We take a table at THE SASSY SPOON and come away impressed
For an interesting time accompanied by some delicious food, THE SASSY SPOON is worth a visit more than once. Citadel reveals the details to help you decide.
Just look around you... our city is screaming the fact that we are total foodies. We cannot live without good food, and places that serve the kind of food we crave for. Parts of the city are now official foodies’ dens, where many go not just to have great sumptuous food, but also relax and soak in the good vibes. It is not just about offering good food, but also a fabulous experience. After all, experiences last a lifetime. In Pune, each area has its own baggage of experience, whether it is related to food, atmosphere or otherwise. Koregaon Park, in the last decade of so, has become a prime area for most Punekars and non-Punekars alike. The upmarket place is synonymous with being the perfect hangout place for those who love to have a good time. Hip and happening equals KP. Restaurants and quaint eateries
have opened up here in every nook and corner to suit the quirky tastes of the myriad visitors. One of the names that are making a mark with gusto is The Sassy Spoon. After making a name for itself in Mumbai, it arrived in the leafy confines of Koregaon Park, Pune, where it has seen a remarkable and eclectic crowd coming to taste its offerings. Located in Lane No. 7 in Sanskriti Lifestyle premises, it is not just easy to locate but also stands amidst greenery. While you might like to try it, beware of weekends when the rush here is quite high, not just at The Sassy Spoon, but also at other restaurants in and around the Koregaon Park vicinity. Parking could be another issue, though the place does have some space for cars.
GET SASSY INSIDE
The chaos in Koregaon Park, especially around the weekends, can be unnerving. Add to that, you have multiple options. It is quite a tough task to focus, but the moment you enter the Sanskriti Lifestyle premises and move towards The Sassy Spoon, there is a certain calmness around the place. You feel as you are meant to eat in peace here and have a conversation with your group without having to raise your voice too much. Bright yet soothing lights beckon you to step forward and dine here. The first thing you will surely notice is the importance given to space. Spacious... that’s the word that will immediately hit you. There is enough of a sitting arrangement both inside and outside, depending on your mood. The colour palette is an interesting mix of pinks, browns, greys and whites, with the outer sitting area having an exposed brick feeling. Outside, the
sitting arrangements are more casual, and your mood is even upbeat after seeing a dash of green. The patisserie cum cafe is located here. There is even a hanging cycle to give it a quirky touch. Inside, it does get a bit formal with proper sitting arrangements. You see the bar on one side with open barrels as side racks to keep the bottles. A VW van along the entire bar will fascinate quite a few. It adds an amazing touch to the whole place. A quirky hanging made out of glass mugs attracts your attention. You will also notice books (from the owner’s personal collection, we have been told) complete the eclectic look. The whole ambience and interiors does give you an inviting look and stays true to its name – Sassy. What one feels is a positive vibe that probably puts the mood on for the food to come. Good start, one can say! The service matches the kind of place The Sassy Spoon is. The moment you step foot on their premises, they make sure that your needs are met with, right from the food to how you want things. Throughout the time spent here, you are greeted by staff and taken care of. They seem to know what to suggest depending on your mood and tastes. Quite conducive, one must say.
What you find here is Asia, European, Mediterranean and finger food. Of course, you have the usual specials coming in now and then. Till the IPL lasts, you have a special menu just for that, while the happy hours menu too is available. Just last month, they had the Parsi Food Festival, which was, one hears, a big hit. It is quite nice to see a menu that seems to have a good balance of
vegetarian and non-vegetarian meals. You have the usual soups and salads to start with. Small plates too seem like a good option for small bites. You also have burgers and sandwiches, mains and desserts. Be happy to know that you have a good collection of alcohol, right from cocktails to your regular beers. You even have all-day breakfast options. Good tick on the second note too. Not bad at all!
AN INTERESTING START
A great spread on the menu means difficulty in choosing the right thing to suit your taste buds. It took almost ten minutes and a few suggestions to pick the right things to start the food tasting session. Finally, a vegetarian and a nonvegetarian option were finalised to begin the meal. And along with it, an interesting cocktail to start the mood was ordered. The Vegetable Shanghai Dumpling came piping hot as expected. If you are fond of food from the Far East, especially dumplings, this is a first-rate choice. Featuring soya, sweet corn and broccoli, there is a subtle flavour to it, which does not overpower each other and leaves a pleasant taste in the mouth. Being delicate and medium sized, you can easily gulp it down (if you do not mind gulping it down piping hot that is) in one shot. Having it with soy sauce adds a certain kick to the subtlety. It is a good start to a long meal. We jumped over to the non-vegetarian small plate, which was the Cajun Spiced Butter Garlic Prawns with Crusty French Baguette. It must be said that it was the best option to start your meal with. Seafood fans, especially of prawns, should go for it. In fact, one hears it is one of the best sellers at eatery with fans opting for second or third helpings. The Cajun sauce is, in fact, quite mild and does not attack your taste buds. The pronounced taste of garlic is present, but leaves a tantalizing taste in your mouth. Yes, it has butter, but is not too buttery and can be eaten even by a health-conscious person. One should applaud the restaurant for pairing this dish with French baguette instead of leaving it solo. The bread soaks in the sauce and along with the well-cooked prawns, adds to the taste. In fact, it can become a meal in itself. The sad disappointment was the cocktail suggested as being one of the popular ones. The Twisted Lemon Martini, which has vodka, triple sec, fresh honey dew melon, kaffir lime leaves and hints of citrus just leaves a rather strong taste which is not good. The strong combination of kaffir lime with citrus and vodka hits you, but the bitterness might not work for some.
A good meal already began, though with a slight wrong twist, and so ordering the main course became important. Again, the choices were many and suggestions were invited. We went for vegetarian and non-vegetarian options to know if they are good at both. And it was not a regret as the suggested options were not just on their popular list but also quite well made to make you want more. The Mushroom Tortellini with a Porcini Cream Sauce, Arugula and Shaved Parmesan can be called a vegetarian’s cheesy delight. Heavenly is the one word that will come to your mind once you take a bite of this dish. The mushroom tortellini was well prepared and the sauce adds a slight heavy but delicate taste to it. A slight hint of pepper gives it a spiced taste, while the Shitake mushrooms add to the taste. You can also find a slight hint of balsamic reduction that adds a complex flavour to the dish. Italian cuisine lovers would love to opt for this dish.
From amongst the non-vegetarian options, we chose to try out the most dependable BBQ Grilled Chicken with Sautéed Veggies and Scallion Mash. It’s not a fantastic option, but worth a try. It does tantalize your taste buds, thanks to its zesty taste. You can acknowledge the garlic and pepper in the sauce. You might be interested to know that the BBQ sauce is unlike the sauces usually found and is prepared at the restaurant itself. Combine it with well-sautéed veggies and perfectly made mash and you have a combination that might just work for you. While going through the menu, it was heartening to know that the main course has a decent option for vegetarians and those who cannot live without meat. While the vegetarian section was predominantly Italian, the non-vegetarian section saw more European influence along with Indian. Some of the appealing non-veg options that attracted our eyes were Kerala Style Lamb with Buttered Brun, Goan Sausage with Potatoes & Bell Pepper topped with Mac & Queso, and Thengal Erai with Appams (coconut prawns with appams).
THE SWEET SOMETHING
By the time we finished our meals, we were too full and in fact, going for something sweet was out of question. The greedy pigs that we were, we wasted another five-seven minutes on deciding over the desserts. There is not a huge variety, but is still decent to browse through. You might take time to decide. While the Seven Textured Hazelnut and Chocolate was suggested, and the eye roved towards Coffee Almond Fudge, the final choice was Sticky Toffee Pudding (Date & Toffee Pudding with Caramel Sauce, Vanilla Ice Cream and Candied Ginger). And the moment it got placed in front, just two words stuck our mind – right choice! The slight sweetish toffee pudding got enhanced with the smooth caramel sauce. Of course, the vanilla ice cream added a cool and sugary touch to the pudding. While you might find it a tad sweeter than normal, the verdict is that this dessert is a must if you happen to come to eat at this restaurant. We were again told that this is one of the most popular desserts and is both suggested and ordered a lot. In a city like Pune, where foodies are in high number and there are lot of standalone eateries to woo them with different cuisines, The Sassy Spoon can be given a thumbs-up for doing a commendable job in bringing food that is delicious and value for money. And it does have the space and interiors that help you relax while you dig in to your order and chat with whoever you are with. Whether for some causal moments or for work, The Sassy Spoon could be your food destination.
Address: Lane 7, Sanskriti Lifestyle Complex, Koregaon Park, Pune Cost ` 1,500 (approx. 2 people) Cuisines: Asia, European, Mediterranean and finger food