Krustys is slowly becoming one of my top most recommended places in Pune. No kidding! I remember being pretty impressed with the menu when they had just launched in Koregaon Park. In fact, I had quite a few friends going over to try out the Chicken Roulade (I took a couple of them once too, and duh they loved it!) Some friends tried their burgers and gave some great reviews (though due to unavailability of bacon they were a tad bit disappointed) The next thing I want to try is their breakfast. I don’t think I will be disappointed.I have a very positive feeling about it… More of that later…Moving on,have you heard about the new menu additions? Yes, there’s a lot more on the menu, and boy is it good! Here’s a quick summary of what’s new-
Orange Peach and Red Berry Mocktail
Orange and Passion Fruit Mocktail
We decided to keep it light and refreshing for a quick lunch before we hit the weekender madness :)
Stuffed potatoes is one of my favorites. And I’ve always had them oily and extremely cheesy. The ones served here looked clean, healthy and fresh. They were stuffed with a tangy corn salsa that had a distinct flavour of sour curd. Love at first bite? You bet! I thought I’d stop after 1 (the sizes served were HUGE) but I ended up eating 2 and a half of the potato boats. I’d choose this one over the chicken appetizer, yes. This coming from a hard core non vegetarian must mean something. Try it? Thanks. You’re welcome.
Fried Chicken with Spiced Tomato Jam
Something that says “fried” but looks healthy and devoid of any oil will definitely help lift your spirits (it’s a thing, if in case you don’t believe me) Full marks to the presentation. As far as the taste is concerned, there’s nothing that makes it stand out- it’s a regular crispy fried chicken that you will get elsewhere. What makes it worth it is the dip that comes along with it- the spiced tomato jam. Try this- take a bite without the dip. And then try it with the dip. See how the taste completely changes. This will go well with beer.
Roasted Red Beet Salad
This consisted of roasted beet served along with orange segments, caramelized walnuts (OMNOMNOMNOMNOM) and orange & balsamic vinaigrette. I’m not much of a salad person, so I didn’t really enjoy this healthy dish. On a serious note, the salad is a little too leafy. We could do with less of the salad leaves and lettuce maybe? I did finish off the portion served to me though….and the caramelized walnuts from the entire salad.Health freaks or those on a diet, I have a strong feeling you might want to come here.
Roasted Pumpkin & Goat Cheese Ravioli
One word- wow. It looked creamy and soft, smelled warm and of happy thoughts, like butter. Tasted good, of course. I thought I wouldn’t like it since I’m not a fan of Italian cuisine or pumpkin. And yes, I was wrong. I suggest you try this because I doubt this is available elsewhere. The slight hint of sweetness, the buttery,creamy feel of the dish and the warm, velvety aftertaste is worth it.
Pan Grilled Polenta with Red Wine Mushroom Ragu
There’s something about the color of the dish that put me off. The vegetables served as sides looked tempting, and that’s all that I had. The polenta was a little hard. The preparation was also a little bland. Not exactly my type of dish. Let me know if any of you try it though, I’d love to know what you think of it.
Grilled Red Snapper
This was served along with creamed spinach and tossed vegetables. And this is the dish that I am going back for. This and the chicken roulade. This fish preparation is probably one of the best ones that I’ve had in the city lately- what made it a hit was the freshness of the fish. I highly recommend this dish to all non-vegetarians. Why? I’m going to let the pictures do the talking.
This was an extremely delicate and light puff pastry with alternating layers of kiwi cream and strawberry cream. It was a little difficult to eat, and that’s probably the only thing that was off about it. A refreshing flavor, and a perfect end to an elaborate meal.