Pandora Gastronomy + Bar, which will be opening soon to public, is not far from the hustle and bustle of the “Oxford of the East” and is a short walk from a pair of well-known specialty restaurants and cafes. Just down the road is Ishanya Mall where you can walk in anytime and satiate your hunger pangs until Pandora opens officially, which I feel won’t take more than a week from now.
Celebrity Chef Ajay Chopra, who judged Season 1 & 2 of Master Chef India, now brings to us some delectable culinary experiences at Pandora Gastronomy + bar. He’s got us delicious global cuisine, minus the alcohol because India, and the Supreme Court orders. But his food, at least all that I tried speaks volumes and I think they will go a long way, with or without serving spirits as they’re doing some amazing non-alcoholic drinks. More on the drinks, soon!
The exterior and the interior are something to talk about, but being the perfectionists that they are, the management at Pandora are cutting out the flaws, (I personally don’t think there were any) by re-doing some parts of the restaurant and hence the delay.
Now without further ado, I’d like to share my experience about this chic and upscale standalone restaurant and the offerings which debut from the mighty Pandora’s Box!
The Drinks – Double lemon is something that stood out of the four drinks that were served, no doubt the others which included Outlook, Stunner and Snow-drop were good but Double lemon with lemon grass and some secret ingredients blew my mind, also when I did a little R&D, I figured that lemongrass is one of the many used culinary and medicinal herb specially because of its scent which resembles to lemons.
Combinations of cold and hot appetizers were served, Tuna (fish) bhel was that one cold appetizer and it sure deserves a mention. I was told that Chef Manish Mehrotra of Indian Accent envisioned this tuna-enhanced take on the Indian street snack bhel, I liked it but I am not sure how it’ll be taken in the market. Moved on, tried the Sundried tomato and Falafel pockets, they were good, as was the trio of Paneer tikka. Cottage cheese cubes in 3 different marinades, and 3 different sides, decent enough for a non vegetarian to enjoy.
Then came in “Kaffir lime chicken tikka”, this was particularly nice, the texture silky, the meat flavor deep. My favorite appetizer, however, was the hot bean prawn rocks, marinated perfectly, had a little crunch and tasted brilliant. The prawns were done well, exactly how they should be.
Tried three different dishes, all with a twist, insane twists make insane stories! Ever heard that? Actually it’s a first and it’s me! So to start with, let me share with you about the mighty, crusty, Puneri Misal! Crusty bread bowl filled with Puneri Misal and paired with spicy cheese fondue, isn’t it the most outlandish twist? Hell yeah it is, but a good one, at least that’s what I felt but a lot of people got offended because they don’t like their misal to be played with, To be honest, Nobody cares! We are in the 21st century and fusion is in. Go ahead, try this uncustomary Misal.
Malabar tarts were slightly tangy but make for an amazing instagram post. Talking about Philadelphia Ragda Pattice, I’d like to highlight the proper use of Philadelphia cheese which made the ragda pattice an eccentric starter.
Oh and I almost forgot, Pandora serves some delectable dim sums out of which I liked the Sichuan pepper and vegetable as they were perfect, be it their texture, taste or visual appeal. On the other hand Chicken and black pepper dim sums were not commendable, actually they were passable, and so I passed them! *Wink Wink*
The Mains, again were not as impressive as the appetizers but here’s what I tried,
Dilliwala Butter Chicken
Gnocchi Ala Funghi
Linguine Aglio Olio Pepperonicino (Vegetables and Chicken)
Sri Lankan Curry (Vegetables and Prawns)
Chef Ajay Chopra is serving some of the best desserts at Pandora. Desserts which are unique, playful and have a lot of character in them, there’s drama too. “We are playing with flavors; this is global tapas starting from the United States and spreads across Asia and Far East Europe. The Desserts are just as Indian as ever and you’ll be in for a ride at Pandora.” added Chef Ajay.
- Rose Phirni Parfait – A beautiful take on my beloved Indian dessert, the rice phirni is a mix of caviar and rose petals, Not just me but my colleagues went gaga over it.
- Japanese Cloud Cheesecake – I actually forgot what went in it but it was delicious; in fact all the desserts at Pandora are to die for.
- Chocolate hazelnut Moelleux – Good lord! What a brilliant mixture of raspberry jam and hazelnut, this dessert steals the show and truly defines dessert porn!
Disclaimer: The invite was for a complimentary food tasting event. This review is a narrative of my experience at the event. The views expressed in this review are solely mine and others are more than welcome to agree or disagree with the same. The review is in no way influenced either personally or commercially nor has it been lifted, copied or plagiarized from any source however I have done my due diligence on the event via publicly available information on the internet.
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