Pandora Gastronomy & Bar – a delightful experience

With it’s beautiful white & blue interiors and a multitude of seating options (indoors, alfresco & mezzanine) – Pandora makes for a lovely place for lunch or dinner. The menu has been designed by celebrity chef Ajay Chopra and encompasses Indian as well as global selection of dishes. And of course – as the name suggests, you can expect a heady dose of molecular gastronomy.’

Just like a Pandora’s box, you’d find a surprising selection of dishes covering almost all ground. The most interesting bit was the section on ‘5 Minute Gastronomy’. It encompasses dishes that would be on your table in 5 minutes flat. Another amazing innovation is that most of their dishes come with 2 size options. So depending on your group size, you can actually decide between half and full portions.

If I were to list my top 5 vegetarian picks at Pandora, they’d be as follows:

  1. Tandoori Soya Chaap
  2. Burmese Khowsuey
  3. Roasted garlic, sun-dried tomato, feta & arugula Flatbread
  4. Hazelnut & Salted caramel Moelleux
  5. Gajar Halwa Boreks

Beginning with the soups, the Mushroom and Liquorice stout was pretty good, whereas the Burmese Khowsuey was excellent. I was just a little stumped to see Khowsuey in the ‘Soup’ section, since it’s conventionally a main.

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Mushroom and Liquorice stout
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Burmese Khowsuey

Moving on to appetisers, the Broccoli Galouti (infused with saffron) as well as the Trio of Paneer seemed rather lacklustre.

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Broccoli Galouti

But the Tandoori Soya Chaap was magical! Hands down, the best ever chaap I’d ever eaten – so meaty, so well marinated, finger-licking good.

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Tandoori Soya Chaap

The Thai chili corn cakes were interesting with their strong lemongrass flavour and so were the Corn, Peas & Cheese spring rolls with their charred chilli dip.

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Thai chili corn cakes

Pandora has put a very innovative spin on quesadilla crafting Murgh Khurchan & Pindi Chole quesadillas. I tried the Pindi Choley one which was quite flavourful, combined with sour cream and pineapple salsa.

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Pindi Chole quesadilla

The Mushroom & Truffle oil Naan, although quite interesting in theory; could have done with a more robust filling.

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Mushroom & Truffle oil Naan

Surprisingly, Pandora serves a variety of dim-sums as well; and does quite a good job. The Broccoli, Corn & Cheddar dim-sums I tried were melt-in-the-mouth.

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Broccoli, Corn & Cheddar dim-sums

Contradictory to it’s name, the flat-breads aren’t really flat-breads, but toppings on a khari base. The one I tried was topped with feta, sun-dried tomato, roasted garlic & arugula and was tasty to boot! The quantity though is very meagre for the price.

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Feta, sun-dried tomato, roasted garlic & arugula flatbread

The Kulcha box, on the other hand, is excellent value for money. A sexy tiffin arrives with a compartment full of dilliwale chole, another one full of dal makhni and another with a selection of kulchas (aloo/cheese/garlic/paneer). The taste though was just about average, with a marked bitterness in the chole and graininess in the dal.

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Kulcha box

The desserts at Pandora are a thing of beauty. They’ve gone fusion with a lot of traditional Indian mithais and transformed them into gorgeous modern avataars.

The Hazelnut & Salted Caramel Moelleux was one of my favourite desserts in recent times. Now this wasn’t a classic moelleux, just shaped like one. The flavours nonetheless, were spectacular. Soft chocolate hazelnut mousse lay atop a firmer hazelnut layer and was surrounded by a nutty chocolate soil, drizzled with salted caramel. Perfect in every sense!

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Hazelnut & Salted Caramel Moelleux

Another favourite were the Gajar Halwa Boreks. Super creamy gajar halwa stuffed in deep-fried puff pastry; served with roundels of dark chocolate mousse. Mind-blowing stuff!

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Gajar Halwa Boreks

The Phirni parfait, replete with a liquid nitrogen frozen rose was a beautiful dessert, but needed a tad bit more sweetness to actually qualify for a dessert in my dictionary.

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Phirni parfait

The Stuffed kala jamun, anjeer & doda barfi, dark chocolate mousse didn’t really ring a bell for me; nor did the Japanese cloud cake.

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Stuffed kala jamun, anjeer & doda barfi
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Japanese cloud cake

Pandora does a selection of ice-creams too, of which the Masal Chai and the Gulkand ones were really good.

All in all, Pandora is a beautiful place with a massive selection of dishes that will definitely find approval with all palates. The pricing is quite decent for the kind of place and food, and is definitely not over-the-top. They are still awaiting their bar license, and one that’s in; it’s going to be a joyride.

Happy Eating!
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*Disclaimer – This meal was hosted by the restaurant.

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