7 ways to satisfy your sweet tooth at Indigo Deli

Indigo Deli is known for dishing out some top notch desserts over time. #TheBTeambabies (that’s the kids of theBteam!) got a taste of the sweet treats at this beautiful restaurant.

Here the top 7 dessert picks to satisfy that sweet tooth!


  1. The Baked Blueberry Cheesecake

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Baked Blueberry Cheesecake

A dessert countdown has to start of with a blueberry cheesecake. Smooth cake, crumbly base, with a beautiful splash of deep red blueberries. Absolutely delicious for the kids and adults alike!


2. Banana Caramel Pie

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Banana Caramel Pie

While I am not personally much of a banana dessert fan, this one really took my fancy. The banana and caramel combined beautifully to make a sweet pairing. The caramel wasn’t too bitter, leading to a great combination of flavors. The chocolate cake base just took it to a different level.


3. Chocolate Layered Almond Cake

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Chocolate Layered Almond Cake

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Chocolate Layered Almond Cake

Almond cake, light chocolate cake, dark chocolate cake, topped with almond praline, drizzled with butterscotch sauce. As you take a bite, the multiple layers lend their own distinct flavors and textures. A beautifully constructed dessert, the flavors surpass its irresistible beauty.


4. Apple Pie

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Apple Pie

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Apple Pie

Indigo Deli serves a no nonsense Apple Pie. The allure of this simple dessert lies in the generous amount of juicy apple stuffed inside along with the distinct flavor of cinnamon and nuts.


5. The Whiskey Pate

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The Whiskey Pate

A strong hit of whisky smacks you in the face as you take the first bite, then gently floats down your throat, as you begin to appreciate the potency of this drink, ummm, I mean, dessert. Sorry kids, this one is strictly 18+ only


6. Drunken Waffles

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Drunken Waffles

Don’t be fooled by the colorful nature of this frozen treat. It packs quite a punch owing to the Rum Anglaise. Waffles, rum ‘n raisin, chocolate ice cream, crunchy granola, jelly and fresh cream will ensure you are a happy camper. Another #AdultsOnly dessert


7. Kinki Suzette

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Kinki Suzzette

A sundae made with French toast doused in dulche de leche, caramelized orange, and vanilla ice creams, hot fudge, fresh cream, spiced pecans and bitter orange marmalade. I personally loved it! The French toast soaks up the ice cream, fudge and orange flavors so beautifully, its a breakfast dessert (yep, tell yourself that 😀 )!


Notable mention: The Homemade Ice-Creams 

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Home made ice creams

Crisp clean flavors, melt in your mouth ice creams. We tried the Blueberry & Mint, Belgian chocolate truffle , Rocky Road and Strawberry Cheese Cake. All delicious. Ask for the flavor of the day. Image courtesy bellydriven


This Compilation is entirely based on personal tastes and preferences. Also, there is no ranking per se; merely a compilation of the best, based on my visit here. 

PS: I was invited with my daughter, Pihu, for a special ‘Bloggers + Kids: dessert tasting event’ by Indigo and Carpe Diem. The Usual Disclaimer applies.


 

BubbleBee Aundh – Bubbling with pleasure!

As we wrapped up our Sunday lunch at Maratha Samraat, we needed something sweet to put out the fire, thanks to the spicy Kaala Mutton at MS. My latent waffle cravings dragged me here. And boy, was I happy!

The tantalizing aroma of freshly baked waffles made pin-pointing the exact location easy – we could smell the waffles right from the road! The place itself looks like a tiny little food-truck crammed onto a balcony, with about 8 to 10 tiny tables strewn about. The ceiling is a labyrinth of jute rope, with tiny little bees (toys, or course) and bright yellow lanterns hanging down. Makes for a rather quirky atmosphere. 

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Bubble Bee

Ordering is as simple as the proverbial 1-2-3:

  1. Choose a waffle : Chocolate or Red velvet
  2. Choose a base: Whipped cream / Coffee Cream / Ice cream
  3. Choose your toppings: This is the fun part – You get the options of Fruit, Gems, Kit-kat, Snickers, Nutella, Ferrero Rocher, oreo, Choco fills, sprinkles… Make it look super pretty!
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The order

And then wait till your order arrives – takes about 10-15 minutes (honestly, feels like hours, specially with the seductive smell of waffles torturing you!). It was difficult making my 2 year old wait for this one. I would not deny that I was a bit impatient too!

I went for a red velvet waffle, filled with whipped cream topped with KitKat, Ferrero rocher, gems, & nutella. It was blissful! My kid wiped off all the gems, sprinkles, KitKat and other assorted toppings as fast as she could.

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The Masterpiece

The waffles is something I haven’t really seen before – it has bubbles! You need to eat up the top part with a spoon, and progressively bite the waffle itself. Messy, i must say, but satisfyingly so!

Priced at around 250/- a pop, it is totally worth it. The waffle is big enough to satisfy 2 people, without being too heavy on the tummy. They also have some varieties of bubble tea – a take on flavored green tea with flavors and toppings – something that’s on my ‘next time’ list. Yes, once you visit, I am sure anyone will want to go back again.

#baconbaba khush hua!!!

Bubble Bee, Aundh
Location- Opposite DAV school, ambedkar chowk, Aundh

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Polka Dots – Bistro & Bar – Old wine in a new bottle

Polka dots – bistro & bar, Westend mall, Aundh
A couple of days back Polka dots started their much awaited Bistro at Westend mall. Located next to Shoppers Stop in the GF section, this is a huge step up from their original site. Swanky, classy, high end are words that pop into your head as you walk into Polka Dots Bistro and Bar. Do not get mislead by the term ‘bar’ – they serve only mocktails for now.

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While they have retained their ‘Polka Dots legends’ like the Gescnetzetes and Paprica Chicken, their expanded menu boasts some amazing sounding dishes.

We started off with a White Orchid, a guava and lime based mocktail and a lemon iced tea. Both were beautifully made, refreshing to the core.

For starters, we ordered the Thai pork Balls – mince pork balls served with a light fish sauce. I wish the minced pork had been a tad more moist.


Fish and chips were excellent as always, with the tarter sauce playing the perfect accompaniment. Pihu wiped it off.

Main course included the Bratwurst with Onion relish – delightful presentation, sticky sweet onion relish, classic as always

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I ordered the Buffalo Tenderloin Steak. All i say is I am still looking for a chef in Pune who has the guts /talent to cook a medium rare steak. Here again the steak turned out slightly tough and medium well. I could possibly blame the quality of the meat though. Served with and onion jam, veggies and a cheese covered baked potato, the accompaniments were excellent.

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Buffalo Tenderloin Steak

We ended the meal with the absolutely phenomenal Philadelphia Blueberry Cheese cake and a rather runny Red Velvet Lava Cake.

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Philadelphia Blueberry Cheese Cake
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Red Velvet Lava Cake

While Polka dots has a new avatar, it retains its old charm,with familiar faces to take your order. Stick to the old favorites. The new items, while beautifully plated, are a hit n miss.

Rastaman Soul Food – Bacon Cheese Burgers!

Rastaman, Soul Food – Food truck

Bacon Bhabhi

Rastaman Soul Food, a food truck opposite Balewadi High Street is dishing out some amazing burgers, pasta and sandwiches. They have recently moved here from Aundh, and man, its a delight!

We were invited by the delightful owners, the newly married Satya & Naina, who run it with all their passion for cooking and love for food.

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We started off with 2 refreshing drinks – Iceberg Lime & Mellow Mood.
I loved the Mellow mood. It was sweet, it was salty and had a beautiful hint of ginger flavor.

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Tried 2 non veg burgers from their menu:
Cheezy paradise:
Yummy yummy & yummy! Yes, it was delicious. And juicy. This has a chicken patty with a cheese filled center, caramelized onions, topped with mayo,chipotle sauce, jalapeños, and loaded with huge strips of crispy bacon. Yes, when something has bacon added to it and OOOZES cheese, what’s not there to love!
#HighlyRecommended

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Cheezy Paradise

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The Asian:
This had a beautiful grilled chicken fillet tossed and coated in some soy, vinegar, honey, fish sauce, sesame seeds. Very Asian in flavor with a lovely sweet ‘n sour note as the name suggests. An interesting one worth a try.

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The Asian

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Next was Rastaman’s fusion pasta. Currently these guys serve a veg / non veg version of this. That’s the only pasta on their menu, and it was super tasty.
Penne pasta in a rich cheesy white sauce with lots of Italian herb flavours, succulent baked chunky chicken pieces, mushrooms, bacon bits and parmesan cheese sprinkled on top. Yummy again!

We ended the meal with their dessert ‘Heavenly Delight’. That’s chocolate brownie topped with vanilla ice cream ,banana,chocolate sauce,some nuts, and drizzled on top with condensed milk. I am personally always a bit partial whenener there is brownie involved in any dessert. So yes, I totally loved it. The brownie itself was so delicious, which by the way Naina herself bakes! Our 2 year old couldn’t stop eating this one 🙂

Rastaman can be found opposite Balewadi High Street (on the Urban Foundry / Apache side) and are open from 6:30 PM to 11:00 PM. Leaving you with some more yumminess!

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Apyayan – Authentic Bengali Cuisine

Last week, I had the pleasure of visiting Apyayan, Aundh to try out some of the special bengali cuisine that they offer. Apyayan has one of their outlets on DP Road, Aundh, near Ambedkar chowk. Bright interiors, beautifully decorated with authentic bengali handicrafts, and warm service make me feel right at home as I settled down

We started off the meal with a cool refreshing glass of aam-panna – made from raw mango pulp. What followed was a barrage of bodacious bong food!

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Fish Kobiraji: A deep-fried fillet of Bhetki maach with a coating of egg batter. The serving was huge (a rather large fillet) and the coating was almost like a tempura batter – super light and airy. Served with the legendary Kasundi (mustard sauce), this is a must try!

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Fish Kobiraji

Mochar Chop: “Mocha” is nothing related to coffee and chocolate for a Bengali, but is the local name given to banana flowers. When you taste this Vegan starter, the texture and taste remind you of a pulled-mutton kebab.

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Mochar Chop

As we moved on the pièce de résistance – The Kosha Maangsho – This Spicy Bengali Mutton Curry is the epitome of the perfect Bengali main course. The mutton was beautifully cooked, and the dark brown masala was just delectable. Enjoyed best with hot soft Luchis (aka Poori). I personally like my mutton to be a tad spicier, but that’s probably my inner Puneri speaking 🙂

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Kosha Maangsho

Next up was the Bhetki Paturi – a fillet of Bhetki steamed in a banana leaf, with dominant flavors of mustard, coconut and green chillis. This was just a bit dry by my standards – probably left in the steamer for a minute too long. Either way, it was delicious and light – perfect after the indulgent Kosha Mangsho.

The last ‘main course’ to hit our table was the Daab Chingri – Prawns in a green Coconut based curry – served in the Coconut shell itself! The dab chingri has an inherent sweetness owing to the coconut malai and coconut water that is predominantly used in the preparation of this bengali delicacy.

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Daab Chingri – Prawn curry served in the Coconut shell

This is best enjoyed with plain rice, though the vegetable pulao served along with it was rather tasty as well.

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Daab chingri with Vegetable Pulao

No Bengali meal can possibly end without a sweet. We ended up having 2!

Dudh Puli, a coconut stuffed rice dumpling, aka a bong version of the popular modak 🙂

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Paati Sapta: Thin crepes stuffed with Jaggery – the “gud” is the dominant flavor here. Another must try!

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If you are looking for authentic Bong food – Appyayan is the place to be!

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Sirka Multicuisine, Baner

Nestled in the by-lanes of Baner-Pashan link road, Sirka multicuisine is a small cosy little restaurant, which boasts of some big flavors.

Sholey Kababs: This is probably one of the most popular items on their menu, with multiple recommendations. And for a reason. Succulent chicken, perfect marination, and a spicy coating, it serves as a great appetizer. The generous quantity of chicken is more than satisfactory

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Sholay Kababs

Chicken Banjara Kababs: We wanted something non-spicy for my 2 year old Pihu, and this was the suggested by the captain. With a creamy exterior, and a hint of mint, the banjara kababs were deliciousness personified! My kid gobbled it down, leaving barely enough for me to get a taste!

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Banjara Kabab

For mains, we ordered the Chicken Rara – this is the chef’s special and must not be missed. Chunks of tandoori chicken in a chicken kheema base, it is, as my friend very aptly described it, a “Chicken ka samandar”! Absolutely delicious, we lapped it up with the uber-soft laccha paratha and butter naan. Shout out to the Laccha Paratha – I am not much of a paratha fan, but the layered velvety fluffiness of the laccha parathas had me craving for more!

For dessert we had some beautiful melt-in-the-mouth warm globules a.k.a. Gulab Jamun – again, something I had to wrestle away from my kid to taste, and some oh-so-gooey-i-want-some-more Chocolate and Walnut Brownie with vanilla ice cream and chocolate sauce.

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I wanted to try out their mutton dishes, unfortunately they didn’t have any mutton in stock. Well, there’s always something for next time!

The personal attention of the owner to the food (he was in the kitchen for a majority of the service) is evident by the consistency of the dishes that were sent out. At the end of the day, that’s all that matters.

Flanked by some strong competition like Flying Duck and Chutney Sauce Murabba, Sirka does more than enough to hold its own.

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Double Roti – Reinvented!

Double Roti is a rather popular name in Gurgaon and Chennai, known for its wide offerings of “Awesomeness between breads” – sandwiches and burgers. Last Wednesday, they unveiled their ‘new avatar’ with the launch of their bar menu at their Viman Nagar, Pune outlet.

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The place itself is designed beautifully, with al-fresco as well as closed seating. Wooden tables, colorful stools and a beautiful decor make up an excellent venue

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Sporting some very interesting GoT themed cocktails like Wildfire,Winter is coming Kings landing and my personal favorite, Danaerys’ Charm, the restaurant is also introducing delicious bar snacks, that will complement the cocktails and other range of spirits, wine and beer offered.

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Game of Thrones inspired cocktails!

As #FriendsOfTheBTeam were invited for an exclusive tasting, here are some of my favorites:

Chicken Meat Balls – Chicken mince with paprika,worcestershire,onion powder,oregano,thyme and pepper – These had a definite kick! Perfect for the spice-loving Puneri palette!

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Bruschetta: The caramelized onion and feta bruschetta was my favorite vegetarian starter. The sweetness of the caramelized onions along with the tart feta cheese had me going back for more – extremely rare for a vegetarian starter to do that to the carnivore in me!

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Caramelized onion and feta Bruschetta
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Tomato and Basil Bruschetta

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Mushroom bites – deep fried battered mushrooms topped with a spicy mayo – another perfect vegetarian bar snack!

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Mushroom Bites

Chicken tikkas coated with masala, served on a skewer – moist, tangy and easy to eat

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Their specialty ‘Awesomeness with Bread’ items were also pretty damn good. I LOVED the Mobster pizza – loaded with bacon and pepperoni, on the perfect hand rolled thin crust base – I was in heaven!

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Mobster pizza – pepperoni heaven!
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The Sicilian – chicken and basil
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Cheesy Bacon Fries. Those 3 magic words. Sigh.
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Nachos!

Their Chipotle Chicken Burger – Juicy,spicy,flavorful chicken burger served with melted cheese,lettuce and mayonnaise was absolutely gorgeous!

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And to round it all off, desserts included Blondies and Brownies served with Vanilla ice cream, caramel and chocolate sauce. While the flavor of coffee in the blondies was top notch, I would have liked the blondies to be gooey-er. The brownies were pretty damn good, best eaten warm!

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They’re also offering a 2 plus 1 on all drinks through the day and a special combo offer for lunch.

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The outlet has live music on most evenings, paired with affordable prices, making it quite a destination for a lazy brunch or a chilled out evening with friends. Doors are open 9 AM – 11 PM on weekdays and 9 AM – 1 AM on weekends

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Berry’d Alive, Indiranagar, Bangalore – Desserts Galore!

I stepped into Berry’d Alive  , Indiranagar, Bangalore expecting some nice coffee. Instead I was attacked by a barrage of desserts!
We ordered the double brownie and the blackberry cheese cake. The brownie was SINFUL! Two brownies stacked on top of each other, covered with chocolate sauce and chocolate ganache served in a whisky glass. Sheer beauty! I would have liked the brownies to be a bit warmer, but the taste was fabulous.
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Double Brownie

Complementing this perfectly was the blackberry cheesecake. While the blackberry gave the dessert a bit of tartness, the dark chocolate base had just the right amount of bitterness to take this dessert to another level.

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My only wish is if they had some coffee options. A cup of hot black coffee would have been of so nice!
A must visit when in this part of Bangalore.

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