Picantos is a fully owned brand by Flutterby Hospitality under the owner ship of three partners, namely Himanshu Shah, Sagar Bagul and ShivGauri Rajan. Their aim is to make Mexican Food popular in Pune/India by serving authentic, wholesome and fresh Mexican food to customers.
Picantos started its journey with the Aundh Branch. Now they have two more One Hinjewadi Infosys premises and the latest opened in Kalyani Nagar. One of the owner Gauri invited us to taste the food at the Kalyani Nagar outlet. Gauri informed us about the plans of the expansion of the Picantos as they are coming up in a big way in Pune and Mumbai.
As we settled for the evening and started the journey with the round of Mocktail’s:
1. Mexican Hot Chocolate: Nice thick hot chocolate with the drizzle of choco powder, perfect for winters and for hot chocolate lovers its a #Musthave
2.Iced Tea: As mentioned by Gauri all the ingredients of the ice tea are made in-house, it might taste different to the non ice tea lovers. Its good to try once.
3.Ginger Lemonade: This is one of my favourite drink at Picantos. Refreshing and tasty. #MustHave
4.Green Apple Iced Tea: Very similar lines on the Regular Ice tea but with a Apple flavour twist.
5.Mixed Fruit Spritzer: Fruity flavoured sweet drink… not my taste.
6. Bloody Guava Cooler: Fizzy with the Guava flavour. If they could add some spice to it it will taste much like Peru (Guava)
7. Cold Coffee: Thick and perfect sweet.
9. Crunchy Chocolate Shake: Not much fan Oreo so I gave it pass.
Nachos: A brief history:
Nachos originated in the city of Piedras Negras, Coahuila, Mexico, just over the border from Eagle Pass, Texas. In 1943, the wives of U.S. soldiers stationed at Fort Duncan in nearby Eagle Pass were in Piedras Negras on a shopping trip, and arrived at the restaurant after it had already closed for the day. The maître d’hôtel, Ignacio “Nacho” Anaya, invented a new snack for them with what little he had available in the kitchen: tortillas and cheese. Anaya cut the tortillas into triangles, fried them, added shredded cheddar cheese, quickly heated them, added sliced pickled jalapeño peppers,and served them.
When asked what the dish was called, he answered, “Nacho’s especiales“. As word of the dish traveled, the apostrophe was lost, and Nacho’s “specials” became “special nachos” (-Wiki)
We were served fully Loaded Nachos with three different dips Salsa, Guacamole and Cheese Sauce. All had their unique taste. I like the Cheese Sauce the most. Crunchy Nachos were served with Beans and jalapeños.
Tacos: We tried both Soft and hard shell Tacos, later one is still the favourite. It was filled with loads of veggies and beans. it depends on individual likes and taste.
Quesadilla: Spinach & Mushroom: Tender and juicy mushroom with fresh spinach made this dish good to taste. The only think was you have to finish it real quick or otherwise the cover gets soggy. it was served with Salsa. #MustTry
Mains: Burritos: The word burrito means “little donkey” in Spanish, as a diminutive form of burro, or “donkey”. The name burrito as applied to the dish possibly derives from the appearance of bedrolls and packs that donkeys carried.
The basic ingredients which goes into the burritos are as Mexican-style rice or plain rice, beans or refried beans, lettuce, salsa, guacamole, cheese, sour cream and various vegetables. (for Non-Veg just add Meat to it) Its was fascinating to see my Burrito-in-making very closely. #MustHave
Enchiladas: is a corn tortilla rolled around a filling and covered with a chili pepper sauce. Enchiladas can be filled with a variety of ingredients, including meat, cheese, beans, potatoes, vegetables or combinations. They had a Wheat base tortilla and it was served hot and nice n cheesy. Stuffed with almost similar to the Burrito. #Musttry
Desserts: Chocolate Panacotta with Strawberry Coulis: Appearance was just amazing. Nicely plated. Taste wise it was bit muddy on the tongue. #TryOnce
Churros with Chocolate Sauce: It was just a bliss to have Churros after a long time. Really excellently made with all the love. #Musthave
Food: Good in taste and nicely presented. Purely Tex-Mex Cuisine.
Service: Being small place they really don’t have issues in service.
Staff: Courteous and Happy to help.
Ambience: Small place but comfortable sitting area with 7-8 tables. Bright interiors and nice wall arts.
Value for Money: Reasonably priced. It won’t burn a hole in your Pocket.
Big Shout out for ShivGauri and Himanshu for hosting us.