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Updated about 20hrs ago

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A 'no holes barred no hand holding' experience through a cream and butter orgy. Order Bhatti da Murgh, made with black pepper instead of red chilli which is a nice twist on Tandoori Chicken. All the favourites are there — Harra Bharra Kebab, Veg and Non Veg Galouti, Amritsari Fish, seekhs and tikkas. More unusual is the delicately spiced Salmon Tikka, the Tandoori Jheenga with massive tiger prawns, champ and the Tandoori Duck. Dessert Platter is spectacular — litchi ki tehri, a home-made rabdi with bits of litchi, gulab jamun with a stuffing of white or dark chocolate and the Phirni with bits of apple. Great North Indian food, huge portions and very well trained senior service!

Updated about 20hrs ago

  • Food
  • 80% Complete (success)
  • Service
  • 80% Complete (success)
  • Decor
  • 80% Complete (success)

Decor
A fresh new entrant into the eating out scene in Pune, Mezzuna, has opened oh so softly and discreetly where Oh Calcutta used to be at City Point right next door to Mainland China (Oh Calcutta by the way has moved a few doors away next to Sigree). This is very handy, since it comes from the same stable (Specialty Restaurants Ltd) as Mainland China / Oh Calcutta/ Sigree, so you expect a certain level of service and style. Mezzuna is an all day dining experience, with clean fresh looking interiors and a delightful outdoor garden with all weather cane sofas and bright green cushioning.

Food
Start with the soup of the day. Ours was a roasted tomato (veg) and a delicious chicken broth, both served the old fashioned way in soup plates and from a jug, at the table. The ceremony was grand and so were the soups. Salads were pretty regular for this kind of restaurant. By now Mumbai is quite used to Greek salad / Citrus salad / Caesars and so on. The rocket pear and blue cheese here made with poached pear is quite a winner. Pizzas are very thin crust, although panini and multigrain bases are also available on request. The white onion, potato, cheese and thyme without tomato, is quite special. In the main course, the poppy crusted fish made with either basa or betki (flown in fresh from Kolkata) and the lamb ragout were perfectly executed. There are pastas and risotti, burgers and sandwiches – all very well presented, as well as some very interesting bar nibbles (of which the feta basil grilled prawns and the scarmoza gratinated baby potatoes are a must try). I am not a great one normally for desserts but I simply couldn't resist. Do not go without trying the white chocolate and hazelnut torte, chocolate profiterole (which is one large choux pastry with chocolate cream on a chocolate sauce base), banoffee coconut pie, a wonderfully tangy lemon tart, baked yoghurt and a mango tiramisu served in a glass bharni, which is one of the most simple and creative desserts I have seen in a long time. They have a dedicated ex-five star dessert chef and it shows. Service is well informed and I am sure the boys will soon get a hang of the tongue twisting foreign words.

Would I go back? Hell, yes! I hear the breakfast is amazing especially the polenta upma. It is also the kind of place I would pop in at any time of the day to have a dessert and their Coorg coffee served in a French press.

Mezzuna is planning to have a casual sofa area with free wi-fi so you can lounge and snack, as opposed to dine more formally. This will be the first of its kind in Pune and a very welcome experience.

Plus & Minus
A great start. Reasonable prices for the quality of food. Full liquor license including a good selection of wines. Too hot to sit outdoors now unfortunately.

Must Try
Feta basil grilled prawns, poppy crusted fish, mango tiramisu, cheesecake

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