There are very few restaurants that deserve a 5 star rating. They have to be perfect on all counts – ambiance/décor, food presentation, food composition, authenticity of cuisine, service, et al. And that’s a mean, mean feat to achieve. Brasserie Cinq does not deserve a 5 star rating. It demands one. By consistently offering a top-notch experience every single time.
This is an All Day French Restaurant with a gorgeous ambiance. Chef and owner Ambar Rode, an alumni of Le Cordon Bleu, brings his understanding of French cuisine to Pune. The main philosophy is to keep the natural flavor of each ingredient intact while delivering a well-rounded dish to every patron.
The ambiance of the place bears the stamp of a classic French Bistro with every minute detail down to the bright yellow door. The seating is muted silver-grey with chandeliers providing both the light and the appeal. The kitchen runs parallel to the seating area and has a wide opening for the pass and for the patrons to get a sneak peek of the magicians at work. The opposite side has the same yellow toned windows completing the bistro look.
We started off our dining experience with a couple of traditional French soups.
The Bouillabaisse with Rouille is a traditional Provençal seafood stew, from the port city of Marseille, France served with a toasted bread, roasted bell peppers and an olive oil emulsion. While the flavors from the fish, prawns and clams played merry in your mouth, the typical seafood-y smell was personally off-putting.
|Bouillabaisse with Rouille [Rs. 300]|
My first taste of the French Onion Soup was at an authentic European Café in Singapore and it was love at first slurp. The Classic French Onion with Gruyere Crouton served here brought back amazing memories of that afternoon as soon as the aroma of the hot soup hit my olfactory senses. A celebration of caramelized Spanish onion and dry white wine in a soup served with gratinated gruyere cheese and grilled sourdough, this was quite literally heaven in a bowl. Personally I would’ve preferred a bigger piece of the grilled sourdough (only half a slice was served) but that’s just nitpicking. #YumYum #HighlyRecommended
|Classic French Onion with Gruyere Crouton [Rs. 250]|
The Prosciutto, Figs, Goat Cheese, Grapefruit and Greens salad tasted just as amazing as it looked. Caramelized fresh figs tossed in mixed greens and generous portion of goat’s cheese with prosciutto slices ensured every bite was packed full of flavors and nutrients. The salad was extremely light and refreshing despite all its complex flavors. #YumYum
|Prosciutto, Figs, Goat Cheese, Grapefruit and Greens [Rs. 380]|
There is no greater guilty, culinary pleasure for a carnivore than indulging in a well-cooked pork or bacon dish while a stuffed tortellini is the stuff a vegetarian’s dreams are made of. Seeing both these dishes on the Brasserie Cinq menu literally made us salivate in anticipation.
The Slow Cooked Pork Belly, Pea Tartare, Caramelized Onion & Potato Puree, Roasted Fennel has the pork belly slow cooked for 12 hours, and then seared till golden brown. Served with sage infused jus, the meat was extremely tender and moist and I could slice it like a hot knife through butter. One whole bite of the dish, with the belly, tartare and puree on top made me moan in pleasure with my eyes rolling to the back of my head. #AbsolutelySinful #OneOfTheBest
|Slow Cooked Pork Belly, Pea Tartare, Caramelized Onion & Potato Puree, Roasted Fennel [Rs. 550]|
The Pumpkin & Ricotta stuffed Tortellini, Walnuts & French fried Onion had in-house tortellini stuffed with roasted pumpkin and served with lemon butter. The crunch of the walnut garnishing complimented the tenderness of the cooked pumpkin stuffing perfectly while the fried onion juliennes and fried sage leaves added a tinge of sweetness and bitterness to the bite. Reiterating what I had said earlier, this is a herbivore’s dream and can also turn a carnivore for the evening. #TotalFoodgasm
|Pumpkin & Ricotta stuffed Tortellini, Walnuts & French fried Onion [Rs. 400]|
Brasserie Cinq has recently bagged the Times Food and Nightlife Award 2018 for Best European Cuisine and that is just the latest testimonial of their pedigree.
A big shout-out to Akanksha inviting us and Chef Ambar Rode and Team Brasserie Cinq for hosting us.
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