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  • Out of the Blue

    / Shivaji Nagar   
  • 02066044247, 02066044238, +918600300727
  • Lobby Level, E- Square Multiplex 132, University Road, Shivaji Nagar, Pune
  • Continental
  • Meal for 2 - 1000
4.1

23 Reviews / 23 Ratings

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4.0

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Big Fan!!

Out of the Blue has now been a personal favourite for long. We had been here for birthday celebrations with friends. Parking was hassle free at E Square. We had made prior reservations and were looking forward to dining at the restaurant. We were received warmly and guided to our designated tables. It has ample seating for all numbers.

The menu has an array of exquisite appetizers, Italian cuisine delicacies, sizzlers, desserts and the choicest of mock tails, cocktails and alcoholic drinks. Quite exhaustive in fact.

We enjoyed a couple of drinks and chose to order sizzlers- Cottage cheese steak mushroom in paprika cheese sauce in veg. and grilled basa in parsley sauce in non-veg. They were amazing; however I wish they would look at increasing the quantity a bit. Notwithstanding, we also ordered gourmet chocolate fondue for dessert and absolutely loved it. The steward was well informed and apprised us of all that we wanted to know about the things we ordered.

But the icing on the cake was the one with the mike, definitely a rock star in the making, unfortunately we forgot his name but he sang all his western and rock numbers really well and was an absolute delight. Deserved a standing ovation. Made it a point to go and congratulate him and tell him that he was wonderful.

All in all, a lovely evening. Will definitely be visiting Out of the Blue again for sure.

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manali777 - Burrp User

manali777

68 Reviews

November 28,2013

3.6

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Great but Overpriced!

Visited Out of the Blue over the weekend after a really really long time. I think they've made some changes in the place ,but still looks great. Started out with drinks. Great! But appetizers are crazy expensive and strictly OK in taste, have to say. So after a couple of drinks, went straight for the main course. Main course was awesome, filling and really very tasty. Delicious! Chicken was so so good, it was falling off the bones, just as I love! Service was also pretty quick. No complaints. Just a bit overpriced I feel.
And yes, forgot about the desserts, although I didn't have any myself, my mom ordered a brownie and she just loved it.

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3.0

Great Food and Ambience

We had dinner here on a Groupon deal. Great value for money. The deal for 2 covered 2 soups, 1 appetizers, 1 main course, 2 mocktails and 2 desserts. It was definitely more than one can handle. The presentation of the food was nice along with the taste. Staff was also very courteous and attentive, dressed in a smart attire. They were flexible even though we had a fixed menu under the coupons. Prior reservation helps as it does get busy on weekends. The valet however takes time, so ask for your car a little earlier or else you would have to wait for a while.

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Great place

We went there in the evening..... wonderful place, though it was a bit expensive, we ordered a pitcher and french fries and it went upto Rs. 1000, whereas in the same area in many place you will get the same for Rs. 600 to 700..... good place with good ambiance

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OTB Rocks

love the vibe of this restaurant especially at evenings ..food is really authentic as-it says we had kabab in starters and soup . wine is perfect . i had been last time at this place for comedy nights and it was full of fun , please come up again with comedy nights . only problem of the place is their location its very confusing even its in E-sequre but still GPS works all the way ... thanks OTB keep rocking .

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4.0

TRUE BLUE ENJOY YOUR BREW

after a good movie,head to out of the blue. Friendly but not overbearing ,you can enjoy your wine and some great cocktails.The food is of high quality though a bit on the higher side .But money sometimes chases a good product

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Fondue-licious!

Finger-licking food, a big selection of wine, and a great ambiance. Out of the Blue is sure to get you out of the blues with its yummy food.
The Red-eye Chicken, Chicken Chermoula, Caeser's Out of the Blue Salad, Out of the Blue Crack Pepper Fondue, Four Cheese Fondue, Desi Fondue, Gourmet Chocolate Fondue, Penne/Chicken Masala Mafia, Banoffee, Death by Chocolate all come highly recommended. (Yes, OOTB is a Fondue heaven!)
Great Ambiance and great food makes OOTB a must-go!

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naja5111 - Burrp User

naja5111

1 Reviews

December 31,2012

2.0

Service not great

Went for sunday brunch yesterday and whole experience was so disappointment. We got our seats outside and were told that the room is booked for some party. This party was really inconvenient to others. They had DJ and very loud music, which resulted in headache for most of us. Overall the entire experience was so bad for following reasons
1. Loud music on sunday afternoon
2. serving sizes are way too small, risotto's serving size is smaller than even starters.
3. The attendant who was tending our table was so uncooperative and didn't really helped us in choosing the menu. he was very cold.

We will never go there again.

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5.0

burrp Chefs table @ Out of the Blue

I have visited this place first time and fallen in love with this place ...its really superb experience i had @ burrp chef table event and thanks to burrp for Invitation. once we sited @ table we have given Welcome drink Virgin cardamom & pineapple Mojito it was superb start, and that time its felt our food journey has started :) @ out of the blue.

Spicy asparagus & Coriander soup was perfect , three chairs to Chef Alpen & Sunil they we telling us everything about the every dish they have given us on table, u maid our day chef ..thank you so much.

Tea smoked chicken was the best one i had it with white wine it was more mouth watering.

in the main cource i had Grilled chicken Garlic potato sizzler it was spicy,hot & lovely but when i have seen some one next to me was eating Grilled basa & that was fish when i saw that dish i got more jealous as i thought why i am eating chicken :P but yes will visit again and this place .

Then our Journey of food came to desert and i have asked for "TIRUMISI" wowwwwwww Still i can feel the test really nice.

This place really rocks the party for us , Live Music, Perfect food, Superb service ya special thanks to oMkaar & Mathu both are really cordial and interactive . will see you guys . Thanks once again to chef Alpen & Sunil Keep it . Thanks to burrp team they are Excellent .

Cheersss

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4.0

"Out of the Blue " chef's Table

Experienced the special privileged Chef's table at "Out of the Blue", truly awesome..... ....was treated like a king.... especially the desert "Drunken Prunes".. made by the head Chef, ALPAN was mouthwatering.
Thanks to MATHEW and OMKAR who created a friendly environment and made my evening memorable. Would like to take my family and friends there.

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Neha Panwar - Burrp User

Neha Panwar

5 Reviews

November 19,2012

4.0

Awsum Food

Make your own sizzlers must try!!
Food is great

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sachinkm77 - Burrp User

sachinkm77

22 Reviews

November 17,2012

5.0

yumm

The service is great and the people is very friendly
keep doing a great job please

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gourism - Burrp User

gourism

20 Reviews

November 17,2012

5.0

great food

along with the name, the food is also out of the blue in shivajinagar area in pune city great one

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W-Day Lunch at OUT OF THE BLUE

EATING OUT IN PUNE
W-Day Lunch at OUT OF THE BLUE
By
VIKRAM KARVE

When I got a call inviting me to a Pune Food Bloggers Meet at a new place called Out of the Blue the first thought that came to my mind was how to say a polite “No” since I thought that the restaurant must be located in Koregaon Park (or someplace across the river in Kalyani Nagar or the newly developing suburbs on Nagar Road) and I did not quite relish the prospect of driving across the city in the crazy jam-packed Pune traffic, especially in the evening.

However, when I was told the restaurant was located in the E-Square Multiplex, and that it was a “Brunch” Get-together, I readily agreed.

That is the chief “plus point” of Out of the Blue – it’s location.

Any eating place towards the Western Suburbs of Pune is most welcome.

In contrast to the Eastern Part of Pune which has plenty of good Foodie options, there is a paucity of comparable eateries in the Western Parts of Pune.

That is the tragedy of Pune. Considering the expected huge expansion of the Hinjewadi InfoTech Park as the IT Industry rapidly proliferates, it is evident that the future of Pune lies in its Western Suburbs like Wakad, Hinjewadi, Baner, Aundh and Aundh Annexe. But sadly, there is almost zero social infrastructure out here – there are no multiplexes, no malls and very few decent family dining places.

In contrast, the already overcrowded Eastern Suburbs of Pune are getting saturated till bursting point, with new malls, multiplexes and restaurants opening every day.

This lopsided development defies logic, and it just doesn’t make any sense, especially since commuting is a big problem considering the traffic woes of Pune. Let’s hope things will self-correct in due course.

Now coming to Out of the Blue , the restaurant is situated at the Lobby Level of ESquare Multiplex on Ganeshkind Road near the University of Pune – an ideal location for a family outing of a Movie and a Meal, or maybe a romantic date, or a get-together like ours.

We, the Food Bloggers of Pune, assembled in the foyer on Wednesday afternoon and the first thing that impressed me was the comforting ambience.

We were told that we were going to partake of the W-Day Lunch or Wednesday Lunch Buffet for Women.

I was quite taken aback since we Blogging Foodies were a mix of men and women.

I looked around and saw that there was a sizeable number of males amongst the diners – though they call it a Buffet for Women, it is not exclusively for women, and neither is the food strictly “feminine”.

(They have a few lucky dip prizes too – those, it appears, are for women, though not strictly so, since I spotted a male getting a prize too)

The moment we entered I was impressed by the ambience – bright, spacious and airy environment, yet serene and welcoming with comfortable seating – an ideal setting that creates the right comforting vibes conducive to relaxed leisurely eating.

I had a look at single page pink coloured buffet menu. Then I perused the more elaborate a la carte menu.

I asked my neighbour, Sid, what the “signature dish” of this place was.

“Fondue,” he said, “try the Fondue.”

Someone suggested the Desi Fondue, and everyone said the Fondue in Out of the Blue was great, so I ordered a Desi Fondue, and waited in anticipation, wondering how the Fondue would taste, since I had never eaten a Fondue before.

Yes, I have never eaten Fondue.

Surprised?

Don’t be surprised – for I am not a high falutin connoisseur of gourmet cuisine.

I not an expert food critic, nor am I an au fait globetrotting boffin who pontificates on the finer aspects fine dining.

I am certainly not an authority in the art of gastronomy, nor I am I a professional in the food industry.

I am a simple Foodie, a down-to-earth Trencherman, an unpretentious aficionado who loves to eat.

I live to eat and I strongly believe in the dictum: “There is no greater love than the love of eating”.

I love to eat and I love to write.

So I eat and then I write about it.

That is what I am doing now.
I have digressed, so let me come back to what I was writing about.

Last Wednesday I ate at a place called OUT OF THE BLUE – and now I am writing about it.

The much hyped Fondue never arrived.

I was politely told to restrict myself to the Buffet Menu as the a la carte menu was not available that afternoon, at least for the Food Bloggers Meet.

I was disappointed – maybe I’ll savour a Fondue some day, if it is in my destiny.

We headed to the Buffet Spread and started off with the soup.

There was only one soup at the counter – a vegetable soup – quite okay, passable, nothing much to write home about.

Then there were assorted breads – rather prosaic.

What is worth a mention are the delicious dips, especially the Aioli Dip which was marvellous and truly lip-smacking.

The Salad Bar was impressive and there were a variety of vegetarian and non-vegetarian salads to choose from.

The salads were good and so was the cheese platter.

I particularly liked the Seafood Papaya Salad and Chicken Sausage Salad which were delicious.

The Sushi was tasty too, suitably adapted for the Indian palate.

We then sat down on the dining table and mulled over the choice of the main course dish.

At Out of the Blue they do not lay out all the main course dishes on the buffet table but they freshly prepare and serve the main course dish portion plated on your table.

Also, you can order only one main course dish.

So you do not heap up your plate with all the main course dishes as you usually do at other buffets.

This enables you to focus on your selection and relish the main course dish in its entirety.

This also prevents overeating which typically happens in buffets.

For the main course you can choose one dish from a variety of sizzlers, pastas and BBQ dishes. The selection includes 3 types of sizzlers (Chicken Steak, Veg Cutlet, Cottage Cheese), 2 pastas (Veg and Non-Veg) and 3 BBQ Dishes (Chicken, Fish and Veg).

When in a new place (and when in doubt) it is always best to ask the experts, the veterans, and the staff, and they all recommended Chicken in Lemon Sauce and I was not disappointed.

The Chicken in Lemon Sauce served at Out of the Blue is superb – a visually appealing platter which tastes delicious – the well marinated grilled chicken coated with mildly spiced mustard lemon sauce was truly scrumptious and went well with the colourful grilled vegetables and soft mashed potatoes, an attractive contrast of colours – green, yellow, white and brown – indeed a splendid preparation.

If you ever visit Out of the Blue make sure you order Chicken in Lemon Sauce a la carte.

By the way, this dish (Chicken in Lemon Sauce) took some time to prepare, and as I waited, some sizzlers arrived at the table.

Serving Sizzlers in such tranquil ambiance is certainly not a good idea.

The noisy “sizzle” is quite dissonant to the calm, soothing and peaceful atmosphere and the overpowering odorous smoke is utterly discordant to the pristine ambience and seems inharmonious with the appetizing vibes the lovely comforting setting otherwise generates.

Sid, sitting next to me, and Tanzif, sitting opposite, ordered sizzlers, and when the “sizzling” sizzlers were served, much to my dismay, the profuse hot stifling repugnant pungent smoke emanating from the sizzlers that overpowered my olfactory system was so off-putting that it almost ruined my appetite.

I sipped some cold Ice Tea, trying to recover my “foodie-vibes”, and the moment my Main Course order, Chicken in Lemon Sauce, arrived, it was such an eye-catching visual delight that, just looking at it, my appetite was restored once again and I thoroughly relished this exquisite dish which I have described above.

I had a bite of the sizzlers, so generously offered by my dining neighbours.

I did not like the Veg Cutlet Sizzler, quite bland and uninspiring.

The Chicken Grilled Sizzler was just about okay, but I have tasted much better Sizzlers in Pune, and elsewhere.

However, the Spicy Fish (Basa Fillet) in Cream Sauce was marvellous – the superbly seasoned and prepared fish in the creamy sauce - the taste was amazing, exceptionally superb, and I highly recommend that you try out this delectable dish too whenever you visit Out of the Blue.

Of the three desserts, I liked the Lemon Cheesecake, Blueberry Roll and Death by Chocolate (the Lemon Cheesecake was really splendid), but I found the Papaya Mousse a bit bitterish due to which it left a slightly tarty aftertaste on my tongue.

I wish they serve ice cream instead of mousse as this will be a more befitting end to the buffet and a dash of ice cream will go well with the other desserts like cheesecake and chocolate pastries.

To sum up, I would say that the Out of the Blue W-day is pleasantly different from the ubiquitous run-of-the-mill buffets you encounter day in and day out.

Allowing you to select the main course and serving it freshly prepared and plated is a good idea as this precludes you from heaping up your plate with everything you see laid out in front of you, controls the urge for overeating, and makes you feel satisfied, yet light, at the end of the meal.

The buffet is reasonably priced at Rs. 395, and considering the superb ambience and splendid food, I would certainly recommend this value-for-money meal. There is a well-stocked bar in case you want to raise you spirits and the a la carte menu looks good too (I must try out the Fondue some day).

I feel that Out of the Blue restaurant has the right blend of ambience, food and service and is a nice place to have a cosy romantic tête-à-tête, a leisurely repast on a lazy afternoon or maybe even a happy family dinner, especially if you live towards the Western side of Pune.

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4.0

W-Day Lunch Buffet

There aren't too many restaurants in Pune, especially around Shivajinagar, that offer a good lunch buffet on the weekdays. So when I got an invite to review the W-day Lunch buffet at Out of the blue along with other food bloggers, I jumped at the opportunity.

I obviously don't fall under their target group - ladies who lunch. But does this concept still work for me? Sure!. Having a day job as a finance professional, on most days I'm hard-pressed to be able to afford the luxury of even a basic roti-sabzi meal on time; a lavish buffet is something I can't dream of. So for a change, it was really tranquilising to say goodbye to a busy working day and shoot off for lunch where conversation wasn't related to work and the food was decidedly more palatable than what one is used to having in the dabba.

Out of the blue is located at Gordon House hotel, where Jazz by the bay was. The interiors are tastefully done and there's even a Japanese style low-seating area where you can chill over cocktails and delicious grub. Since we were there for lunch, we enjoyed sunlight passing through the huge french windows giving the restaurant a bright and cheery feel.

The emphasis of the buffet is to keep things light and fresh. So starting with the soup - barley and vegetable to the dips - beautifully light and creamy aioli, mexican style moho dip, hummus and petit pois - green peas based dip, to the salads, mains and desserts - there's almost nothing that has a heavy or over-bearing feel to it. I particularly enjoyed the very porky and cheesy ploughman's salad and the grilled chicken salad with peppers and onions. The sea-food and papaya salad had an interesting flavour, but sadly, i had to fish really deep for the prawns and squids. They also had a chicken sausage salad which I'd have preferred spicier.

The vegetarian salad options didn't get any of us excited and the cheese platter could've done with a couple of more cheeses and some accompaniments like olives, prunes, nuts, etc.

For me the best part of a buffet is the Sushi counter and though they didn't have salmon, they made up for it by some fantastic prawn-tempura sushi. Well cooked rice wrapped around crunchy prawns, dipped in wasabi and soya sauce, that's heaven for me right there. They have a different live counter every time, so if you're going for the Sushi, you're better off calling and checking in advance.

They've got a very thoughtful concept for the mains - it's not laid out on the buffet but served a la carte. This avoids the food from going lumpy and minimises wastage too. You're allowed a choice of one main course and from the options of pastas, sizzlers and bbq, i chose the spicy fish in caper butter and cream sauce. I was served a couple of pieces of well grilled basa coated with a corriander and olive oil paste and drowned in a creamy sauce. The mash that accompanied the fish was a let down both in terms of taste and texture.

Fellow bloggers ordered chicken in lemon sauce - succulent leg of chicken, really tangy sauce, grilled chicken sizzler - brilliant caramelised onions and a veg. sizzler which was rather blah. The portion of the bbq dishes is average, so opt for the sizzlers if you've got a big appetite.

Of the deserts, the very refreshing lemon cheesecake made using mascarpone cheese was the scene-stealer with the death by chocolate coming in a close second. The blueberry roll could have done with a few more berries and the uninspiring papaya mousse was best left at the counter.

Since this was an invited review, it's tough to make a fair assessment of the service though there was a huge goof-up. Basically, someone who'd ordered a vegetarian sizzler was served a non-veg one and vice versa. Since both the victims were omnivores it wasn't much of an issue, but I can assure you all hell would've broken loose had someone put a vegetarian sizzler in front of me.

In case you're not sure of making it home alive, you can avail services of their astrologers to get a confirmation. At a very nominal charge. They also have a lucky dip where great prizes are to be won.

What i really liked about the buffet is that despite eating quite a lot, you're not left feeling lethargic and drowsy. It's a great escape from the weekday madness for delicious conversations and food. Check it out!

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Is OTB W-Day Buffet really What Women Want?

For the vegetarians, I wouldn't say so. Although the vegetarian selection is not bad, the dishes tasted bland and unappetising. I recommend the Lemon Sauce Chicken, ploughman's salad and the Sushi Live Counter was great. For a detailed review, you can visit my foodmantras.blogspot.in

The best part was meeting many Pune bloggers, we just couldnt stop talking about our food experiences.

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Burrp! Blogger Meet

Out of the blue was selected as the destination for the burrp pune bloggers meet. The same restaurant in Mumbai was also the host to other bloggers meets as well , so why differ in Pune when the restaurant has its presence in Pune.

5 of us - Cdr Vikram Karve, Tanzif, Krytie, Husein and yours truly met at Out of the blue to review their W-Day lunch.

Krytie and I were the first to arrive, followed by Tanzif and Vikram. Husein was royally late :)

As soon as I entered the restaurant, our names were already with the establishment and me and Krytie got into a business card exchanging frenzy with Mili and Nipun, with Debashish, coming in to exchange pleasantries a little later on.

The W-Day lunch is homage to the ladies and is aimed at the kitty partying crowd in general. Needless to say - not sure if they knew or not, there were quite a few ladies around. The lunch was also co-hosted a tarrot reading/handwriting expert at a nominal extra charge.

Half an hour into the meet, most of us had arrived and decided to start the lunch. I am not a very ardent fan of the soup so much so that i don’t even remember the one on the menu. It was something made of barley and Tanzif was very impressed by the flavor.

Going to the Dip's we had an amazing aioli dip = damn thing was so freaking orgasmic, i did not take a look at any other ( there were 2 others - green and red ).
All the while i was busy salivating at the food, Camerawomen Tanzif and Krytie were reporting live !

Coming back to the Dips - there was Aioli and there were the rest. We had a few selection of breaks and a cheese platter .

Going to the salads, we had smoked cauliflower, ploughman’s, chicken sausage, seafood papaya and live sushi counter.

Krytie gives the live sushi counter a a++, so did i. The prawn and asparagus tempura were very good - no oily but the most fascinating part was the process of making the sushi. very very nice to watch.

In the dessert section we had death by chocolate, lemon cheesecake and blueberry based pastry dish and another item on the menu.

I started with the aioli dip and dinner rolls, with some ploughman’s salad and the seafood and papaya salad. The aioli was so smooth; it felt like spooning out a cloud. There were quite a few repeats of the aioli dip. Krytie and tanzif liked the other dips, but well for the it was only the aioli.

With Husein finally in the picture, the frame was complete. Every one was talking about food and anything that revolves around it. Vikram was enlightening us with treats to watchout in Mumbai and some old timer’s hangouts in Pune. Cafe Naaz for example. Some gems that are a rarity to find.

The berry pulao and Jaffer bhais and the delhi durbars - all came and went ,

Sitting with us was Nipun - OOTBs head of Marketting and it looked like the guy was surprised we took our food so seriously :)

Coming to the main course. The order between me and Tanzif got goofed up.
Husein had ordered for Spicy fish in Caper Butter Cream sauce.
Krytie and Vikram had ordered for the Chicken in Lemon sauce
I wanted to order the Veg Shashlik and Tanzif wanted to go with the Grilled Chicken in Pepper Sauce, but it got swapped somewhere.

The Spicy fish in Caper Butter Cream sauce was a Basa, to me it tasted very similar to Patra-ni-macchi from JaiHind Lunch home at Mumbai. It was good, but by the time i got to sink my teeth in it, it was already over.

The grilled chicken that i got, was a good portion of chicken breast with actual caramelized onion. french fries, rice , French beans, carrots, spinach and one big ass cauliflower chunk. It was a filling dish for one moderately heavy eater.

The Chicken in lemon sauce was also good, tangy but dint get to enjoy the dish much - it was almost over in both plates.

The desserts were a delight. The mascarpone in the lemon cheese cake was soo damn good, i had a few repeats of just the cheese cake. The subtle flavors of lemon , the smooth cheese and the hint of chocolate on top - picture perfect.

The death by chocolate was good, it could have been better. The cake looked layered with a frozen ganache layer in between. If you looked from the side, you could actually segregate the cake layer by layer. The cake was nice and spongy but the intermixing flavors of chocolate were distinctly absent. Not taking away any credit from the creator of that wonderful dish, it was good. But for me, it lacked a little more depth in flavors.
It was such wonderful time spent together in great company, I had outrun my 2 hours that I had set aside for this meet.
With the spread charged at 395+ taxes, its definetly a good bargain.

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kashew - Burrp User

kashew

17 Reviews

September 24,2012

4.0

Love this Place!!!!!!!!

I had read about this place on burrp site and I had seen their advertisements too. I know that it now occupies one of my favourite places- Not Just Jazz By the Bay, yet I thought I would visit this place to find out about the awesome reviews it has, and yes!! Was I pleasantly surprised!!!!

A thank you to everybody who made my special evening even more special with the good food and the good service. We tried the Pasta - Masala- House favourite and a Barbeque dish. Both were good as was the drink. I loved the ambiance and the people took good care of the guests. The attendants were helpful and not very in your face helpful, if you know what I mean!!!!!!!! The food presentation was also good.

I was lucky to listen to all my favourite songs being sung by a singer, live. I love restaurants with live music and dance, so I did miss a small dance floor here!!!!

This place is meant for those groups of people who like fine dining, a vibrant atmosphere, good food and good music.....Thank you to everybody as I had a good time here!!!!

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a gastronomic delight !

Out of the blue opened doors in Pune around july 2nd and instantly it was among the very good restaurants, albeit pricey.

I had orchestrated a formal office lunch at out of the blue and was pleasantly surprised at their approach and ability to deliver on their promise.

We were 30 of us and it was a sit down lunch. From the momemt i contacted them on twitter to the moment we left the place, there was a feeling of being attended to at all times. The moolah generated from one such dinner is pretty steep, he service could have been specialized because of that, but still it was very very prompt.

We had cottage cheese fry, red eye chicken, baby corn tempura and another chicken dish for starters along with ceaser salad.

The started were initially very slow out of the blocks but once every one had eaten it seemed as if the flow was starting to become unbearably fast. It came to such a stage were every one were done with the starts and they just kept coming, wave after wave. I had to request the wait staff to use their judgement and get the starters from there on ( i had instructed them to keep the flow continuous , after the initial hiccup - the flow was top notch )

The red eye chicken was sublime, the paneer fry was more of a jain dish but the paneer was soft and succulent. The ice berg lettuce was fresh and crunchy and provided enough roughage for the poultry we had just downed.

The bar tender was in his zone....dishing out mocktail over mocktail for about 2 hours. The run away hits were the cranberry surprise, the virgin jaljeera mojito and the kiwi mojito. It had everything except the alcohol ( read the zing, the zest, the surprise, the fun and the enjoyment ) without us getting tipsy but left us pretty high.

The main course was a limited choice, but chicken peri peri / chicken barbeque/ porcini mushroom risotto/ sun dried tomato risotto was the major choice.

I had ordered porcini mushroom with chicken + prawn. The risotto was very well done. It was creamy, it was hot and it had enough of chicken and prawn but the porcini mushrooms were distinctly invisible.

having downed a considerable number of mocktails and the starters, i played safe with the main course cause the dessert was a peanut butter chocolate fondue and sizzling brownie sundae.

Both the desserts were a runaway hit with all the folks with a large number of them sitting close to the fan, wanted the sizzling brownie jut for the sake of blowing smoke in to others faces.

The brownie was eggless, it was nice and soft and the chocolate sauce provided all the fireworks. The peanut butter chocolate fondue is always going to be a chocolate lovers delight, and you need to be a true peanut butter chocolate aficionado for it.

A special mention for the wait staff on that day, without them the entire event would have come crashing down. The chef also seems to take personal interest in her diners food - a sign of a very good chef,a Jamaican native, seems at ease in India.

I would have loved to have had the lamb shanks and the desi fondue, but that i will have to put aside for another day.

If anyone of you are planning a official lunch/dinner, do get in touch with the management in advance and i am sure your time will be well spent....

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b! Review: Out Of The Blue @ E-square

If the name Out of the Blue reminds you of wine, fondue and candle light, then you’ll be glad to know that Pune now has its very own outlet. Hanisha Lalwani finds out if you can dine your blues away.

Walking into Out of the Blue, we couldn’t help but admire the stunning transformation of the space that was once occupied by the dark, enclosed interiors of Not Just Jazz by the Bay. Out of the Blue’s has done a wonderful job of quite literally, turning the spotlight on the restaurant.
As you enter, you spot a vertical garden – potted greens adorn the walls and line the floor, while upside down umbrella-like light fixtures work as a fun addition to the usual indoor lighting we see around the city. Dark wood is used in a garden-like criss cross fencing with benches for seating space.
Just three weeks old, the restaurant was alive with chatty diners and smoky aromas wafting through the air. The restaurant has a stage for live gigs, a wine cellar and a soon-to-be-launched tasting corner dedicated for food and wine tastings.
We chose to sit on the low-lying Japanese-styled sofas – a section which has ample natural lighting. The quirky hat-styled light bulbs overhead lend a quaint charm to the place.
Anxious to dig in, we browsed through the menu with plenty to choose from the salads, soups, pastas, sizzlers, fondue, desserts and more. First up was a round of Stuffed Mushrooms (Rs 295). The bread coating is crunchy and thankfully, non-greasy. The salty cheese stuffing compliments the earthy flavour of the mushrooms. What we would like more of, however, is the spinach and cottage cheese in the stuffing. The Executive Chef Alpan Govitrikar lets us in on a little secret – he selects the mushrooms to ensure consistency in size, and uses a Japanese variety of flaky, less fat-absorbent Panko bread crumbs for the coating.
When the Chicken Chermoula (Rs 285) arrived, we expected orange cubes of chicken owing to ingredients like paprika and turmeric that go into a Chermoula marinade. While most Chermoula recipes reserve the coriander leaves merely for garnishing, what really differentiated this dish was its dark green colour by infusing fresh coriander into the marinade. Colour aside; the appetizer was tender with strong flavours from dried mint, cumin and of course, coriander. The third appetizer was a platter of Cottage Cheese Coriander Jalapeño (Rs 265). The cottage cheese sandwiched between charred slices of tomato and green capsicum, topped with a piece of jalapeño, made for a very pretty picture. But the mustard and coriander sauce had little scope of showing up over the peppery tang and heat of the jalapeño.
While we waited for our main course to arrive, we took a moment to appreciate the paintings gracing the walls and the pages of the menu books. Yes, Out of the Blue is big on art. Don’t miss the colourful canvas with an artist’s intriguing interpretation of a restaurant.
Distracted by the aromas wafting from the Desi Fondue (Rs 595), we stopped playing art critic. The popular Swizz fondue is tweaked for the Indian palate by using a tomato base, coriander powder and chillies alongside a pungent cheddar and spicy curry seasoning. Dunk crispy bread cubes into the not-too-thick-not-too-runny fondue – it is perfect comfort food with the incessant rains. Chef Alpan confesses that this recipe was actually a happy accident. Whilst experimenting, where his colleague wondered what a masala fondue might taste like and paired these ingredients to see if they would work well together. Result – the flavours came together beautifully.
We also sampled the Penne Masala Mafia (Rs 275) – already popular with customers. The pasta was cooked al dente and coated with a white ragout laced with coriander, green chillies, tomato and cheese. Uncanny as it may sound, the taste reminded us of masala sandwiches we ate as children.
Come time for dessert and we wish you good luck surviving the six-layered decadent Death by Chocolate (Rs 175). It’s a heady play of textures with the layering of rum-soaked chocolate cake, cream, mousse and frosting, making the side of vanilla ice-cream an afterthought. Soon after came the Sizzling Brownie (Rs 115) – hot chocolate sauce is poured over the ice-cream and brownie topped with lightly-toasted cashews. We’d hoped to see a fun twist on this fairly common dessert, especially since Chef Alpan says he likes to break away from the conventional way of doing things.
While dining here can be an extraordinary experience, we won’t ask for ketchup. It might just be cause for the chef (who says ketchup is the bane of his existence) to show up at your table, rolling pin in hand.
Must try: Desi Fondue
Average meal for two: Rs 2000 + taxes (with alcohol)

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b! Review: Out Of The Blue @ E-square

If the name Out of the Blue reminds you of wine, fondue and candle light, then you’ll be glad to know that Pune now has its very own outlet. Hanisha Lalwani finds out if you can dine your blues away.

Walking into Out of the Blue, we couldn’t help but admire the stunning transformation of the space that was once occupied by the dark, enclosed interiors of Not Just Jazz by the Bay. Out of the Blue’s has done a wonderful job of quite literally, turning the spotlight on the restaurant.



As you enter, you spot a vertical garden - potted greens adorn the walls and line the floor, while upside down umbrella-like light fixtures work as a fun addition to the usual indoor lighting we see around the city. Dark wood is used in a garden-like criss cross fencing with benches for seating space.

Just three weeks old, the restaurant was alive with chatty diners and smoky aromas wafting through the air. The restaurant has a stage for live gigs, a wine cellar and a soon-to-be-launched tasting corner dedicated for food and wine tastings.

We chose to sit on the low-lying Japanese-styled sofas – a section which has ample natural lighting. The quirky hat-styled light bulbs overhead lend a quaint charm to the place.

Anxious to dig in, we browsed through the menu with plenty to choose from the salads, soups, pastas, sizzlers, fondue, desserts and more. First up was a round of Stuffed Mushrooms (Rs 295). The bread coating is crunchy and thankfully, non-greasy. The salty cheese stuffing compliments the earthy flavour of the mushrooms. What we would like more of, however, is the spinach and cottage cheese in the stuffing. The Executive Chef Alpan Govitrikar lets us in on a little secret – he selects the mushrooms to ensure consistency in size, and uses a Japanese variety of flaky, less fat-absorbent Panko bread crumbs for the coating.



When the Chicken Chermoula (Rs 285) arrived, we expected orange cubes of chicken owing to ingredients like paprika and turmeric that go into a Chermoula marinade. While most Chermoula recipes reserve the coriander leaves merely for garnishing, what really differentiated this dish was its dark green colour by infusing fresh coriander into the marinade. Colour aside; the appetizer was tender with strong flavours from dried mint, cumin and of course, coriander. The third appetizer was a platter of Cottage Cheese Coriander Jalapeño (Rs 265). The cottage cheese sandwiched between charred slices of tomato and green capsicum, topped with a piece of jalapeño, made for a very pretty picture. But the mustard and coriander sauce had little scope of showing up over the peppery tang and heat of the jalapeño.

While we waited for our main course to arrive, we took a moment to appreciate the paintings gracing the walls and the pages of the menu books. Yes, Out of the Blue is big on art. Don’t miss the colourful canvas with an artist’s intriguing interpretation of a restaurant.

Distracted by the aromas wafting from the Desi Fondue (Rs 595), we stopped playing art critic. The popular Swizz fondue is tweaked for the Indian palate by using a tomato base, coriander powder and chillies alongside a pungent cheddar and spicy curry seasoning. Dunk crispy bread cubes into the not-too-thick-not-too-runny fondue – it is perfect comfort food with the incessant rains. Chef Alpan confesses that this recipe was actually a happy accident. Whilst experimenting, where his colleague wondered what a masala fondue might taste like and paired these ingredients to see if they would work well together. Result – the flavours came together beautifully.

We also sampled the Penne Masala Mafia (Rs 275) – already popular with customers. The pasta was cooked al dente and coated with a white ragout laced with coriander, green chillies, tomato and cheese. Uncanny as it may sound, the taste reminded us of masala sandwiches we ate as children.

Come time for dessert and we wish you good luck surviving the six-layered decadent Death by Chocolate (Rs 175). It’s a heady play of textures with the layering of rum-soaked chocolate cake, cream, mousse and frosting, making the side of vanilla ice-cream an afterthought. Soon after came the Sizzling Brownie (Rs 115) - hot chocolate sauce is poured over the ice-cream and brownie topped with lightly-toasted cashews. We’d hoped to see a fun twist on this fairly common dessert, especially since Chef Alpan says he likes to break away from the conventional way of doing things.

While dining here can be an extraordinary experience, we won’t ask for ketchup. It might just be cause for the chef (who says ketchup is the bane of his existence) to show up at your table, rolling pin in hand.

Must try: Desi Fondue

Average meal for two: Rs 2000 + taxes (with alcohol)

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b! Review: Out Of The Blue @ E-square

If the name Out of the Blue reminds you of wine, fondue and candle light, then you’ll be glad to know that Pune now has its very own outlet. Hanisha Lalwani finds out if you can dine your blues away.

Walking into Out of the Blue, we couldn’t help but admire the stunning transformation of the space that was once occupied by the dark, enclosed interiors of Not Just Jazz by the Bay. Out of the Blue’s has done a wonderful job of quite literally, turning the spotlight on the restaurant.



As you enter, you spot a vertical garden - potted greens adorn the walls and line the floor, while upside down umbrella-like light fixtures work as a fun addition to the usual indoor lighting we see around the city. Dark wood is used in a garden-like criss cross fencing with benches for seating space.

Just three weeks old, the restaurant was alive with chatty diners and smoky aromas wafting through the air. The restaurant has a stage for live gigs, a wine cellar and a soon-to-be-launched tasting corner dedicated for food and wine tastings.

We chose to sit on the low-lying Japanese-styled sofas – a section which has ample natural lighting. The quirky hat-styled light bulbs overhead lend a quaint charm to the place.

Anxious to dig in, we browsed through the menu with plenty to choose from the salads, soups, pastas, sizzlers, fondue, desserts and more. First up was a round of Stuffed Mushrooms (Rs 295). The bread coating is crunchy and thankfully, non-greasy. The salty cheese stuffing compliments the earthy flavour of the mushrooms. What we would like more of, however, is the spinach and cottage cheese in the stuffing. The Executive Chef Alpan Govitrikar lets us in on a little secret – he selects the mushrooms to ensure consistency in size, and uses a Japanese variety of flaky, less fat-absorbent Panko bread crumbs for the coating.



When the Chicken Chermoula (Rs 285) arrived, we expected orange cubes of chicken owing to ingredients like paprika and turmeric that go into a Chermoula marinade. While most Chermoula recipes reserve the coriander leaves merely for garnishing, what really differentiated this dish was its dark green colour by infusing fresh coriander into the marinade. Colour aside; the appetizer was tender with strong flavours from dried mint, cumin and of course, coriander. The third appetizer was a platter of Cottage Cheese Coriander Jalapeño (Rs 265). The cottage cheese sandwiched between charred slices of tomato and green capsicum, topped with a piece of jalapeño, made for a very pretty picture. But the mustard and coriander sauce had little scope of showing up over the peppery tang and heat of the jalapeño.

While we waited for our main course to arrive, we took a moment to appreciate the paintings gracing the walls and the pages of the menu books. Yes, Out of the Blue is big on art. Don’t miss the colourful canvas with an artist’s intriguing interpretation of a restaurant.

Distracted by the aromas wafting from the Desi Fondue (Rs 595), we stopped playing art critic. The popular Swizz fondue is tweaked for the Indian palate by using a tomato base, coriander powder and chillies alongside a pungent cheddar and spicy curry seasoning. Dunk crispy bread cubes into the not-too-thick-not-too-runny fondue – it is perfect comfort food with the incessant rains. Chef Alpan confesses that this recipe was actually a happy accident. Whilst experimenting, where his colleague wondered what a masala fondue might taste like and paired these ingredients to see if they would work well together. Result – the flavours came together beautifully.

We also sampled the Penne Masala Mafia (Rs 275) – already popular with customers. The pasta was cooked al dente and coated with a white ragout laced with coriander, green chillies, tomato and cheese. Uncanny as it may sound, the taste reminded us of masala sandwiches we ate as children.

Come time for dessert and we wish you good luck surviving the six-layered decadent Death by Chocolate (Rs 175). It’s a heady play of textures with the layering of rum-soaked chocolate cake, cream, mousse and frosting, making the side of vanilla ice-cream an afterthought. Soon after came the Sizzling Brownie (Rs 115) - hot chocolate sauce is poured over the ice-cream and brownie topped with lightly-toasted cashews. We’d hoped to see a fun twist on this fairly common dessert, especially since Chef Alpan says he likes to break away from the conventional way of doing things.

While dining here can be an extraordinary experience, we won’t ask for ketchup. It might just be cause for the chef (who says ketchup is the bane of his existence) to show up at your table, rolling pin in hand.

Must try: Desi Fondue

Average meal for two: Rs 2000 + taxes (with alcohol)

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4.0

finally good place in pune west.

Finally something good in pune west. Good food. Must try chocolate fondue. Parking issue is sorted.

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Kudos to the OOTB team..!!!

Its time to get rid of the mid week blues.."Out of the Blue" is the new place in town. With their finger licking food, mesmerizing cocktails and beautiful ambiance you will feel gifted.. They have paid attention to every minute detail. The hospitality actually needs a standing ovation. You feel special when the valet parking guy carries a big umbrella for you all the way to the entrance. Their live music sets a perfect mood for the weekend. I would rate them ten on ten..Kudos to the OOTB Team.. Do not miss the JALJEERA MOJITO..!!!

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5.0

top class

I been to many restaurant in town and i must say this particular place is very rocking . went with family during weekend and was speechless with live band and selection of food they have. U must try their sizzelers with chocolate dips. truly amazing test and i deff recommend this to all the people.

they have plenty of parking and valet service so no worries for parking. On arrival we have been warmly welcomed by staff and well guided for menu choices. Wine dine and entertainment of live band what else you need to enjoy your meal. Thank you very much out of the blue team ....

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The Name Fits

Located in E Square, just opened on 02 July 2012. Found via twitter.
1. E Square is crowded for car parking. OoTB has facility for valet parking. Use their service else you will be stuck in traffic.
2. Ambiance: Excellent. A bit dark inside. To read the menu use the torch of your cell phone!
3. Staff: Very courteous. They spoil you!
4. Bar: The bartenders rock. Next time will sample their Vodka cocktails.
5. Food: Ordered 2 chicken sizzlers. Well done, tasty, nice spread, great helping. Desserts are to die for!!
6. Music: Yanpro Kikom, a guy from Nagaland simply rocks. You can sing along with him too!
7. Please note CREDIT CARDS ACCEPTED.
8. Repeat factor: Yes.
My recommendation: They specialize in Italian food. Go for it.
Overall rating: 4/5
Will visit again.

Nandu and Medini Chitnis

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