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“Good quality food, nice taste, pocket friendly rates”

Visited “Desi Aroma” on Baner road sometime back.

Small establishment spreading across two shops; with kitchen and small seating space on ground floor; mezzanine converted in to seating area with air conditioned environment; also small open air area on the side.

Conventional wooden furniture and sofas, closely spaced tables, low height of the sealing, sparkling steel utensils and cutlery, high illumination levels, paintings on the wall, cleanliness, clutter free environment… overall decent ambiance.

Bit broad band menu with well-known as well as lesser known north Indian preparations in veg, chicken, mutton and fish. Surprisingly there are a few Bangla preparations too indicating the roots of the chef!!!

The restaurant had low occupancy at the time we entered during late evening time and we opted to sit upstairs; soon the restaurant was full.

Skipped soups and went for starters and main course.

Murg Reshmi Kababs@Rs219: Tender, bland, full of fat served with salad and red sauce. Average taste!
Curd based dip was very warm.

Butter Kulcha@Rs44: Made up of Mainda, thin, garnished with nigella seeds. Served warm. Crisp yet tender.

Onion Kulcha@Rs59: Thicker, with filling on onion, loaded with generous amount of butter, served warm, tasteful!

Roomali Roti@Rs39: Made up of Mainda, thin, served warm, less susceptible to hardening with drop in temperature, remained soft till the end. Very good!

Tanduri Roti@Rs29: Made up of wheat flower, well done, served warm, crisp yet tender!

Dal Desi Aroma@Rs189: close to dal Makhani, loaded with lots of butter, authentic taste, low on spice and flavorful. Served lukewarm. Nice!

Desi Aroma Ke Badshahi Kofte@Rs209: Mildly spicy yellow gravy, deep fried Koftas were little sweet (I don’t like sweet Koftas). Average!

Subzi Dum Biryani@Rs179: It was tru Dun Biryani with deep flavors and fragrances. Long grain rice and tender vegetable pieces. The magic was side dip which was sour yogurt with red chili and garlic; very rare to find anywhere in Pune. Marvelous!

Matka Kulfi@Rs89: Nice and authentic taste.

Complementary Pan (what else is needed to finish the dinner in a perfect way!)

Finger bowl with lukewarm water and a few rose pestles along with slice of lemon.

During casual chat with Ahmead as well as glance in to the kitchen got to know that they specialize in Tawa non-veg items kaleji, gurda and bheja. Mutton Dum Biryani is specialty of the weekends.

No alcohol.

Summary-
Ambiance: 3.5
Service: 4
Food quality: 3.5
Food taste: 3.5
Value for money: 4
Overall: 3.5

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