JW Marriott Pune’s in house exclusive vegetarian restaurant – Shakahari well known for its delicious Pan Asian cuisine was recently revamped and now exhibits a new theme of a #RoyalIndianExperience. The concept is to present an extensive menu inspired from various Indian geographies in a royal manner.
To offer the #RoyalIndianExperience the food is served on a traditional silver thali. Shakahari’s ‘Misthan Bhandar’ is their secret dessert room which gives an insight into what the Indian royal families would have for dessert.
The brains behind this concept is Maharaj Jai Kishen, a chef with over 4 decades of experience in the kitchen who has cooked for some big stalwarts like the Mittals, Birlas and even Lord Swaraj Paul. He mastered the culinary art under the guidance of the very famous Munna Maharaj.
Vineet Mishra, General Manager of JW Marriott Pune said, “India is a land of immense geographical diversity, each comprising varied dialects, flavors, spices and regional cuisines that showcase culinary finesse. Food is at the genesis of everything we do at Marriott and we want to revive the culture of food in its most authentic Indian form and that is the philosophy at Shakahari- a royal dining experience, JW Marriott Pune. Keeping this focus, Maharaj Jai Kishen seamlessly blends tradition and flavor for each dish that is specially curated by him.”
Coming to the thali, we had a mix of the Rajasthani and North Indian cuisine. The Dahi Wada, Palak Patta Chaat, Rajma Lasooni Salad, Palak Chawli Tikki, Beetroot Tikki, Besan Chilli and Amritsari Paneer were served alongside mint, peanut and plum chutneys. I found the palak patta chaat very impressive since I seldom eat palak. The plum chutney was a very unique preparation and paired well with the palak chawli tikki.
The Rajasthani mains had Ker Sanger Ka Kofta, Subz Panchmel and Gatta Ka Pulao. The Jodhpuri Gatta Curry was very impressive with the well-cooked gatta and the slight tangy flavor of the gravy. The Dal Baati Churma was lip smacking and it was really surprising to see such items on the menu of a 5 star restaurant.
The North Indian mains had Dum Paneer Kasoori in a tomato gravy and tempered fenugreek seeds. The Pindi Choley reminded me of the streets of Delhi and this is exactly the kind of food that satisfies your soul and brings back memories. The Dal Shakahari – black lentils and rajma, was brilliant and had a nice creamy consistency.
The desserts were extensive and gave most of us a sugar high. Mango Rabadi, Malai Kulfi, Kesar Pista Kulfi, Moong Dal Halwa, Gulab Jamun, Lychee Gulla, Kaju Pista Roll, Moti Choor Ladoo, Kadambari, Badambhog and Ghewar were the desserts available and this truly highlighted that no meal is complete without dessert.
It was a royal experience indeed, one which you must truly experience. A big shout out to Dimple and Annalea from GolinOpinion for inviting us and Team JW Marriott 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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