another droolicious starter- Corn Bhel Maze Cornetto. Cream, spiced corn bhel was stuffed in the corn flour maze cone with a zingy bellpepper frosting. The cheese was cheery on the cake. Super yum. The crunch of the corn cone, spice of bhel and cheesiness made this dish absolute favourite.

Mushroom lovers can't miss the Nazakti Kumbh. Beautiful, succulent, perfectly marinated and grilled, this appetizer was loved by one and all.

I was eager to try another epitome of molecular gastronomy – Khaman Oxide which was a combination of freeze-dried khaman crumble drizzled with mint-coriander, tamarind chutney garnished with pomegranate 'caviars'. One spoon of it was the burst of flavors in the mouth. Spicy, tangy, sweet all in one rich flavor. Absolutely loved it!

Another signature was the Sabudana Papad Sev Puri. A very basic yet delish dish. Bite-sized sabudana papads were topped with super perfectly fried and flavored potato smash, sev and garnished with tomato julienne.

We moved to the main course thus had Panayaa E Khas, and Dal Tadkewali along with Makhani Biryani. Since the molecular twists were largely limited to the starters, the main courses were a bit off the stream, in comparison. Not bad though. Makhani Biryani was bang on in flavors but nothing 'Makhani' about it. Biryani was spicy and had proper Indian aroma and spices. Loved it though.

Next was the dessert section with some of the lip-smacking dishes - few of which were hits and few were misses. We opted for Mohanthal Cheesecake and Chocolate Landscape. The most awaited dessert for me was the cheesecake but was bit disheartened by the quantity of mohanthal though the flavors were spot on! I wish it had more of the Indian punch. The cheesecake was topped up with the berry coulis which was over sweet and overpowering the basic taste. However, the shredded baklava garnish was super yum.

Chocolate Landscape was full of drama on the table. This only dessert which is made right in front of you. A heavenly dessert for chocolate lovers with a deadly combination of brownie, mud pie, caramel, and loads of chocolate, frozen with liquid nitrogen. Worth the value! One can replace regular cakes with this sinful dessert.

Since it has just set up, staff needs some training. As far as value for money is concerned, it surely burns the hole in the pocket. But on the other hand, they do have some tempting offers to pull the crowd. Overall, a wonderful new addition to the Pune's vegetarian culinary circuit with some surprising elements on the menu.

Enjoy some of the pictures...

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