A ‘Wild Sugar’ Rush!
Wild Sugar Patisserie and Cafe is a cozy cafe tucked in Viman Nagar. It’s a great place to hang out for coffee, have a delicious meal or stuff yourself stupid with some amazing desserts. I was invited for an exclusive food tasting with Food Prowl. I would like to thank both Food Prowl as well as Wild Sugar Patisserie and Cafe for the lovely dinner and a great time.
This cafe is owned by Darshan Bhattad and Ajay Ahuja and has it’s origins in the city of Belgaum. The Viman Nagar branch is one of two in Pune, the other being in Aundh. The cafe has al fresco seating as well as indoor seating. The interior is cozy, fun and inviting.
Apple Mint Mojito – This is a fabulous drink, stuffed full of apple slices and a bunch of mint leaves. A very agreeable twist on the classic mojito. It is sweet, fizzy and fresh with perfect acidity from the apple.
Brownie Shake – Served in an old school milk bottle, this is a very satisfying drink. Chocolatey with chunks of brownie in frothy cool milk.
Lemon Ice Tea – Needs no introduction. Really refreshing, minty and lemony.
Vegetable Arancini Balls – Crispy golden balls stuffed with stringy cheese and vegetables served with a flavour packed salsa. Perfect with the drinks.
Chicken Tempura – Well seasoned chicken in a crispy fried tempura batter served with a creamy sauce. It was very flavourful but I would have loved it if the batter was lighter and crispier.
BBQ Chicken Wings – Big ol’ meaty wings grilled to juicy perfection, doused in spicy, tangy and sweet BBQ sauce. Highly satisfying.
Koshibir Salad – Not the typical Maharashtrian koshimbir, as Chef Ajay explained, but North Karnataka style. Perfectly julienned veggies – carrot, onion and beet – with lots of fenugreek leaves (methi) and sprouted Turkish Gram (matki). It was lightly seasoned with lemon juice, salt and pepper; served with al dente brown rice boiled with turmeric and other spices. It was a very unique modern twist on koshimbir which was very earthy, fresh and tasty (not to forget extremely nutritious). The rice was particularly flavoursome. The salad would do with a stronger dressing though. Even a generous squeeze of lime would elevate it to perfection.
Apple, Pear and Walnut Salad – The other end of the salad spectrum with a lovely olive oil and balsamic vinaigrette. Sweet apple and pear, fresh lettuce and crunchy walnuts with creamy marscarpone cheese.
Ciazza (Ciabatta Bread Pizza)
Tomato, Basil and Mozzarella Ciazza – Thick, soft ciabatta bread topped with tangy tomato, fresh basil and creamy mozzarella in a garlicy red sauce. Very tasty, but a nice crispy crust on the bottom of the bread would have added another dimension of texture.
Spicy Mutton, Egg and Cheddar Ciazza – Now this was a flavour bomb that just exploded in my mouth. A layer of spicy perfectly cooked mutton mince topped with a half fried egg, the yolk still oozing, garnished with salt, pepper and red chilly powder. I’m going to stop talking, I need a minute alone….
Read between the Breads
Paneer Tikka Kulcha – I’m a big fan of paneer and this is one dish that just deepens my love for it. Extremely well flavoured chunks of paneer tikka in between kulchas, some fries and salad. One of the dishes that makes a hardcore carnivore like me, forget about meat for a while.
Chicken Pita Pocket – Very flavoursome dish, cubes of roasted chicken with a few vegetables and creamy mayonnaise within a pita, served with really good hummus and fries. What could go wrong?
Harissa Chicken and Egg Panini – Spicy harissa chicken, with some egg and cheese in a pressed panini bun. Flavoursome and filling.
There’s more? – Mains
Spaghetti Meatballs – This is one dish that almost every restaurant serves. This is again a dish that almost every restaurant messes up. Not at Wild Sugar! Juicy, meaty lamb meatballs, with a wonderful garlicy red sauce on a bed of perfectly textured, al dente spaghetti topped with some basil. Mix it up, put you head down and stuff yourself till it’s finished. Then take the cheesy garlic bread and mop the plate with it and devour that too. Go to spaghetti heaven.
Three Cheese Pasta – Creamy, cheesy and comforting pasta dish. Classic. Superb.
Wild Sugar has a fantastic dessert menu. It’s all set in front of you on display and you really want to reach out and grab everything. We tasted five –
White Chocolate Strawberry Bavarian Mousse – This dessert was so beautiful that it was painful to slice into it. But then I tasted it and I could barely keep my eyes open to look at it! The sweet and slightly tart strawberry layer, the creamy mousse, white chocolate and a lovey crunch from the biscuit at the bottom. It was heavenly and a great combination of flavours and textures.
Strawberry Cheese Cake – A fantastic baked cheesecake topped with strawberry sauce. Really awesome.
Orange Chocolate Partait – A beautifully tangy and flavoursome orange centre surrounded by a sweet chocolate parfait with an armour of sweet and bitter dark chocolate! Sinfully good. This was topped with some lemon zest which just took it to another level. Served on a candy stick.
Paris Brest – Another lovely French dessert. A pastry base like an eclair topped with praline flavoured cream enthroned with artistically prepared dark chocolate. Many textures and very decadent.
Red Velvet Cake – Another classic dessert. Beautifully prepared. The layers of the cake and the cream were superb! One of the best in Pune.
This was a truely magical evening with amazing food, mind blowing desserts and great company. Wild Sugar has really jumped to almost the top of my list, especially for their desserts. Their menu is very innovative, the dishes are extremely well prepared, loaded with flavour and it’s just a great place to hang out.
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