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