An all new avenue of culinary delight, Pune’s first ever all-vegetarian bistro by Chef Ajay Chopra serves cuisines from all over the world.
Inspired by the concept of large intersections where people gather [think Times Square], owner Rachna wanted to bring that feel of a relaxed ambiance with clean eating to Pune with its first ever all-vegetarian bistro which would be an all-day dining.
Recently I was invited to sample some of the creations by Chef Ajay Chopra in an exclusive pre-launch bloggers table and below is my experience of the same.
The Nachos served with mayo and salsa, had the usual taste although they felt like packaged ones.
The Not Your Regular Greek Salad had all the elements of a Greek salad however with the addition of orange juice and black rock salt for the added punch while the Chili Basil Fruit Salad was zesty and punchy, but the spice levels were on the higher side.
|Not Your Regular Greek Salad|
|Chili Basil Fruit Salad|
The Roasted Tomato Soup had a warm, homely feeling with good flavors of the roast coming through while the Hot and Sour Soup had milder yet more robust flavors due to the presence of shiitake mushrooms in the soup.
|Roasted Tomato Soup|
|Hot and Sour Soup|
The Thyme scented Mushroom Soup had wonderful hearty and earthy flavors from the mushrooms. In food terms, this is how a mother’s warm embrace would feel like. #YumYum #HighlyRecommended
|Thyme scented Mushroom Soup|
The Dabeli Croquettes was a fun fusion dish with some good flavors. Loved the way the crunchy exterior complemented the soft dabeli stuffing inside. The accompanied peanut chutney was also quite a revelation. #DeliciousDelicious
Chef Ajay Chopra wanted to come up with a way to enjoy Dilli chat whilst on the move and that’s how the Chana Chat Cones came to fruition. Lovely chatpata flavors safely ensconced within the crunchy cone. On the other hand, the Pav Bhaji Spring Rolls were a bit of a downer. The bhaji was a bit bland while the spring roll sheet was wrapped too thick hence made it chewy overall.
|Chana Chat Cones|
|Pav Bhaji Spring Rolls|
The Dilli Wali Aloo Tikki instantly transported me to Chandni Chowk with its authentic flavors while the Pindi Chana Hummus gave us the best of both North Indian and Middle Eastern flavors. Unfortunately, the bhatura crisps were a tad oily hence soggy.
|Dilli Wali Aloo Tikki|
|Pindi Chana Hummus|
While the murtabak is traditionally made with minced meat, the Soya Kheema Murtabak here was a considerable alternate for the vegetarians. However, the mixture could be made more flavorsome.
|Soya Kheema Murtabak|
Nine Square strives to have something for everyone including the diet conscious and the diet restricted. The Baked Anjir Samosa with mix berry coulis is made sans any sugar or artificial sweeteners whatsoever and can be enjoyed totally guilt-free. Absolutely decadent and insanely delicious, this is a must-try for everyone. #YumYum #HighlyRecommended
|Baked Anjir Samosa|
|A total fan-boy moment!!|
Located in Pubtown, Creaticity Mall, Nine Square opens to public on 19th October 2018.
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