Early this week I was invited for a Foodie Meet at BaanTao, Hyatt Pune. The restaurant Baan Tao at Hyatt, Pune is famous for its delicious cuisines such as Chinese, Thai and Vietnamese fare. On Thursday, a group of foodie bloggers met up to sample the food and take loads of pics! So, as you guessed, this is a picture heavy post.
Baan Tao at Hyatt, Pune
I loved the ambience of the place. They have three seating options; one is next to the gigantic waterfall that they have, if you find the sound of water relaxing, you should choose that option. Then there is the seating right next to the counters that allows you to see all that is being cooked. The Pune Foodiez chose that seating and all through the stay we were engulfed with awesome food fragrances, but not an advisable seating option if you have a sensitive nose! The third option is an interior seating that is apt if you are looking for some silence and peace.
They had a typical street layout with counters on either side and the chefs dishing out awesome food fare. The first stop was at the Dimsum Corner. I loved the Pork Gyoza dimsum, it was spiced just perfectly and need I add that it was also delicious? I indulged in more than one of these!
A meal for me is not quite complete without some soup. And yes, it does provide the much needed relief to the sore throat. I could choose between a clear soup and Khao Suey. Khao Suey triggered memories of this quaint little restaurant that my husband and I would visit in Bandra just to eat that dish. It would be perfectly cooked and served with an assortment of toppings that we could choose from. And that was exactly how I could choose the accompaniments I wanted in the Khao Suey. I chose mushrooms, lettuce leaves, brocolli. loads of chives, crushed peanuts that I topped with the juice of quarter of lemon. The taste was awesome and I had to refrain from taking another bowl of soup.
With the starters in place, we moved to some more counters and the grills counter looked promising with tenderloin and roasted chicken. I sampled both of these and I was simply blown away with the tenderloin. It was perfectly cooked and juicy. I have pics of the chef making it at the counter but none on the plate because it vanished as soon as it was served! There was a lot of seafood available too, but since I don’t eat that I stayed away from it. But I can tell you that the other foodies were all praise for the crab cakes and the bacon and shrimp wrap.
I chose to eat some Nasi Goreng in the mains and my instructions to the chef to make it mild and yet retain the flavour was met. I got all the flavours that the dish has and yet it was mild enough to not trigger an irritation to my sore throat. The other dishes we tried were street style noodles and pan fried rice.
This particular dish caught my eye, but I did not get to sample it because at least I was busy indulging in sampling other fares!
I actually don’t have pics of the dessert counter! I missed taking those. Will make up for it when I visit the place again.
What’s my take?
I totally loved the place and the food. There were small gestures that count ; ensuring my glass was always filled with hot water to drink because I had specifically asked for it ( I was down with a sore throat), customising the spice levels to ensure I enjoyed the actual tastes of the food and a constant check on whether I was sampling all the delectable dishes.
I am told that they also have a Sunday brunch @ Baan Tao at Hyatt where they have an activity corner for kids that keeps the little ones engaged and allows the parents to indulge in a relaxed meal. That is the next thing I will be trying for sure because I have clearly forgotten what it is to have a peaceful meal at a restaurant with the kids around! So one of the weekends, I am surely headed there!
So if you stay in Pune or are visiting this city, I would surely recommend you to try Baan Tao at Hyatt. It is a must try if you love to sample oriental cuisine.
Hyatt Pune, Adjacent to Aga Khan Palace, 88 Nagar Road, Kalyani Nagar, Pune, India, 411006
Landmark: Near Pulse Supermarket
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