Introducing the most happening hotspot in Pune, Masala Bar from the House of Massive Restaurants is the most stylish, high energy dining. It showcases mixological evolution through it’s especially handcrafted-signature-beverages and is featuring avant garde, post-modern techniques creating a Bar experience unlike any before. It is a trendy and offbeat dining space, designed in a way that nothing can take away the focus from the pièce de résistance of the entire restaurant. Its larger-than-life light installation wall that stands as a dramatic backdrop to the one-of- a-kind trapezoidal island bar that is touted to be one of the most stunning bars in Pune city.
Having launched in Pune recently with a launch party that’s still the talk of the town, the expectations from Masala Bar were sky-high, considering the lineage behind the brand. So #TheBTeam decided to check out the place. So how was our experience? Read on.
|The stunning island bar!|
The Soulful Strawberry Sour from the Masala Bar Signature Tipples section was a delicate balance of vodka, strawberry and rosemary shrub with fresh citrus while the Chai (Whiskey) Pe Charcha [Rs. 450] from the #Instagram #Dramebaaz section was a whisky based cocktail with homemade chai tea syrup and fresh citrus. Loved the theater of Indian spices with dry ice to give fragrant fumes. And the drink was quite delicious as well. A perfect drink to ensnare your senses. #YumYum #HighlyRecommended
|Soulful Strawberry Sour [Rs. 475]|
The Mooli Masala Matar Murmura was served in a very innovative conch however the fried peas were too hard to bite and didn’t go too well with the murmura either. Thankfully, the Chini-Chinese Bhel had some good flavors. Loved the crunchy noodles. Again, some very innovative presentation giving the illusion of a magically dangling bottle.
|Mooli Masala Matar Murmura [Rs. 60]|
|Chini-Chinese Bhel [Rs. 60]|
Soups and Salads
The Bangkok Salad made with raw papaya, raw mango and topped with fried lotus stems was an extremely light and refreshing option. A perfect balance of sweet, acidic, crunchy and soft. #DeliciousDelicious
|Bangkok Salad [Rs. 195]|
Galiyaan, Nukkad, Chauraha – Street Food
The Murugan Baby Idli would surely make your heart sing “Apdi Podi Podi Podi” thanks to the addition of the lovely gunpowder chutney while the Lahori Murgh with masala butter cream and laal pyaaz would make you want to dance around the pole on which it is speared.
|Murugan Baby Idli [Rs 195]|
|Lahori Murgh [Rs. 295]|
Kutch Nu Kachhi Dabeli with anar and peanut chat had a quite lovely flavor, reminiscent of the street delicacy that people like to gorge on.
|Kutch Nu Kachhi Dabeli [Rs. 205]|
The Shish Tik-Tok with alternating lamb and chicken chunks was another delicious dish, packed full of flavors. Was pleasantly surprised to find the mutton was more tender than the chicken. #DeliciousDelicious
|Shish Tik-Tok [Rs. 295]|
The Ching-Chong-Chili Pork Ribs painted a pretty picture on a plate, garnished with flower petals. Lovely sauce, tender ribs but found the quantity rather wanting.
|Ching-Chong-Chili Pork Ribs [Rs. 285]|
Heavy Weights – Veg
The Carbon Pao Bhaji capitalizes on the current social media sensation of preparing food using activated charcoal however thankfully the chef has not gone overboard with the stuff. Overall it was a delicious khada bhaji served with skewered paos. #YumYum
|Carbon Pao Bhaji [Rs. 315]|
The Puffed Grains & Pesto Khichadi with Parmesan Olive Cream was one of the best dishes of the night, nay, of the entire menu! It was total comfort food taken to the next level. Simply could not stop eating till it was all polished away. #YumYum #HighlyRecommended
|Puffed Grains & Pesto Khichadi with Parmesan Olive Cream [Rs. 325]|
Heavy Weights – Veg
The Calingut Prawns Curry was a Goan preparation made using coconut milk as a base and served with steamed rice. The lip-smacking curry was so good that prawns ended up playing a supporting role.
|Calingut Prawns Curry [Rs. 375]|
The Baby Lamb served with Indian breads had tender meat cooked in a wonderful gravy. The succulent meat pieces were literally falling off the bones and that made the dish all the more enjoyable. #DeliciousDelicious
Dining at a #HighOctaneBar would certainly translate into fun and creatively prepared and plated desserts as they are the best canvases for the chefs to showcase their creativity.
The Airy Red Velvet Cake with Maakhan Malai is Masala Bar ‘s take on the Millefeuille. Gorgeously plated however a little too tangy for my taste.
|Airy Red Velvet Cake with Maakhan Malai [Rs. 225]|
The Calorie Tower, on the other hand, was an absolute sinful Indulgence. Made with profiteroles, chocolate brownie chunks, chocolate and vanilla ice creams, sprinkles and whipped cream, this was quite simply, irresistible and unputdownable. #YumYum #DeliciousDelicious #HighlyRecommended
|Calorie Tower [Rs. 295]|
Masala Bar is a signature outlet for Zorawar Kalra and his Massive Restaurants brand and the passion and flair is seen in every drink and dish served on the table. Just a few days old, Masala Bar already running to packed houses every night is a sure sign of their rising popularity amongst the Pune crowd.
|We just needed a little masala in our lives!! 😉|
A big shout out to Nikita for inviting us and Dennis and Team Masala Bar for hosting us.
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