With striking good looks and a killer ambiance, Gong has been certainly hitting the right notes on Pune’s culinary landscape. Located in the plush Balewadi High Street, Gong magically transports its patrons to the magical world of Asian cuisine, albeit with a modern twist to it.
Gong has gentle instrumental music playing in the background that doesn’t interfere in your private table conversations yet mutes the cacophony of other tables in the vicinity. The use of soft lighting throughout the place as well as under the tables, lends a wonderful aura to the overall ambiance.
We were invited to an exclusive 7-course Chef’s #FoodTasting Menu which spanned every possible popular Asian dish that one can think of, right from sushis and dumplings to baos and noodles and mains.
Gong Signature Cocktails
To go with all the food, I opted to try a couple of their special signature cocktails, keeping my sugar restrictions in mind.
Holy Smoke was a blend of spiced rum, coffee liqueur, cinnamon syrup and aromatic smoke. While it certainly looked fancy, considering the size of the glass and the enormous chunk of ice; the quantity of the actual drink was not worth the price quoted.
|Holy Smoke [Rs. 455]|
Winter Time on the other hand, had Gin, dry rose, orange zest, lemongrass, basil, lime cordial and was served hot. An apt drink for the cold winters.
|Winter Time [Rs. 575]|
We kick-started the tasting with an amusing Amuse Bouche which was a wonderful mix of sweet cranberry sphere and spicy tofu. Contrasting flavors at play here, it also helped as a palate cleanser for the acts ahead.
|The amusing Amuse Bouche|
The Cream Cheese Avocado Sushi with asparagus, cucumber and mayo as well as the Philadelphia Sushi with smoked Salmon, cream cheese and avocado were perfect bite-sized pieces wrapped in nori sheets. The asparagus and cucumber provided a nice crunch to the otherwise soft sushi while the smoked Salmon still retained the “bite” of the fish to go with the cooked rice. #DeliciousDelicious
|Cream Cheese Avocado Sushi|
The Green Curry and Basil infused Vegetable Dumplings and the Red Curry Shrimp Dumplings had a thin translucent envelope which ensured every bite had oodles of flavors from the stuffing inside. The accompanied sauces simply helped in elevating the flavors. #YumYum
|Green Curry and Basil infused Vegetable Dumplings|
|Red Curry Shrimp Dumplings|
The Cottage Cheese & Sundried Tomato Bao had chunks of cottage cheese marinated in a spicy-sweet sauce and garnished with sundried tomato powder. The bao itself was extremely soft and the spicy-sweet sauce complemented the creamy paneer and tangy powder wonderfully. #HighlyRecommended
|Cottage Cheese & Sundried Tomato Bao|
The Crispy Chicken Katsu Bao too was a perfect combination of crunchy chicken and soft bao. This made a great pair with the Holy Smoke drink. #YumYum
|Crispy Chicken Katsu Bao|
The Mushroom Cappuccino sported some delicious flavors. The earthiness of the mushrooms was evident in the aroma as well as the actual flavor of the soup.
The Dynamite Tofu with creamy sriracha and wasabi were quite literally small bombs of flavors. While tofu does not have any inherent flavor of its own, the creamy sriracha sauce and wasabi ensured the nuggets were packed with intricate flavors.
The Vietnamese Fish Parma Fingers served with lettuce leaves, parmesan, sriracha mayo, hoisin sauce, and kimchi salad were a perfect combination of moist fish encapsulated in a crunchy coating and accompanied by myriad dips for enhancing the taste. The hoisin sauce in particular was a perfect dip for the fish fingers. #DeliciousDelicious
|Vietnamese Fish Parma Fingers|
The Water Chestnut, Corn & Potatoes in roasted chili sauce had a nice spiciness to the dish however the water chestnut and potatoes helped balance the heat while the Soba Yaki Noodles, made with Buckwheat, were as healthy as it gets. It is a classic example of how a healthy dish too can be packed with flavors. The assorted veggies provided a nice crunch to the dish.
|Act VI – Mains|
The Chocolate Dome was an act of sinful decadence in itself. Chocolate brownies and vanilla ice cream drenched in warm chocolate sauce and topped with popcorn was not only a sight to behold but also an explosion of varied flavors in the mouth. A “must-have” for any chocolate lover. #Decadent
With an ambiance that’s unmatched even by the most authentic of star restaurants and the culinary expertise to match it, Gong is certainly sounding the death knell for its competition.
|Mia Familia <3|
A big shout-out to Sharwari inviting us and Team Gong for hosting us.
Gong Modern Asian is located at Balewadi High Street, Baner.
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