Restaurant Name : Village – The Soul of India, West Block, Amanora Town Centre, Hadapsar Kharadi Bypass, Hadapsar, Pune
My first visit to the place. The interiors are nicely done and they really have a nice hge space. With integration of Oye Pape, the space is even bigger now. Although evidently sincere attempts have been made, buy to be true, it really does not reflects ‘The Soul of India’. Just one issue, the seats were not maintained and cleaned properly.
The Chat, Gol-Gappa, Dahi-Bhalla, etc. served at the chat counter were well prepared. The Gajjar Hawla and Dudhi Burfi were also nicely prepared. The hot Jalebi served was delicious, however I would have loved to get some Rabri as well with the Jalebi’s.
The starters served were also pretty decent. Coming to the main course, the Bharli Wangi (Stuffed Brinjal), Pitla and Bhakri combo was good.
More than half way down the meal, whilst strolling, I realized that non-veg was also in the menu ! The most disappointing thing that happened that day to me 😦 Although full, yet unable to resist, I did tried some non-veg stuff. The Mutton Cutlets, tough oily, were decent. The Chicken Biryani, quite surprisingly, was delicious. Very well balanced flavors and very well cooked chicken. When queried about since when the non-veg was being served at the Village, I was informed that non-veg was added to the menu since the integration of Oye Pape into the Village. But this should have been informed at the entrance itself as first timers like me might realize avaialblity of non-veg too late.
Overall the food was not exceptional but still quite decent. And on a weekend, paying 550/- per head inclusive of taxes, the food is a total VFM. Really nothing more one should expect.