Farzi Cafe – New Menu, Better Prices
Farzi Cafe have been the forerunners of the Fusion Food Concept in the city. The torch bearers of introducing ‘Molecular Gastronomy’ in the culinary circuit of Pune. A concept, which has now succumbed to being just drab doses of liquid nitrogen and smoke engulfed drinks which ignite absolutely no fire for your appetite.
The brand recently completed two successful years of its stint in Pune and recently introduced a brand new menu. The new Menu has an affordable and interesting line up in terms of Bar Bites and Small plates. The signature dishes are retained while the fusion game steps up with dishes like Haleem Risotto and a Patishapta Mille Feuille.
Here are a few highlights from the New Menu Tasting :
Lazeez Chicken Mini Cigars – Rating 5/5
One of my favorites from the night. Crispy and non greasy Cigar rolls stuffed with tandoori chicken strips and a whole lot of desi masala. It’s tangy, spicy and custom made to suit the Indian palate. Do not forget to give a generous dip, or let’s call it a Dunk in the fabulous creamy mint- mayo side. The blend is marvelous, enough to warrant a second helping. #HighlyRecommended
Nachos Oli Bhel – Rating 3/5
Tortilla chips tossed like your street style bhel but in olive oil and a whole lot of pomegranate seeds. Puffed rice substituted like this, makes you quite apprehensive at first but the result comes out pretty satisfactory, if not wow. A good dish to munch on, but I would choose to save my appetite for the meatier bits on the menu.
Mutton Barrah Botis – Rating -5/5
A fabulous dish once again from Chef Durgesh’s kitchen. The boti kebabs were meaty and mighty. The soft naans alongwith some mint dips and masala onions is a simple yet, a combination par excellence. #HighlyRecommended
Keema Kaleji with Coriander Cream – Rating 4/5
There is more Keema than Kaleji to this preparation. Tawa style kaleji (liver) and keema, more like the traditional preparations during Eid. Tucked inside buttered pav, this one is recommended for true blue ‘unrestrained’ meat lovers.
Black Sesame Chicken Tikka – Rating – 4/5
While I never seem to have a positive encounter with anything associated with ‘activated charcoal’. The one at Farzi closely satisfies, it lacks the harsh chalk like aftertaste, courtesy a generous use of black sesame. The chicken was tender and flavorful, the charcoal remained evident only in appearance.
Patishapta Mille Feuille with fresh coconut cream – Rating 5/5
Patishapta Pithey is a popular Bengali dessert which consists of rolled pancakes stuffed with milk and coconut filling. At Farzi, the pithey (pancake) is done with and arrives a very desi mille feuille (French layered pastry). One incredible dessert which made me forget the Tres Leches (my all time favorite at Farzi). The flavor of tender coconut and coconut cream is soft, luscious and gets you hooked. On a bed of nachni crisp and drizzled with honey, this mildly sweet dessert is like no other. #HighlyRecommended
The new menu is absolute Farzi in essence but you see a remarkable drop in their pricing. Often sought after as a place to mark celebrations, Farzi now stands in line to be your neighborhood pub.
Disclaimer: This Review is based on a complimentary invite extended by Farzi Cafe. The opinion expressed in the review is entirely my own and in no manner influenced by any party.