Restaurant – Effingut
What – Revamped Menu Tasting
Where – At a Private Farmhouse
Why – Coz they definitely are the KING of good times and they don’t believe in mediocre!
How– The Secret Soiree
A tasting invite like none other ‘𝓣𝓱𝓮 𝓢𝓮𝓬𝓻𝓮𝓽 𝓢𝓸𝓲𝓻𝓮𝓮 ‘ – all we were told was a time and a date! On the concerned day, we all were asked to wait at Vimannagar, and were told transport has been arranged. Three Innovas arrive ( remember those pressure tests in Masterchef kitchen when three cars arrive! -It was almost the same feeling on reaching the venue.) Meanwhile, the moment those cars took off for the venue, gut feeling intensified – “𝓒𝓪𝓷 𝓽𝓱𝓲𝓼 𝓫𝓮 𝓔𝓯𝓯𝓲𝓷𝓰𝓾𝓽, 𝓷𝓸 𝓸𝓽𝓱𝓮𝓻 𝓹𝓵𝓪𝓬𝓮 𝓭𝓸𝓮𝓼 𝓽𝓱𝓲𝓷𝓰𝓼 𝔀𝓲𝓽𝓱 𝓼𝓾𝓬𝓱 𝓰𝓻𝓪𝓷𝓭𝓮𝓾𝓻! “
Amongst the hawww’s and awww’s for the sprawling property we just entered, we were asked to settle on the table. ( A table with the menu, with whats the secret soiree and personalised tags – on a patio and poolside! ♥️) Gut feeling confirmed “𝓘𝓽 𝓱𝓪𝓼 𝓽𝓸 𝓫𝓮 𝓔𝓯𝓯𝓲𝓷𝓰𝓾𝓽”” aaaand there, the entire team comes out with a SURPRISE and we PEOple were probably excited more than we would be seeing Amitabh Bacchan! This absolutely being the Shahenshah of surprises and why not , Effingut rishtey me toh sabke baap joh lagte hai!
What happens when a legendary place decides to re-do the legendary menu – well they better not touch PEO favourites and believe me they haven’t! – you get another LEGENDARY menu, obviously! And we being lucky-or-what- To get a sneak peek into it, when the Effingut culinary team takes the entire pantry to a private farmhouse , an exquisite table hosted by none other than Manu Sir and team personally! My love for Effingut multiplied many times at that very moment – not that it was any lesser! (Since my friends have given up on कुठेतरी नवीन जाऊयात का? 😋) Heres a thing, that conversation when the Manu Sir asked everyone about theirr favourite places to dine in Pune and why & being able to connect on a place where he also routinely calls appams from- it was an experience of a kind- inspiring and humbling at the same time! For me, its these stories around the food I always cherish and thats what PEO has given me – unforgettable experiences and inspiring conversations! ♥️
So coming to food, it was near perfect- whatever amateurs like us had suggestions about, was taken in the consideration like always!
Crispy corn jhol – Retaining their crispy corn which Im sure most of us have munched on at Effingut, comes back with a 2.0 – more chapata and still cant stop munching on it!
Potato skin chips with a wasabi mayo– I mean they have a whole lotta potatoes on the menu now- and these crispy potato chips went perfectly with the dip – another one you couldn’t stop munching on!
When you see, bacon swirled around some khari- the result being just as crisp, tasty as you imagine but you definitely cannot imagine the makhani mayo dip – try it to know good it was 😊
Thai devilled egg – devilled eggs with a twist, spicy and to top it with the umami of fish sauce- absolutely lovely !
They have also included some of the dishes from the chilli fest they had sometime back and I was really happy to see that guntur chilli chicken make it to the regular menu! The spicy kheema bunny chow from various options in the bunny chow was one of my favorites that night- I finished the entire thing , getting stuffed, not thinking what all was supposed to come after that- but then, perfectly done kheema with a perfectly done bread – whats not to love about it! 🙈
The next ones which came post the kheema bunny chow actually I had no more than a spoonful of it but all I say Prawns laksa will be the next khao suey here for sure – A coconut based curry but spicier and served with noodles- fabulous!
Lemon crusted fish – a fried fish fillet served with green garlic pilaf – Fried fish, a hint of parmesan, subtle garlic and rice. Super comfort food 😊
Sloppy chicken burger – Really sloppy, really messy, really good!
Pork Ribs in classic BBQ sauce, served with potato wedges, classic coleslaw and buttered corn – Just go for this one if nothing. Though I must tell you, slow cooked pork, an option of what sauce and sides you prefer and a choice to spike it up with Old Monk or JD ( Yes,Yes!) Is what’s in store 😋
Tiramisu – Their take on the Italian classic and BRAVO! Sizzling brownie and hazelnut cheesecake has some serious competition now! ♥️
On the whole, the new menu card is very attractive, very organized, has like different sections to choose from, and so many good food options that you are going to be spoilt for choice! 😊
(P.S.- Khao Suey, mustard chilli prawns, mutton biryani, butter chicken stays – hushhh! )
Thank you team PEO and team Effingut for this amazing-amazing experience! ♥️