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.

Citadel - - CONTENTS - BY SAPNA SARFARE sapna.ci­tadel@gmail.com

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.

GO MENU

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.

MOV­ING ON

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

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