Restaurant Review – Stone Water Grill
For those of you, who are still not convinced about Pune’s entry into the big league of metros in India, take a look at the fine dining options, and the brand new five star hotels here!
As you continue past the Kalyani Nagar Bridge on North Main Road, Koregaon Park you will drive past a massive Westin Hotel that is nearing completion. I am sure, given Westin’s worldwide standards – this place will soon take over as Pune’s best Hotel. Continue further east, and you enter a complex that has Stone Water Grill and Hard Rock Cafe restaurants. Quite an exciting choice!
We got there a little before 8pm and were greeted by great music in their open air lounge bar. The setting and the ambience of this place is simply spectacular. The outdoor bar area uses a nice square design pattern and an interesting lighting. A small flight of stairs takes you to a lower level that is directly overlooking the river. The bar has a fabulous collection of wines and spirits, and a nice appetizer and snack menu. Stone Water Grill also has a slightly more formal (though by international standards, I would still classify it as ‘upscale casual dining’) restaurant.
The ambience inside the restaurant is simple and yet extremely well done. It’s definitely a contrast to the outside bar area. Other than some common menu items, you get a distinct feeling that the Stone Water Grill is really made up of two different constituents.
The restaurant has some of the best table settings I have seen in Pune. Complete with various different types of cutlery and wine glasses. One cannot think of too many places in Pune that have separate wine glasses- by wine types, and specialized cutlery for oysters and other seafood. The tables are very well spaced, and sitting is very comfortable. The menu has a nice international flavor with a slight concentration towards Mediterranean cuisine. The wine and cocktail selection is very nice.
They have added some interesting and yet simple concepts in their presentation. For example, the bread basket (which by the way, was simply terrific – a variety of different breads, hot and fresh from the oven) is served in a small well insulated ‘bag’ made of jute and cloth. The regular water is served from a bottle with basil leaves! Haven’t had ‘basil flavored water’ anywhere before.
Along with the drinks, we ordered one of our all-time favorites – Mezze Platter as an appetizer. It was very well done. The Caesar Salad and the Soups were also quite good. The bread basket literally fills you up. So if you want to do justice to your main-course, avoid the bread! For someone like me though, who loves various varieties of bread – this almost ended up being the main-course! We did try a Chicken dish, ‘Tequila Chicken Satay’, an interesting fusion dish that is served on a bed of mashed potatoes. It is worthwhile mentioning that the menu is a little light on choice as far as Chicken dishes are concerned.
This time around, we didn’t have any room for the desserts, though the menu looked quite good. Maybe next time!
Overall, I would say that Stone Water Grill’s ambience is their best asset. The service was prompt and excellent. The restaurant menu is quite interesting, with a tilt towards seafood. This probably is not surprising since I believe their sister concern in Mumbai – Salt Water Grill is quite well known for their seafood.
The prices are comparatively a little on the higher side – but then you are paying for the ‘experience’. A dinner for two, with drinks could run into Rs. 1500-2000. While still new, the restaurant was nearly full; by the time we left around 10pm. Reservations are definitely recommended. Next time around, we do hope to try out the outdoor lounge bar.
Here is some general information about the restaurant:
Type of Restaurant: Casual Fine Dining Restaurant and Open-Air Lounge Bar.
Type of Cuisine: Predominantly Mediterranean with some focus on Sea-Food.
Spot it on SadakMap : http://www.sadakmap.com/p/Stone-Water-Grill/
Location: Located on the River Front on North Main Road, Koregaon Park.
Directions: Continue past ABC Farms and Army Sports Institute on North Main Road and then take a left (there is a sign for the restaurant and Hard Rock Café. On the right hand side – you will notice a restaurant, ‘Chillies’). Common parking lot for Stone Water Grill and Hard Rock Café.