“Iced Tea served in mini bathtub”; creative, bizarre, the idea sparked an interest. Last weekend I visited this place in Bombay, “Goregoan Social” with my childhood bestie and I was surprised to see the presentation, the way they served the drink. We all have seen drinks served in Mason jar, drink dispensers but now with these really creative ways to serve food/drink, I must say there has been a drastic rise of standalone restaurants in India; why would anybody go to a five-star hotel and eat overpriced food when they could come to lively places like this and eat as well for half the cost?
Recently I have moved to Pune for work, and life has took a drastic turn, the realest reality check I could ever have. From September 8th this year till date; here’s what I have experienced in the food scene in Hyderabad, Pune & Mumbai in my last 4 months. Every now and then I try and do a round-up of restaurant trends, and not just once but number of times I have come across restaurants which blew me away by their classy ambiance, romantic alfrescos, food quality, range of drinks and music, they have come close to International standards, especially the standalones in Pune. With or without alcohol, they serve the food/drinks in a charming and elegant way to impress the guests, they have better understanding of their customers. Even talking about Zorawar Kalra’s Farzi Café; Indian Molecular which is very much in. Every single kind of food you can think of, Pune City probably has it.
The other thing that I loved about this city is the diversity of stories and people. Everyone came here for a reason, everyone came here for a better life, and everyone came here to hustle. Everyone you meet has a story, and there is an inspiration everywhere you go, and in every person that you meet. Being an HR professional or because of my nature I always chat up with people, whoever I encounter; the cab drivers. Infact I’ve had some of my most memorable conversations with them hearing stories about family, success, finding new jobs, moving to a new city, food. My colleagues, my roommates, the cafe guy who makes coffee in the office cafeteria, the house keeping staff, the grocery shop owner, the roadside tapri man, the woman at reception who works even during weekends, the security guard working the door, the waiters, the managers in restaurants, attendant in the night club, the food delivery guy: The more people I’ve met as different as they seemed at first the more I’ve realized that we were all connected by this city and what it stands for. It will always return, it will always keep on no matter who arrived here, who moved away from here, who got married, got divorced, got fired, got hired, made new friends, or learned something about themselves. The city is always busy. There’s this positivity in the air, it is shaping me and making me stronger.
On this note, please accept my sincere apologies for being away from blogging for quite some time now. Things are settled now, I have gracefully adapted myself to new environment, new life, new situation hence I am back to blogging world. Will share innovative recipes soon until then eat healthy, stay healthy.