Panchvati Gaurav, Baner
In a complex filled with pubs (5 is the current count) PG is the lone shuddha shakahari thali restaurant. The decor is predominantly done up in a typical Jodhpuri theme with a blue color palate.
The food is a Rajasthani / Gujarati fare with Bataka nu rasa valu shak, Gatte ki sabji, Paneer, Bhopla dry, Dal baati, Choorma, Chapatis, Dal, Kadi, plain Rice (with an option for Khichdi in the evenings), dhokla, Thepla, Salad, Chutney and Butter milk.
The food is very homely – tummy filled without feeling too heavy – none of the items were swimming in oil. Sabjis aren’t over the top spicy. The kadi tastes authentic, with a hint of sweetness. Chapatis were served quickly, hot and coated with ghee.
On the downside, the dal was a bit bland – a tad watery, and the choorma seemed dry ; i guess that was due to the cold weather and the ghee dried up.
Overall its a wholesome meal, and for 330/- bucks, its total VFM.
My favorite Maharashtrian mutton joint Maratha Samraat finally opened up in my neighborhood.
The location is bang in the middle of baner road, there’s ample parking space along the road. The decor is similar to the Kothrud branch, yet it is open, airy, and can comfortably fit about 20-25 people in the upper and lower sections each.
The food… Oh the food! They have maintained the same quality of food that they serve at the Kothrud branch. Here’s a glimpse:
Mutton Ukkad: alani soup (mutton stock) with huge pieces of mutton – light, flavorful and absolutely delightful.
Kheema Prawns fry : This is a new addition to the menu. The preparation is slightly spicy, and lip-smackingly delicious! Who knew mutton kheema and prawns are such a match made in heaven!
Kala Mutton : Arguably the best item on their menu, the kala mutton masala is absolutely mind blowing. Not too spicy, thick dark masala, jam packed full of flavors with chunks of tender juicy mutton. Pairs well with bhakri, chapati or rice. This is a ‘must-have – either as an ala-carte dish or in the thali version.
Chapatis, bhakris were served quickly and hot. Service in general is amazing – everyone right from the owners to the waiters payed personal attention to each guest. Quantity of each dish was generous enough for 2.
On another trip, we tried the Surmai fish thali which consisted of :
-2 medium sized Surmai fry : well coated in masala, very fresh, really tasty. However it lacked a bit of proper seasoning , sprinkling a bit of salt on top helped.
-Prawns curry : typical maharashtrian flavors, this gravy was medium spicy,suited my palate well and had about 4-5 good sized prawns.
Sukat chutney : this was something i tasted for the very first time. Dried tiny prawns stir fried in a spicy chatakedar masala. Liked the taste, however, people with a spicier palette will surely love this thing!
Solkadi : A small bowl of this blissful drink was already a part of the fish thali, however I always need more of this, so ordered another glass separately. A perfect palate cleanser that compliments food here so well. A must have with whatever you end up ordering at this joint
The thali has ultra soft chapatis/bhakris in option and prawns biryani to end the meal.
This time, we also tried Mutton Maratha, again a superb mutton preparation , sure worth trying out. On the spicier side, with a generous amount of red chillies, this dish is going to be a hit with the spice loving Puneris!
We tried out a light and yummy Alani fry preparation (succulent mutton pieces cooked in very light masalas and stir fried in garlic), which our 2 year old relished on.