Terttulia Bistro located at Balewadi High Street is a tighter version of it’s older siblings in Koregaon Park and Mumbai. Terttulia in Spanish implies a conversation at a restaurant or bar and this outlet sets the right mood for you whenever you visit in the most amazing ambiance.
It has the trademark European mirrors hanging alongside an enormous wooden cellar wall. It is a 95 seater chic, young, fun and chill place that truly represents their tagline, “Eat. Drink. Love.”
Thanks to the lovely folks over at Carpe Diem, The BTeam got an exclusive food tasting invitation and we couldn’t be any more excited when Samantha was going to be our host.
I started off with the Watermelon Virgin Mojito mocktail which had good strong and balanced flavours of watermelon and mint. A small lemon wedge made the drink look very pretty.
We were next served the Karari Roti which looked absolutely appetizing. Perfectly cooked roti smothered with heaps of butter and garnished with chilli powder and coriander, I can definitely say this is the best Karari Roti I’ve had in town.
A 4 course menu had already been set for us and the first course began with the salads.
An Asian red apple, cranberry, almonds and quinoa salad was served inside a glass jar which was meant to be emptied onto a plate. It had a good crunch from the almonds balanced with the acidity from the raspberry vinaigrette. Overall, it was a fresh salad and very subtle on the palate.
Next came the Roasted beet and goat’s cheese with smoked salmon salad. It was presented beautifully on a bed of spicy arugula and that creaminess from the goat’s cheese, smokiness from the salmon and crunch from the pine nuts was absolutely delightful. It ticked all the boxes for a good healthy salad.
Our second course started with a Three Mushroom Ragout & Mozzarella Sandwich. It used a roasted brown bread and was stuffed with the mushroom ragout served with a bucket of fries and an English mustard dip. Endless strands of the perfectly melted and gooey mozzarella made us devour the whole thing in no time because it was that amazing.
The Minute Stake with Quinoa Onion Gyros were served in a rolled flatbread. It was stuffed with lamb, caramelized onions and goat’s cheese. It seemed a little dry for me and a sauce of some kind would have balanced the dish decently.
The Pulled Pork Bao with Spicy Kimchi had pulled pork in a tangy sauce, pickles, cabbage rolled in a super soft and fresh bao bun. I cannot put into words the softness of the bao and that put together with the glistening pork and spicy kimchi was a wonderful combination.
The Indopean Street Pani Puri was an absolute knock out of the park. The presentation itself seeked my camera’s attention. It had a puri placed on a salad leaf atop a shot glass. We couldn’t stop at once so we had to have another round. It tasted out of the world!
The Broccoli Aglio Olio Peperoncino was a traditional aglio olio preparation with broccoli. However I thought the lime was overpowering the dish.
Next came the Char Grilled Fish and Spicy Salsa Taco. It had the grilled fish which was cooked to perfection, a spicy tomato salsa and some greens wrapped in a soft shell taco. The star of this dish was definitely the salsa and the fish and it had a good balance of flavours as well.
The S.T.D. and Chipotle Chilli Rubbed Grilled Prawns Skewers were served with watermelon cubes. The prawns weren’t that fresh and this dish missed the mark for me.
The main course started with a Homemade Ravioli of Mushroom and Pine Nuts. I loved the ravioli filling and the al dente pasta but the sauce was a little unbalanced for me. It had the creamy consistency but not the taste I was expecting. However it was liked by all others on the table.
The Prawns Coconut Malai Curry with Steamed Rice had prawns in a rich, crustacean and creamy curry alongside a bowl of rice. The crustacean flavours were strong for my liking and I couldn’t eat a lot of it but again it was loved by all the other seafood lovers on the table.
The Red Wine braised Lamb Ragout was served in a bowl of al dente noodles with lamb and potatoes and garnished with parmesan cheese. This was a pretty decent affair for the meat lovers.
Our final course was the Gooey Chocolate Cake. It was presented beautifully and we ended on a high note here. It was a super duper gooey chocolate cake with a melted chocolate sauce on the top. It took us no time to polish it all off. Nobody wished to share their dessert.
It was a splendid evening indeed alongside our host, Samantha from Carpe Diem who made sure we had a flawless and smooth experience.
Wishing Team TT all the very best!
Disclaimer: The invite was for a complimentary food tasting event. This review is a narrative of my experience at the event. The views expressed in this review are solely mine and others are more than welcome to agree or disagree with the same. The review is in no way influenced either personally or commercially nor has it been lifted, copied or plagiarized from any source however I have done my due diligence on the event via publicly available information on the internet.
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