Monday, February 01, 2010

Cafe Maroo - A piece of Korea in Pune

Authentic international cuisine has long tried to make its presence felt through stalwarts like the now defunct La Dolce Vita and The Galaxy Grill offering Italian and Greek offerings consecutively.

Completing another piece of the international puzzle is the newly opened Korean "Cafe Maroo" in Aundh, Pune. Aundh boasts of a sizeable korean population, and the owner probably thought it good business sense to offer them a taste of home in this foreign city. Not to mention, the locals get to benefit from it's delectable offerings as well.

What attracted me to this place was the mention of Green Tea right on it's art deco hoarding. It's very rare for an establishment to advertise green tea as a USP and this was worth checking out. I can safely say I came back enchanted.

The decor is very relaxing with muted lighting and traditional korean floor seating at a raised level along with the usual table and chairs. The service is extraordinary and an experience in itself with the mostly Korean and oriental staff very humble and extremely polite.

 The cafe offers a variety of Korean meals, snacks and beverages. Right from the traditional Kimchi, Bulgogi Kimbab (Beef BBQ) and Korean Ramyeon to Maggi and Spaghetti with Korean Sauce. Wash it down with a Green Tea latte or traditional Korean herbal tea. An added bonus is that the Chef does Vegetarian varieties of most of the items on the menu which turned out to be a very pleasant and tasty surprise for me!

Maroo Kimbab - 80 Rs.

Jjajang Myeon - 120 Rs.

Maroo Green Tea - 80 Rs.

 Most of the items on the menu are in the range of 80 to 120 Rs. and for the complete variety and culinary experience the establishment offers, it's quite a steal. They also sell variety of Korean tea's, cups, etc.

 So if you are in an experimental mood and want to take your taste buds for a test drive, do give it a dekko and it will not be found wanting.

Food - 4/5
Value For Money - 3.5/5
Ambiance - 4/5
Service - 3.5/5
Hygiene - 4/5

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  1. Is this located next to Rahul? I'm dying to try it out..

  2. Ooh Ive been to this place just recently. Its so lovely, quaint and pretty. I had some iced drink, dont remember the name. It was lovely. The whole experience was great !! Even the staff was so polite :)

  3. I have been here a couple times already, with another visit lined up for tonight.

    I can recommend this place for a nice quiet evening, with little show and pomp. The food, as mentioned above, is very good - and the service, exceptional.


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