Someone has truly said “Up above the world so high, like a diamond in the sky”. Same is the case with WOOD FIRE GRILL. What looks regular from beneath is jewel above. As you move up the stairs you start getting an awe-inspiring view. As you reach the entrance, staffs welcomes you with a pleasant smile.
AMBIANCE: Ambiance is totally lovely and romantic outside whereas a family dine place inside. Outside tables are arranged at the fringe and a central table surrounded by a small pool of water which really catches your eye. Inside AC room is lit by shiny lights, surrounded by brown tables which are accompanied by beautiful chairs. They have full bar available. Separate smoking area and a small screen which plays sport for the customers.
FOOD: WFG is a restaurant with versatile menu. They do justice to their name by serving barbecue food to grilled kebabs, from soups to alcohol. Kitchen department is headed by the very experienced Chef Rajan who is very enthusiastic about taking feedbacks about the food and improvising on the same. They recently changed their menu and hence was the reason I landed there for a complimentary food tasting of the new menu.
SOUPS: Soups were served in ceramic bowls which were placed on a stand with lit candles beneath to keep the soup hot. Murgh Badami Shorba and Taimuri Shorba were the two soups on the menu. Murgh badami shorba had that strong essence, almond flavour which you can get as soon as you slurp it and a sweet after taste. This surely is worth trying. On the other hand Taimuri shorba which were made from the mutton bones was notably less impressive. I will definitely not suggest this to anyone.
Time for Starters now: Murgh Akbari kebab: This spicy appetizer made the perfect start to the evening. Chicken was shiny and cooked to perfection. It was served with salad alongside.
Mutton Galouti: I have tried this dish at many restaurants, but this was something different I must say. It was my first time when I saw this kebab served on papad. Kebabs were extremely soft and melt-in-mouth. This exotic dish you must definitely try.
Jinga Dum Nisha: These came directly from heaven. Prawns were cooked till they became a bit crispy with a lemon hint in it. A brilliant dish! I loved the way they were cooked, served and tasted.
Paneer Nagori: This dish didn’t look appetizing. Paneer seemed not very fresh. Taste wise it was just okay. It was served with spicy onion salad.
Mutter & pudine ki seekh: Something not at all recommended. No mutter or Pudina taste. It was like having green coloured flour.
Coming to the mains now: It started off with kheema kaleji masaledar which looked yum but failed to impress with taste. Murgh dahi kalimirch had so much of kali mirch on it that it splashed away the taste of other ingredients in it. Finally the dish in the mains which stroked my taste buds was Konkani fish curry. Refreshment to your taste buds.
And here came the star of the evening. Of which you can take the lion’s share. Presenting none other than Dal Dum Bukhara: This was the signature dish of Chef Rajan and hence it had to be impeccable. It looks similar to dal makhani but believe me it’s not at all near to similar. This is purely made out of udad dal (black gram). It takes slow overnight cooking on tandoor and finally loads of butter and cream comes into the picture during the concluding preparation of the dal. Dal was soft. It had sour aftertaste. Lip smacking!
Nicely cooked butter naan, butter garlic naan, roomali roti were served with mains. Desserts: We were served with two desserts. Double ka meetha: This dessert was extremely sweet. Such high level of sweetness is not appreciated though. It should be perfect to the taste buds. This one definitely was not one of those.
Beetroot halwa: Fundamentally only the main ingredient in gajar halwa is replaced by beetroot and hence beetroot halwa. This dessert was simply amazing. Neither too much nor too less sweet. The perfect dish to eat and end your evening on a blissful note.
Parking: Valet parking available. Cars and two wheelers can be parked along the side of the road (Be careful of the slope, especially during rainy season)
Operation Hours: 12 PM to 11:30 PM daily
Damage: INR 1000 for two people (Exclusive of taxes and charges)
Address: Plot 108, Rambaug Colony, Off MIT Road, Kothrud, Pune
- I was called for the Complementary food tasting at the restaurant.
- These are my personal views. You are most welcome to accept or deny on the same