Why all the Non-vegetarian’s should have fun!
No matter it might be fine dining, great food, fancy preparation of food, now the Vegetarians have their own place to relish delicious food with great ambience.
Let me introduce you all a place called Panayaa- A Modern Indian Kitchen. It’s a Mumbai-based chain of restaurant. It has open its doors recently in pune at Mariplex Mall Kalyani Nagar. Here Pure vegetarian food becomes even more stylish and contemporary taking the food to the next level.
Panayaa aims to re-invent desi gourmet with some crazy, wacky and out-of-the-box culinary experiments. From molecular gastronomy to the best that regional India has to offer.
The BTeam invited for tasting some of their signature dishes.
We started with a round of some Mocktails like Exotic Punch, Black Beauty, Blue sea, Guava Luscious (most favorite of the lot)
As I said Panayaa aims to re-invent desi gourmet, the first appetizer was:
Wada Pav Ver. 3.0 : It was much more improvised version can any one think off. Small buns stuffed with the spiced up potato and it was flawlessly baked. Just it could have been stuffed with more of spiced mashed potato then it could have been on dot.
Cottage Cheese Indiana: A regular tandoori marination paneer cubes were mouth melting. It had perfect combination of spice selection. It was served with salad.
Corn Bhel Maze Cornetto: Now this is called an innovation!! five crisp maze cone stuffed with creamy corn bhel and zingy bell pepper frosting. The appetiser was served in a brandy snifter glass and it was the most fancy looking dish of the evening.
Chana Masala Wonton Chat: Crispy wontons stuffed with chatpata channa laid on the bed of channa masala topped with smoked and mint chutney garnished along with shredded raw beet, carrot and some sev. A overall perfect fusion of two cuisines.
Nazakat Kumbh: Big in size and juicy mushrooms marinated with smoky flours of tandoor with a hint of mixed indian spices. Nice recommendation for the mushrooms lovers.
Roomali Roti Italiano: Even the regular Masala papad is upgraded with a twist of Italian touch. Crisp papad with Masala toppings loaded with cheese served on a pizza bat. One good thing about this was, that the base was crisp till the last bite.
Panayaa e Khaas: This is a signature subji from the chef. This was one of the best subji’s served for the evening. Soft Panner cubes tossed in a rich brown gravy. It goes well with all types of breads.
Kheema Kasturi: Perfectly Minced Mixed vegetables cooked in kasturi methi flavoured caramelised brown gravy. It was garnished with fresh cream to balance the flavours.
Papad Kofta Curry: Papad dumplings stuffed with the panner mixed with chefs special spices, cooked in a Makhani gravy. The papad dumplings lost its taste due to overpowering flavour of Makhani gravy.
Dal Tadkewali and Makhani Biryani: Dal was purely yum. Strong flavours of fresh tadka and it was aptly thick. Although the Biryani didn’t clicked the taste buds as it was too soggy.
Mohanthaal Cheesecake: Some traditional desserts taste excellent as they are kept its originality intact. This didn’t appeal to me much.
Chocolate Landscape: This dessert was dramatically constructed with nitrogen infused ice on Mud cake soil and brownie chunks, fresh fruits are also used like Kiwi and Apple chunks, drizzled with Coco powder, Vanilla Ice cream and Caramel Mousse made from the dry ice, and loads of chocolate and caramel sauce. It is prepaid on the table itself. It almost takes seven minutes to reach the final stage.
Overall the journey of Panayaa was good. Although the price range is on a higher side, but if you want to try something extraordinary in vegetarian then this is the place.
A Big Shout out for the Carina from Alpha Events Pune for the Invitation and Riddhi and Team Panayaa for hosting us.
Disclaimer: I was invited for a complimentary food tasting event. This blog is a narrative of my experience at the event. These are my views that I have expressed in the blog. Others are most welcome to agree or disagree with the same. The blog is not personally or commercially influenced. I have not lifted, copied or plagiarised it from any source either. However, I have done my due diligence via publicly available information on the internet and as shared by the client/PR agency.