A couple of weeks back I was at On Fire! for a lazy Sunday brunch. With the monsoons in Pune, nothing beats a lovely evening on a roof top restaurant. Cool wind, chilled out music, and a nice hot kabab on your plate. With a quirky roof top setting, Wakad’s newest star is, literally, a breath of fresh air.
We started off the meal with a Tom Kha Gai – a Thai coconut soup. while the soup had oodles of chicken, the size of the diced chicken was way smaller than the baby corn and capsicum, leading to an overload of veggies in the mouth. Good flavor of coconut with a distinct hit of red chili ensured that I drank through the entire bowl.
The Texas Hot BBQ Wings were absolutely brilliant. The dark shiny color of the barbecue sauce coating the chicken wings got us salivating, and it didn’t disappoint. Chicken wings in a sweet sticky barbecue sauce – right up there with the best in Pune. The sprinkle of chili flakes over the top left a nice little bite at the end, leaving us asking for more.
The Asian Noodle Salad was a surprise for me. Made with crispy noodles, fresh vegetables, loads of shredded chicken and a tomato ketchup base, it tasted a lot like the chinese bhel you get at a chinese tapri. More specifically for me, it evoked a memory of the chinese bhel at Toons, Camp. This would a great accompaniment with a glass of beer!
The Kai Ni Haar, Prawns wrapped in Chicken strips: Now, I am usually a fan of prawns wrapped in pretty much anything (my favorites being the Bacon Wrapped Prawns and Sausages at Effingut Baner, and the Bacon Wrapped Prawns at Zamu’s.)
Here, the mint sauce was way too overpowering. Another pressure point in any prawns wrapped dish is the cooking of the prawns with respect to the outer coating. The prawns were almost raw, with a well cooked chicken outer. I would give this one a pass.
The Irani Tangdi Kabab is an absolute delight for tandoori lovers. Juicy chicken legs coated with a Tabasco sauce, freckled with chili flakes. A fantastic twist on a desi classic.
By this time we were full to the brim. The only main course we could have was Mutton Rogan Josh. Soft succulent mutton in a lovely medium spicy gravy. This is comfort food in its truest sense. Dunk a bit of butter naan and you are in heaven.
We ended the meal with the fried ice-cream. If you haven’t had fried ice cream before, give this one a try. Its a scoop of ice-cream, coated with bread crumbs, and deep fried! A hot crispy outer shell coated with hot chocolate sauce, and a frozen ice-cream center is sinfully good. The two scoops were vanilla and chocolate. If possible, request the server to give you only vanilla scoops. Vanilla in the fried ice cream tastes much better than the chocolate, imho.
We did try a few other starters from the menu, including the chinese and ‘continental’ ones. My personal opinion: Stick to indian. The chef is really good at indian dishes, both. kababs and curries, and with the roof-top setting, you really cant go wrong with a desi plate of food.
Overall, its a great spot to chill with friends or enjoy a lazy Sunday brunch. What;s even better is they have a Saturday AND Sunday brunch – a buffet spread for 475/-. A complete steal.
Baconbaba is super happy!
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