Effingut Brewerkz, home to legendary craft beer recently opened up its doors to public at their newest outlet in Baner. It is a plush, chic and electric 350 seater with a two level seating indoors and an outdoor seating.
Manu Gulati welcomed us to his humble abode for an exclusive tasting. Manu has gone out of his way and made this outlet special.
The collection of hats at the bar, a bike hanging right below the ceiling, the posters, the speaker wall – all just put a smile on your face. Now with the WFE (Work From Effingut) concept kicking in, Baner is set to find themselves a second home like we already have.
So we started off with the Gun Powder Onion Rings served with a ranch dip. Honestly, these are the best onion rings I have ever had. At most places, the batter turns out to be very thick and the taste of the onion is negligible. But here at Effingut, I loved the thin and crisp batter, the onion juices which are released with every bite and the complimenting ranch dip.
The 3 Cheese Quesadillas had a trio of melted Pepper Jack, Monterey Jack & Cheddar alongside scallions and jalapenos stuffed inside a tortilla. It was a cheese overloaded affair.
The Pulled Chicken Tacos were delicious. Pulled chicken is my way and that put in the crunchy shell tacos along with iceberg, lettuce, shredded cheddar and salsa, no wonder this combination made its way onto the menu. My take here would be to use a melted cheese sauce over the grated cheese.
The Thai Grilled Fish was cooked perfectly with evident Thai flavors from the lemongrass and kaffir. It was served alongside green and red coconut chutneys you can wipe clean with your fingers.
The Murgh Thecha Kebab came along with plenty of warnings. A traditional kebab with a Maharashtrian touch of the hot thecha made almost everyone sweat. The kebabs were topped off with the thecha and it was very well balanced. It didn’t burn your tastebuds and the kebabs were melt in the mouth.
The Tornado Sausages were skewered and fried in a pancake batter and served with a mustard sauce. The sausages were a little too dry and the feedback was duly noted by the chef.
The Classic Paneer Chilli was classic indeed. Indo-Chinese flavors with super soft, melt in mouth paneer accentuated the texture. It was brilliant.
The Italian Cottage Cheese Kebabs took me by surprise. It had olives and capers sandwiched between two cottage cheese cubes and well marinated in pesto. I loved the crunchy charred bits and the subtle pesto marinade.
The Effza – an Effingut Brewerkz special is a cross between a calzone a pizza. It is a ring shaped structure with options of paneer, chicken or bacon and sausage and served with a cheese sauce and a drizzle of barbecue sauce. I had a chicken Effza and it packed a punch of flavors in my mouth. Manu was a bit doubtful as to which dip must be served alongside but for me the Effza was so flavorful, I would discourage the use of any dip.
The main course started with the delectable Cheese Makhani. A layer of melted cheese on top of the gravy and some rice pilaf and breads to go with it. The 3 Cheese Spinach Ravioli had ricotta, cheddar and parmesan cheese and was served along with some buttered garlic bread. I liked the texture of the ravioli and the creamy sauce that coated it as well.
The Murgh Dhaniya had chicken cooked in a coriander based gravy and served along with rice pilaf and breads. I found this one to be salty and conveyed the feedback to the chef. The Chicken Triple Schezwan Rice had the typical Indo-Chinese flavours and was bang on with regard to the taste.
For dessert, I had the Sizzling Brownie with Ice Cream. The brownie was dense yet very light on the palate. The chocolate sauce was flambéed and enhanced the overall taste of the dish.
It was a fun filled evening alongside host Manu Gulati and fellow teammates. A big shout out to Priyank Passey from Ideosphere for inviting us.
Baner, embrace yourselves. Effingut is here!
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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