Please note: Hyatt Pune and Hyatt Regency are two different properties on the same road. This is a review of the newer property, i.e. Hyatt Pune, which has replaced Ista Hotel on April 1, 2013.
Situated very close to the airport in Pune, adjacent to the tranquil and historic Aga Khan Palace, Hyatt (no, not Hyatt Regency) is ideal for transient guests and small to medium sized corporate and social trips. Rooms, ranging from 270 to 650 sq ft, are well appointed for both leisure as well as business travellers. The corporate suite we chose to stay in was impressively spacious and crystal clean. It flaunted fresh and modern oak interiors with large windows offering ample natural light.
Hyatt Pune – Deluxe Suite
We left for Pune on a Friday, after working hours, checked-in a couple of hours after midnight, and were worried about the chances of getting great room service at that ungodly hour.
Did Hyatt manage to impress us with their post-midnight room dining menu?
Yes, we were not disappointed, not even a bit.
Hyatt’s “round the clock” Room Dining Menu includes many preferred popular dishes from different cuisines, including a few sinful desserts.
Here’s the menu:
(If, like me, you can’t read small-sized fonts, click on the image)
Cast Iron Pressed Chicken Breast (with vegetables in mushroom sauce)
The vegetables were perfectly cooked, the baby corn strips were tender and crunchy, but the chicken was slightly stiff, probably because it got a little too cold before it reached my room. The mushroom sauce was comfortingly earthy and soulfully delicious. The carrot was power-boiled perfectly and the amount of garlic used in this dish was bedroom-friendly. If only the chicken was not unappetisingly cold, this would’ve been a flawless dish.
Chicken Breast in Mushroom Sauce
(All Day Room Dining)
The only complaint I had about this dish was honestly very subjective, probably because I personally don’t enjoy the excessive flavour of cardamom in my food. The paneer cubes were diced in equal sizes, all soft and dreamily creamy. The gravy was beautifully rich and adequately spicy. The tomato chutney that came along with this dish was tantalisingly spectacular. I chomped it down happily with some crisp butter naans, but you could eat this dish with steamed rice too.
(All Day Room Dining)
I was happy to find myself having a well-presented Caesar Salad at 3 am. The parmesan could’ve been less; it made the salad unevenly salty. The crispy bacon bits were perfectly thin and acceptably chewy. The consistency, thinness and freshness of iceberg lettuce were remarkable. Garlic croutons were warm and crunchy too. If you like salad, don’t think twice before you order this one. Just make sure you inform the management to be careful with the use of excessive parmesan cheese.
(All Day Room Dining)
Jalapeño Cheese Poppers
We all love jalapeño poppers and hate it when simple dishes like these are not cooked properly. It was disappointing to see that the cheese had evaporated and to find very little jalapeño inside. This dish tasted just like creamy batter as it lacked enough cheese and jalapeños. Avoid ordering this one, you might be equally disappointed.
Jalapeño Cheese Poppers
(All Day Room Dining)
My partner and I were ready to have a blast on the first day of NH7 Weekender but we wanted to unwind and destroy all the stress that rested in our minds. So we decided to go for a spa treatment before heading to Baan Tao, for their Dim Sum Lunch.
For the first time ever, I felt so relaxed during a spa treatment that I slipped away in the world of my dreams. It was probably an effect of the fantastic reflexology we were welcomed with, before the commencement of the treatment.
For those who don’t know, reflexology is the application of pressure to areas on the feet and it is an effective way to alleviate stress within just a few seconds. The theory behind reflexology is that these areas on your feet, correspond to different organs and systems of the body. Ten minutes into the treatment, I drifted into a profound state of relaxation and started snoring shamelessly. The sauna after the spa felt very calming and energised us completely for the first day of our first visit to NH7 weekender.
After the spa, we went to Baan Tao, Hyatt’s award-winning and signature restaurant, known to serve authentic Chinese, Thai and Vietnamese cuisine. We were welcomed with the relaxing sounds of the waterfall in the outdoor dining area and we found the entire setting to be quite romantic.
Romantic waterfall at Baan Tao, Hyatt, Pune.
The dim sum lunch (Rs. 850 +taxes) is open from Monday to Saturday at the water garden and it is a set-meal comprising of starters, soups, 7 varieties of dim sums and a couple of desserts. We were ready to experience a culinary journey of dim sums and here’s what we thought about the food at Baan Tao.
We started off with some fresh Thai salad – which was essentially just lettuce with a delicious peanut sauce – and some delicious cocktails from Fish Bowl, Hyatt’s popular bar. While I had beer, my partner really enjoyed the “Wild Liquid” cocktail and called it ‘every berry lover’s dream’.
“Wild Liquid” cocktail at Fish Bowl, Hyatt, Pune.
After a few sips of our cocktails, we ordered two soups and a few dim sums to go with them. The Wonton Soup was a flawlessly spectacular dish – undoubtedly the best wonton soup I’ve had in Pune. The Laksa was packed with intense flavours like coconut milk and ground red chili paste, with the required punch of lemongrass. Two thumbs up for both the soups we tried at Baan Tao!
Best Wonton Soup in Pune
Every dim sum at Baan Tao looks unique – each one is shaped differently for easy identification while cooking and serving. As recommended by the management, we tasted as many dim sums as we could but the best amongst everything we tried, were the Braised Wontons – the soy sauce complimented the hot and spicy wontons beautifully.
Braised Wontons at Baan Tao, Pune.
Another shining star was Baan Tao’s pork dim sum. It was beautifully crispy on the outside and the pork was smoky and perfectly cooked on the inside. I couldn’t stop eating this dish until nothing was left on the plate! Pork lovers, please don’t forget to try this one.
This new Hyatt in Pune is very popular for its Green Tea Crème Brûlée and I wanted to find out if it’s actually worth all that hype. Luckily, Baan Tao was serving it that day and I wasn’t entirely surprised after tasting it.
#BhookadRecommends the famous Green Tea Crème Brûlée at Hyatt, so if you’re in or around Kalyani Nagar next time, don’t forget to drop in and try some!
Green Tea Crème Brûlée
The Sunday Brunch
Just before we went to experience the last day of NH7 Weekender 2013, we thought of trying The Sunday Brunch at Eighty Eight (the cafe at Hyatt) and here’s how our experience was:
We started pigging out on some healthy and fresh Thai Papaya Salad first. It came along with a punch of spices and the rich taste of roasted crushed peanuts. The Mezze platter, which included lovely baba ghanoush and perfectly baked lavash and pita bread, was wonderfully appetising. The baba ghanoush and hummus was compatible even with the moist herbed breads from the bakery counter on the buffet spread.
We also tried the Herbed Zucchini Salad, and if you’re a zucchini lover, you MUST try this dish at Eighty Eight. The beautiful shades of yellow and green prepared me for a delectable experience before my first bite. It was simple and delicious. I guess zucchini, olive oil and herbs together can never go wrong.
Herbed Zucchini Salad
I was craving for a nice fluffy French Toast that day, so I decided to make a special request to the chef. I’ve rarely had the feeling of charging straight into the kitchen and hugging the chef after tasting a particular dish. When I finished wolfing down my French toast, I felt like that from the bottom of my heart. Thank you for taking me back to my childhood, chef. God bless you.
Probably the best “French Toast” in Pune
Amongst everything that was displayed on the spread that day, the hero was definitely the carefully prepared Red Wine & Thyme Marinated Roast Chicken. The chicken was cooked to perfection and its earthiness combined with the flavours of red wine and thyme worked like magic on my palate. If I had to rate this dish out of 5, I’d give it 4 and a half, mainly because the roasted potatoes that came along with it, were unforgivably undercooked.
Red Wine & Thyme Marinated Roast Chicken
We tried many dishes that day, but only clicked pictures of the ones we liked, so I could share them with you. We also tried a few cocktails and desserts, all of which were nothing more than average. My suggestion would be go for the Sunday brunch only if you’re in mood to pig out on food, the alcohol is strictly avoidable.
To summarise my entire experience at Hyatt, I’d like to say it was better than I expected it to be, especially when it came to room service and premium hotel amenities. The cost of rooms were also cheaper when than other 5 Star Hotels in the city. When it came to food, we were not completely disappointed with anything we tried. We definitely plan to revisit Baan Tao very soon.
I think it will be safe to call Hyatt a value-for-money 5 star hotel.
The spa experience is something you will remember for a lifetime.
I think the management is capable to put up a better show during the Sunday brunches.
Will I go back?
I’ll definitely stay at Hyatt again during NH7 Weekender 2014 🙂
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