Zouq is the restaurant newly opened in Fergusson College road, Pune. Owing to my friends hostel curfews, we all wanted to go to a place where we would get a table easily and service is quick. Finding such a place on a Sunday night in F.C. Road is next to impossible which was why I was very surprised and shocked to find this place empty when we walked in at 8 p.m considering the fact that it is new, people are generally curious to try out new places, and also being situated in a student dominant area.
The cuisine is north Indian, mughlai and biryani. Before writing about the food, the interior décor simply won my heart. The tables are on the first floor. Light blue dominates the whole place and the dim lights bring out the best vision of blue. One side of the wall is decorated fully with framed pictures of various simple but beautiful monuments and nature. The opposite wall is covered with plates in various colours and designs, majorly blue, against white wall. Third side of the wall was decorated with red kettles. White ropes are used to decorate the entire ceiling, they are neatly plaited and the light lamps with a antique look are suspended from the ceiling.
There are colourful spices kept in glass bottles arranged in a rack. They have sofa’s in light leafy green and colourful steel chairs for seating two people. In short, the place is a complete fusion of modern with traditional Indian.
The menu has soups, kathi rolls, kebabs, subzis, Indian breads and biryani. Vegetarians have a very limited choice and chicken lovers have more to choose from. Since, we were having vegetarian, we were started our meal with cream of mushroom soup, the
only other choice we had was tomato soup. Soup was served within ten minutes, as far as the taste is considered it tasted just fine.
For starters we ordered #Zouqspecialpaneerkebab, this dish was the best among everything we ordered that night. The kebab had the perfect balance of spice which did not make us burn our tongue and bring tears or very bland. They served the dish with onions and mint chutney. The best part was the surprise inside the kebab, it was stuffed with a sweet coconut based paste. Personally, not a fan of sweet food with spicy food but got very excited to find stuffing inside.
Then we ordered vegetable biryani, here again the only choices available was vegetable biryani, dal khichdi and jeera rice the quantity of rice was enough for 3 people since the soup and starter half-filled our appetite. Raita was served with the biryani. The biryani was slightly bland but since the salt in the raita was on the higher side they both made a good combination.
The total bill came up to Rs.600 only, the prices on menu are exclusive of service tax. Along with the bill they served paan!