“What do you feel like eating?”
“Fine, I’m ordering a pizza!”
Okay, I’m a girl but Am I the only one who struggles like this before ordering? At the end of the day, it’s always a choice between pizza/pasta/Maggie/nachos/pav bhaji kind of popular dishes.
Of course, they are delicious but how about giving them a traditional twist!? How about trying something new? Bloggers meet was organized here and it was a gourmet experience to remember.
This place recreates the magic of streets of Paris and offers a range of fusion food.
Spread over two floors, its interiors are as diverse as the food they serve. From creating an industrial atmosphere with mezzanine sitting to transporting you to some street cafe in Paris, this house turned cafe provides a warm, cozy, casual and lively Ambiance. From white Royal chairs to bright colored French bistro chairs and benches, this place has it all. There’s a green colored wall with a vertical garden, which is breathtakingly beautiful. There’s a giant clock that I couldn’t take my eyes off. Vibrant color combinations just add to its quirkiness.
Food is a universal language, and the Chef Shailendra Kekade, host of ‘Style Chef’ on channel food food, has recreated O2’s menu amalgamating traditional global cuisines, with strong indori influence. Yes, there’s jeeravan in popcorn tempura and shikanji in tres desi leches.
The concept of molecular gastronomy is comparatively new in Indore and O2 being a pioneer, is living up to its name. There are ‘never heard before,’ dishes on the menu that are appealing to eyes and delight to my palate.
We were served a variety of dishes, here are my favorites –
ROCK CORN TEMPURA-
Spicy, crispy and light. Tempura is basically a Japanese dish where vegetables/seafood are dipped in batter and deep fried. As chef’s style is incorporating global ingredients with a Desi twist, here he has added jeeravan which makes these balls, amazeballs! These munchies are perfect to go along with a mocktail/cocktail & it’s dip which is sweet and spicy, perfectly compliments the dish. It was served with makhani mayo and kachumar.
Let’s call this dish jeeravan popcorn, okay!?
CORN CHOWDER PAAV WALA –
Chef has definitely outdone himself here. It’s thick & creamy. Corn Chowder is a popular American dish, and the twist by the chef is the usage of ‘bhutte ka kiss.’ He got this soup’s inspiration from our very own sarafa.
It’s served in an edible bread bowl and it tastes as delicious as it looks. Chunks of corn just add to its beauty. You can feel the richness of the soup with every sip.
O2 SPECIAL MARGHERITA PIZZA –
Don’t expect mundane food items when the chef associated is Shailendra Kekade. This simple Margherita pizza will blow you away. It’s not a circle, but a rectangle divided into nine pieces making it easier to eat. It’s thin crust, and it has watermelon in its base. Cheese and watermelon give away a hard to resist combination. It’s different and it’s worth it. However, if you don’t like sweet much, try the pizza mentioned below.
DHABA KADAI CHICKEN PIZZA –
Again a thin crust and oh so good. Margherita was a bit on the sweeter side, & this is more on the spicy side which is pretty evident from its name. It’s a perfect blend of cheese and chili. I have a thing for new york style thin crust pizza and this didn’t disappoint.
SPINACH JALAPEÑO HUMMUS –
I’m not big on healthy alternatives but this hummus made me go ummmmmmmmm. I irk at the name of spinach but this dish has changed my opinions, & I’m pretty sure will change yours too. It’s as good as it looks. Presentation gets full marks. It’s served with toasted garlic bread.
KULCHA BAR –
We were served three different kinds – bacon kulcha, Cheese Chilli Kulcha, & Matar Kulcha.
Bacon Kulcha – I’m amazed why nobody thought of this before. It was heavenly & oh so heavy haha. I’m still craving for it. It’s a must try here. No words can interpret the experience and flavors of this dish.
Cheese Chilli Kulcha & Matar Kulcha are vegetarians delight. Kulcha with cheese and jeez it was so delectable. I’m not so big on Matar, but these kulchas are worth a try. Traditional going global. I couldn’t try Sichuan chicken kulcha but my fellow blogger was raving about it.
MAIN COURSE –
I’ve always wondered why can’t we have a casual diner. Why do we have to dress up & go to a fancy hotel’s overpriced restaurant? This cafe offers the main course that’s soul filling, in a very quirky environment. This cafe da ville is a perfect place to have dinner, not just coffee. This place offers so much more.
MURGH MAKHANWALA –
Nothing out of the box, it’s a traditional preparation that will satiate your soul. It’s served with roti, rice, and salad. Tender and succulent chicken is to die for. It’s creamy, yummy & quantity is sufficient to fill your tummy.
HYDERABADI CHICKEN KEEMA BIRYANI –
This is again a favorite. It stands true to its origin – Hyderabad. Chicken Keema with aromatic basmati rice, garnished with caramelized onions makes this a pot of heaven. Nothing makes me happier than a good bowl of biryani, and this just elevated my mood.
They say to save the best for the last? Oh well, it stands true and you’ll know I’m right when you’ll see these DESSERTS.
And with this, a new era of food begins in Indore.
The menu has items like Red velvet Kulfi Block, Tres Desi leches, dahi bhalle Ki Kulfi, espresso pannacotta, Maghai paan pannacotta, chocolate chappanbhog, & sour cherry cheesecake.
TRES DESI LECHES –
Tres leches literally means three Milk & this is an indori style dessert with Ghevar at the bottom, ras malai in between and shikanji ice cream on top. The best part was the fact that we witnessed it’s making. It was a like a kid watching a magic trick. As I said, molecular gastronomy is new to Indore. Use of liquid nitrogen gives away an exotic feel. Freeze dried ras malai was pretty hard to Crack though haha. Nevertheless, it’s an experience in itself & one of a kind in Indore.
MAGHAI PAAN PANNACOTTA –
The after dinner sweetener gets a makeover here with liquid nitrogen. Paan pannacotta is molecular gastronomy at its best. Paan is frozen with liquid nitrogen (temperature = -195 degree and while preparing it, the chef warned us not to touch it out of curiosity haha!) & then it’s crushed into pieces and served over pannacotta which is an Italian dessert made with cream. Italy to Indore, this dish is worth every penny.
CHOCOLATE CHAPPAN BHOG –
As I’ve made it pretty evident in my previous blogs, I’m not big on chocolates & yet again this dish had me craving for more. I didn’t get the chance to try it with my fellow bloggers, and after I heard people raving about it, I asked the chef If I can just have one little serving for tasting. In return, I was served half of what is actually served if you’ll order the dish and it was still huge. The twist is, I ate it all. All. Yes. Rum balls are to die for. Apart from the chocolate brownie, chocolate mousse and chocolate ice cream, it also had mini ras malai!! This dish is a must try.
With this, we come to an end of this review.
– It’s a late night cafe. Open till 2 am.
– Valet parking.
– Fusion dishes.
– BOOKS – cafe has a huge collection of books. Enjoy your reading quietly with a cup of coffee!
– Comfortable sitting arrangement.
– Location – situated in the heart of the city.
– Service is quick.
– Detox water is available.
– You can order via an iPad, you don’t need to call a writer.
– Beautiful interiors.
– Live music – let your hair loose with the live band playing every Sunday.
– Exhibitions – a perfect platform to showcase & promote local talent.
– Separate smoking zone.
– The best part is – THEY SERVE ALCOHOL ON SUNDAYS! So enjoy your drink with live music in this cozy cafe with sumptuous meals. What more can you ask for?
– No wi-fi.
– Fusion dishes may not suit your palate so ask the waiter/chef about the dish before ordering.
My ratings –
Ambiance – ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️
Food – ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️.5
Value for money – ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️.5
Presentation – ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️
Service – ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️
Overall – ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️
Here’s a special thanks to the Chef Shailendra Kekade & Mr. Vicki Soni, for being such amazing hosts. I was so ecstatic to meet the style chef, and a conversation with him & I left the venue with a smile on my face. I’ll always remember his words, ‘indore se hi leke indore ko hi de raha hu!’ – when he told me that the inspiration for these fusion dishes came from sarafa and chappan!
This place offers everything you can ask for. Chilling with your friends, to dining with your family, to reading your favorite book alone with a cup of coffee, to let your hair down on Sundays over sangria with live music, it’s a perfect venue with great menu. I’ll give this place four stars on five, recommending the dishes I’ve written above, especially the desserts. Thank me later!
Till next time,