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Crazy Noodles, Amanora Mall | Good Food, Generous Portions

4 Apr

Crazy Noodles for us has been a highly dependable, easy meal restaurant which does not leave us guilty of having indulged beyond limits on the food as well as money front. Having tried the phoenix market city as well as amanora town centre outlets a number of times, I can safely say that any time I am looking for a guaranteed good meal without having to pore through a very long menu, I would go to Crazy Noodles.

The decor at this restaurant is fun and casual with pictures of people eating noodles, on the wall. At the centre of the restaurant is the kitchen, which is fun to watch on a monday morning leisurely lunch but can get quite noisy on a busy saturday evening. The servers are very attentive and always make it a point to ask about preferences for mushroom, coconut milk, brinjals etc. The menu is simple and has only about 4 to 5 choices in each category for veg as well as non veg. Crazy noodles serves the usual Chindian (Indian style Chinese) and some Asian fare. From my numerous visits over the past couple of years, my favorites are –

  • The chicken dimsums – Beautiful thin covering and delicious juicy well seasoned chicken filling.
  • Chicken/ Veg spring rolls – unlike the conventional thick maida roti cover rolls, the ones served here are crisp, non oily made using egg roll/spring roll wrappers – the kinds used for patti samosa.
  • Sweet corn chicken and manchow soup – well made, nothing extraordinary but hits the right comforting notes
  • Chicken Fried Rice – Delicious, fluffy (each grain separate) with ample vegetables, egg and chicken.
  • American Chopsuey – Stellar. No crazy red color added, well balanced sweet and sour taste, loaded with veggies and pineapple.
  • Thai green/red curry noodles – This is one of the reasons why I love crazy noodles. They don’t make you unnecessarily order two dishes when you could very well do with one. Their Thai green or red curry noodles are a combination of the curry and noodles. Check out the picture to note that this bowl of soupy noodles is loaded with vegetables and chicken. No skimping here.
  • Thukpa – Very few places in Pune have thukpa on their menu, crazy noodles is one of them. Their version is what you want when you are down with cold – the hot, comforting bowl of soupy noodles in a broth – guaranteed to open up all the blocked sinuses.
  • Mojito Incognito – A very cleverly designed mocktail using a kaffir lime infused lemon cordial which gives it an unusual zing. We always order this and do not miss the alcohol.

If you happen to go to crazy noodles, please remember that their portions are huge. One of their dishes is called the Sumo Ramen (which I am yet to try) which needs to be shared by four people if they also want to eat some other stuff. Our typical meal for two and a half includes one soup (shared between two), one portion of dimsums (6 nos.), one curry noodles or curry and fried rice. We have never been able to manage appetite for a dessert there, although I have heard that their honey noodles with icecream are very good. Our 4 year old boy always insists on having the mojito incognito, the dimsums and ‘plain white noodles’. They always give him a small bowl of plain noodles, which is more than enough for him, on the house. Attentive service, great portion size, good food (have never had any tummy upsets/acidity after eating here), reasonable pricing – what more can one ask for?

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Dimsums Lunch | BaanTao‬, Hyatt Pune

28 Oct

Baan Tao, Pune

Baan Tao, Pune

Friday was the husband’s birthday and we were looking to have a peaceful lunch while the kiddo was in school. We both love dimsums, and a peek at zomato showed that the dimsums lunch at Baan Tao was back. A quick reservation and we were urged by the Hyatt management that we keep aside some time to have lunch at leisure as the dimsum special lunch is an experience by itself. So we went, with a couple of hours to spare.

When we first reached the restaurant at 1.30, there was no one else. So it was very peaceful and quiet especially with the sound of the waterfall in the background, we (almost) forgot that we were in Pune. Our server explained to us the concept – soups, salad, dimsums (!), main course (noodle/rice bowl) and desserts. We began with a salad amuse bouche of lettuce, carrots, radish with a sweetish honey peanut dressing and tempura crumb as a topping. While for an amuse bouche it was a large portion, the dressing and the tempura made it delightful.

Next came the chicken laksa and chicken wanton soup. The wanton soup was a flavourful clear broth with steamed vegetables and wantons. Clean flavors and just the kind of comfort one expects from a wanton soup. The chicken laksa has me bowled over – I am thrilled to announce that I finally found that perfect bowl of laksa that I had been looking for in Pune. Not too creamy, not too spicy – just right with a generous amount of vegetables, chicken and noodles and of course the lime, egg and spring onion garnish. I am just waiting for the next opportunity to go there only to have the laksa.
Then they served us prawn dimsums – and we were transported to the south east. Translucent wrapping and a single large prawn in each dimsum wrapped tortellini style. Perfect!
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Next came the chicken wings – these were more chindian and though delicious not really matching the standards of the dimsums. Just as we were finishing these, the server got us stacks of dimsum steamers – the pork dimsum, chicken gyoza, chicken suimai, the bao (steamed bun) and some vegetarian dimsums. There also was another pumpkin and delicate tofu starter which we didn’t try as we were more than enamoured with the dimsums.
The stars of the day were the pork, prawn and chicken gyoza. Fantastic! We ordered another portion of all the three and asked them to not bring any of the veg dishes! Let me tell you here, that not even a single time were we hurried nor did we have to even lift a finger, the service was very attentive but unobtrusive – full marks for that. The steamed bun – bao was passable, nothing great. I wish it had a meat mince filling inside.

Here’s the funny part – eating just the soup and dimsums (we did eat a whole lot of them), we were so full that we didn’t order any of the main course. Wish there was some expandable appetite option! Sigh! I ended the meal with one pork and one chicken gyoza dimsum. While my husband ordered the mango coconut pudding which he liked but I didn’t coz I have a pet peeve against the bitter after taste which canned mango pulp gives.

All in all, this meal comes highly recommended. Please go while the offer lasts, it is way beyond the amount they charge for it. The dimsum meal is 850+ taxes per head.

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