Courtyard by Marriott Pune Chakan has brought a glimpse of Mohammad Ali Road street food abundance to Pune. There are live-counters, hot grills and tawas with marinated meat sizzle over them, smoke and aroma swirling in the air. Skewered meat, wraps and rolls are swimming and hot oil. A couple potful of Khichda and Nalli Nihari were bubbling and spreading beautiful spices perfumes throughout the restaurant. On the other side, mountains of bread and pavs were ready to be toasted and served with hot kebabs, biryanis and different kind of vegetarian curries lined up to be ladle into your plate, and the dessert counter were packed with beautiful arrays of treats that you can’t wait to get to.
All these are happening at MoMo Cafe, a restaurant in Courtyard by Marriott Pune Chakan. My foodie gang, Pune Foodiez and I were invited to experience the Mohammad Ali Rd. Street Food Festival. We tried the street delights and bites like Nalli Nihari, Baida Roti, Seekh Parathas, Kheema Pav, Gurda, Kaleji, Bheja, Seekh Kebabs, Chicken Roll, Kadi Kebab, Khichda, Mawa Jalebi, Aflatoon, Malpua, Mango Phirni, Orange Phirni, Khaja, Jalebi, Zardalu, and Anjeer Halwa.
MoMo Cafe not only tries to bring in the street flavors, but the restaurant has put a lot of efforts to make it a close experience to the real deal. Watermelon Roohafza Sherbet was served as a welcome drink. It has a beautiful flavor and very refreshing, perfect for summer.
My favorite dish from the festival was a plate of tawa grilled motton boti and offal. They were perfectly spiced and seasoned, and served hot off the hot plate. This kind of hardcore carnivorous delicacy doesn’t come easily. I was absolutely excited to try them all.
Mohammad Ali Rd. Street Food Festival is truly a meat lover paradise.
Brain Bhaji with toast was flavorful and melting.
The Kebabs were tender and succulent. The meat was soft and packed with flavors. The restaurant had done a wonderful job in keeping the rustic street flavors in the grills.
Seekh Kebabs were juicy and filled with the aroma of spices. They were one of the best Seekh Kebabs I’ve had so far.
Grilled chicken patty stuffed in the bun was interesting. It was a perfect bite. I can imagine something like this flying off the street vendor carts so well for a quite bite.
The meat in mutton biryani was melt-off-the bones soft and the rice was perfectly cooked. I would prefer a little bit more spices in the dish.
For dessert, we had rainbows of treat to try. I loved Mango Phirnis and Mawa Jelebi. The Gulab Jamun was drenched in delicious syrup, and Anjeer Halwa was to die for.
Mohammad Ali Rd. Street Food Festival (till April 27th)
MoMo Cafe, Courtyard by Marriott Pune Chakan
Lunch: 12:00pm to 03:00pm
Dinner: 07:00pm to 12:00am
Rs.699 + taxes (with lunch buffet, soft beverages and canned juices)
Rs.795 + taxes (with dinner buffet, soft beverages and canned juices)
Rs.1295 + taxes (with unlimited select domestic spirits, wines and beers)
Rs.495 + taxes (kids buffet)
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