Six Course Oriental Experience at Baan Tao – Hyatt | GourmetItUp | A Review
I have had a gap of 2 weeks since my last post – it was forced and not voluntary. My old internet connection died on me and the new one took forever to activate. Since 2 days I am back online and feeling so much relieved.
I had so many posts lined up for last 2 weeks and all related to festive season baking but I owe Hyatt, Pune & Gourmet It Up and apology for the inadvertent delay. And, I decided to post this review first.
Deepa Jain started GourmetItUp with the intent of providing ‘fine dining experience’ to a customer rather than ordering few selected items which truly doesn’t represent the variety or the potential of a restaurant.
“GourmetItUp brings you exciting culinary experiences like 6-10 course degustation menus and cocktail paired set meals at the best restaurants in Mumbai and Pune. Each experience is curated by us to emphasize the quality and uniqueness of the host restaurant, chef or cuisine and is only available by an advance reservation through our concierge desk.”
GourmetItUp hosted a set of food aficionados to Oriental experience at Baan Tao Hyatt, Pune. At the event held at the restaurant, GourmetItUp introduced us to this experience consisting of a tastefully created 6 course meal paired with a unique selection of Sula Wines.
We were warmly welcomed by the Hyatt Team, Deepa, Sovna and PR teams. Also I got a chance to meet and catch up with fellow bloggers with whom I have been connecting regularly now. The seating was in their open patio with waterfall and serene ambiance.
The event was addressed by renowned wine connoisseur Sovna Puri who spoke about the right wine and food pairing followed by a special 6 course tasting menu with varied choices of salads, appetizers, soup, mains, rice and noodles and dessert.
The menu included both vegetarian and non-vegetarian choices across Salads, Starters, Soup, Mains, Rice & Noodles, Dessert.
Each course was paired with a suitable wine. SulaBrut Rose’ was served with Salad. The blend includes Pinot Noir, Chenin Blanc & Zinfandel. The grapes are being harvested earlier to achieve good acidity which is required in sparkling wines. A lot of Strawberry and Cherry on the nose. Palate shows a Lot of berry fruit with citrusy, nutty notes, balanced acidity with lingering creaminess and nutty finish.
Starters were paired with Sula Riesling – An off dry, easy drinking wine with beautiful floral aromas on the nose. Pairs well with fried, steamed or cheesy dishes.
Mains were paired with Dindori Reserve Shiraz – Aged for a year in new American oak barrels. It is fragrant, elegant & smooth. A full-bodied wine with flavours that excite your palate.
Desserts were paired with Late Harvest Chenin Blanc – (Late Harvest means dessert wine), abounding with flavours of mango, honey & tropical fruit. This award-winning wine is the perfect close to a delicious meal. But it also makes an elegant aperitif.
The meal was delicious. The Chef at Baan Tao served us some unforgettable experience. Few things which really stood out for me were – Crisp Iceberg Salad with Japanese Peanut Dressing. The dressing was perfect with the right bit of crunch and flavour for the salad. The Steamed Silken Tofu was soft and melt in mouth. I am not a great fan of Tofu but this did make me re-think my choice of not eating Tofu.
Desserts were real special. Hands down the best part of the meal. The Green Tea Creme’ Brulee served with White Chocolate Bavaroise was delight in every bite. So was Lemongrass Panacotta with White Chocolate Pound Cake. Absolute Heaven!
A delightful experience, very well thought of, planned and executed! Full marks to all parties involved and Deepa. It was clearly evident that Deepa is very passionate about what she is doing and how she is striving to contribute and make a difference.
The experience didn’t end with just food, they also arranged for us to shoot the dishes separately once the meal was over. They understood the necessity of shooting in natural light and had platters and baskets of great food spread out in well naturally lit area for us to click. This also left us free to enjoy our meals first rather than being busy clicking images.
The afternoon was an enjoyable experience with great food and wine. I would love to repeat similar experiences arranged by GourmetItUp and will surely be visiting other restaurants. A 6-course meal at Baan Tao is for Rs. 1299/- plus taxes per person.
The only hitch in the afternoon, it was slightly stretched affair due to late arrivals.
Special hampers from Foodhall were given away at the end of the meal for a personal touch. My hubby was the happiest with this as I was leaving for Mumbai for a week and he got a chance to devour the whole hamper alone. :)
I will end the post with little bit about all the parties involved, since they all did so much effort, it seems unfair not to include their press and media release.
About Baan Tao,Hyatt Pune: Hyatt Hotels are one of Hyatt Hotels & Resorts’ seven brands. These properties are conveniently located in proximity to diverse business and leisure areas. With hotels typically ranging from 150 to 350 rooms, Hyatt hotels offer guests the opportunity to experience our hospitality in a vibrant environment. Customers include individual business and leisure travellers. www.facebook.com/hyattpune
About Sula Vineyards: Sula Vineyards has quickly gained a reputation as India’s #1 premium wine company since the launch of the company’s first wines in 2000. The company is also a leading wine importer under the umbrella of Sula Selections, with a portfolio of prestigious brands from leading producers like Remy Cointreau, Hardys, Chianti Ruffino and Asahi Beer.
About FoodHall: Launched in May 2011 in Mumbai, Foodhall is a premium lifestyle food destination by Future Group. It targets the well-travelled urban Indian consumers who love to experiment with global cuisine and promises to expose customers to the next level of food retailing. Currently Foodhall is present in Mumbai, Bengaluru, New Delhi and Pune. This store designed for “foodies” is a one – stop shop for food lovers and offers everything under one roof, right from daily essentials, exotic flavours, and secret ingredients to premium kitchen accessories.
I recommend strongly to enjoy fine dining experiences with GourmetItUp. It delivers better than what one would order on their own.