Daily All Day, Koregaon Park
While the cynical media today focuses only on news which propagates animosity and world weariness, The Daily chooses to highlight what is easy to overlook – The Good.
A simple yet toothsome spread in a resplendent ambience surrounded by a collection of good news from all over the world. Read ‘Positive vibes’ come alive on a whole new level at The Daily.
The brand from Mumbai has been trending for the scrumptious spread and the anthology of news articles over the years. ‘Daily All Day’ stands for the brand name and the all day food fiesta at the swanky new space in Koregaon Park. The place, earlier occupied by quite a few brands which failed to make a mark on Pune’s Palate, has finally found its due. The Daily is your place to relax, engage in conversations or just work by yourselves (New workspace y’all).
The Menu is a stirring mix of world cuisine with a clear bent on European particularly French Cuisine. My maiden dining experience at The Daily was nothing short of fabulous. Take a read.
One of the finest and most refreshing spread of salads experienced at the Daily. The combinations are unique and have an appended visual appeal.
The Three Melon Salad takes culinary artistry to another level. Watermelon, Musk Melon and Green Melon loaded with pine nuts and feta in an enticing lemon mint dressing, a smart move to counter the sweetness. I clearly despise melons, so a take on this would be out of order for me. Nevertheless, a fetching attempt.
The Black Quinoa Chickpea Salad intertwines nutrition and flavors, and is also Vegan. The quinoa content is well balanced with a lot of other elements like orange segments, cranberry and pumpkin seeds. The chickpeas are dominating, overall a very light yet flavorful salad.
The Roast Chicken Salad is what the carnivores should turn to. A lot of roasted meat, lemon zest in strong honey mustard dressing is finger licking good. Gorging on salads is now happening at The Daily.
Puff Pastry Shells
Puff Pastries are now relatively recurrent with the growing influence of Fusion and European cuisine in the food industry. A simple dish yet rarely done justice with at Restaurants. The Daily offers you light, flaky and a variety of scrumptious fillings.
We tried the Mediterranean Spiced Lamb – more tangy than spicy, it’s a god sent dish for meat lovers. This however loses out to the dynamite – Mushroom and Leek. You read that right. The Mushrooms here are better than the Lamb! They are cheesy loaded with both scarmoza and parmesan and delicate to the touch. A clear and unbiased verdict here people.
The Vegetarian Spread
The Veggie Brioche Pockets has to be a mandatory order anytime you visit The Daily. Highly enriched French bread pockets stuffed with cottage cheese, veggies and tomato salsa. The texture is soft, light and intensely buttery. Smooth pick at The Daily in all aspects.
The Thai Style Stir Fried Lotus Roots (vegan) were good but I’ve tried better ones in the city. On a comparative scale, this falls short. The nutty Kung Pao sauce felt out of place, the sweetness quotient also exceeded the level of spicy.
The Sanpei Chicken is The Daily’s take on some oriental style stir fried chicken. A classic base of soy sauce and chilly oyster with tossed scallions. A must try at the restaurant. Nailing it with simplicity.
The Lemon Pepper Fish was another highlight from the evening. Fresh cut basa cooked to perfection and grilled with strong hints of balsamic vinegar. Subtle yet leaves a lasting imprint on your palate.
The Sliders served with fries on the side were quite ordinary. The mini burgers lacked moisture and seemed quite dry on the bite. Some work on the bread could turn this dish around. The patties though tiny were full of flavors. The Portobello mushroom and goat cheese slider was the easy pick, the cottage cheese clearly fell short.
The array of Flatbreads at The Daily seems impressive with interesting combination for their toppings. The Wild Mushroom Fricassee was every bit delectable. A drizzle of truffle oil and ricotta cheese lends a fetching smokiness. A beautiful option for vegetarians. The Chicken on Fire was anything but fiery. Shredded chicken in with onion and cilantro gives you nothing new neither a taste to remember.
The Noodle Bowls were a hearty, healthy surprise. Ramen fans in town have a spot to hit at The Daily. The Seafood fusion bowl was a concoction of tiger prawns, white fish and ramen noodles in a mild broth. The flavors were subtle, smooth yet gave you a hit in the throat. The perfect winter meal.
The Wild Mushrooms and Soy Bowl was an absolute contrast in appearance and flavors. A lot of sprouts and shitake mushrooms in a punch-worthy broth. Have a sore throat or a blocked nose? Clearly this one is your remedy.
By now we were stuffed to the brim of our eating capacity yet chose to be steady at the binge-athon that was, at The Daily. The Oven Roasted Tomato and Olive stuffed Ravioli was a decent affair. The texture of the ravioli took away a lot from the dish, would have preferred it a tad softer. The nuance of the dish was appreciable, surely giving this a shot the next time.
The Moroccan Lamb was a one pot meal with braised lamb in Moroccan spices tossed with bell pepper and carrots, served with herb rice. The lamb had a peculiar tanginess which complimented the herbed rice. A good pick for those who like their mains the traditional way.
It will not be an exaggeration to call the Flourless Dark Chocolate Mud Cake at The Daily one of the best in the city. The perfect texture, sinfully dark chocolate and eye-popping presentation makes this a mandate when at The Daily.
To make your dessert selection at The Daily further baffling, they have the dazzling duo – the Orange & Pomegranate Panna Cotta and Wildberry & Pink Peppercorn Panna Cotta. While a choice between the two was a tough one, I choose the latter. The orange was far more subtle and ranked low on sweetness. Nevertheless, the appearance and finish was super and flawless. You can’t miss this when at The Daily.
Disclaimer : This Review is based on a complimentary invite extended by Carpe Diem. The opinion expressed in the review is entirely my own and in no manner influenced by any party.