GourmetItUp Presents Swirl Fest 2.0 in #Pune | An Experience
Many things in life have a connect, a memory that you always hold onto. They may be good, pleasant or sometimes bad too. But these memories, attachments is what make you the person you are.
I strongly believe that.
You must be wondering why am I going all philosophical and that too for a review?
I have earlier associated with GourmetItUp and have always loved the experience. Their attention to detail is immaculate. So when they contacted me for a review of their Swirl Fest v 2.0 in Pune I was quite happy to agree.
GourmetItUp designs experiences, both alcoholic & non-alcoholic, with partner hotels/ restaurants to give you the best. The experiences are usually 4-6 course meals with lot of emphasis on imparting the uniqueness of the cuisine and your own personal preferences. And you get to avail this experience upon booking through their concierge.
With SwirlFest they have brought in Charosa Wine on board as partner and upon booking the experience, you get a complimentary bottle of wine for table of 2. The fest runs for 10 days between 9th to 19th October.
Coming to my rant on memories and pleasant incidents, when GourmetItUp asked me to choose restaurant, I would like to experience for SwirlFest v 2.0, I immediately selected Trikaya – a Pan Asian Fine dining restaurant near Mumbai-Pune Highway.
The reason being, I have some of the most enchanting memories of that place. Over 5 years ago after my first delivery, I had my first outside meal after the confinement period got over at Trikaya. My new-born slept in the pram next to us as V and I enjoyed our first break in many days, many weeks.
I used to reside in a society immediately adjacent to Trikaya so it became an easy place for us to frequent with an infant in tow. Once V even hosted our anniversary party there while I was away from the city. So much for anniversaries!
So you can get the essence of how many fond memories I have attached to Trikaya. Its been a while since I have been there, so it was an easy choice to make.
I was initially planning to visit on Friday evening but my son took ill with highly contagious infection and I had to postpone the visit by 2 days.
As expected the meal was good, the experience planned to perfection by GourmetItUp.
It was a 6-course meal including soup, steamy bites, starters, Main Course, Rice & Noodles and dessert. I chose Shiraz by Charosa Wine which is dry and pairs well with richly flavoured veggies or red meat.
For the first course, V ordered Seafood Laksa (soup) and I ordered Tom Yum Soup. I absolutely loved the soup, it was very light and perfectly spicy to make me look forward to the remaining meal.
Second course was Steamy Bites of Prawns Siew Mai and Steamed Leafy Roll.
I quite liked Tepanyaki Grilled Vegetables for our 3rd course.
I skipped the 4th course and ordered Indonesian Nasi Goreng. I had Nasi Goreng at a famous joint in SoBo few months ago and this definitely beats it. V had Jasmine Burnt Rice and I helped myself to it too and must say it was very-very good.
For desserts we chose Wicked Chocolate Blob, which was nothing but smashed brownie with ice-cream and sauce – Old in New packaging. Blueberry Cheesecake was passable.
Overall the meal was good, the wine superb and holding to its name. The only thing I recommend is to reduce the portion size of soup. It kills the appetite for the remaining courses, at least it did for me.
The meal ended with a very satisfied V opining that this meal for Rs. 1000 per person (inclusive of taxes & charges) is worth it and he would love to take me out more on experiences designed by GourmetItUp.
If you haven’t booked your table, then go ahead and book a Swirl Fest Experience by GourmetItUp – visit them here for more details.
Official Wine Partner – Charosa Wines
Restaurant: Trikaya, Pune
Disclaimer: I was invited for the experience but views expressed here are my own.