Trois Kitchen & Bar – Pune

We wanted to go to this new place which supposedly had wonderful food and excellent wine choices. I had read wonderful reviews about it and I was very excited to try some fine dining restaurant other than Olive Bistro.

 We went on a Thursday, mom, my husband and I, to look for this restaurant. Thank God for Google Maps! I don’t think I could have found this place very easily without it. Its right opposite the Big Bazaar in Kalyani Nagar, tucked away in the a corner. My first impression was, this can’t be right! It looks like someone’s home. But it turns out I was wrong. Trois seems to be a home that has been converted into a restaurant. The ground level has an open kitchen and the wine cellar. As you climb up the stairs, without railings or a support, you see a small dining area. We were keen to sit on the terrace and enjoy the wonderful Pune weather. The terrace has about 5 tables with a seating capacity of about 40-50 people. I am sure they can add more tables and seat a larger number of people if needed.

 The menu looked impressive. Not cheap by any standards, but looked exotic. We started off with French Onion Soup and a vegetable ratatouille.  We were happy to notice a beautiful warm bread basket was put in front of us. I love bread but its always disappointing when restaurants serve a cold bread basket. I understand most places are busy and maybe it costs just a little but it definitely leaves an impact on the customers’ minds. Anyway, back to Trois, they served a white bread, bread with sesame and an herb whole wheat bread alongwith some Lavash and bread sticks. The bread was wonderful. Gorgeously soft, smelled beautifully yeasty and with butter, it was wonderful! We ended up asking for another basket. The French Onion soup was glorious! Beautiful colors, onions caramelized well and just the right seasonings. The ratatouille with grilled vegetables was bursting with fresh vegetables and had all the right flavors! While some may think the portion sizes are small, they’re just right to enjoy the beauty of the flavors.

 For mains, we ordered a pasta in a pesto sauce and a vegetarian lasagna. Both the dishes had a generous amount of Parmesan cheese and were well presented. I loved that all the dishes tasted of fresh ingredients. Salads that came on the side had nice, crisp lettuce, all the mains tasted of vegetables cooked just right and the herbs and seasonings complimented the vegetables. Nothing was over powering but the meal was extremely satisfying. While the pasta definitely felt heavy on the stomach, the lasagna left you satisfied just right. You definitely didn’t feel hungry at the end of it.

 The experience at Trois is wonderful. The servers are attentive, well trained and well versed in fine dining etiquette. They are well aware of the menu and suggest good wine pairings as well. Sitting to the open sky, surrounded by lush greenery and looking onto the quiet lanes with a candle lit table sure makes up for a romantic dinner. It was also a wonderful place for us to talk to mom in peace and solitude. The tables aren’t placed too closely to each other so you feel some privacy. While a little bit on the expensive side, (Mains from Rs. 450 onwards) and the alcochol being slightly on the higher side (Sula wines from Rs. 300 onwards) the place does offer a very different ambience. My only complaint was, the wine glass was less filled than I normally have seen at other restaurants. It kind of upset me and made me undermine the management. Other than that, I cannot complain about the food or the service. We were too full to have dessert but I have heard their desserts are amazing! Trois is open all day.

 If you are looking for a different fine dining experience, Trois is the new ‘IT’ place! I give it 4 stars. 1 star less because of my unhappy wine experience! Happy dining!!

Restaurant Timings: 12 noon to midnight
Contact Information: +91-20-65220068