For the longest time, I have been meaning to write for a place that not only entices the taste buds but also reminds us of the simple, decent and family kind of restaurants that we used to visit with our parents back in the 90s. Bageshree is one such restaurant, only with an edge of a more sophisticated and urban cultured ambience. A conventional setup with a standard background music, more of elegance, and the hanging bulbs on the roof enlightening the interior subtly is what describes the restaurant’s ambience.
I was recently invited by team Reelo for a food bloggers meet here, so let me first tell what Reelo exactly is.
Reelo is an app where one can redeem their points at those restaurants/ cafes that are partnered with them. All you need to do is give your mobile number with the bill and earn 1 point on every 1 Rupee you spend. The points can further be redeemed pursuant to your next visit to the same restaurant/ cafe and the customer may order the item that is within those points limit. Their motto is- Eat, Redeem, Repeat! Currently, they have their stretch to more than 200 food joints in Ahmedabad and are soon planning to extend in other cities as well.
Now, coming back to the meet and food tasting for which we were invited. We got settled at our table and were handed this personalized welcome note and a Dinner Menu that listed all the items we were going to have in our meet. Quite truly, these items appeared mouth-watering and were also a break from the mundane cheesy and junk food we were otherwise having.
A Customised Welcome Drink
Berry Melon: A very refreshing mocktail that was visually appealing in a manner that the slightly separated layer of watermelon and Strawberry (the major ingredients) could be seen clearly. The customized presentation was drool worthy and the taste of both components was balanced in every sip.
Soup & Starters
We were given options for Tomato & basil soup or Three Pepper soup. Though my pick was the former one, I regretted not ordering the latter. If you (like me) go for Tomato Basil for the fondness of the old school tomato soup, chances are you’d be a tad disappointed as it has more taste of Basil than tomato.
Three pepper, on the other hand, is a soup that would be loved by all who have somewhat spicier taste buds.
Stuffed Roasted Potato- Just as the name suggests, this dish was prepared with half roasted potatoes as the base that contained mashed potato as the filling. It was absolutely delicious and is a highly recommended starter.
Stick Spinach Cottage Cheese- What felt more like an upgraded name of the regular paneer chilly dry, topped with bell peppers, onion and spinach, it was convenient to pick and eat with those sticks. Cottage cheese was soft and easy to chew.
Moving On To- The Main course
Pizza Naan- Okay, this dish is a unique concept of an Indian-Mexican-Italian fusion! The Naan as the base is filled with cheese and has Mexican sauce/ curry as the spread (which is peculiar in place of the pizza sauce). Finally, the black olives, basil leaves, and bell peppers form the topping along with loads of cheese.
Here, I wanna mention that the base gets soggy as of course, it is the Naan instead of a regular pizza crust.
Later on, we were served the two very beautifully presented dishes- Paneer Shaan-e Bageshree and Veggies Exotica. While the former dish contained two kind of gravy- red and green, the latter was a decent mix-vegetable preparation in brown gravy. Both were very good in taste and there’s nothing to state as outstanding, extraordinary or disappointing about these dishes for that matter. Simple and a good pick for the main course.
These were served with our own choice of Indian Bread. I would personally recommend you to ditch the usual Plain Roti/ Naan and try their Garlic Naan as it was more crisp, thin and the taste of garlic was uplifting the overall food.
If you are a Biryani lover, give their Hyderabadi Biryani a try.
And not just this, we were later served Cheese Masala Papad and Dal khichdi (pictures of which are missing as they were directly served to us). Though it was an extremely fulfilling meal by the end of which we were tired of hogging anymore of this, the steaming dal khichdi with curd felt light to the tummy.
There is always room for desserts and when it’s our very famous Indian dessert- the gulab jamun- one cannot resist but take a bite or two from this? Small in size, soft in texture, topped with grated almond complimenting the overall sweetness of it.
Group Click of Food Bloggers with Team Reelo & Bageshree
Here’s to thank the wonderful team of Reelo for being so warm, interactive and engaging. Special mention to the owner of Bageshree Restaurant and his lovely wife (who btw is the interior designer of this restaurant) for being attentive and genuinely involving to take the best recommendations into consideration. And, last but not the least, to all the fellow bloggers for being a great company at the meet.
And, finally, a few BTS of what goes in and around the meet while I am clicking Food Pictures-
Lots of Love,
Mini Choudhary (munchtoomunch)