Creaticity Mall, Pune
I have always asserted and sworn on my love for meat. A true blue carnivore, red meat devotee and a sucker for seafood is in awe of this Brand NEW VEGETARIAN bistro – Nine Square.
Why and How? Read On.
A brand new label to hit Pune under the dominion of Celebrity Chef Ajay Chopra. You know when the craft is in right hands, the out turn is gonna be alluring.
Nine Square grabs attention solely with Chef Ajay Chopra’s name, but will warrant a second visit not for the ‘Celeb’ but ‘Delect’ factor.
Ambience – 3/5
The ambience is fresh and compliments the name. Nine square propagates the ‘Nukkad’ concept, of course a plush one. A spot for light bites to hearty meals, quick catch ups to lengthy conversations. The vibe is varied, resplendent and light.
Service – 4/5
The few weeks old bistro is well staffed. More importantly staff which is well informed and alert, so plus one for that.
Menu – 4/5
A very street smart mix, to put it straight. We have a global fare with infusion of a lot of desi, in particular street food element, albeit vegetarian. Every dish is enriched with familiar nuances, very comfortable yet fine dine.
Winter is here and warm bowls of soup are now in order. Make sure you try their Slow Roast Tomato Basil Soup. A smoked version of thick tomato soup with mellow hints of basil and pepper. It’s strong yet a truly satisfying bowl.
The Thyme scented Mushroom soup is a great option for Mushroom lovers. Served with bruschetta, it makes for a smacking appetizer.
I eat Salads more out of compulsion, than choice. The spread looks vibrant, and I’m sure salad lovers would rejoice at the variety. In particular, the Sambal Basil Honey Fruit Salad was a stunner. Absolutely not your regular salad.
The spicy sambal kick is astounding and eases out eating all those fruits. Pineapple, raw mango and green apple. You can perceive the citrus-sour-spicy blend in description and appearance.
The Detox bowl and Not your regular Greek salad were just about median for me. I can’t eat Caesar without my meat and a lot of sprouts in the detox bowl is certainly not my cup of tea. So hush hush on that, moving on!
Possibly my favorite section from the menu and a flawless collection of traditional Indian Street Food. This has got to be the ‘Do NOT Miss’ section at Nine Square
The Chaat Cornetto – North Indian style Chat. No Ragda. Not Piping Hot. But full of flavors. Quite a many places have experimented with the good old chaat, but Nine Square gets it perfectly bang on. Every mouthful is loaded with that ‘chatpata’ tinge and the cornetto makes you not miss the papdi, AT ALL.
The quintessential Mumbai-Pune favorite Dabeli takes a trip up Spain and comes back as Dabeli Croquettas. A presentation like none other and flavors of the Dabeli bang on, certainly exceeding expectations.
Chana Pindi Hummus – Mediterranean dish with a Punjabi twist. The use of pindi chana instead of the regular chickpeas blend lends a very pickled and tadke-daar flavor to the hummus. Those who don’t like the traditional version are sure to love this.
Dilli wali Aloo Tikki, the more I think of this the more I salivate. One of my favorites and most sought after cheat meals had me possessed. You have got to taste this to understand how addicts are made. One ‘helluva’ dish, need I say Highly Recommended.
T0 be honest, Soy Keema sounds funny. It’s more like a make believe meat substitute for vegetarians. If not compared to the actual keema, the dish comes close to perfect. The keema is flavorful and makes you fall in love with soy. Soy Keema Murtabak it is, for those missing the meat.
The Burrito Bowl came as a complete surprise. The Mexican favorite sans meat was an insant hit. Call for it for the humungous portion size and dlightful melange of flavors read – salsa, avocado, cheese and beans.
The Tandoor ka Bhuna Paneer Tikka and Dal Makhani could be your orders without a second glance at the menu. Perfect answer to some North Indians who often go, ‘Pune ki Dal Makhani me wo baat nahi!” Sorry folks, not anymore.
The Asian Healthy Green bowl was more goodness than taste. Not something that I would repeat. Also a simple Zeera rice and some flaky naans are better off than the Awadhi Pulao. Dry fruits on my rice is never my scene.
Without a doubt, the Old Delhi Kulfi Falooda wins when paired with the Sugar free Anjeer Samosa on the table. Kulfi is how a kulfi should be, thick and dunked in rabri-falooda! The latter could work well for the diabetics, not for me just yet (touchwood).
With a well crafted menu and excellent execution, This kind of food could grow leaps at a more central and accessible location. For now it will have to test its waters at Creaticity Mall.
Disclaimer: This Review is based on a complimentary invite extended by Nine Square. The opinion expressed in the review is entirely my own and in no manner influenced by any party.