The Fern Residency MIDC Pune at Bhosari recently opened their doors to their rooftop Al fresco dining restaurant, AZU – Food Drink Music. The beautiful restaurant opens up to an amazing panoramic skyline of the city of Pune.
Its the perfect fine dine restaurant which is ideal for corporate team dinner and also a good option for a date with your loved one , as it has food, music and drinks…what more do you want?
I was invited to review this place and I am glad I made it. We were served with Cucumber Mojito-this was refreshing and I was all set to eat..relish…and repeat!
This was well complimented with Chutney sampler which had different types of papads ( moong, udaad, rice) they had three different dips-mayo, green and tamarind chutney.My friend enjoyed this with Long Island Iced Tea and they also served us desi chakna i.e. garlic, peanuts mixed with loads of masala.
Next was one of their signature dish, Azu`s Chaat Sampler- naguri orange panipuri, aloo papadi chaat and papd churi. I love chaat, ok here is a photograph only for you guys
Describing the above photograph this was me trying the naguri orange panipuri which had the aloo filling and a green tikkha chutney shots. I prefer the khata-meetha combo. I loved the aloo papadi chaat nicely mashed potatoes and lastly papad churi- this was lots of crumbled papads topped on a big papad, similar to papad ki chudi (patent marwadi dish).
The PAPAD moments were finally done as we tried Gobi Bezule, its a indo-chinese dish. The cauliflower …no the crispy cauliflower with a south-indian twist. Sounds interesting right?
Yes, it was gelled with coconut milk, and a tadka of mustard seeds and fennel. This tadka resembles to the tadka you have it in the south indian curd rice. I never loved cauliflower so much.
After the ‘Dil Maange More’ time it was Murg Tikka Mirza Banu waiting for us. This was a normal tandoori chicken roasted with cashew and yoghurt.
Fishy time so we happily tasted Tandoori peeper rawas, not a bong lover`s fish so no comments here.
Next on the agenda was Zaitani murg tulsi seekh. I must admit the names are very well conceptualized. This is boneless juicy chicken with olives and basil skewers. I never had something like this before and it was very light for the tummy too. If you love chicken and want to try something new- this is it!
The last dish served to two bhukkads was Quickgun Idlis, again bang on with the name. This is fried idlis hold on here`s the hook its mixed with chilli spice mix , commonly named as gunpowder chutney with curry leaves and mustard. The gun powder chutney served along had vinegar added so that the spice meter doesn’t get too high.
Ab samay tha….have a look
We were so full! had to take a quick photographic break to continue this gastronomic journey….
Food meter was at the threshold, so no mains for the day. The team asked us to try one of their special dishes i.e. Bombay biryani. Its boneless chicken dum biryani comes along with salad, achaar and raita.
We generally do not find biryani to be spicy, it has mix of masalas but its not spicy, this was an exception though. The biryani had chunks of chicken mixed well with loads of mint and rice. I would definitely order this next time and have more of it.
Finally before we said ‘thank you and good-night’ to the warm, cooperative and smiling staff. It was time to taste a small portion of matka kulfi. The right ending to a beautiful evening.
What I loved?
- Interesting concepts, limited menu, reasonably priced
- Star Dishes- Gobi Bezule, Zaitani Murg Tulsi Seekh and Bombay Biryani, well tried with the Azu`s Chaat Sampler
What can improve?
- The place can be made more noticeable, especially when its a roof-top restro you can work on the visual branding
- The service has to be quick, as you have such an interesting menu
- Keep a section as ‘ Chef Recommends’ and list all the unique dishes
Overall, we had a good time and look forward to visit this place with my gang.
This review is completely based on my experience and is not influenced commercially or personally.
Till we meet again…