Arthur's Theme, BHS – European Fine Dining
Arthur’s theme is a very well-known brand in Pune, with their KP branch setting the bar for European food in Pune. The relatively new branch at Balewadi High Street has maintained the same standards as its elder sibling, dishing out delicious food with their rather peculiar “European themed” names.
The new branch at BHS is beautifully done up with huge mirrors and high ceilings, giving a grand feeling to the interiors. A wood fired oven graces one of the corners, and Arthur’s Theme will soon be serving some wood fired pizzas from this outlet.
Arthur’s Theme BHS has recently launched a 4 – course meal. The 4 courses include Soup or Salad, a Starter, a Mains and of course, Dessert.
Priced at 799/- (+ taxes) its an excellent value proposition, considering the same dishes at Al-a-carte cost around 300+ each.
Here’s a sampling of what went around our table
Salad / Soup (course 1)
My pick of this course was the Hawaiian Salad.
Yep. You heard that right. #baconbaba liked a salad. A rare moment in the history of mankind.
A bright, refreshing chicken, bell peppers and pineapple salad with a mayo dressing. Julienne of bell peppers added a beautiful crunch with the smoked chicken strips. The juicy strips of pineapple played pied piper leading us on a merry ride down this summery path. Sweet, salty, crunchy, delicious – everything a salad should be. #baconbaba’s favorite salad till date!
The Marquis de Sade – a traditional french onion soup was warm, light and flavorful. The cheese croquettes were a nice touch, though they did turn soggy once the soup cooled.
Starters (course 2)
I opted for Alexia – marinated prawns wrapped in chicken in a spicy sauce. I personally believe that prawns are the 2nd best meat available out there (right after bacon / pork, duh!) so prawns wrapped in anything is usually an automatic win (case to point: the baconbaba recommended Bacon Wrapped Prawns at Effingut Baner). This one, however, was a slight miss for me. A good dish overall, but the prawns were completely overshadowed by the thick chicken layer and the spicy sauce.
The other starters that graced our table were:
Alfredo – a tempura batter coated Kalamari – perfectly crisp coating, a tad oily.
Duncan – caramel coated chicken wings – delish!!!
Luda – Cilantro infused fillets of basa – a tasty dish, but I wish they hadn’t used basa 🙁
Mains (course 3)
Here’s where the magic really started. The quantity of each dish was substantial – enough for a single person.
Charles The Bold: A paprika sauce concoction with grilled chicken and bell peppers, served with potato croquettes. Nicely balanced red sauce, perfectly cooked grilled chicken, tad low on seasoning. A really good chicken dish overall
My friend ordered the Artois – Chicken Roulette with mushroom sauce. I found the sauce rather bland, though the chicken was well cooked.
The coup de grâce of the evening was struck by Lady Jennifer – Char grilled prawns in a lemon butter sauce with mashed potatoes. Words cannot describe how delicate and transcendent this dish was. Flawlessly cooked prawns in an exquisite silky lemon butter sauce. The mashed potato was creamy as ever, elevating the humble aloo to breathtaking levels.
As we moved to the dessert, we were encountered the usual suspects. A blueberry cheese cake, a tiramisu and a chocolate mousse. All three were well constructed, nothing to write home about. In fact, the choco-lava cake was served with a mint Ice Cream, which, in my humble opinion, did nothing to the dish. The mint was more like a coolada or a spearmint, than an actual flavor, just making the ice cream feel cooler.
We did experience some theatrics with the flambee chocolate raisin pancakes. The surprisingly thin crepe-like pancakes were coated with rum and flambeed, leading to some nice ‘oooh!‘ and ‘aaah!’ at the table.
Overall, the 4 – course meal for 799/- is completely worth it. Compared to the price tag of the ala-carte dishes, it’s a steal. The 4 course meal is available Monday to Friday for lunch and dinner and weekends for lunch only.
#baconbaba, as always, khush hua! Oink Oink!!
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