Spring Onion, Baner – Eat guilt-free Chinese! — Reviewed!

Spring Onion is an established name in oriental cuisine. Their USP which makes them stand out is – "No Aji No Moto". Owned by former Ranji Trophy Cricketer, Mr. Anand Yalvigi, Spring Onion, has a couple of outlets in Mumbai and Pune. I visited the Baner outlet in Pune which is around six months old. The place is divided into two seating sections – Downstairs and Upstairs. One needs to watch the head-space while opting for the upstairs section. The whole interior is done on the theme of spring onion – green and white, quite classic and subtle. Walls are adorned with the food photo frames.

The menu is quite extensive but focused on Chinese and Thai. Some of the most popular dishes are Momos, Dumplings, Noodles, Thai Curry, and Brownie. I asked Mr. Anand to serve us his signatures, and yes I was pretty excited about it. He shared with us around 30+ in-house sauces, dips and chutneys. OMG! Some of them were mind-blowing. I loved the freshness, flavour, and aroma of those accompaniments.They go well with the dishes served. Also, unlike other restaurants, dishes served here do not have bulk of garlic or ginger. Quite subtle flavours.

Coming on to the signature dishes we tried...
  • Tom Kha Soup (4.5/5)
  • Paneer Burnt Coriander Dry (3/5)
  • Baby Corn Mushroom Salt and pepper (3.5/5)
  • Teppanyaki Noodles (4/5)
  • Ming Rice (4/5)
  • Chilli Basil Sauce (3.5/5)
  • Hakka Sauce (4/5)
  • Hot Chocolate Rolls (2/5)
Started our lunch meal with the Tom Kha Soup. The thick, rich, creamy coconut broth had intense and aromatic flavours. The texture and the consistency were just bang on! I loved the strong coconut flavor. This soup was one of the best soups I had in recent times. A must-have! Highly Recommended!

Next was the Paneer Burnt Coriander Dry. This recipe has a funny story behind it as how it was developed accidentally! I wish it had more flavour of the burnt coriander and the paneer was crispy fried so that the crunch, spice, and texture were balanced. Given the feedback and they promptly noted the concerns. Liked the acceptance of feedback.

Baby Corn, Mushroom with Salt and Pepper was the next dish on our table and it was super yumm. Baby Corns and Mushrooms were perfectly coated, fried and sauteed with onions and peppers. Loved the balanced taste of sweet, spicy, and tangy along with the crispiness. A must try!

The main course started with the Teppanyaki Noodles, Ming Rice with Chilli Basil Sauce and Haka Sauce. What a wonderful spread it was! Freshly sizzling Teppanyaki Noodles were scrumptious and went well with the Haka sauce. The USP? Haka Sauce too was prepared in-house by Mr. Anand and it was of perfect consistency even after some time, otherwise, normally the sauce tends to get thicker, but this one was a bomb.

Ming rice was nicely cooked and to add the spiciness and more flavours, I combined it with the Chilli Basil Sauce. It was hottt! The addition of green chillies in the sauce uplifted the spice level. Do mix it only if you are a spicy-food lover like me. Again, the texture and consistency of Chilli Basil Sauce were perfect! I wish it had more of basil. Nonetheless, Ming Rice and Sauce paired well.

Lastly, wanted to try something from the handful options of desserts and Hot chocolate rolls seemed interesting. The wanton sheets were stuffed with brownie, deep fried and drizzled with chocolate. Somehow it did not interest me as I found it bit bland. May be I had a different visual of that dish and wishing to had loads of chocolate into it. I could have stick to Brownie! :)
Overall, it was a wonderful experience. Service was good too. I will soon visit the other outlet and try couple of more dishes. Share with me your favourite dish you have tried at Spring Onion. Enjoy some more shots...

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