Evviva Sky Lounge | Photoblog

2 weeks ago I shot my first video on #mobilefoodphotography at Evviva Sky Lounge – Courtyard by Marriott Pune City Center, I was floored by such a gorgeous location.

Evviva Sky Lounge | Photoblog

Evviva Sky Lounge | Photoblog

Since I stay in one end of the city (Wakad), driving down to East Pune is a 1.5 hour long chore in slow traffic which we don’t enjoy. There is a rare hop to eateries in that area, which actually is major chunk of Pune’s F & B scene.

Evviva Sky Lounge | Photoblog

Evviva Sky Lounge | Photoblog

After winding up the shoot for video, I realised that I have not been able to click a single image of the amazing lounge, which prompted me to invite myself over to Evviva to do a full justice to the place.

Evviva Sky Lounge | Photoblog

Evviva Sky Lounge | Photoblog

This photoblog aims to bring to you one of the most beautiful place to spend an evening with your partner. I have not been to a more romantic place in a long time.

Evviva Sky Lounge | Photoblog

Evviva Sky Lounge | Photoblog

It is pleasantly sunny and welcoming while you watch the sun go down and exhilarating breezy when the night falls and the glittering city comes to life.

Evviva Sky Lounge | Photoblog

Evviva Sky Lounge | Photoblog

Located in the midst of buzzing city, you feel on top while looking down upon the world go by both literally & metaphorically speaking.

Evviva Sky Lounge | Photoblog

Evviva Sky Lounge | Photoblog

It is in that moment you feel good about taking that pause to enjoy life and drink in the awesomeness surrounding you, pun intended. ;)

Evviva Sky Lounge | Photoblog

Evviva Sky Lounge | Photoblog

The city is moving around you busily while you are sipping on that wonderful poison of your choice. I couldn’t ask for a better way to spend my evening.

Evviva Sky Lounge | Photoblog

Evviva Sky Lounge | Photoblog

Add to this perfect setting, food which I have grown up on – North West Frontier cuisine. Lucknowi, Avadhi gravies, marinated well and cooked on slow fire to bring out all the textures and flavours.

Evviva Sky Lounge | Photoblog

Evviva Sky Lounge | Photoblog

Evviva Sky Lounge | Photoblog

Evviva Sky Lounge | Photoblog

We were served Paneer Bhatti Tikka and Murg Kalami Kebab which were perfectly marinated and charred. The paneer was super-soft and chewy.

Evviva Sky Lounge | Photoblog

Evviva Sky Lounge | Photoblog

For main course there was Afghani Nalli Nihari, Paneer Pudina Khas and Dal-e-Evviva with Hari and Lal Mirch Paranthas, a chef Akhilesh’s speciality.

Evviva Sky Lounge | Photoblog

Evviva Sky Lounge | Photoblog

I have been looking for that perfect Dal Makhani since moving to Pune and looks like my search has come to end here. It really is good and trust me I have had some horrendous concoction served  in the name.

Evviva Sky Lounge | Photoblog

Evviva Sky Lounge | Photoblog

Evviva Sky Lounge | Photoblog

Evviva Sky Lounge | Photoblog

V liked Nalli Nihari’s gravy a lot but wasn’t very impressed with lamb ham. He found the paneer dish to be far more hitting the mark of North Indian cuisine.

Evviva Sky Lounge | Photoblog

Evviva Sky Lounge | Photoblog

What I also liked was the attention to detail which the restaurant has maintained at the lounge like – small clip on lamps on menu for easy reading during night, or hot-pots (tagines) which keep the food warm while you are busy being happy in the ambience and conversation.

Evviva Sky Lounge | Photoblog`

Evviva Sky Lounge | Photoblog

The plating is done and the food is served from individual hot pot, only when you are ready to eat.

Evviva Sky Lounge | Photoblog

Evviva Sky Lounge | Photoblog

Next time my in-laws are in town, I would definitely be leaving the kids behind and drive down to this amazing location to soak in the night along with some real good food with V.

Evviva Sky Lounge | Photoblog

Evviva Sky Lounge | Photoblog

If this photoblog didn’t prompt you to plan your coming weekend at Evviva, I will eat my words. ;) I am bringing the best lounge bar in Pune alive on your screen.

Evviva Sky Lounge | Photoblog

Evviva Sky Lounge | Photoblog

Over all a great place, great ambience, and equally good food. I can’t ask for more.