A lot has been written about this amazing little joint in Baner. They have gone through a few changes – expanded their service staff, their menu, their specials. I had a long pending revisit to FD, and managed to get there on Friday evening.
Messaged the owner, Mr Alakesh Baruah requesting a reservation, and he gladly complied. I reached around 9PM, and after a wait of 10 minutes got my table (much to the dismay of the other folks waiting there before me 😛 )
Started off with the ever-favorite Pork chops. Previously, their preparation of pork chops used to be the traditional sweet sticky recipe. Their recipe has changed drastically to suit the Puneri palate. Its now a spicy version, loaded with chilli. Served with a red chilli sauce, the overall flavor proved to be rather strong for my taste buds. I would have preferred it to be served with a sweet chilly / honey based sauce to counter the spice and provide a contrast. That being said, the meat was immaculately cooked, to the point that picking up the chop resulted in the meat falling off.
Sangeeta ordered the basil chicken and it was delicious. Generously sprinkled with fresh basil with an onion jam as the base, the quantity was more than enough for one person, and light enough for my 2 year old daughter, Pihu to enjoy some of it as well!
The star of the show was the Meat Stew. This was something that Alakesh had promised would be added to the menu the last timne I was here (about 3 months back) and I was so looking forward to it.
The Meat stew is a carabeef stew with slivers of meat, a whole bunch of veggies (broccoli, carrots, baby corn, greens and other stuff) in a beef broth, served over a bed of coconut butter rice. And it was PHENOMENAL! The meat was cooked beautifully, slow cooked over a long period of time, with the beef broth being so madly full of flavor – the first bite had violins playing in the background with angels singing “Hallelujah’. The Coconut buttered rice was sticky sweet and was truly an inspired combination with the broth. This dish is everything a ‘stew’ should be… Warm, hearty and fills up the soul!
Goes without saying that I’m going to be back very very soon for this.
Some of their other not-to-be-missed delicacies are their Quail with buttered rice, their Khow Suey, and the Ghost Chilli Chicken (not for the faint hearted!)
PS: Yes the food takes time to arrive to the table (the meat stew had me waiting for about 45 minutes) but good things take time. Its is totally worth the wait.
PPS: For those planning to go here, please call ahead and make a reservation. There is ALWAYS a waiting and they always are running full capacity – which speaks volumes about how popular they are.
Here’s wishing Alakesh all the best for future plans. The duck continues to fly high!