Eating out at LavasaOnce again it has been a long break; well it definitely isn’t easy managing two blogs. Thankfully my brother Aroop Bose decided to step in and help me out again with a restaurant review. This time the restaurant under review is Oriental Octopus and is located in a place called Lavasa which is about an hour and a half drive from Pune.
Lavasa is one such place, there is nothing much to see here but it is an excellent place to chill, relax while you take in the scenic and unpolluted beauty of the Sahyadhri range and most important you can gorge on some delicious food. On our occasional trips to Lavasa we enjoyed the food at Oriental Octopus. It is over to my brother for the review.
Eating out at Lavasa – Oriental Octopus and Fortune Select
by Aroop Bose
Although Lavasa is a very small place it has quite a good number of eating places, of them Oriental Octopus is our favourite. For those who have not heard about Lavasa – it is a new and developing hill city located in Pune District, Maharashtra, India; Oriental Octopus, as the name suggests this restaurant serves oriental food – Japanese, Vietnamese, Burmese, Chinese, Thai, Chinese, Korean and Malayasian – hence the name Oriental Octopus; Chinese cuisine dominates the menu, quite understandably.
In our last three visits to Lavasa Oriental Octopus has been our favourite eating place, the food here is really very good and prepared with a lot of care and of course the staff is very helpful, friendly and efficient. I would like to write about some of the dishes we ate there during our visits to Lavasa. In one of our lunches we decided to go vegetarian and ordered for Tempura Vegetables, Vegetables in Black Beans and Coriander Sauce and vegetable fried
Vegetables is a dish made from crispy fried vegetables in Japanese batter
served with tentsuyu sauce. Before frying pieces of vegetable such as zucchini,
carrot, brinjal (aubergine or eggplant), baby corn and mushroom are dipped in a
batter made with corn flour, refined flour and sugar. Vegetables in Black Beans
and Coriander Sauce was exactly as the name suggests, in one of our later
visits to this
restaurant we also tried the non-vegetarian version of this dish
which was made with wok tossed chicken with black beans and button mushrooms.
We also had Pan Fried Soft and Crispy Noodles topped with light soy sauce and
Three Pearl Lemon Coriander Soup; this soup was nothing like we had ever eaten
before, truly different and worth eating again.
|Chicken with black and button mushrooms|
What we like about Oriental Octopus is that the food here has a nice subtle blend of flavours, no individual flavour overpowers; the food itself is very light and ideal for travellers. Tempura Vegetables was really crispy and light as it should be and was served in a bamboo container.
The staff here is very co-operative and welcoming; on two occasions we requested the chef to prepare a dish which was not on the menu, once it was a very light chicken dish and the other was a noodle dish. We just described how we wanted the dishes and what
the chef prepared for us was delightful. The last time when
we visited Lavasa the restaurant treated us with a complementary dessert – 5
Spice Chocolate Mousse; without doubt it was one of best desserts we ever
tasted in recent times. The mousse was light
the spices were in just the right proporportion,
it was a superb blend of the mild spicy flavour of five spice, complementing
this was the rich taste of chocolate and was served on a bed of a thin cake.
Before setting shop in Lavasa Oriental Octopus has been functioning in Delhi
and Noida and the chefs working in Lavasa are sent to Delhi for training.
|A noodle dish made as per our request|
|5 Spice Chocolate Mousse|
Oriental Octopus is one of the restaurants of The Waterfront Shaw, an apartment hotel; the hotel has other restaurants and food outlets as well. I would like to also briefly talk about another restaurant of The Waterfront Shaw – The All American Diner. The menu here is very different from anything we have so far seen or eaten anywhere; the food is somewhat ‘snacky’ but high
|Fortune Select Dasve|
Before I conclude I would like to describe the sumptuous breakfast we had at Fortune Select Dasve, the hotel we stayed in. The breakfast is served at their restaurant called Zodiac and the
|Buffet breakfast at Fortune Select Dasve|