Punekars are slowly catching up with the fast pace of a city life , with corporate people always on the go and students caught up with the numerous things they have to do ! In these busy lives , its natural for us to depend on good bars as a social lubricant for us to experience some peace of mind !
Pandora is the newbie that comes to relax you, helps you wind down, relax , meet people and break up the monotony. Pandora’s concept is centered around the idea of giving people a chance to share among themselves that are brought to the table steadily throughout the meal !
With a well structured uber-cool exterior, Pandora denotes a burrowing bivalve mollusc with a fragile shell, the unequal valves of which form a ‘box’ with a lid. Designed and living upto its name, this restaurant is raising the bar in town !
We were lucky to be called for a pre – tasting event for Pandora which a has menu curated by the Masterchef judge Chef Ajay Chopra. Having travelled and worked with names like Westin, Oberoi and JW Marriott, Chef brings recipes from various parts of India and other parts of the world, adding interesting elements to every dish.
SOUP : Spiced Canton Broth simmered with Chinese greens, light soy ginger and dumplings stuffed with a choice in vegetables and chicken. A soothing and comforting broth for this monsoon season was a perfect start to our meal ! #recommended
The 5 – Minute Gastronomy : Root vegetable and kale salad #recommended containing sweet potato, beetrooth and kale served with sour cream and sesame tomato mayo are the perfect munchies that you cant stop havng while waiting for your other courses to arrive! The Tuna Bhel is the upliftment of the humble old street food with an addition of Tuna, sour cream and Balsamic pearls !
World Plates : ( Small and Large)
Philadelphia Ragda Pattice : The chef has given his touch of modernity with every dish, hero-ing a simple street food dish with a dash of Philadelphia foam!
Trio of Paneer : A trio of three different kind of paneer served in a platter with chutneys adding a different taste at every bite on your palate !
Hot bean Prawn Rocks : With Sriracha replacing various other spicy sauces , this hot bean prawn rocks were a delicious blend of flavors and crunch . #recommended
Kaffir Lime Chicken Tikka : This one has a beautiful texture and is purely based on the good old Chicken Tikka Flavors.
Salli Boti Tarts : A dish to look forward to with the tarts adding the crunch aspect to the shredded mutton.
Crusty Puneri Misal : Misal is a “feeling” in Pune, and playing with this dish in this city could be a risk ! The chef has done a wonderful job with this one with a bread bowl serving misal with a spicy cheese fondue! #highlyrecommended
Dimsums : Chicken and Black Pepper Dimsums to the point with a thin layering and sufficient stuffing that left us really happy about it !
Main Course :
The mains were to the point , especially the Sri Lankan Curry and Gnocchi Ala Funghi were some favorites from the mains. The Dillwala butter chicken could be better.
- Rose Phirni Parfait – The rice phirni is a mix of caviar and rose petals, is for all those who love Indian Desserts includes some drama as well ! This one is a treat for the sweet tooth ones.
- Japanese Cloud Cheesecake – A blend of Fresh Fruit and Strawberry gel , another dessert that pleased us.
- Chocolate hazelnut Moelleux – A beautiful dish , not just for the eyes but for your tongue as well, we bet you cant stop at one ! #recommended
DRINKS : A blogger friend recently mentioned to me that bars in pune dont do justice to mocktails, we have found one that has a variety of mocktails that made us really happy !
Pandora is opening on the long weekend and Punekars are always in the search for new places. Opening its doors on the 13th August, Pandora is definitely the next stop for Punekars to enjoy good food with a great ambiance ! We would like to thank Carpe Diem for extending this invite to try this place.