Indian Cultural Gourmet – Food Festival at Ibis, Viman Nagar — Reviewed!

What: Indian Cultural Gourmet
Where: Ibis, Viman Nagar, Pune
When: 25th May 2018 to 3rd June 2018; Dinner Buffet only
Cost: Rs.899++

India is a land of rich cultural heritage with variations in food in each state. One doesn't have to travel each place around India to try their specialty because Ibis, Viman Nagar had organised a fantastic food festival – “Indian Cultural Gourmet”. The purpose was to offer the most exotic delicacies from across India, under one roof. The 10-day festival was unique because each day a different cuisine was served. I visited the place twice (Maharashtrian and Rajasthani cuisine) during the festival and was mesmerized by the overall experience. The staff dressed up in local attire, the live music, the languorous buffet spread set the mood on.

The food festival started with a bang on 25th May 2018 for which Maharashtrian cuisine was on the list. Chef Kalpesh headed the kitchen and planned and prepared all the dishes right from the scratch to give it quite authentic taste. We were welcomed with the refreshing Sol Kari. Scrumptious starters like Alu Wadi, Kothimbir wadi, Suranchi Wadi, Wada Pav were served on the table. Each of them was better than the other. While the buffet was loaded with dishes like Matki Bhel Chaat, Masala bhaat, Bharleli Vangi, along with the Bhelpuri counter, fresh assorted tawa fry veggies counter apart from the Bhakris, Puran Polis and Modaks were served on demand. Each element was well made.

On the other day, went to try my favourite Rajasthani food. Coming from a non-rajasthani chef, the buffet spread was appreciable. Started our meal with the Kalami Wada and the mirchi wada. Both were delicious. I wish the Mirchi wada had potato filling, the way it is usually made, though the one served to us was the chef's take on the authentic one.

Daal Baati, Ghewar, Balushahi, Veg Jaipuri, Chaat, Aam ki lonji, Mawa Kachori was available too. Surprisingly, Ghewar and Mawa Kachori were made in-house. Loved the Dal baati. Wish to see Masala baati next time on the menu.

I really liked the idea of serving distinctive cuisines under one roof. The Hyderabadi and Lucknowi cuisines were a hit. What is your favourite one? Share your reply in the comment box. Cheers!

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