Kader Khan’s Sheesha is a new property in Pune and a chain from Mumbai, started by Chef Kadar Khan, the man associated with brands like Dum Pukht, Bukhara, amongst others.
The fresh, open air ambience, the lovely cabanas, the catchy background music and the delicious food make Sheesha an excellent choice for spending a couple of hours with friends. The cane chairs, plenty of planters and the soothing white interiors add to the charm of this place. I had an extremely pleasant lunch here and would love to go back again, and again.
I had the bestest Virgin Mojito here –perfect levels of sour, sweet and chilled. I enjoy mojitos with my Indian meals. They are refreshing, and perfectly compliment the heavy and spicy food.
SUBZ SEEKH KEBAB (Rs 260) – These were delicate, melt in the mouth beauties. To be eaten right when they arrive. A must order item for all vegetarians.
CHEESE CORN KURKURE (Rs 280) – Cheese stuffed in phyllo pastry and then deep fried. Decent on flavor, but I’m not a fan of deep-fried appetizers.
VEG KEBAB PLATTER (Rs 640) – This comprised of 2 types of paneer preparations, babycorn, tandoori aloo, mushroom and a type of kebab. It’s a great way to try out varied preparations. One platter is enough for 3 to 4 people. The stand-out components of this platter were the mushrooms and the kebabs.
Coming down to the MAINS:
CHEESE KULCHA (Rs 80) – They do an excellent cheese kulcha that is enormous and generously stuffed with cheese. Highly recommended.
PANEER PALAK – This preparation was par excellence! So fresh, so full of flavor, and most importantly, no artificial colors used. Loved it. Highly recommended.
MALAI KOFTA (Rs 270) – Rich malai koftas soaked in a creamy brown gravy. What’s not to love?
The gravies of both these mains were distinct, fresh, creamy, and very very flavorful.
DAL BUKHARA (Rs 230) – The Dal Bukhara at Sheesha is the best one I’ve eaten so far. The flavours are bang on, and the consistency is absolutely rich and creamy. This one was love. I wouldn’t mind coming to Kadar Khan’s Sheesha just for this one spectacular dish! You have to eat this here.
Time for desi desserts:
The PHIRNI (Rs 99) here is par excellence. I couldn’t decode whether that was a phirni or a rabdi; it was that rich. Highly recommended.
AWADHI LAHSOON KI KHEER (Rs 99) – Yeah, I was shocked to read this on the menu. But it was actually quite good. Once cooked, garlic loses it’s pungency. You can definitely give this a shot, if feeling experimental.
SHAHI TUKDA (Rs 100) – This was my first ever shahi tukda, so I do not have any benchmark to compare it with. It was soft and creamy. Yet not something that I loved.
GULAB JAMUN (Rs 110) – Those mini gulab jamuns were a treat! Perfectly made.
OVERALL VERDICT – Kadar Khan’s SHEESHA has an excellent vibe and lip-smacking food! It’s the perfect place for catching up with friends or even a chilled out date. The pricing is very very affordable, considering the excellent quality of food they serve. It’s a place not to be missed on the Pune food scene.
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*Disclaimer – This meal was hosted by the restaurant. A huge thank you to Shivangi Shah and Carpe Diem for the same.