212 All Day Cafe and Bar – New Menu – Global Cuisines! — Reviewed!

Have been multiple times to 212 All Day Cafe and Bar, Pune– be it their Big Brunch, or Mexican Fiesta or Casual Dinner and they have never failed to amaze me with their innovative recipes and the prompt service. I have been visiting 212 All Day Cafe and Bar right from their opening at Phoenix Market City, Pune. Since then, they have always thrived to make their patrons happy.

Executive Chef Paul and his team have culinary adroitness. Not only the food was of great taste but the presentation too was at absolute finesse. Comfort food is served fresh all day be it breakfast, appetizers, poutines, salads, soups, platters, pizzas, burgers, sandwiches, grills, pasta, sides, mains and desserts to finish. You are certainly spoilt by the choices 212 All Day Cafe and Bar has to offer. The restaurant has revamped the new menu on 23rd August 2017. The new menu is a comprehensive selection of the dishes which are inspired by the global cuisine. Following are the dishes I tried from the new menu...
  • Curried Potato Mille Feuille (4/5)
  • Eggplant Bruschettas (5/5)
  • Spicy Emmental Arrancini (5/5)
  • Kung Fu Fondue Poutine (4.5/5)
  • Avocado and Pomelo Salad (4/5)
  • Trio of Chips and Salsa (3/5)
  • Two Mushroom Burger (4.5/5)
  • Masala Paneer Scramble Sandwich (3.5/5)
  • Chettinad Cottage Cheese Pizza (4/5)
  • Green Pea, Baby Potatoes and Celery Cakes (4/5)
  • Truffle, Porcini and Buratta Risotto (5/5)
  • Ultimate Beetroot Gnocchi (4.5/5)
  • Tiramisu Eclairs (4/5)
  • Peanut Butter Pie (4.5/5)
Mille Feuille is basically a classic french pastry but since Chef always like to surprise us with his innovative creations, he created the Curried Potato Mille Feuille, a savoury version. One of the breakfast items, the three tiers of crunchy, crispy sheets layered with curried potatoes is served with veg stew, kokum lassi and coconut-chilli chutney. The potato filling was just like served with dosa. Perfectly spiced, I liked it with the stew. However, I found the portion size was smaller than compared to the price. Taste wise it was fantastic.

Amongst the appetizers, I tried Eggplant Bruschettas. Crusty toasted bruschetta brings out the deep taste of eggplant, brie. Topped with crunchy fried onions and to balance out the flavours, it also had fig to relish. Lovely super scrumptious dish. Recommended!

The irresistibly cheesy, gooey, delicious Spicy Emmental Arancini Balls were next on the appetizers. The Arancinis were filled with gooey emmental to make it soft inside and the outer crust was perfect crisp fried. Highly addictive and Highly Recommended!

Poutines were available with the multiple options. So basically, poutine is a popular dish made with french fries and cheese. We chose the Kung Fu Fondue Poutine. No Fondue though but the small popcorn bucket was fully loaded with crispy fried french fries, topped with loads of parmesan cheese sauce, schezwan tofu and chives. You literally need to deep to bring out the lovely flavours. It was quite filling. Lovely dish. Recommended!

I love their salads and so had to try the healthy salads. We opted for Avocado and Pomelo Salad which had the goodness of Arugula, peanuts and horse radish dressing. Bit tart, tangy, sweet this salad was a melange of flavours. Loved the combination of walnut chikki, avocado and pomelo. Loved it!

Chef's another take on Nachos was the Trio of Chips and Salsa. 3 flavours of Nachos like Beetroot, Spinach and Regular were stacked and served with distinctive dips like sour cream, guacamole, cilantro, chipotle, tomato and habanera salsa. Dips were very good and so were the nachos but somehow they failed to impress. It was more like bar-nibbles which you can munch while waiting for your order.

From the Burgers and Sandwiches, I tried the Two Mushroom Burger and Masala Paneer Scramble Sandwich. Served with crispy french fries and fresh salad, both were filling meal in itself. Mushroom burger was most scrumptious as ever. Crispy patty, loaded with melted gruyere cheese, this burger is a must have! Highly Recommended!

Masala Paneer Sandwich had paneer scramble, crispy potatoes and served with mint and raisin chutney. I wish it was bit grilled more and be more crunchy.

The 12 inches thin and crispy crusted Chettinad Cottage Cheese Pizza was served with the toppings of paneer chunks tempered with mustard and curry leaves. People who loves Indian toppings might like it. The crust was perfectly baked. I liked it.

From the grills, we tried Green Peas, Baby Potatoes and Celery Cakes. A very unusual preparation especially for vegetarians. Peas, sweet potatoes and celery patties were wrapped in the grape leaves, steamed, grilled and drizzled with demi glaze sauce. One needs to open the envelope and dig into the filling. Very nice intact subtle flavours.

We were too stuffed to have anything but couldn't resist Risotto and Gnocchi. The Truffle, Porcini and Buratta Risotto with black olives and crispy banana flowers was surely addictive. The buttery, creamy risotto is an epitome of comfort food. Highly Recommended!

Next was the Beetroot Gnocchi. Beautiful red colored gnocchi was soft and fluffy over the bed of spinach, shallots and orange zest curry. Some found it tangy while some salty. For me it was bit acidic but was worth trying. I loved it totally!

Now was the time for our desserts. We had Tiramisu Eclairs, which I was eager to try. Beautifully presented dish had mascarpone and coffee dust to give a tirmaisu twist to the eclairs. I wanted it to be bit more stronger however, the dish itself was sinful. I personally did not like the floral decoration over it. But otherwise, overall, a nice dish.

The Peanut Butter Pie was to die for. Chocolate Ganache, Peanut Butter pastry served along with the Vanilla Ice-cream. One bite and it is decadently dreamy. Oh the perfect balance of sweetness. Recommended!

Do try the new menu and share your experiences in the comment below. I love to read from you!