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The name Pandora—”all gifts”—in Hesiod’s version derives from the fact that she received gifts from all deities. Just like that Pandora who had all the gifts, this Pandora in Pune has got it all.

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  • Ambience: Pandora Pune has a lovely ambience which sets up the tone for lovely time you spend here. It contains an alfresco, lower and upper lounge. Ideal for date nights, corporate \ family meetups. 
  • Delectable Food: Chef Vikrant Naidu is a magician. With his expertise in Indian contemporary cuisine combined with western prowess and attention to details whatever comes out of the kitchen of Pandora Pune is truly magical. More on this later.
  •  Service: Prashaant and Ayank (owners of Pandora, Pune) have got this part on point. The staff is well trained and pretty responsive to whatever customisation requests you throw at them.
  • Ease of travel: You don’t need to Travel all the way to Koregaon Park or Viman Nagar to visit a splendid place. Just until Yerwada is enough. As a result you avoid traffic and the ample parking space takes away the other worry as well. Check out the location below.
  • Special Attraction: If you are planning a mid-week relaxation session, do not miss the live music on every Wednesday. The experience is truly scintillating.
Pandora Bar, Inside seating
Pandora Bar

Mock-tails

Stunner: It is a citrus flavoured frozen drink with a mix of peach and garnished with orange slice. To be honest, I did not like it much. It was too sweet for my pallet and the ice shavings gave me a brain freeze. 

Fugitive:  Made with fresh pomegranate , and mix of cranberry juice and kaffir lime. IMHO this was the best drink of the night.

Grey Hound: Kaffir lime, pineapple juice & mixed with cherry syrup. I love pineapples. As a result I ended up gulping down two of these. Not very sweet but the playful taste of sweet and sour pineapple kept my taste buds tingling until the last sip.

Fugitive - Pomegranate Mocktail at Pandora Pune
Fugitive
Grey Hound - Pineapple based Mocktail at Pandora Pune
Grey Hound

Starters

Masala liver pate: Have you ever tasted meat which is so finely minced, that it just melts in your mouth? If yes you know how this dish is going to be. If not you must try this. Chicken liver infused with Indian spices and herbs to create a smooth texture and flavorful dish. Served with balsamic pearls and jelly. Arugula maple salad, Raddish and Carrot Ribbons to balance the taste.

Barwal Soya Chaap: Soya Chaap is a new trend from the streets of Delhi. You will find it everywhere. Right from the street side thelas to the gourmet restaurants. This one is a delight for the chaap lovers. Spicy with a long-lasting aftertaste which will enhance the satisfying feeling of digging your teeth in the soft and luscious soya chunks.  A contemporary Styled Indian inspired soya chap’s stuffed with chilli & cheese and marinated with lasooni marination to create a perfect taste and a surprising element on your plate.

Ancho Chilli Chicken Tikka: a modern Indian take on a classic chicken tikka where the Mexican herbs and spices including ancho chilli is used to create our version of the modern Indian ancho chillies. Served with Indian Salsa Verde, sour cream & charred chilli coulis.

Trio Paneer Tikka: Everyone loves a well made paneer tikka. But this modern touch to paneer tikka made us wonder about the advancement in the Indian culinary expertise. Panner tikka served with three different flavours consisting of chipotle from Mexico, gongura ( A plant, either Kenaf (Hibiscus cannabinus) or Roselle (Hibiscus sabdariffa) ) from South India and Malai from northern India. It is served with Tamarind, Mint and Roasted Garlic Chutney.

Trio Paneer Tikka at Pandora Pune
Trio Paneer Tikka
Barwal Soya Chap at Pandora Pune
Barwal Soya Chaap
Masala Liver Pate at Pandora Pune
Masala Liver Pate

Mains

Puneri Thecha Noodles: I am not a big fan of Noodles. I tasted it and it was a bit too spicy for my palette. It is a modern Indian take on the Asian cuisine where the noodles are toasted with a classic puneri thecha.

Nalli Nihari: Nalli Nihari is a perfect main course. Tasty and tender meat served with thick and gooey Khameeri roti.
I have a real soft spot for slow-cooked lamb shanks. I just love the look of a hunk of meltingly tender meat wrapped around the bone. Hits my carnivore sweet-spot, every time.

Puneri Thecha Noodles at Pandora Pune
Puneri Thecha Noodles
Nalli Nihari with Khamiri roti
Nalli Nihari with Khamiri roti

Desserts

Gajar Halwa Boreas: Crispy cream cheese and Gajar Halwa cigars served with cheese ice cream.

Hazel and salted caramel moelleux: Burnt sugar crisps served with berry pearls. If you want something very sweet to end your meal, go for it. The pearls just linger around on your tongue leaving behind the long lasting sweet after taste.

Gajar Halwa Boreas at Pandora Pune
Gajar Halwa Boreas
Hazel and salted caramel moelleux at Pandora Pune
Hazel and salted caramel moelleux

Final Verdict

Fine dining restaurants are all different but share similar characteristics: attention to detail, perfect execution, and exceptional service. Pandora nails all these areas. Today’s fine dining has evolved into an eclectic blend of cuisines and dining concepts, but some aspects that make fine dining, well, fine, are here to stay. You don’t need to face the traffic of Viman Nagar or Koregaon Park to experience these aspects. Now just head till Yerwada and experience the minimalism and exquisite offerings of Pandora.

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Disclaimer

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. Others are most welcome to agree or disagree with the same.The blog is not personally or commercially influenced. I have not lifted, copied or plagiarised it from any source either. However, I have done my due diligence via publicly available information on the internet and as shared by the client/PR agency.  All rights reserved. 

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