Zanzibar...The Official Meet-up place


ZANZIBAR
The Central Park
Bund Garden Road
Pune




Buzz-4/10                  Night out for two- Rs. 1500                                         Decor-9

#Love Scale : 4 on 10

#Ambiance Meter :

Mysterious lighting, relaxed lit up interiors (sheer pleasure to the eyes! ) A small room with plain but elegant furniture during the day, while an ideal place to have some cocktails and drinks with your friends (while you watch the match) during the night.

Impressed by the pictures on zomato and burrp! We chose to visit this place on a girls night out…On reaching there, we realized that it was more of a place, where we would come for corporate meetings with the boss or the classy old guys would come to watch cricket matches (which they couldn't do at home, with their nagging wives! :p ).

To be honest, it was a disappointment, as we had a different image of the restaurant while we browsed through the pictures online. We were hoping for a place with young people buzzing in, with a party atmosphere. It was a complete opposite of it (hence, the disappointment!) . It was a rather quiet place, with us being the first to reach . Even the bartender was not there by that time! We sat there for a while, enjoying the décor of the place, which really impressed us (It was like love at first sight! A treat for the eyes indeed!)

There were two LCD TV’s , adorning each of the walls present in the bar. Nice bar stools, generous and beautifully done couches, lit up tables, with just the perfect amount of light to relax you. Beautifully decorated with curtains, you definitely gonna love the ambiance of Zanzibar!

If you’re looking for a quite evening with your loved one or you are just a group of friends looking for a quiet place to chill out , head to the glamorous yet elegant Zanzibar (just off its gleaming lobby) ! On a game night, tune in to a LCD and plonk yourself on a bar stool or settle in a comfortable king-sized sofa chair of Zanzibar..:)

 #Thirst Quenching Factor :
With limited offers during the happy hours, this place might be a lil heavy on the pocket, if you are on a budget. They have an offer of 2+1 on beer, one on one on whisky and vodka, and few others likewise.

#Music :
The music is soft and relaxing. Even on request, they do not change the kind of music playing (which might be a good thing for few people…).

#Buzz :
The bar is not usually too crowded. It is mostly the people staying at the hotel or one or two groups who are the regulars.

#Service Meter :
The staff is friendly and courteous. Although, the waiter took some time (more than the usual! ) to get our drinks, I have no complaints about the service.

#Oomph Factor :
Nibble on the complimentary peanuts and papad or choose an Indian starter of your choice. Rest, we didn’t try much of the food, so cannot comment on that!

#Final Verdict : 

Overall, a nice experience, but not worth a second visit due to the absence of buzz!! #Cheers

Reviews





Since, this is my post before i start reviewing the places, I'd list the categories on which I would be rating the place :

#Love Scale  : Points given based on the overall experience.

#Ambiance Meter : On the scale of 10 ...
10 -It's grand, pleasing and divine
 9 - It's graceful and charming
 8 - It's fascinating
 7 - It's appealing
 6 - It's nice
 5 - It's average
 4 - It's plain.
 3 - It's unappealing
 2 - It's terrible
 1 - It's hideous


#Service Meter : Depending on the service and the helpfulness of the waiters.

#Oomph Factor : Innovation of the recipe, ingredients used and the presentation of the food.

 # Appetite Satisfying Factor : Taste and nothing else.
# Music : This factor applies to the pubs and clubs, and not to the restaurants.

#My Recommendation : Would mention the dish definitely worth trying, if it applies!

#Final Verdict : Does the place deserves to be visited again or not...Yes or No! :)

Desi Nachos

Pangs of Hunger...? Don't feel like cooking but feel like eating something good...? Try out the Desi Nachos recipe...Simple and Easy with ingredients, all easy to find at home...


Ingredients :
Grab a bag of tortilla chips from the shop
Processed cheese (grated) ............................3/4 cup

For Preparation of Salsa Sauce :
Tomatoes.....................................................2 large sized 
Onion...........................................................2 medium sized
Garlic...........................................................2-3 cloves
Capsicum.....................................................1 medium sized

Salt..............................................................to taste
Sweet Chilli Sauce........................................2 tbsps
Dry Oregano................................................1/4 tsp
Peppercorn..................................................5-6


How to Prepare :
1) Wash, halve, deseed and chop tomatoes.
2) Peel, wash and Chop Onions.
3) Peel, wash and crush garlic
4) Wash, halve, deseed and chop capsicum.
5) Crush Peppercorns.
6) Combine all the above ingredients together with the remaining ingredients of Salsa Sauce.

Tip: Let the Mixture stand for one hour, if you have time, else, leave it for 10-15 minutes.

7) Arrange corn chips on a baking tray, top it with salsa sauce and grated cheese.Cook in the GRILL (TOP) for 2 minutes.
8) Serve immediately otherwise, the tortillas will turn soggy.

TIP : You can also use cracker biscuits in place of tortilla chips, if you dont find tortilla chips nearby.

You could also mix baked beans in the salsa sauce (it tastes better..trust me!! ).

The original recipe is Sanjeev Kapoor's recipe. I have modified it a little bit for making the preparation easier and less time consuming.

Hope the recipe helps!! :)

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