Spacious, chic and very modern interiors courtesy Gauri Khan all add to the style element of Arth, the latest fine dining restaurant at The Westin Pune. Exquisite lighting in the form of chandeliers and quirky signature pieces like the book towers and side lamps all blend together in perfect harmony to elevate the overall dining experience. Arth boasts of being India’s first gas free restaurant relying on custom made essentials like angeethi, smoker, sandpit and sigri.
The silbatta (traditional grinding stone) enjoying center stage in the open kitchen brought back childhood memories of my own grandmother’s kitchen. Here this tool is not just for show. Masalas are actually ground on it to keep things authentic. Chef Amninder Sandhu ensures that old meets new in every aspect as ingredients are sourced from all over to create a menu wherein unique ingredients are picked to be the hero of the dish.
Start your culinary journey with the amuse bouche pearls in an oyster shell which is white chocolate balls encompassing pani puri water. A most unusual pairing but it works beautifully. For starters begin with the Stuffed Morels wherein a glass clouche filled with smoke is lifted to reveal morels that are stuffed with mushrooms.
Smoky but not overpowering in the least bit the morels were delicious with a meaty texture offset by the walnut and nachni soil underneath. Interestingly morels sell for Rs 26,000 to Rs 36,000 a kg. Do give the melt in the mouth Mutton Kakori a shot as well. Next try the Kurkuri Arbi- the arbi is so crispy and yummy that I couldn’t believe it’s the same vegetable that I have absolutely no fondness for. The tangy chutney had me shamelessly helping myself to seconds.
Another dish you definitely must sample is the Chicken Makhmali where tender, moist chicken is topped with light as air whipped egg whites and black truffle pate, absolutely divine. Mains is a really tough choice but I finally settle for the Hay Smoked Jungli Murghi which is a really well-balanced gravy accompanied by jowar roti and stuffed bhavnagri chillies.
Wanna savour something different then look no further than the Deomali. Here mutton pieces are smoked inside a bamboo cylinder and served with rice wrapped in an alpinia leaf. The meat has a lovely aroma of the bamboo while the rice takes on a citrusy fragrance.
Vegetarians can give the Pearl Potatoes a shot, these pea sized potatoes are sourced from Assam and served with a wonderfully light Dahi Khamiri roti. Paneer Smoked is another unique dish. The paneer is stuffed with spiced green peas on a bed of spinach gravy and comes along with a Manipuri black rice dosa. The softness of the paneer marries well with the crispy dosa.
To finish of the meal for dessert do try the Angoori Rabdi. Here soft cottage cheese dumplings are served in a phyllo nest. Visually stunning and flavor wise lovely. Another option is the Kaali Gaajar ka Halwa wherein black carrots are sourced from Punjab to make a halwa which is not overbearingly sweet. A perfect end to a really top notch meal.
The Westin Pune
36/3-B, Mundhwa Rd,
Koregaon Park Annexe, Ghorpadi,
Pune, Maharashtra 411001
Phone: 020 6721 0000
Disclaimer – This review was done on an invitation from the establishment. Views expressed in the review is entirely ours and without any bias. Pictures of the dishes are not the standard portions, they are sample portions.