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“Fine dining”
Review of Khiva

Khiva
Ranked #466 of 7,168 Restaurants in Pune
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Reviewed 31 May 2018

Absolute tasty, big portions, variety of chutneys, nice ambiance, delicious desserts all combines for a perfect lunch or dinner.

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Reviewed 4 April 2018

Khiva. It’s a name whispered by those who know the legend of the magnificent place. Just being there fills one with a sense of awe. One of the oldest inhabited cities in the world, the historic city of Khiva is simply spectacular and on UNESCO’s World Heritage list.

Registan Square, right in the heart of Khiva is where Central Asian cuisine was born. From a range of rotis to a variety of lip-smacking kebabs, the Registan Square is where it all happens.

Khiva the restaurant strives to bring that authenticity to the modern world with its outlets in Mumbai and Pune. Locally sourcing all ingredients or making them in-house, Khiva believes in leveraging the freshness of the produce to offer an elevated dining experience to its patrons.

Recently Khiva hosted a bloggers table and #FreakyFoodie was a part of the same.

Kebab-e-Subzar
Despite being hardcore meat eaters, the hardy highland people have also created a fine line of vegetarian delights.

The Aatish E Aloo [Rs. 410] was oily yet tasty. Stuffing was a little on the sweeter side. On the other hand, the Subz Lacheela Kebab [Rs. 425] had a lovely crunchy vermicelli casing with some delicious stuffing.

The Peshawari Paneer Tikka [Rs. 475] had such pillowy chunks of paneer marinated in yellow chili flavored yogurt however could’ve been cut into smaller pieces. Taste wise, one of the better starters of the day. Unfortunate the Cheese Kurkure [Rs. 415] had too thick a coating, which skewed the coating to stuffing ratio. Could hardly taste any cheese or mushrooms.

Charcoal Grill aur Tandoor se
What would the North West be if it were not for its kebabs? This is where the legendary food was born. And still tastes the way it really should.

The Chandni Kebab [Rs. 525] had chicken chunks laced with cream and grilled in the tandoor however the chicken felt chewy and undercooked. Maybe a couple of minutes more in the tandoor? On the other hand, the Sabuta Chooza [Rs. 645] had char grilled chicken morsels impaled on a sword. Unique presentation but the chicken was overcooked and felt dry.

Barra Kebab Lazeez [Rs. 725] had tender lamb chops and nalli marinated in a tangy pepper sauce. Lovely presentation and equally delicious flavors.

Specialty Curries
The frontier cuisine captures the true character of its hard-working, brave and tough people.

The Paneer Khurchan [Rs. 410] was sautéed with tomato and bell pepper juliennes and had an expectedly good taste. The Dal Khiva [Rs. 455] on the other hand, was rich and creamy thanks to overnight simmering on hot embers. #YumYum

The Murgh Peshawari [Rs. 490] had a rich and invigorating blend of spices and brown gravy while the Lahori Gosht [Rs. 625] had tender lamb cuts in the rich brown gravy. The meats in both dishes were perfectly cooked and went well with the gravy.

Chawal
With the kind of lifestyle the mountain people led, rice formed an important part of the meal.

The Chicken Dum Biryani [Rs. 525] had an exciting unboxing from the pot. The fragrance of the saffron flavored rice with the chicken pieces was quite intoxicating. Was served with Raita [Rs. 175] and Mirch Ka Salan [Rs. 410].

Ambiance was appropriately fine-dine however the service was found a bit lacking. No customer, paid or invited, would like to wait too long for their order to be served.

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Reviewed 25 March 2018

You get to start with their version of bread sticks (deep fried but not greasy). Chickoo & tamarind chutney was quite unique. Yougurt Mint was a bit too sour and didn't taste fresh. There were 2 spicy options. The one with Peshwari chilli was really spicy. Makai Kebab was tasty and the portion size is quite big. Trikoni Missi Rotis were cute and good. Subz Nargisi Kofta with onion tomato gravy was finger licking good and the kofta was filled with saffron paste.

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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!!

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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.

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