When it comes to great food I can travel miles, plus it gives another reason to travel and explore more of you. When I heard that the global cuisine restaurant is being done by none other than Chef and Consultant Saif, Pune didn’t seem to be far. Asanjo, located in Aundh, is a two floored seating, the fine dining is casual and bright with a colour popping wall. The place is small compared to regular places, but the staff and founders have quite a big heart.
Asanjo means OURS, the restaurant is the dream that was decided at Goa and then turned into a reality by 4 friends and thus the name is perfectly apt, not only for them but for us too. When at Asanjo you can surely feel the warmth, connect and feeling of belonging.
We began our lunch by calling for some mocktails; Dusky Damsel; A perfect blend of black current crush, grape juice and on the corner of the glass it has the black salt, its sweet and salty and totally a great try!
Spicy Senorita; A perfect drink to start the meal, it’s a mix of Orange, lemon and tomato juice, green chilli, Tabasco, honey and black pepper. True to its name, it’s genuinely spicy, so order only if you’re a fan of spicy drink.
Cucumber and Jalapeno Margarita; It has cucumber or jalapeno muddled with sour mix and cayenne pepper. It’s quite refreshing, but order if you like Jalapeno, else you can skip the Jalapeno one and go for the Cucumber one 😉
Travel around the world, as Asanjo bring in a great food fusion comprising of Asian, Indian, Middle Eastern, South American and Spanish cuisines are under one floor to satiate your trust.
Papas ala Saif; The base is of yellow pepper cheese sauce served with fried potato chunks, topped with boiled eggs and olives. Try to know what it tastes like. Must recommend!
Korean Chicken Nachos: The Beetroot nachos, marinated chicken, bell pepper, Mozzarella & Parmesan cheese, a great relief from the normal Nachos.
Jujeh Kebab; Jujeh in Persian means Chicken, cooked in Persian flavor herbs and spices and served with roasted tomato. Served with Mast Khiar dip, in Persian ‘Mast’ means yogurt and ‘Khiar’ means Cucumber, so the tasty dip having yogurt, cucumber, mint , garlic n olive oil, a perfect dish to start your meal with.
Aphrodie chicken; Aphrodie means Greek Goddess of love , beauty and pleasure and the dish exactly gives you that, the Chicken chunks tossed in olive oil, garlic and feta chilli mushroom sauce, makes the chicken melt in your mouth giving the perfect blend of taste and composition.
Cevapcici; The kebab is widely served in Eastern Europe like Bosnia, Croatia, Macedonia. Lamb and chicken kebab is served with shopska salad, it’s a famous Bulgarian salad. French fried in the middle with Taratur dip made of yogurt, cucumber and walnut, along with roasted chilies.
Harissa minced Chicken skewers; Harissa spices are used in the minced chicken, along with garlic, onion, and the skewers are done in a tandoori style. It’s succulent, tender and absolutely delicious.
Fish cake with rocket, capers in lime dressing & horseradish mustard mayo; Black pepper, parsley, paprika is used to make the fish cake which is served with tangy capers and horseradish mustard mayo.
Dajaj bil bahar ali asfar; Dajaj means chicken, Bahar means spices and Asfar means yellow, so the chicken in yellow spices and true to its name, it’s just marvelous.
Mansaf; This main course dish is going to make you forget everything else. Saffron rice cooked in chicken stock, cinnamon & cardamom, centre wise topped with Jordanian chicken yogurt stew cooked garnished with fried almonds. Highly recommended!
Now coming down to shakes; my favourite was Red velvet shake; the base is of milk cream, chocolate ganache and vanilla ice cream, it’s topped with chocolate cookies and garnished with a red Velvet cake, totally a heaven for shake lovers!
Oreo Cookie Shake; The base was of vanilla ice cream, Oreo, chocolate and whipped cream topped with choco-chip cookies and don’t forget the toppings on the side of the glass, which is totally worth fighting for with your friends.
Asanjo; A place you can rely on anytime to satisfy your hunger pangs, food speaks for itself as they have something for everyone from their wider multi cuisine menu, and light on the pocket. The people that truly make you feel warm.
After all, a short trip to Pune is a good getaway 😉
For reservation or more details;
Shop 5/16, Stellar Enclave,
Aundh, Pune, Maharashtra 411027
Call: +91 9922274376