Baraza Bars & Bites has recently opened up in Ishanya Mall, Yerwada and now there seems a ray of hope for this mall which used to be non-existent once upon a time. Baraza is an island theme based bar headed by Rachel Goenka and Chef Irfan Pabaney.

Baraza Bars & Bites

Drawing inspiration from the laid back places in Goa & Portugal, the only thing missing I feel is the sea view. It’s a perfect place where you can imagine yourself sitting and facing the sea with a cold one in your hand.

Kolhapuri Chicken Tacos

We started off with the Kolhapuri Chicken Tacos which had spicy chicken, laccha onions and were topped off with raita. They had a good fiery taste with a soothing relief from the raita.

Sabudana Wada stuffed with Chicken & Cheese

The Sabudana Wada Stuffed with Chicken & Cheese was one dish that raised our eyebrows when we heard its name. However, a very hard texture of the wada and no distinct chicken flavor failed to impress my tastebuds.

Pink Apple Lemonade
Berry Khatta Slush
Soul Cooler

For drinks, we had the Berry Khatta Slush which had a kala khatta flavor; Soul Cooler – a kokum based drink with green chilies, lemon, cilantro; Pink Apple Lemonade – a nice sweet and refreshing drink. The drinks were similar to those served at The Sassy Spoon and no wonder they were good.

Rava Paniyarram with Kerala Chutney, Ghee and Curry Leaf Tadka

The Rava Paniyarram with Kerala Chutney, Ghee and Curry Leaf Tadka was quite impressive. Our local Kerala boy, Arvind seemed to love it. I think the Kerala chutney was impressive and the tadka balanced the flavors overall.

Slow Cooked Raan, Garlic and Coriander Stuffed Naan

The Stuffed Naan containing Slow Cooked Raan, Garlic and Coriander actually took me by surprise. The flavors from the Raan were really subtle and the garlic imparted the flavor punch to the dish. It was some good stuff indeed.

American Corn Chili & Spinach Tempura with Sriracha Mayo

The American Corn Chili & Spinach Tempura with Sriracha Mayo paired well with the drinks. The crisp tempura corn and spinach was complimented by the sriracha mayo.

Baraza Chicken Tikka

The Baraza Chicken Tikka – one of Chef Irfan’s signatures was absolutely brilliant. It had perfectly cooked chicken morsels coated with an creamy and gooey layer of cheese. It was a flavor bomb.

Stir Fried Kung Pao Chili Chicken

The Stir Fried Kung Pao Chili Chicken with Cashew Nuts and Spring Onions had the traditional Asian flavors and seemed just a bit too sweet for everyone.

Cheese Mushroom Sliders with Mushroom done two ways

The Cheese Mushroom Sliders with mushroom done two ways were really interesting. They had a mushroom patty and a diced mushroom sauce smothered on the bun. It tasted great nonetheless and the Burgerbwoy in me was delighted.

Ghee Roast Chicken with Butter Garlic Naan

The Ghee Roast Chicken came with Butter Garlic Naan. The chicken which was well cooked had a very subtle touch of the Mangalorean flavor and was quite impressive.

Paneer Tikka Masala Biryani

The Paneer Tikka Masala Biryani was served with a side of raita. I thought the biryani was a bit too dry for my liking.

Nutella Creme Brulee with Pistachio & Almond Biscotti

For desserts, we had the Nutella Crème Brulee with Pistachio & Almond Biscotti. It was a good crème brulee with an appropriate amount of Nutella flavor. The biscuit was crunchy and the addition of pistachios and almonds help enhance the overall flavors.

Churros with Chocolate Sauce and Snicker Ice Cream

The Churros with Chocolate Sauce and Snicker Chunk Ice Cream were pretty good. The churros were soft and thick which is exactly how I like them.

Flourless Chocolate Cake with Basil Pine Nut Ice Cream & Salted Caramel

The Flourless Chocolate Cake was served with a Basil Pine Nut Ice Cream and Salted Caramel. The ice cream had a brilliant consistency and it was quite a perfect quenelle.

Bringing life to Ishanya Mall, I would definitely recommend a visit to Baraza Bars & Bites. If you’re looking to chill out over some drinks and delicious finger food, this is the place to be.

A big shout out to Svetlana from Carpe Diem for inviting and Chef Irfan Pabaney & Team Baraza Bars & Bites for hosting us.

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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