(Sabores European Bistro – Flavors that need improvement)
Sabores European Bistro is a new addition to the Pune culinary landscape. Situated at the busy intersection of Bhandarkar road on Law College road, this is a rooftop restaurant with chilled vibes, overlooking the Vetal Tekdi.
Spacious seating arrangements with warm lighting welcome you as you step onto the rooftop. An “L” shaped place, with the kitchen located at the short end, Sabores sports a raised platform at the joint, for live events. Soft music matches the overall ambiance of the place.
Headed by Chef Anish, who also manages La Gustoza in Kothrud; the menu at Sabores is classic European. I was recently called over for a #FoodTasting over a cool March evening and here is my narrative of my experience.
The Watermelon Spritzer was extremely refreshing with a nice zing from the soda. The lack of any artificial sweetness actually allowed the natural taste of the watermelon to shine through. #Refreshing
|Watermelon Spritzer [Rs. 160]|
The Lemon & Coriander Falafel served on quarter-cut pita bread were nice and crunchy. The presence of lemon added some welcome acidity to the dish. The Moroccan Shrimps with Tzatziki were well cooked and flavorful however the spice rub didn’t feel very Middle Eastern.
|Lemon & Coriander Falafel [Rs. 220]|
|Moroccan Shrimps with Tzatziki [Rs. 380]|
Unfortunately there is a lot of room for improvement in the chicken dishes that were sampled.
The Turkish Chicken Kebabs were overall bland despite being cooked well while the Chicken Doner Kebab was a bien sandwich with dry chicken in a crumbly bread.
|Turkish Chicken Kebabs [Rs. 300]|
|Chicken Doner Kebab [Rs. 340]|
The Chicken Schnitzel was a shining star in an otherwise cloudy sky. Perfectly cooked, the pounded chicken breast retained its tender juiciness and had absorbed all the flavors from the spice rub. The breadcrumb coating provided a wonderful crunch to the bite. Squeezing a few drops of lemon juice over the schnitzel takes the flavor profile to a whole new level. #YumYum
Continuing the European theme of the place, the chocolate dessert was christened Vienna Soother. Chocolate brownie topped chocolate whipped cream and drenched in rum, the Vienna Soother painted a gorgeous picture in a martini glass. Loved the strong undercurrent of the rum which is a classic combination with chocolate. #DeadlyPotent #DeliciousDelicious
|Vienna Soother [Rs. 240]|
Sabores may stand for “flavors” in Spanish however the flavors here definitely need some working on. Sabores has the capability to monopolize the market, especially the Deccan area, with the pedigreed Chef Anish at the helm; however they still have some ways to go before they can stamp their authority.
A big shout-out to Isha inviting us and Team Sabores for hosting us.
|With Chef Anish|
Sabores European Bistro is located at Law College Road, Shivaji Nagar.
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