An afternoon at Cocoon!

Great business meets perfect pleasure at Cocoon is what they say, and I couldn’t deny after a visit to this aesthetically pleasing property nestled in Magarpatta city, Pune. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, I am talking about Cocoon, the exclusive hotel at Magarpatta city. Situated in the 400 acres of this dream city; Cocoon is the first all-suite hotel built inside a complete integrated township that lets you enjoy the best of both the worlds, high service standards with a great value statement make Cocoon the ideal stake out for the business traveler. But hey, I ain’t much of traveler; I am gourmand, and a fussy one at that.

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So when I was invited to try out the delicacies at Cocoon, I smilingly obliged. I believe in starting the year on a positive note, come January you’ll find me spending too much money on gratitude journals, drinking green juice, popping chia seeds and buying sassy new running trainers because I really do believe in my own ability to change, to grow and to learn. Wondering where that came from? Let me help you with it. The amount of calories that I took in the other day at Cocoon has made me take this stifling decision.

Alright, here we go! A gist of all that I tried at Cocoon and all you need to know about the food there.

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Started off with some refreshing mocktails, yeah, a teetotaler, remember? I get high on anything non-alcoholic! Right after, some soups happened. A bright sunny afternoon and good looking soups, green peas and mint, an unusual combination, yes! But it did surprise me, know why? I never liked peas until that day. Fresh, creamy, low on calories, oh and Vegan too! So much for health! Are the health freaks reading? That was a good start to an amazing afternoon for sure!

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Next up was a Salad, for the ones who know me, know that I keep away from salads but this was visually appealing, burnt chicken and sundried tomato salad! To me a salad is not a meal, it is a style and the colors of the salad served at the Cocoon were so extraordinary, trust me no painters pallet can duplicate nature’s artistry! That’s all I can say about the salad.

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Tried the Paneer Tikka Nawabi too! Well to be honest, there was nothing Nawabi about it, I agree every place has its hits and misses, this one probably hit too low. Bland, low on spices, low on salt, low on the rating! But the Paneer shashlik that came in later was to die for, Shashlyk or Shashlik is a great one-dish party food option. Grilled cottage cheese, served with loads of vegetables, a tangy, spicy sauce, paired with rice. Best part? It can be enjoyed as a snack and as a main course too!

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Ever since I entered Cocoon, I was eyeing the Harimirch ki tangdi, and my eyeballs popped out when it actually arrived at the table. Chicken drumsticks marinated in green chili and some secret masalas, Delectable! Go ahead, try it, you won’t be disappointed.

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The mains came in the form of prawn red curry and murgh peshawari. The Thai red prawns curry is a classic and a great favorite of mine, the chef did complete justice to the prawns and they came out just as I like ‘em. Tender, juicy and oh so delectable! The Murgh Peshawari on the other hand wasn’t as expected, a tad salty; hence I avoided it after the first morsel. I am sure it will be taken care of.

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The one thing that I loved the most and would highly recommend is the Oriental Chicken Steak Sizzler! Boy! That was love at first sight. Undoubtedly yummy and sizzling, laden with exotic chindian flavors and spices! End of the afternoon, an afternoon with the finest radio jockeys of Pune (read Radio One), an afternoon that will be remembered for a long time, an afternoon at Cocoon!

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Disclaimer: The invite was for a complimentary food tasting event and was organised by Radio One. 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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