Chef’s Log 47: It’s All Greek to Me

Like others of my race, I too firmly believe that the occasional indulgence is not just a luxury, but a necessity. And what better indulgence is there really, than food? I am slowly discovering that money, like so many other things on this rather depressing planet, is transient- one minute it’s here, the next it’s gone. Food on the other hand, when truly exceptional at least, leaves a lasting impression on your mind, thereby, existing forever. But enough subsistentialism (for the ignorant, in simple terms: the intergalactic philosophy and study of food). My point is it is definitely worth spending on good food. And one occasion when you can do this is the Sunday Brunch at Euriska. With everything from the decor and the ambience to the locks in the restroom designed to fit the theme, Euriska prides itself on distinctly representing that part of the planet known as the Mediterranean (in particular, Greece). From my experience with the cuisine at Euriska, I can completely understand how the Greeks once ruled over most of the world. What first strikes you about this brunch is the sheer variety. There is a wide selection of breads, cheeses, grills, cold meats and desserts, so you can satisfy nearly every whim and fancy. The pasta is made from scratch, with your choice of ingredients. I had the pasta with red pesto tomato sauce. It was lovely and light, with bright, fresh flavours. Among the grills, my favourite was undoubtedly the tenderloin beef- juicy and melt-in-your-mouth soft, it was lightly charred and crisped to perfection. The potato was also tangy and delicious, with a salty sour cream or cheese centre. Of the main course, I sampled the Beef Stifado, which was quite satisfactory. My favourite section, I believe (unsurprisingly), was the desserts. They were simply exceptional. The crème caramel was rich and creamy, the crème brulee was smooth and not excessively sweet, with just the right hit of coffee, and the baklava was a delicate concoction of sticky sweetness. I quite enjoyed the lemon tart as well, which definitely lived up to its name. All in all, it was a meal fit for any very hungry individual with the capacity to appreciate excellent food. If you are one of those individuals, I strongly recommend that you visit Euriska next Sunday.

https://www.zomato.com/pune/euriska-koregaon-park

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Chef’s Log 26: Breakfast, Or Breakfeast?

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Potato and Scallion Latke

If I had to choose a favourite meal, it would definitely be breakfast. Something about it being the first meal of the day makes it thrilling somehow. I would say it has the power to determine what sort of day you’ll have. Well perhaps I tend to expect rather much from food, but either ways, when breakfast is done correctly, it can make your day. And Sinq Tavern definitely knows how to do it right. Considering that it is run by Bodega- the humans that brought to you the legendary red velvet cupcake, it’s not surprising. Amusingly named after the area in which it is situated- Sinquerim, Goa (I assume), Sinq Tavern by Bodega offers an exciting range of breakfast items. This includes a divine grated potato and scallion pancake called a ‘latke’. Perfectly browned, delicately crisped and mouth-wateringly savoury, this fascinating concoction left me wanting more. It was served with 3 dips which differed in taste and texture, but were equally delicious. As scrumptious as the ‘latke’ was, however, what I ordered next was marvelous enough to make me almost forget about it. The waffles- which I greedily chose to divide based on toppings (one side bacon, one side nutella and bananas) were simply heavenly.  They were soft, light and fluffy enough to make me seriously question whether one

Waffles with Spiced Honey, Nutella and fruit, and Apple Smoked Bacon

Waffles with Spiced Honey, Nutella and fruit, and Apple Smoked Bacon

of the ingredients was cloud essence (Although I was informed it’s very difficult to find that here). The banana and nutella combination was delicious, as expected, but the bacon. Sigh. The bacon. I believe it was the Applewood Smoked variety, which is apparently not only packed full of flavour but phenomenally crispy as well; perhaps the best I have sampled so far. And that’s saying a lot. The waffles were served with a lightly spiced honey topping, which complimented all the flavours beautifully. This place truly takes breakfast to the next level. And apparently they plan to extend the menu to include lunch and dinner soon, so fingers crossed.

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