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The whole idea of North Indian dishes and preparations is that they are complex, full of flavours and very known for our palette. It is so relatable to eat just our plain jane Dal Makhni and some Ghee Rice that will nourish our mind and body, heart and soul. Such is the case with Zeera, the in-house fine-dine, North Indian restaurant at Conrad hotel. In fact, it is several notches higher, here’s how! The ambience of the place is very reminiscent of a very fancy place in London or maybe somewhere in Europe, only that this is in Pune. The large ceilings, chandeliers and the decked up tables look fantastic. The simplest menu of them all and not very fancy schmancy names are given to anything. The categorisation of appetizers through desserts is very nicely done and way too simple to decode. A lot of these fancy places forget about the simplicity and they go over the top by adding names and phrases we may never have heard of, that’s not the case here. Start your meal with 'Gallauti Kebab' that comes with a small portion of 'Ulte Tave ka Parantha' and 'Mint Chutney', so grab it from the table condiments. The mellow meat and the flavours of nawabs are very well matched. While the other non-veg appetizers are largely regular, the 'Malai Salmon Tikka' caught our attention and made it an experience worthwhile. The mains include some really interesting dishes which you may not have tried before and one of those include the 'Railway Lamb Curry' which is this quaint curry inspired by the Northern Railways and an added zing of the Kashmiri Chili. The 'Awadhi Murgh Korma' is the dish that is very popular here and takes you a level up. Order any of these curries with the 'Baghara Kushka' which is this Rice preparation staple to Telangana, they are cooked with ghee, coriander seeds and some tempering of over 7 Indian spices. This is a step ahead from your classical Jeera rice so make sure you give this dish a chance if Rice is on your list. Last, but never meant to last is the 'Calcutta Meetha Paan Ice cream' that is out of the box, probably the best avatar of a paan ice cream here. They finish 2 big scoops of ice cream with some jelly and paan masala.
This outstanding Fine Dining restaurant is located at Conrad, Pune, 7, Mangaldas Road, Bund Garden Road in Pune. You get North Indian cuisine here. They have a pre-fixed menu in case you do not wish to order ala-carte and that is wonderful. It is open from 7PM till 12:30 A.M at night. A meal for two costs roughly INR 3000, making this place little costly. The décor is very stylish and this place reminds you of any of the fancy dining places in London or maybe somewhere in Europe. The ambience is very inviting. You will see huge chandeliers, large ceilings and decked up tables here. All of these add to the appeal of this place. This eating joint in fact has been featured in City’s Favorite.
Some of the signature dishes of Zeera are Galauti Kebab, Malai Salmon Tikka, Awadhi Murgh Korma, Railway Lamb Curry, Jeera Rice, Baghara Kushka, Biryani, Dahi Ke Kebab, Bhatti Ka Paneer, Paneer Makhani, Awadhi Subz Biryani, Kadhai Jheenga, Murgh Makhni, Railway Lamb Curry, Gosht Ki Nihari, GT Road Chicken Masala, Kadhai Jheenga, etc. Even the desserts which are served here are very good .You must try Filter Coffee Ice Cream with milk foam, Calcutta Meetha Paan Ice cream, Gulab Jamun, Kesar Phirni, Kesar Pista Ice Cream etc. in desserts. They have an extensive bar menu.
The place offers an ideal fine dining experience. There is wheelchair access available in case there the guests find any problem getting inside. The food is flavorsome and chefs make use of the best of ingredients to prepare the dishes. The highlight of this place is that you can get the food customized in accordance to your taste.
Zeera boats of extremely efficient and courteous service staff. Book your table at Zeera well in advance as you might not get a table without prior reservation. You can book online or get table booking done via phone. Payment is accepted both in cash and by card. Valet parking facility is available for ease of the guests.