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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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Oakleaf is on the ground floor of Oakwood Residence on Naylor Road off Mangaldas Road. This multi-cuisine restaurant is a cosy, intimate space with a small bar and an outdoor seating area. In addition to what is there on the menu (there is a vast selection of both Indian and Continental), chefs are happy to toss up something special, given a little notice. What I liked was the home-style feel to the cooking. The Baked Sole Fish with fresh tomato and olive sauce, the steak sourced from Bangalore, Barbecue Wings with a blue cheese dip, and Caesar Salad tossed in an authentic dressing with little basil 'soldiers' were quite perfect. Do try the thin-crust pizza. The chef puts a mix of Italian Mozzarella and Parmesan, which gives you both the stretch as well as the full cheesy flavour. The wine list is reasonably extensive for such a small restaurant and they have a full bar. The Chocolate Brownie and the Chocolate Lava Cake are 'musts'. The service is attentive and the ambience smart and cosy.

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