Dravida’s Bistro is a quaint looking organic south Indian specialty restaurant located at Dhole Patil Road, Pune.
While their A la carte menu is quite interesting, we decided to go in for the “Grand Saatvik Thali” which is a 5 course meal containing 27 different items. And it was a revelation.
Dravida’s Bistro is all about clean, organic cooking. And the 5 course meal takes you through a culinary journey that will cleanse your entire system, and leave you satisfied. The whole meal is served on a banana leaf, taking the experience to a whole different level.
Course 1: Juices – there were 5 different types of juices, including a mixed vegetable, a kaju coconut, and a brown rice one. “Cleansing” was what it did.
Course 2: Salads: Very tasty, small servings which meant that even a salad hater like me wiped it all up. The salads included a Mix veg pickle, Puffed rice, coconut jaggery, vegetable Salad and banana stem
Course 3: This was served along with course 2 and mainly consisted of small servings of vegetables called ‘thoran’. Yellow pumpkin khichdi, Banana flower porier, Beet root pachadi, White pumpkin olan. 4 different sabjis on the plate. Each one had a unique flavor, and tasted excellent when eaten with the salads.
Course 4: This was the ‘Rice’ course. Red rice, white rice, dal paste, kadhi, butter milk, Spinach porier, cabbage thoran, avial, coconut chutney, and of course, Sambhar and Rasam. Again, small quantities, but delightfully flavorful. Mom and Sangeeta couldn’t even finish the rice, that’s how full they already were. The red rice is extremely filling, and wholesome. Sambhar was nice and thick, with no traces of oil. Rasam… We drank the rasam till the last drop.
Course 5: Dessert: was a Red Rice Payasam. There were distinct flavors of coconut, gud (jaggery) and ghee. This reminded me of mom’s coconut laddoos!
The bonus course was a Paan, with a spoon full of honey! Paan serves as a digestive, while a spoonful of honey is an excellent way to clean our digestive system after the meal.
The meal is designed to be extremely healthy, filling, and full of nutrition. The cooking style used is organic and pure. That’s how we felt after the meal. Clean, beautiful, purified.
HUGE Thumbs up to Dravida’s Bistro. This place is beautiful.
Note: The Grand Sadhya Thali is available only on weekends.