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“Food Tasting Event : Khiva, Phoenix Market City - Pune”
Review of Khiva

Ranked #468 of 7,186 Restaurants in Pune
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Reviewed 15 March 2018

The tasting invite for a blogger's table was extended by the TGD consultants. Khiva is a fine dining restaurant and having opened its door to Pune last year - it has left quite an impressions on the foodies of the city.

I had an excellent experience, the last time I was here about 6 months ago.

This time I was aiming to try only their vegetarian delicacies and I was excited to see how the dishes turn out to be.

I had these details on my last blog too, yet to recapitulate the one of the stories behind the history of KHIVA.
KHIVA is actually a small city located in Uzbekistan, established in the beginning of the Christian era.
KHIVA is a city of rugged people.
There are various stories establishing the name of the place - one such story was that: the travelers having drunk the water from the city would exclaim with "Khey Waah" - which was eventually shortened for KHIVA.
They specialize in Royal Frontier cuisine. the Bukhara cuisine hailing from the North Western Uzbekistan with dishes cooked with their superior quality in house ingredients.
The rugged terrain look has been imparted to its plush decor - the Arabic music playing gives a feel of the total ambiance.

Without much ado, jumping straight to the food.There was a set menu for the blogger's table.
First to be served were the NAMAK PARA with a combination of spicy dips in mint, chili tomato,tamarind,mayonnaise and cheese. A nice time killer.
The vegetarians were hit off with the SUBZ LACHEELA KEBAB - an assorted vegetable kebab which was coated with fried vermicelli - way too crispy and a tad bit oily. The kebab was nicely done, yet lacked a charm for this beautiful looking dish.
The CHEESE KURKURE was a form of a spring roll with stuffing of minced mushrooms and melted cheese in a warq and deep fried. This, I can claim to be the winner among st all the vegetarian starters for the day.

In between our mocktails were served - opted for the VIRGIN MOJITO - it was sweet beyond compare for a mojito, yet it added as a cooler for the hot items on the table. The AATISH E ALOO were these crispy spicy tandoor-grilled potato pockets with filling of crispy assortments along with pieces of anar. It was definitely oily and had significant taste of turmeric out flowing - this was slightly off putting.The PESHWARI PANEER TIKKA - absolutely delicate fresh in house well marinated paneer, char grilled and flavored with spices.The DAL KHIVA - oh my my the thick rich black lentils dal which is part of their bukhara preparation. This dal had been cooked overnight and this one was definitely one of the best dals I have ever had.
The cream atop was like the icing on the cake and when you eat it hot - it is delicious with flavors of dal imbibed in tomatoes, ginger, garlic which had been used extensively in the preparation. The significant taste of ghee in their preparation was so satisfying. The PANEER KHURCHAN yet again, was a delight to gorge on. Paneer sauteed in mustard seeds along with bell peppers, tomatoes, to give a semi liquid gravy. This when paired with the roti was an instant hit. The use of kasturi methi and coriander leaves made it unputtable.The SUBZ BIRYANI - as the server unearthed the biryani which had the dough covering, the aroma just spread across. The spicy masalas covering the layers of the long grains of rice and the added vegetables like beans, potatoes, carrots made the biryani flavorsome. It was super hot and cooked to perfection - it was paired with the mirch ka salan and their special raita - hats off!The desserts were the happy endings.
The ANJEER KA HALWA was a brilliant impressive dessert - it had me in one bite. It was their Awadhi specialty. The anjeer halwa was garnished with a thick rabdi and slices of dry fruits like pistachio and almonds - it was pure indulgence.The LYCHEE KI TAHREE - one of their master-chef's specialty - thick ultra smooth rabdi base , lychee slices dressed with dry fruits - bowled over with their dessert preparations.

~Bon Appétit!!

Date of visit: March 2018
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Reviewed 11 March 2018 via mobile

I was invited for a Bloggers Table and it was a really good dining experience.
Khiva is located at the third floor of Phoenix Mall and had spacious seating. The ambiance is plain and service is good. The servers informed us that most of the ingredients are locally sourced / self made.

Recommended Dishes:
Peshawari Paneer Tikka - Paneer wasn't very soft, but it was well done.
Aatish e Aloo - Stuffed potatoes deep fried. Oily but tasty.
Sabz Lacheela - Tasty cutlets amidst fried vermicelli.
Dal Khiva - Rich creamy dal makhani.
Subz Biryani - Very flavourful with full pieces of cashewnuts. Didn't like the sweet Burhani Raita and Mirchi ka Salan though.

Average Dishes:
Paneer Khurchan - Typical main course vegetable.
Lychee ki Tehri - Typical custard. Subtly sweet.
Anjeer Halwa - It didn't taste as good as it looked.
Mojito - Too sweet.
Lemonade - Too salty & masaledaar.

After a great round of starters and maincourse, the dessert and mocktails fell flat. However, Khiva is an excellent choice for good North Indian food. A meal for two will cost about Rs. 2000, which is expensive but for good food like this it's worth it.

Date of visit: March 2018
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Reviewed 23 January 2018

This is the place to be for people who are in love with hardcore non vegetarian. Although this place serves vegetarian dishes but to me nothing can beat a juicy lamb rack, minced keema kebab, a well tendered gosht in biriyani and wonderfully delicious chicken preparation. They are hardly a year old in Pune and have already made their mark by preparing and serving authentic Afghani style of food to people.
As you enter the restaurant you will definitely fall in love with the ambiance. Right from the dress of the boys to the design of the cutlery and artifacts everything takes you to the northern frontier of Asia.
Nothing more to write about the taste of the food which indeed was superbly cooked well presented and quickly served.
While in Pune, not to be missed.

Date of visit: July 2017
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Reviewed 7 December 2017 via mobile

It’s a great place for food lovers! Chandani chicken we tried was awesome! Soup quantity was less although.

Date of visit: December 2017
Thank Sandy764
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Reviewed 6 December 2017

The new addition really is a true journey into Central Asian cuisine, which we went for primarily because of inviting standy placed at a strategic location as we enter the floor. Must say thoughtful marketing strategy.
Decor is pretty interesting and comes with certain amount awe factor. We visited the place on a working day afternoon and had the place completely to ourselves. Service was par excellence with a heart. Even though we were ordering more it was modulated base on our eating capacity. So full marks to service.
Food was cooked to perfection and well presented keeping all the distinctive flavors alive.
Worth the experience.

Date of visit: November 2017
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