Heb Een Mooie Tijd in deze Hinjewadi Café – Have a beautiful time at this Hinjewadi Café
Mooie Café & Bar is inspired by the Dutch word Mooie, which means giving a sense of satisfaction or happiness.
Recently opened on the Bhumkar Grunge Road in Hinjewadi, Mooie strives to give their customers a new experience each time they visit – with their food, décor, and hospitality; giving one a sense of serendipity.
So here’s my experience of the food tasting there.
It is a pretty spacious café situated in the back of the building that houses the large New Poona Bakery [same owners, BTW]. And my first reaction upon seeing it, was “Wow!”. A very well made space with one stretch of wall turned into a sidewalk café with actual pavement and lamps and comfortable chairs. A bookstand in one corner has some interesting reads.
|The ambiance and seating|
|Sidewalk Cafe style|
|Bar [soon to be launched]|
Mooie is still awaiting their beer and wine license so in the meantime, I tried some mocktails.
The Lemongrass Mojito had a lovely hit of the lemongrass, just as expected. I am a big fan of lemongrass flavor and am always up for trying new stuff with it. Perfectly chilled and bang-on flavors.
|Lemongrass Mojito [Rs. 130]|
The Smooth Mushrooms was served with mascapone cheese, with a black pepper and garlic marination and drizzled with balsamic reduction. Nice spicy masala thanks to the black pepper and ginger, it went well with the juicy moist mushrooms.
|Smooth Mushrooms [Rs. 150]|
The Crunchy Chicken Pops were heavenly. Perfectly cooked and fried chicken nuggets with a crunchy exterior coating and a delicious spicy aioli dip to go with it. Pair this with a chilled beer and your evenings are sorted. #DeliciousDelicious
|Crunchy Chicken Pops [Rs. 210]|
However the Silken Tofu and Broccoli and the Crunchy Lamb Escalopes were chewy and nothing like their names at all. #Disappointed
|Silken Tofu and Broccoli [Rs. 160]|
|Crunchy Lamb Escalopes [Rs. 240]|
The Chicken Soup for the Soul had a very unusual presentation. Made with clear chicken consomme, matzo balls, grains and flavoursome vegetables, it had a little different taste but enjoyed the flavors.
|Chicken Soup for the Soul [Rs. 240]|
The Tomato Red Pizza had both fresh roma tomatoes as well as sun ripened ones which gave a slightly higher tanginess to the pizza while the Farm Bianco provided a nice acidic hit of the cheese.
|Tomato Red Pizza [Rs. 300] and Farm Bianco [Rs. 300] half-and-half|
The Harissa Paneer Steak was a pleasure to look at. The sides of spaghetti zucchini and assorted vegetables too were nicely made but the punch was provided by the harissa marination on the paneer. #YumYum
|Harissa Paneer Steak [Rs. 260]|
The Asian Fish ‘En Papillote’. was one of the best ‘en papillote’ fishes I have tasted. Such perfection on the cook of the fish, it was as easy to cut as butter with a hot knife. The accompanied lemon basil rice and fresh Thai herbs added another layer of complexity and flavor to the dish.
|Asian Fish ‘En Papillote’ [Rs. 290]|
“Dessert is probably the most important stage of the meal, since it will be the last thing your guests remember before they pass out all over the table.” – William Powell
The Baked New York Cheesecake with blueberry compote was a complete #foodporn dish. A crisp biscuit base with a delicious cheesecake on top. Definitely in the Top 5 Best Cheesecakes I’ve had in Pune. #YumYum #HighlyRecommended #DeliciousDelicious
|Baked New York Cheesecake [Rs. 220]|
The Double Chocolate Brownie was served with Bailey’s Irish ice cream. While the ice cream was delicious [Bailey’s, of course], the sugar in the brownie had crystallized so felt bit grainy. Not enjoyable at all.
|Double Chocolate Brownie [Rs. 220]|
A Sachertorte is a specific type of chocolate cake, or torte invented in Austria. The Chocolate Cherry Sachertorte [Rs. 220] available at Mooie Café & Bar had a very low proportion of the cherry compared to the chocolate so I did not enjoy it much. As a standalone chocolate cake slice, it was a good one.
The Tutti Frutti Trifle Pudding was quite literally color in a glass. Very bright and vibrant looking dessert with a decent taste however this is better suited for kids than adults.
|Tutti Frutti Trifle Pudding [Rs. 220]|
Mooie Café & Bar also embarks a soothing experience true to its name, with some great books to read and a space perfect to indulge in a sedentary state of comfort.
A big shout out to Amir for inviting us and Team Mooie Café for hosting us.
I was invited for a complimentary food tasting event. This blog is a narrative of my experience at the event. These are my views that I have expressed in the blog. Others are most welcome to agree or disagree with the same.
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