Priya Kripalani Mahtani & Dheeraj Mahtani moved to Pune from Singapore a decade ago & started their culinary journey 4 years back bringing authentic Asian flavors to the city with their first venture, The Asian Box, in Koregaon Park. The duo recently launched their second outlet in Baner at a beautiful location surrounded by lush greens and a fresh vibe!
Recently #TheBTeam was called over for a tasting and here is my experience of the same.
The Lemongrass Ginger Caipiroska was a good drink with strong flavors of ginger however the ginger could’ve been grated a little finer. The Orange Basil Mojito had too much basil for my taste.
|Lemongrass Ginger Caipiroska|
|Orange Basil Mojito|
The Thai Lettuce Wraps (Tofu) was a wonderful DIY salad with minced tofu wok tossed in red chilies and basil and served with iceberg lettuce.
|Thai Lettuce Wraps (Tofu) [Rs. 295]|
The Mixed Veg. Dumpling had finely chopped carrots, water chestnut and beans in a translucent cover. Very well made and went well with the soy dip provided.
|Mixed Veg. Dumpling [Rs. 320]|
The Mutton Kheema Samosa tasted delicious, thanks to the perfectly cooked kheema stuffing inside however the Spinach Prawn Rolls made with chopped prawns wrapped in spinach leaves topped with black fungus and black bean sauce didn’t appeal to my taste buds at all. And the strong crustacean smell was a put-off.
|Mutton Kheema Samosa|
|Spinach Prawn Rolls [Rs. 390]|
The Cheese Lumpia from Philippines resembled the cheese cigars however the slightly pungent cheddar cheese made all the difference.
The Indonesian Crispy Vegetables Saffron felt a little gucky to me and I could hardly taste any saffron in it either. The Singaporean Kung Pao Chicken on the other hand, tasted good but was a tad too sweet. A bad batch of chilies, maybe?
|Crispy Vegetables Saffron [Rs. 290]|
|Kung Pao Chicken [Rs. 325]|
From the Sushi Bar
The Asian Box has a live sushi counter where you can actually sit and enjoy live sushi being made by the chef.
The Ebi Tempura Ura Maki Roll had good strong punch of the prawns while the Crispy Asparagus Maki had a lovely crunch of the asparagus. All in all, I preferred the asparagus over the prawns.
|Ebi Tempura Ura Maki Roll|
|Crispy Asparagus Maki|
Having heard a lot about their Burmese [Chicken/Veg.] Khao Suey and the Singapore Chili Prawns, I was super psyched to try them. One was delicious however the other disappointed me.
The Chicken Khao Suey was a fantastic combination of noodles and Burmese curry served with a variety of contrasting condiments. Loved the thick curry and the condiments only added to the flavor profile. However the Singapore Chili Prawns had a sweetish taste and lacked the punch and tang of citrus and spice.
|Chicken Khao Suey [Rs. 380]|
|Singapore Chili Prawns [Rs. 550]|
The Mushrooms Black Pepper Claypot Rice from China had spicy black pepper sauce which went well with the mushrooms.
|Mushrooms Black Pepper Claypot Rice [Rs. 380]|
We also tried the Banana Leaf Fish (Basa) and the Mango Chili Chicken which were not on the original curated menu for the evening however were recommended dishes. While the fish was perfectly cooked and tasted delicious, the chicken was once again disappointing. Overly sweet without any hint of the chili.
|Banana Leaf Fish (Basa) [Rs. 380]|
|Mango Chili Chicken|
The desserts at The Asian Box too come with a twist.
The Pandan Panacotta was served in cute small jars. Although it wasn’t set properly so felt more like a custard, it had good flavors of the pandan. So much so that we ended up requesting for a couple of more jars to lick clean. #YumYum
Unfortunately, the Banana & Nutella Sushi with Vanilla Ice Cream was a disaster. Visually unappealing, it was equally unappealing in flavors. Best to avoid.
|Banana & Nutella Sushi with Vanilla Ice Cream|
With some amazing paintings adorning the walls, a live sushi bar, quirky restrooms and comfortable al fresco and indoor seating, The Asian Box exudes some wonderful vibes.
A big shout out to Svetlana for inviting us and Priya Kripalani Mahtani & Dheeraj Mahtani and Team Asian Box for hosting us.
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