Continuing my trend of celebrating some of the prettiest food I’ve eaten, my next post will highlight what I’ve sampled from Mineority by Saby. First, a word about the restaurant. Located in Kalyani Nagar, Pune, Mineority’s decor and theme captures the essence of a mine (which explains the clever wordplay in the name). The dishes are an inventive and often delightfully quirky blend of local and international cuisine.
Mineority uses familiar, homegrown ingredients and elevates them by adding a touch of cosmopolitan elegance and sophistication. I couldn’t help but notice distinctive Bengali flavours in many of the dishes–kashondi (an intense-flavoured mustard originating in West Bengal) in particular, made an appearance in multiple dishes. Being (as regular readers would know by now) a loyal fan of Bengali cuisine, this surprise was more than welcome.
The ‘LG Shakti’ cocktail. From it’s name, I assume it was meant to evoke memories for the many Indians who were made to consume copious amounts of milk during their childhood to increase their overall strength. While the concept was promising, the restaurant might have gone a bit overboard with it, for I found it too strong in terms of its alcohol content. The presentation was fabulous, though.
Digger’s Pakodas. One of those surprisingly tasty vegetarian dishes.
Tribal Fish and Chips. Perhaps my favourite dish of the day. The kashondi lent the perfect amount of pungency.
Tupula Wrapped Chicken and Chips. An unusual but beautiful combination of flavours all around.
BBQ Pork Ribs. These were absolutely delicious.
Dehati Cookies and Cream.
A wonderful array of post-meal digestives and mouth fresheners, presented in an original manner. Little things like this are the difference between a good restaurant and a great one.