Food Review: La Terrazza
Dining at a five-star hotel was always and still is an overwhelming experience. Keeping in mind that quite a few Puneri foodies might want to check the food at their end, Hyatt Regency Pune which has been in the city for the last three years, has revamped their Italian eatery La Terrazza—Trattoria & Lounge and amongst their change came in the set menu concept. This is apart from the standard menu and in this set menu, fine dining will be available at Rs 600+taxes and Rs 700+taxes (to include a glass of wine). This menu is where you choose a three course meal to be selected from a range appetizers, main course, soups, pizzas and pastas and desserts. With such a choice in front, we preferred the Rs 600 set menu and off we went to Hyatt Regency with curious minds and empty stomachs.
Casual but with an air of style is how one would describe the revamped interiors of Trattoria. Since we visited the joint during the lunch hour, the whole area bathed in sunlight but it was not too hot or hurting. The tables seemed inviting us to sit and have a chat. If only the music could be toned down, the chit-chat session could have been better. We were told that by evenings, it will be better with a designated area for casual standing and chatting around, while the outer area will be lit up and more fun to dine. At least, our interest was pepped up with this sight.
Unfortunately, since we went to have a bite into some Italian chow during work hours, we preferred choosing the non-alcoholic option. And what was being offered as a menu was quite something. We preferred starting with the soup. And so it was the non-vegetarian Smoked Chicken Soup with Orzo. Simple and yet filling is what one experiences when one takes spoonfuls of the soup. With chicken sausage pieces in it, along with mushrooms and a kind of short pasta resembling rice which tasted quite light. Being lightly spiced, it was more of a simple broth.
We next digged in the pasta section where Spaghetti Bolognese greeted us. Well-cooked spaghetti was served with a good dollop of lamb meat sauce. The spaghetti and meat were well-cooked but the taste of tomato totally overwhelmed every other spice. The third and final dish to be chosen was something sweet – the ever popular Tiramisu. It was just like cherry on top of an excellent meal. With the right amount of coffee, sugar and lightly beaten mascarpone cheese, not one flavour overwhelmed the other and the size of the serving was big enough for one to clap in glee.
While the ambiance provided ample food for relaxing and eating amidst relaxed mode, the orders were taken by courteous waiters who even helped us out in choosing the three courses. Later, they asked us for our opinions, once in a while. So to put it simply, the service is good and prompt and you won’t be left waiting too long for your orders.
In terms of Italian food, Pune seems to be overflowing with the so-called authentic Italian food. Hyatt Regency Pune’s La Terrazza – Trattoria & Lounge happens to be one of them where a proper Italian chef has been hired. While quite a few bigger hotels and stand-alone restaurants have been serving smashing Italian food, this set menu serves up a decent meal and at a price, which is attractive to a whole lot of people. Even with taxes, it came up to Rs 705. The only trouble for some Punekars might be the distance, especially if staying on the other side of the town. Pune traffic can be a pain.
Where: Hyatt Regency Pune, Weikfield IT Park, Nagar Road, Pune 411014 When: Monday to Saturdays Rate: A three course meal: with a glass of domestic wine Rs 700+taxes; without wine Rs 600+taxes Time: 12-3pm (Lunch) and 7-11pm (Dinner) Contact Details: 020-66451235
Facilities: parking available for non-hotel guests including complimentary valet parking