Conveniently located on the main Baner Road, Bhairavee is a typical multi cuisine restaurant that offers everything under the sun. The menu is quite exhaustive: Paneer Corn Seekh Kebab, Veg Hara Bhara Kebab, Paneer Shole Kebab, and Veg Crispy are decent starters. For the main course try Paneer Afghani, Dal Makhni, Veg Malwan Masala, Paneer Pasanda, Bhairavee's Special Veg and Baby Corn Chilli. No specialty desserts to speak of. Bhairavee is your standard multi-cuisine restaurant serving predictable North Indian food.
Koregaon Park is fast becoming an interesting hub of eateries. The latest on the block, Hong’s, opened just four months ago and is run by a young Korean ex-student. Squeezed between Uncle’s Kitchen and Punjabi Rasoi in Lane 7 of Koregaon Park, this is a very simple place with a small indoor space and a few tables outdoors with plastic chairs. The food is cooked in a spotlessly clean manner.
I don’t know too much about Korean food but from what I have tasted, the use of red chilli powder (though not very spicy) seems to dominate a lot of dishes including the famous kimchi. Kimchi is actually Chinese cabbage cut up and seasoned with chilli powder, salt and garlic, then packed down in jars to
ferment. Hong’s does a slightly less fermented version but authentic all the same. Radish (mooli) pickled with sugar and salt is also served here. Most of the food otherwise is grilled, quick wok fried or made into thin soups with white rice accompanying almost everything. Noodles are either served dry with a sauce or in large bowls of soup. Most people would have heard of the famous Korean barbecue dish, bulgogi. The bulgogi at Hong’s is a little disappointing as there is no hot plate and the marinated strips of meat are a little chewy. What you should eat here however is the pajeon, the spring onion pancakes which are quite dense but very tasty. The Korean coffee and the green apricot ice tea are delicious to accompany the meal. We tried the jjamppong noodles which don’t have actual seafood but a flavour of it. However, the popular Korean rice dish, bibimbap tossed with chilli paste, vegetables and sesame oil was quite the real deal. One could also try the Korean style sushi, kimbap, angry chicken rice, angry noodles (spicy options) and the rice balls jumuckbap. Hong’s is a great place for a quick slap-up meal with different flavours and reasonable prices. Service is simple and quite speedy which makes this place worth a visit.
Plus and minus: Very simple fare but conveniently located
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