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Menu Tasting at Krustys, Koregaon Park

Krustys, an all day bistro and bar in Koregaon Park, can potentially comfort you as soon as you walk in. The glass wall allows the generous amount of natural light inside. There are the cozy booths arranged against the brisk wall. In the middle, simple tables spread, and a few snug corners to sit back and relax.

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When you walked in, the colorful display of cheesecakes and macarons on the counter suggests saving room dessert.

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The bar is operating around the clock, coffee is browed and pizzas flow out of the oven. It’s the promising place for a good meal. My foodie gang, Pune Foodiez, and I were invited for a menu tasting.

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Krustys tailored a special tasting menu for us. It’s includes Beans and Grilled Chicken Salad, Lemon and Stoned Baked Pizza, Vegetable Cassoulet, Spaghetti with Mushroom Ragu, Fish en Pipillote, Lamb Bourguignon, Bacon Wrapped Chicken Roulade and Orange Centered Dark Chocolate Mousse with Caramelized Ginger and Orange Sauce for dessert. I loved the menu. It’s complete and balance. While Krustys offers good varieties of wine and cocktails, I had an orange based mocktail to refresh myself. It was zingy, sweet and fresh.

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Fresh Beans and Grilled Chicken Salad with Orange Segments, Caramelized Almond Slivers and Passion Fruit Emulsion is destined to be one of the best salads in town. It seemed like there were a lot of thoughts and efforts put to the dish in terms of texture and flavor. I loved the crunchy almond slivers against the fresh crisp green beans and salad greens. The Passion Fruit Emulsion had a wonderful fruity hint.

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Lemon Rosemary Chicken with Spiced Mango Dip was a perfect marriage. The chicken was perfectly grilled. The dip was absolutely brilliant! The rosemary fragrant faintly lingered in the warm chicken; it went well with cooling sweet mango flavor.

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Black Olives, Sundried Tomato and Basil Pesto Stone Baked Pizza had a perfect thin crust and fresh pesto, wonderfully baked to perfection. I thought there were a lot of olives that I had to remove some out of the slices. Nevertheless, it’s a good pizza. I don’t mind going back for another one.

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Slow Cooked Rustic Vegetable Cassoulet was a humble vegetable stow with strong flavor of celery, herbs and melted vegetables, served with herb pilaf. While the vegetable was fine, I found the pilaf to be a little undercooked. And though the restaurant assured us that it was al dente, I felt it could use another minute or so on the stove.

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Lamb Bourguignon was melting lamb chunks swimming in heavy luscious gravy. I wish it was meatier. This dish too was served with herb pilaf.

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Spaghetti with Mushroom Ragu was lovely. The mushroom was mellowed and the pasta was perfectly cooked.

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Bacon Wrapped Chicken Roulade was well-prepared. It was served with red wine jus and creamy mashed potatoes on the side.

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Though Fish en Papillote with Tomato Confit and Black Olives (baked in white wine on the bed of potato medallions) was one of the most popular dishes at Krustys, I really didn’t enjoy it. The fish was perfectly cooked, but flavor of the dish seemed lacking something.

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I was excited about the dessert. Orange Centered Dark Chocolate Mousse with Caramelized Ginger and Orange Sauce was rich and dense.

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But the real treat was Coconut Cheesecake. It was creamy, decadent and delightful. I will definitely go back for this one really often.

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We also tried the famous Oreo Cheesecake which I found it to be a little too solidly heavy.

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I enjoyed the little macarons, and I even got some of them home. I recommend orange and basil flavor, it’s vindictively delicious.

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I had a wonderful time at Krustys. Overall the food was quite good. The ambience is inviting, and the menu is very well-designed. I am looking forward to try the breakfast menu and many other dishes it has to offer.

Tes (tweet to me at @Testerfly)

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