Pink Turbann

It’s  not frequent that we visit a restaurant whose owners have put out a lovely write up about them and their dishes on social media.
One such place we visited, breaking the barriers in our mind after reading a post on PEO from Shreya Jain was Pink Turbann.

I have never been to Delhi. But from past 2 decades I am a fan of Chhole Bhature served by a guy in Surat and for me he was synonymous to authenticity.
In Pune we have already tried Chhole Bhature from Raju Uncle k  Bhature outside Bhartiya Vidyapeeth Campus, who serves them delicious indeed but then reaching there from Baner is one Herculean task.

One such lazy Saturday morning we were browsing through internet for some yummy breakfast place on PEO/Zomato. We read the post and added it to our go-to list. With turn of events eventually we went for a lunch at Pink Turbann.

We were driving down from Baner, near Medi-point Hospital, Google Maps said your destination is in right and we were surprised to see a small residential lane and thought
that this is some Map glitch; but then we remembered the post and she wrote that “it is in by-lane”. We parked our car on the main road and started walking, crossed 3-4 houses in the lane and small bungalow on the right side with Pink Turbann written was found to our delight.

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It’s a small place with 2 room seating area, one room has table and chair setup and other room has Indian sitting with mattresses and tyres to sit on.


After wisely going through our options, we chose to sit down for our lunch. We had a nice little chat with Shreya and Aunty who is the owner/chef. They told us about how theidea called Pink Turbann started and how Aunty likes to cook and serve.
We had a quick look at menu and we ordered Jalandar wale Chhole -Bhature, Kadhi Chawal, Lassi and Butter Milk.

Jalandar Wale Chhole Bhature :- Chhole was perfect for us and also for one of our friend, who went after we told him about this.
They served it with 2 Bhature stuffed with paneer, aloo chaat, onion, green chilly and mint-coriander chutney.

Jalandhar Chole Bhature

Kadhi Chawal :- Kadhi was served the way North India likes it, sour and hot pakoras dipped in it served with steamed rice.

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Lassi and Butter-milk were as usual.

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We are definitely going back to try another dishes from menu but Chhole Bhature will be constant and this place is one of our favourites in Pune.

Happy Eating.

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Idliwale on a sunday Morning

Once you have stayed in South India, 2 things you will never forget if you are a foodie:
1. Sambar’s Aroma and
2. Filter coffee.

Its been 2 years that I have shifted to Pune after staying in Chennai for 7 years and search for that factor, search for that flavour, search for that something
different was futile, as Pune prefers sambar on the sweeter side.
I have been to endless South-Indian joints from chic place to thik place but still my taste buds weren’t satisfied.
In one such endless search, we accidentally came to know about newly opened place called Idliwale.

Gathered our self on Sunday morning and sailing through rains we reached Baner in the search of idli that can take me back south.
With lots of questions on my mind, How will the idli taste, How sambar will taste sweet, spicy or tangy, and chutney ?
With too many thoughts and drama on mind, we reached the parallel and secluded lane to high street with no issues of parking.

Idliwale is a Small shop which is simple and elegant, with half of it is occupied by the Open kitchen and half of it has this wooden platform by the wall, where you can have your food, at any given time 4-6 people can stand inside and I am sure that place is going to get lot of footfall.

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Upon entering you get to see black board hanging on the wall listing down dishes they serve.

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I must appreciate them for that practical and meaningful thought of serving limited items. Sometimes restaurants try to put too many things on the board and end up not living up to the expectations. Hence thumbs up!
We ordered Idly sambhar, Idly chutney and Filter Coffee.

Idly Sambhar :- They served 3 idly and topped that up with Sambhar.
Idlys are same as you expect them from the South Indian place, soft and subtle.
Sambhar has a hint of Karnataka Flavours in it, tangy and spicy luckily not sweet the way pune likes it.

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Idly Chutney :- They serve 3 idly and topped that up with green Chutney which has coriander and mint flavour, best thing about chutney is flavours are not very empowering so that allows me to taste the essence of idly.
Additionally they also give  white chutney, which is of peanut with curd and coconut it has a local hint of Pune and dry chutney of dal, garlic and kadi patta(their take on the Podi)

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Filter coffee : Some or the other way pune has disappointed me when it comes to Filter coffee. my benchmark for the coffee is Sarvana bhavan, Chennai. Coffee was okay.

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I am definitely going back to have my regular dose of Sambar.

Note : Carry your own water bottle, else you will have to purchase small bisleri bottle worth Rs 6 from them.

Happy Eating !

Chilling at THE FARM!

Well, there’s a place in this city,

Away from the crowds and all pretty,

Feels like a transportation to another World,

The Farm is one of its kinds!

 

We started with a poem coz this place feels like poetry. A feel good place as soon as we enter. The greenery around just amazed us. Beauty and freshness is the USP of this place. That’s the first thing we notice. A chic entry board, a nice walk and a swing on one side, feels so away from the hustle-bustle of Chennai. Yeah that’s how precise we can get with the entry to THE FARM.

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The second thing which bowls you over is the amazing interior of the place. Such a laid-back, comfortable ambience that you become sure, you have come to a relaxing place. Plus the add-on is an open wood-fire counter which just lures you enough towards pizzzaaa. Exciting isn’t it?

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We got seated and started off to order when they served us water, all organic with lemon and mint. That was so refreshing. A sip and we went ahead to order. The menu is precise and drool worthy. Loads to try and loads to explore.

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For the start we ordered two simple drinks. Lemon Ginger Soda and Hibiscus Soda. The first attraction were the beautiful towering glasses which were used to serve the soda. And yes they tasted awesome. So refreshing, so unique.

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Then we went for the basic hit formula, The French Fries. Frankly if you go wrong with them, may be you need to reconsider. But we were sure in for a surprise. Never did we have such fresh French fries ever. Perfectly crisp, perfect in all ways.  Fresh tomato ketchup and mayonnaise as adjunct just made them a perfect delight.

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And the final nail was the amazing Paneer Steak. Heard about the juicy and brilliant chicken steaks, but these for sure were nonetheless. Perfectly marinated Paneer, done so well and with add-ons of Saffron rice, Sauté veggies and fresh Coriander chutney. This was one heavenly combination. The best part about this was the chutney, the freshness so intact.

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Every small detail in everything we had was taken care of very well. Just amazing how they pamper you. With the beautiful ambiance, cool music, awesome crowd and such such delectable food, the FARM is a place to be on a holiday when you just want to relax and let people pamper you with food.

Hail Food Lovers! Hail Ghumtabhukkads!

 

Revisiting Awesomeness- Hot Pot China!

Hot Pot China is the only place in Chennai which we have visited repeatedly in last 3-4 years, only because how consistently they are serving the amazingly scrumptious Chinese.
We went early evening on a weekday and so getting a table was easy (We suggest book your table for your meals on weekends)

We were so hungry and we were so happy that we planned to have a 3 course meal.
The moment we took our place and gulped down a glass of water to quench our thirst they treated us with spicy Kokum shot, which was a perfect blend of fresh Kokum pulp with salt and pepper. That was like the perfect start to this gastronomic affair.

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Kokum Shot

Meanwhile without wasting time, we quickly grabbed the menu and ordered “Sweet corn Soup”. Oh boy! Bowled over by the freshness of corn, small pieces of carrot and grated broccoli; it was making it the perfect soup. Better at Strike 2 again!

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Veg Sweet Corn Soup

Pineapple Salt n Pepper was the starter.
For me it was new. Being a fan of barbeque pineapple, we wanted to try this and it was not a bad choice for sure; sweetness of the pineapple and pepper complementing it so well.
(Order only if you like taste of pepper).

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Pineapple in Salt n Pepper

On our previous visits, they had always served complimentary dim sums. On enquiring, they told us that they discontinued the practice and trust me, we were heartbroken.
Being a hardcore Dumplings fan, we couldn’t miss on that. So we asked them, “What is the best dim sum they can serve us, steamed ones.
His suggestion was the Steam Pokchoy Dumplings.
It was different than what I have tried till date. It was filled with all greens. Grated zucchini, broccoli, lemon grass served with fresh pepper salsa.

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Steamed Pokchoy Dumplings

Once we finished with the dim sum, it was time for the main course and we ordered “Butter Chilli Garlic Noodles” with “Four Treasure Vegetables in Schezwan Sauce”.

And with the first bite of those Noodles, I was on Cloud Nine. Picture of those noodles will speak for itself.
It was beauty. That taste of butter with Red Chilli Flakes is something I can still not forget.

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Butter Chili Garlic Noodles

Four treasures with Schezwan sauce.
We were so much into the noodles but this did not failed us.
Well cooked Vegetables and in good quantity with lots of sauce.

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Four Treasure Veg in Schezwan Sauce

To end it we wanted to have dessert but we were already full. So out of greed and after lot calculations and after doing permutations and combinations we ordered hot chocolate Roll will not say that was best it was the only Okay dish of the Day.

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Hot Chocolate Rolls

While discussing with the manager he also told us that, they will be changing menu from next month and new menu will be covering Asian food as a whole.

Overall it was wonderful experience and waiting for the change in menu to try it again.

Another thing which we appreciated about them is the half portion they serve. That not only gives us space to try other dishes it also reduces wastage of food.

 

Why Revisiting? Coz we keep visiting n more so Write about it again n again!

You can check with it here-

https://ghumtabhukkad.com/2013/10/21/hot-pot-china-omr/

 

 

Once upon a FoodWalk at Sowcarpet – By Ghumtabhukkad

It all started with my curiosity to know more about Madras, fortunately I land up on a website that mentioned MadrasDay, from where I found out about the event – “Food Walk at Sowcarpet”. I was sure this event will have something for the Gujju foodie in me. I had never ever thought that an event like a food walk can happen and that too in Chennai. I wanted to be part of it, later I got to know that this was not the first Food Walk and that many walks were done prior to this one.
Both Me and Sharon reached Mehta brothers Shop No.310, Mint Street the starting point for the event, bang opposite Union Bank. Mint Street is at it chaotic best, for all Mumbaikars they can happily relive their memories.
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We miraculously found a parking spot right in front of Mehta’s, Mr.Vasudevan who was waiting for us guided us to another Mehta bros shop no.325. There we surprisingly saw a group of 30-40 Foodies who had already assembled, a few waiting for the other with their foodie instincts kerbed while some had already begun with the munching of Vada-pav, We both had gobbled up enough food for lunch at Annalakshmi, another awesome place for South Indian Food. Since both of us have lived in Mumbai so we didn’t have an exciting taste bud for the Vada Pav, so we let pass. Then later we came to know from Nandini (our friend from food walk) that it was close to Bombaiyya Wada-pav. From there we started walking through the chaos, noise and amid racing vehicles to reach Kakda Ramprasad. It is a 2-3 storey building with Air-conditioned dining facility. We were told that their specialities are Jalebi, Aloo-Paneer Pattice and Badam milk.
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We couldn’t hold any longer and took our token for the food after a hard-fought struggle with other hardcore foodies who were waiting for their turn. The Jalebi was better than any other place we had tried in Chennai till date. Aloo-paneer Pattice was good, had a lot of panneer in it and badam milk we left it for next time. Because we also wanted to keep ourself hungry for the best which was yet to come. As Bhavani (our friend from food walk) said throughout the walk “The best place will be the last place”.We were clicking and remembering Crawford market and chaats from Mumbai.
We saw people are moving towards a small stall “Anmol lassi centre”.
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A guy with the huge build was at the other end serving Kesar lassi in a huge glass(we prefer calling it a tumbler), news paperI bet u cannot finish one full glass. Stall has a lot of paper cuttings and articles which are published in various newspapers Don’t ask him many questions he was a wrestler prior to this. Half glass of lassi will cost you 70 Rupees. He would accept the money only after you completed your glass of Lassi.
From there we went to chotu motu nothing particular about the place, They have sweets and savouries.Sandwich shop outside the chotu motu was similar to the shops you generally find in markets of Mumbai and sugarcane juice stall, they serve juice with lemon and ginger.
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From there we kept walking, burning all our calories which we accumulated, we reached Ajab Ajnabi mithai Bhandar they are famous for their bhel puri and all other Gujarati snacks like Fafda, Gathiya.
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From there we started walking through the narrow lanes of sowcarpet to reach Maya chaat for Pyaaz ki kachori we waited there for few minutes for the hot pyaaz ki kachoris coming out of hot oil specially for us, which they serve with Green chutney.
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We spent nearly 30 minutes eating and talking, making new friends sharing our stories and listening to theirs. We enjoyed our talks with Rajith and his wife Purabee.
As it was nearly 7 o’Clock and it was getting dark people were not sure that they want to cover another two places (many were Tired and few already had their quota of calories). As we are in democratic country, we had a voting there for Agarwal Sweets and seena bhai Tiffin centre, We were unaware of this development as we were busy eating ,Fortunately we joined the group of people who were heading towards Agarwal Sweets and after 15 -20 minutes of struggle with cows, vehicles and cow dung. We reached Agarwal Bhojnalaya on our way, we crossed a lane dedicated to Dry fruits wholesaler, another lane for Electrical appliances.
On reaching Agarwal Sweets, it’s a Bhojnalaya in the actual real sense. Thali was being served amidst all the chaos. We were so full that we would not have had that Thali even if we got paid for it. They also serve Good samosas which people can vouch for. We added it to our list of go to go places and will tell you all how it is.
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It was time for group photos and few selfies. The group of people who were crazily discussing food and who were still not satisfied with the food and they had craving for some more food.
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After a small discussion we all headed towards the Seena bhai to have one of the best onion uttapam and ghee idly.
By the time we were going to seena bhai mint street was less chaotic, shops were closing down and Cows were resting. We ordered onion uttapam and Ghee idly, evening .trust me this is the place to go. Once we had our idly and uttapam , few of them were getting late and they left.
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Finally we six souls who were still on the go and searching for cup of tea.
As gujjus say after having oily food have some tea to get rid of excess cholesterol.
We went to Novelty Tea and to our disappointment they serve Tea only from 4-evening.On enquiring, they guided us to some place called MRP on reaching there we pulled our chairs and ordered masala chai, had our cups of tea with lots and lots of stories.
Stories were from the Himalayas to Cochin, water rafting to food streets, Royal Enfield rides to paranormal walks. Finally, we said Goodbye to each other with the promise of meeting each other soon.
At the end of the tour I was left with the thought,
“It’s not always about food,
It’s about people u meet,
It’s about the stories they have,
It’s about the passion they bring in with them”.

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Triveni , banglore

Today we are going to tell you a secret,which we have found near wilson garden,Banglore.

Amidst the chaos in an around Wilson Garden, tucked right below Karnataka Bank is Vijayalakshmi Stores, Established in 1974, the store is one that you will definitely not notice unless you know what it is famous for and what is the real deal there.
The place has all the small stuff that a usual store would sell. The uniqueness of the store is the savored dish Triveni that is sold there.
The dish is a combination of 3 items Gulkhand, Banana and Butter(you can see that in a picture below).
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As we are curious soul, we wanted to know more about Triveni .They told us that the dish was prepared back in 1974 and has been sold ever since.
Another variant to the dish is the Triveni with Ice Cream, where a slice of ice cream is put on the cup.
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The dish is a very soothing and completely refreshing. It is something that is very different and takes your taste buds by surprise.
There is no place to sit or stand as this place is bang on the main road.
You will like this place if you have a knack for experimenting with food.

Cream Center – The Veg Edge

We were on our way on a  very very hungry Sunday afternoon to try some exotic restaurant in Chennai , and on the way we happened to glance at Cream Center in nungambakkam. They didn’t have hordes of people waiting in line which is rare, generally there are long waiting lines on weekends and pronto all plans changed and we immediately parked our vehicles ,got a table as soon as we entered into the restaurant which would have definitely given a high competition to a fish market in terms of the rising decibel 😀 We placed the order asap as we were pretty mesmerized by their Menu and we were all super hungry,our friend who was accompanying us had already had food there a lot many times helped us with the order .We must complement them on bringing all different kinds of cuisines under one banner and giving so much thought to their menu and the mouth watering pictures posted on it. The ambiance though loud is quite spacious and full of light from their huge french windows and pastel hued surroundings.

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We ordered :

Worlds Best Nachos : The nachos tasted good and it gets full points for arriving at our table bathed in pool of creamy cheese 🙂 and as much as we totally devoured the food in seconds , to claim it to be “the worlds best nachos” would definitely require more complimenting flavors, as in a small portion of salsa which is traditionally accompanied with nachos, we sort of missed the acidic sourness in between mouthfuls and also the presentation can be made more attractive. After all it is a fine dining restaurant.

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Paneer Ka Baap : Their menu which has enticing food pictures and short descriptions of the food, mentioned that it is a sinful combination served all in one platter :” original Paneer tikka, lal mirch paneer tikka, hariyali paneer tikka, kali mirch paneer tikka and tandoori salad, surely it is the baap of all tikkas”. But then little did we know that they meant that the baap (father) of paneer tikka is aloo (potato)!! As only one piece each of the above mentioned paneer tikkas were given and the other row (as you can see from the picture ) was big chunky cubes of Aloo, which I have to mention here was not cooked properly as it was very hard to cut with a fork ! Most of us left those Aloos on the plate. The taste of the tikkas was better than most places we have tried tandoori versions of paneer, with the paneer being soft and flavorful here, we liked the hariyali paneer tikka best.

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Italian Baked Sizzler : This truly was the show stopper for us and the best order of the day. You cannot venture to cream center and not have one of their sizzlers as every few minutes a sizzling aromatic sizzler is flown past the table by one of the waiters. Since we were tasting all sorts of cuisines, Mexican, Indian and all,we decided to go for an Italian sizzler and boy were we happy. The whole combination of red sauce spaghetti and cheesy macaroni, parmesan cream baby potatoes and the bits of grilled and steamed veggies was really good. The taste well balanced.

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Penne Arrabiata Double Baked : We ordered this dish owing to it being written in their menu that it is a combination of both herbed italian red tomato sauce and 4 cheese sauce, and also because the picture in the menu looked pretty seductive 😛 The pasta did taste good as the herbs were delicately balanced but we didn’t find any traces of the 4 cheese sauce in it , as the picture below shows there 3 tiny dots of cheese probably used more for presentation than for taste. It tasted very much like a normal arrabiata pasta and we certainly expected more.

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Methi Aloo Parantha : We totally consider it a cardinal sin if parantha does not have a good dollop of butter on top when it comes to the table. Totally unacceptable. We made this order more as an after thought and considering how hungry we were and it seemed like a good small portioned meal combination but honestly the paranthas were lackluster! ( that coming from big fans of piping hot paranthas). The raita was thin in consistency, we prefer it to be a bit thicker and the dal makhani was reasonably good along with it.

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To finish off, this is one of the first restaurants that we have mixed feeling about, usually it being a definitely we are going back for more or nope we are never stepping in but here I think we have to be truly seduced or allured by great company to persuade us to try more. Their food certainly tastes good and there is a huge array of dishes to choose from but certain bits lack detailing which should not be ignored amidst a sea of crowd also.

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Ambiance – 3/5
Service – 3.5/5
Food – 3/5
Price – 400- 600 rupees for two(approx.)

Note : This is not a paid review. It’s based on our experience of going there and we paid for our own meal.