‘Wild Sugar‘ – as soon as I read the name, my curiosity was piqued. Had to visit here. But unfortunately before I could make it, the outlet located at Aundh shut down operations.
But as our good fate would have it, Chef Ajay Ahuja (former chef at Theobroma, Mumbai) and Darshan Bhattad joined hands together to come up with a new outlet located in Viman nagar. And boy, I am glad they did!
First up, I settled for the Mixed Berry smoothie and Oh MY Gawd!! Lots of frozen blueberries blended with yogurt made for an excellent concoction. Low on sweetness and absolutely no flavor of additives or artificial flavouring agents – this would be my go-to drink on every visit. Fellow bloggers claimed that the ‘Apple Mint Mojito‘ and the ‘Sunny Fizz‘ were spot on. But for me, the Mixed Berry smoothie takes home the cup.
Next in, were the appetisers. Here’s how they fared:
Bread Rolls – Super. Absolutely flavorful. Couldn’t stop eating. My Indian taste-buds were doing a happy dance after eating this.
Baby corn Tempura – Crisp batter-fried baby corn. The dish was well made, and served alongside was a great mayo dip.
Veg Aranchini Balls – What’s not to love in a cheesy, gooey ball, you ask? Well, the fact that it was heavily loaded with black peppercorn, which did not appeal to me. I did give feedback regarding this, and I hope the chef tweaks the recipe to a perfect spice level. Once that is taken care of, it was otherwise a good dish.
Veg Mezze platter – This huge platter consisted of Lavash, grilled Pita bread and 4 dips – Hummus, Garlic mayo, Feta cheese and Tzatziki. While the breads were good, the hummus was the only downer for the day. I had never had bad hummus ever, but this one was it. It was so wrong, I hope the chef gets a whole new recipe for this one. The feta, on the other hand, was outstanding.
Mushroom Ciazza – So this is a cross between Bruschetta and pizza.It’s slices of sliced Ciabatta bread loaded with toppings. We tried the one topped with buttery soft mushrooms and it was yummm… Must try for mushroom lovers.
It’s salad time folks! This is what we tried:
Apple, Pear and Walnut Salad with Mascarpone Cheese & Balsamic Reduction – The award for the best salad I have had in a long time goes to this one. It was so good I couldn’t stop eating it. The crunchy apple and pear slices, the toasted walnuts and the creamy Mascarpone blended together wonderfully! Full marks to this one . And did I mention, the portion size is so huge that it can suffice for lunch for 1 person.
Koshimbir Salad with Brown Rice – In total contrast to the earlier one, this was perhaps one of my least favourite salads ever. Comprised of Raw sprouts and bitter Methi leaves, it was impossible for me to have a third bite. But the brown rice served alongside was extremely flavourful.
Tandoori Paneer Focaccia – This comprised of Tandoori Paneer stuffed inside an olive crusted Focaccia bread. It was served with fries and a portion of salad. I absolutely loved the smoky flavor of the paneer encased in a fresh in-house baked Focaccia. I’d recommend for vegetarians to try this dish.
Pita pockets – This dish consisted of Pita pockets stuffed with falafel balls and dressing. I found it to be too dry. Did not enjoy this one.
Finally came the moment I was waiting for – desserts! Wild Sugar primarily being a patisserie, I had very high hopes from the dessert section. And it did not disappoint. Here’s what I had:
The Red Velvet – I can claim for this Red Velvet to be amongst the best in town. This was easily the best one I’ve ever had. Perfectly moist sponge, great quality cream cheese and no skimping on the cream cheese at all! It was beautiful.. to look at and on my tongue. Highly highly recommended.
Triple layered Chocolate Mousse – As the name suggests, this one comprised of 3 layers of chocolate mousse – dark, milk, and white. Great to look at, and smooth to taste – this was a good one.
Mango Baked Cheesecake & Orange Chocolate Parfait-Though both these desserts were beautifully presented, I did not find them all that great to taste. I mean, they are not bad at all. But not too great either. So you could give these a miss.
My take – What I noticed across all the food was the quality and freshness of ingredients. There were absolutely no compromises on that front. The portion sizes are huge too and the place is extremely VFM. Just a few dishes gone wrong, that can be overlooked. All in all, there is plenty to great stuff to eat here.
Oh, and by the way, they do a lot of fresh breads on order. And amazing cakes too.. So do not miss those.
P.S. Many thanks to Pomelo Social and the team at Wild Sugar for hosting us.
To see more droolworthy food pictures, follow me on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/thevegetarianfoodiee/
To read more food reviews, catch me on Zomato at https://www.zomato.com/thevegetarianfoodieruchi