Baraesti is a rooftop bar and restaurant with a laid-back and chilled ambience. The place is well known for their Sheesha. Comfy sofas and low tables, hip music and friendly staff… perfect for the crowd that it aims to woo.
We visited the place in the late evening hours… it is nicely done up with vibrant colours. There are TV screens and a big projector screen near the bar counter. They have a buffet type meal option wherein you can select a few appetizers, main course dishes etc. from their regular menu and order for the table.
We started with their House Favourite Mocktails – Virgin Backwaters and Baraesti Punch.
Virgin Backwaters is a refreshing drink, a blend of red bull, cardamom, lime. One can also taste cloves and the aroma that mint leafs give is wonderful. Loved this one! Baraesti Punch is a mixture of fruit juices and fresh cream… a little on the sweet side and fails to pack a punch.
We tried the Pav Bhaji Papdi Chaat, which was a pretty welcome break from the regular chaats. The pav bhaji was perfectly spiced and tangy and the combination goes really well together. Six pieces of delicious pav bhaji on puris topped with lots of onions, coriander, and sev, street style with a twist. The puris could have been a little crisper, but nonetheless, liked this one!
Pav Bhaji Fondue was equally delicious. We were actually curious as to how the pav bhaji in the papdi chat will be presented as fondue and so we ordered this one. Obviously, it was not the same. The fondue was delicious and creamy, had a tangy tomato aftertaste and really filling!
From their signature specialty, we tried Fusion Misal Masala Dal Khichdi and Vegetable Lababdar with Paratha.
Fusion Misal Masala Dal Khichdi – The aroma of the tadka hit us while this was being prepared. That was enough to make our mouth water! The dal khichdi was delicious. I am not exactly sure why it was called misal fusion, coz it did not have the farsan at all, the addition was of soft spiced pieces of paneer. Even this combination was well executed and presented in a no fuss glass jar.
Vegetable Lababdar with Parathas – If you are looking for something filling and delicious, this is the one to choose! Delicious mixed vegetable, creamy with a hint of sweetness (not the likes that make you go whyyyyyy!?) served with perfect Laccha Parathas.
We were just too full to try any desserts! Maybe next time!
Overall Experience: The food is good, ambience and music fun!
The Battle: You are surely going to utilize those skewers for much more than to dip the buns in pav bhaji… if you know what I mean!