Kiva is a very well established brand in Pune and although I have been quiet a lot of times at their Hinjawadi outlet, my visit to Kiva Ivy – the Baner based outlet happened when we went for a tasting courtesy Pomelo Social. The brand Kiva as a whole is very well known for their beers and finger food and Kiva Ivy is no exception. While the Hinjawadi outlet is a more spacious and simple in ambiance; the Kiva Ivy is very well decked up with tons of posters, Harley Davidson merchandise, and a cozy feel thanks to the dim lightning. There is also a long L shaped bar that sports beer taps which has Bira and Gateway beer on the tap.
So we started our evening with beers and some cocktails.
We started with tasters fore Bira Blonde, Bira White, Kiva Apple Cider, Kiva Dark Wheat and German Wheat. Being a fan of dark beers I chose the bitterish Dark Wheat beer.
The bar tender was quite excited to serve us his new spicy concoction called the Hot and Spicy Martini – a chilli and vodka based cocktail in a pomelo and lime juice base. The typical salt rimmed glass was best felt with the spicy chilli – pomelo based drink. #MustHave
Rositini was another vodka based cocktail with rose syrup and litchi juice. I am not sure why is the city being gripped with rose based cocktails coz frankly I am not in favour of swet cocktails. The rose syrup quickly turned the drink like a RoofAfza doppleganger.
Drunken Archers Envy – A winning recipe for the night this one was a blend of kiwi vodka and peach schnapps. The drink was drak, bitter and as such sure to win my heart over. #HighlyRecommended.
Classic Mojito as the name suggests was the standard mojito. No pain no gain. #Decent
Puka Punch – Now this was that one fancy drink which every place tries to boast about. A drink which is high on alcohol and tries to be the kickass concoction to give you that champion feeling. With Gin, Dark rum, white rum, fashion fruit, pineapple and lemon juice syrup this concoction was surely the drinks of the champion. A will leave this to your individual choice; for I am happy with my martinis. #ShoudlTry
Apple and Hazelnut Martini was yet another martini that made onto the table. Being a fan of hazelnut I quickly pounced on this one to try it first. The green apple flavour was prominent but the pairing didn’t go that well with hazelnut flavour.
The starters were meant to take center stage for what good are drinks if there are not accompanied with good finger food. Crispy corn chilli pepper was a nice concept for Chakna with its peppery and garlicky flavour. The crispness was a much needed texture and the corn did enough justice to it. We also tried oregano cheese sticks served with a BBQ sauce dip. The oregano use was good but the sticks were tad bit oily. A little enhancement in texture would make it a super pair with chilled beers. The cheese burst kebabs were undoubtedly the signature dish of the evening and we couldn’t stop at one. The chicken was beaten to make a Scaloppine out of the chicken breast that wrapped around the cheese block to make a gooey kebab. The center being full of processed cheese was oozing out on the slightest prick. These were the most perfect thing for the night. An absolute must have dish. Next we had pudina paneer tikkas. The dish is practically on every menu but these were a slight let down owing to the uneven marination coating and the dry and chewy paneer. This was brought to the notice of the Chef who promptly made the corrections. The crostini platter was served as toppings on a crisp garlic bread. The topping which had a mix of mushrooms, aubergine, olives and peppers was a good mix however the bread was neither crispy toasted nor garlic bread; which was a let down. The chef yet again assured us to incorporate the feedback. Maple sticky buffalo wings was the last of the starters and it lived upto its name with a sweet sticky maple syrup that totally drenched the chicken wings. They were very well made and justified the recipe completely. I am sure you would love them if you prefer sweet accompaniments along with your drinks.
We were already too full from all the starters and booz and as such we just had 1 dish in mains and finished with a dessert.
Main and Dessert:
Cottage Cheese Steak with Mustard Veloute: A mashed potato and vegie dish with some slices of cottage cheese. The central theme was mustard and that was very evident from the veggies and cottage cheese that passed the prominent flavour. There was also a mustard sauce dip to accompany. Just that the dish as a whole was too salty for my palate.
For dessert we had a chocolate brownie with vanilla ice cream. Standard affair but the sauce used was thick and sweet. Loved it.
Kiva Ivy is an ideal place to celebrate all those victories of your favourite teams in your friends company. We had a good time and our host Sasha Anand and Chef Piyush Mondal ensured that our glasses are full and our grins touching our ears.
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