The first family of Modern Indian Cuisine in Pune – the Sachdev’s have another feather in their caps, rather their Chef’s Hat. After the resounding success that is 11 East Street Café at Camp – which incidentally completed 10 years in service recently, Joravar and Priyanka Sachdev have now decided to bring the London feels to Yerwada.
With their fine-dine venture Zora going strong in Ishanya, the al fresco section has now been transformed into a typical London pub ambiance. The iconic red telephone booth debuts here as well. Helmed by the affable Joravar, this is one family who believes in giving every customer a personalized dining experience.
|The ambiance and decor|
Southall Cocktails – Inspired by India
We started off our exclusive tasting with some unique, and quite potent, cocktails inspired by Southall – a London suburb that’s unapologetically Indian.
Why So Santra and Taste The Thunder were rum based drinks with masala topped with orange juice and Thums Up as mixers.
|Why So Santra|
|Taste The Thunder|
While it was no Badri ki Dulhaniya, the Monty ki Shikanjvi was a refreshing combination of masala shikanjvi and vodka while the Vodka-Jal Super Stuff was really spicy going down the throat but was incredible. #DeliciousDelicious
|Monty ki Shikanjvi|
|Vodka-Jal Super Stuff|
Aamsutra was a mango and whisky based drink with some good flavors.
Darr Ke Aage Victory and Chili Genie were unique gin-based drinks that managed to capture our attention.
|Darr Ke Aage Victory|
The cocktails are all exquisite looking drinks with a taste to match. And at Rs. 198 per glass, they are certainly a must-try.
The Drunken Chili Jalapeno Cheese Balls and Amritsari Fish Tikka were served in cute miniature bicycle carts. Both dishes, well prepared and delicious. The beer sauce served with the cheese balls was a hit at the table.
|Drunken Chili Jalapeno Cheese Balls|
|Amritsari Fish Tikka|
Til Mil Kumbh were mushrooms stuffed with garlic cheese and coated with tandoori masalas and sesame seeds. The juiciness of the mushrooms was well complemented by the crunch of the sesame seeds.
|Til Mil Kumbh|
Fiery Veg. Crispy and Chicken Chili Dry were standard fares, the chatpata feeling very evident on my lips in both dishes.
|Fiery Veg. Crispy|
|Chicken Chili Dry|
The Chicken Kolhapuri Lollipop was deliciously spicy and the tenderness of the chicken was second to none. #DeliciousDelicious
|Chicken Kolhapuri Lollipop|
The Mutton Galouti Kebab and the Shaami Kebab Pao had tender mutton pounded and shaped into kebabs. Juicy and melt-in-the-mouth, these tasted heavenly.
|Mutton Galouti Kebab|
|Shaami Kebab Pao|
The mains at 11 East Street Bar are quite reminiscent of the menu at Zora and that’s not a bad thing considering this is where chef Priyanka Sachdev kills it with her progressive vision of modern Indian cuisine.
No one else has taken the humble Dal Khichadi and elevated it with such amazing flavors. The Peri Peri Khichdi Veg. is one of the best fusion dishes I have ever tasted. A good spicy punch in every bite and yet we couldn’t stop ourselves from digging in for another. #YumYum #HighlyRecommended
Egg Fried Rice Butter Chicken offers the best of the Indo-Chinese worlds where the rich and creamy butter chicken meets the frugally sautéed fried rice. A delicious combination of flavors, again something totally unexpected.
The Bhoot Jholakia Khow Suey was another twist to a populist dish. Impressive combination of the heat of the chili with the khow suey however the dish lacked the punch expected from the bhoot jholakia. Being a Gujju, I am unable to bear a lot of spice yet I hardly broke a sweat. A quick word with Priyanka and she confirmed the heat levels had been lowered to suit the general Indian palate.
The desserts at 11 East Street Bar are expected to be of exceptional quality, considering it’s Mrs. Sachdev senior’s labour of love – “@48”
The Lindt Hazelnut Fudge Brownie was a decadent dark chocolate brownie served with vanilla ice cream. The richness of the lindt chocolate was very evident in every bite.
|Lindt Hazelnut Fudge Brownie|
The Chocolate Vodka Lava is a fine chocolate dessert, with a delicious vodka chocolate ganache spilling over. Plated rather artistically with splotches of color, this was hands down one of the best chocolate desserts I’ve tasted. #YumYum #HighlyRecommended
|Chocolate Vodka Lava|
With extremely reasonable drinks, delightful food and an authentic-esque feel of London, 11 East Street Bar scripts another success story for the Sachdevs.
A big shout out to Joravar for inviting us and Priyanka and Team 11ESB for hosting us and giving us the complete London meets India experience.
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