Zeta – Hottest Culinary Destination! — Reviewed!

Zeta is the new hotspot in the Pune's culinary destination. Located in the Hyatt Regency, Viman Nagar, the place replaced much known La Terrazza. The unhurried environment, the minimalist interiors, vibrant al-fresco with abundant natural light, warm staff, open kitchen affordable good food are some of the features of the place. The mantra is to keep it simple and open for all. If you are looking for a perfect dining space, value for money in a five-star hotel, ZETA is for you!

The global food inspired menu had some of the interesting dishes like BCG, Charcoal Smoked Broccoli, Softest Gnocchi, Khachapuri Cannelloni, Hand-rolled Trofie, Red Velvet Chimney Cake and Aunt Anna's Milk Chocolate Mousse which certainly caught our eyes. While, the menu is predominantly non-vegetarian, but nothing short for vegetarians. Since hunger can strike at any time of the day, therefore it is open all day. Went there for a leisure lunch and tried the following....
  • Pune's Favourite BCG (4.5/5)
  • Malai Cottage Cheese (4/5)
  • Burrata and Panzanella Caprese (4/5)
  • Zeta Sloppy Joe (4/5)
  • Ricotta and Spinach Ravioli (4.5/5)
  • Della Casa Pizza (4/5)
  • Aunt Anna's Milk Chocolate Mousse (5/5)
  • Banoffee Pie (4/5)
  • Tiramisu Nostrano (4/5)
We were served the refreshing mint based mocktail, which was much needed in the scorching heat. And a complimentary fresh in-house baked bread baskets with the tomato and smoked aubergine dip to munch on while waiting for your food to arrive.

Started with the Pune's Favourite BCG (Rs.250) which is a flaky filo baked brie stuffed with raw papaya and finished with fresh petite salad. One filo per serving. The crisp, flaky outer layer and the smooth, sweet filling is a fantastic combination and adds on is the salad. The lingering taste of brie elevates the dish. Loved it!

From the Indian cuisine, Malai Cottage Cheese (Rs.375) was served. Soft paneer smoked to perfection placed over the stuffed spiced Indian flatbread served with grilled chilli and dip. The marination was tad mild and subtle. Spice and crunch of flat-bread and pillowy paneer combined well. 

Very fresh, nice, colorful Burrata and Panzanella Caprese salad (Rs.350) was served next. The plate had Panzanella but missed the bread chunks from the salad. Popcorn for the crunch and watermelon for the freshness somehow felt out of the elements. Though, individually each component was tasting good. I assume it to be the Zeta's take on the classic salad! :)

Zeta Sloppy Joe (Rs.475) was a typical NY take away heavy snack. Huge, super-soft burger filled with vegetable mince and loaded with cheese served with a portion of crispy French Fries. Quite heavy. This dish can be a meal in itself! I liked it.

One of my most favourite dishes of the meal was the Ricotta and Spinach Ravioli (Rs.595). Perfect in-house made Ravioli filled with creamy ricotta and spinach blend in a rich, aromatic, spicy Arrabbiata Sauce. The spices, flavours, textures were absolutely bang on! Must try!

Also tried the Della Cassa Pizza (Rs.525). The thin crust, wood-fired pizza was topped with confit garlic, sundried tomatoes and bit of pesto. My personal preference is crisp pizzas and this one was a bit chewy which is equally delicious. Addition of Jalapenos (as mentioned in the menu) would have helped and generous use of pesto could have upraised the pizza to the next level.

All the desserts were sinful. Not too sweet. One of the masterpieces which are not only trending on Instagram but worth a hype is Aunt Anna's Milk Chocolate Mousse (Rs.325). Gooey, Chocolatey, Mousse topped with mighty Marshmallow croutons is absolutely praise-worthy!

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Social FC Road – Work.Eat.Play! — Reviewed!

An urban hangout place bringing out the best of Work and Cafe is SOCIAL. When I visited Social Viman Nagar, I was mesmerized by the well-thought interiors and the local flavours to the menu. Just when you think, it can't get better than this, you are surprised yet again! Social FC Road unveils the most happening and largest space in the vicinity. Designed on the "Green" theme, one can feel the place more like a garden. "Kay Mhantos", fresh planters, Spiral slides, small fountains, big bar area, high tables will attract you in the first look.

The whole space is in three sections – Social, Chatt and Working Space. While we all know Social, Chatt is more desi, casual, relaxed, outdoor seating with Dhaba-styled Cots, swings, and live BBQ counter. The menu is also very north-Indian for chatt which includes Kebabs, Chaats, Biryani, Thali, Paranthas and more. I have already tried some signatures at the Social, Viman Nagar outlet, so was keen to taste the Chatt specialties. We sampled the following....
  • Smoked Mushroom Galouti Kebabs (5/5)
  • Bhakarwadi and Sprouts Chaat (4/5)
  • Achari Paneer Tikka (4.5/5)
  • Soya Chaap Masala with Mint and Lal Mirch Parantha (4.5/5)
  • Veg Thali (4.5/5)
  • Truffle Mushrooms Pulao (4.5/5)
  • Falooda (4.5/5)
  • Old Monk and Chocolate Samosa 
We started off with some refreshing mocktails out of which Guava one was my personal favourite. After some chit-chat, we were served Smoked Mushroom Galouti Kebabs (Rs.310). True to its name, the melt-in-mouth kebabs were not only a visual treat but a vegetarian's delight. Devour it with the delicious mint-coriander chutney. Highly Recommended!

Our next dish was the twist to the local delicacy – Bhakarwadi and Sprouts Chaat (Rs.180). Tangy, sweet, chatpati chaat was delicious. Bhakarwadi pieces were loaded with yogurt, chutneys, and sev. Visually appealing, the chaat was loved by one and all. I can munch on those bhakarwadis like that only! :D

Bestsellers and most popular starter for the vegetarians – Achari Paneer Tikka (Rs.260) was served to us. One can also opt for the Basil and Thyme tikka if you want to try something unique. However, the desi achari was super hit! Smokey, charcoaley (if that's a word) and velvety paneer was generously marinated with the mild achari masala and grilled. Loved the texture and taste! Highly Recommended!

Another North Indian specialty in the main course was the Soya Chaap Masala (Rs.320) with assorted paranthas. Protein-packed perfectly made soya chaaps were prepared in the rich, spicy, velvety red curry. Pair it with the so yum Mint parantha or Lal Mirchi ka parantha. I could eat those paranthas as munching. So good. Loved it!

A new addition to the chhat menu with the local flavour was the Epic Thali (Rs.350). Available in veg and non-veg versions. Veg one had Pithala, Veg Kolhapuri, Sol Kari, Indrayani Rice. A complete soul-satisfying meal. One can ask for Roti or Bhakari. Each element on the thali was bang on. A must must try!

Underrated dish on the menu was the Truffled Mushroom Pulao (Rs.310) however, we were hooked by the powerful yet delicate flavour, the aroma of that pulao. Mushrooms, truffle oil, and the kevda water were the highlights. DO not miss this. Recommended!

Falooda (Falooda of respect as they say) (Rs.210) was a large sized, medium sweet serving. The refreshing summery drink is what you need to conclude the meal. The quantity is sufficient for 2 people. Highly Recommended!

We were served Old Monk and Chocolate Samosa but I did not try it.

Overall, FC Road Social is the place where I would like to go again and again for not only the good food but good vibes and soothing ambiance.

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Yin Yang – One stop for Oriental Cuisine in Kothrud — Reviewed!

Finally, Kothrud is flourishing with some good food joints and one of them is recently opened, Yin Yang. Located in the Happy Colony, the place will definitely make you happy with its oriental cuisine. I would define Yin Yang as a small place but with really good food and overwhelming service! Parking can be an issue because of the ongoing road work. Indoor and Outdoor seating is available and outdoors are pleasant in the evenings! Small adorable Asian props add on to the vibes of the place.

The menu is quite extensive and a balance of veg and non-veg dishes. It ranges from delicious starters to soups, salads to sushi to dim sum and noodles. Some of the interesting dishes which caught my eyes were Veg Flambe, water chestnuts and Corn Rounds spoon, Nasi Goreng, Hand Pulled Noodles, Khow Suey, Eight Treasures Stir Fry, Futomaki Rolls and Crystal Dumplings. I wish they had more dessert options apart from the Darsaan. We tried the following...
  • Cashew Tofu Stir Fry (5/5)
  • Mushrooms sauteed with water chestnuts (4.5/5)
  • Yin Yang House Uramaki Rolls (4/5)
  • Crispy Onion Carrot Tempura Uramaki (4.5/5)
  • Crystal Dumplings of Asian Greens (4/5)
  • Khow Suey (5/5)
  • Darsaan with Orange (4/5)
If you are visiting Yin Yang then Cashew Tofu Stir Fry is a must try. Crispy coated silken tofu was just melt-in-mouth. Brilliant simple, super flavour-packed dish was sweet, tangy, spicy. Over-in-all a burst of flavours. Cashews added crunch and the Silken Tofu is worth a mention!

Mushrooms sauteed with Water Chestnuts was served next. Another brilliant dish. Tasted somewhat like the Tofu stir fry but the texture was bit different. Crunchy water chestnuts and juicy mushrooms were sauteed well in the spicy, tangy sauces. Liked it.

After trying Sushi at almost every place in Pune, I have certainly developed a palate for it. Quite excitingly, I ordered Yin Yang House Uramaki Rolls. Soft, white rice enveloped creamy avocado, fresh cucumber, cream cheese served with Gari (pickled ginger) and wasabi. It was fresh and delicious but lacked the punch. Though, it was a nice attempt.

Next was Crispy Onion Carrot Tempura Uramaki. Delicious, crunchy tempuras rolled in sticky rice. It had crunch and mild flavours. Nicely made.

One of the most popular Dimsums/Dumplings were really good too. We tried the Crystal Dumplings of Asian Greens. Beautiful translucent dumplings with greens had the right amount of veggies and flavours. It was pillowy soft and scrumptious in taste. Can't stop eating at one!

Another dish that blew my mind was the Khow Suey. We had it pre-made otherwise each element is served separately. You can mix and match as per your palate. One given to was perfectly suited – mildly spicy, creamy, crunchy, delicate with contrasting flavours. Superb! Highly Recommended!

The only thing that surprised me was the choice of dessert. There was only one item – Darsaan (Fried Noodles) served with the choice of topping (Strawberry/Orange/Ice-cream). Darsaan itself was very good. We tried Orange one that means Darsaan were topped with Orange Syrup. Not too sweet nor soggy. Went well with the scoop of Vanilla Ice-cream.

Overall, Yin Yang looks promising. A must visit place for delicious Thai Curries, Khow Sueys, Dimsums, Sushi, Nasi Goreng, and Silken Tofu.

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