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Sunday, April 21, 2024

A new pond-side café is winning hearts


Discover tranquillity at Koi and Co., a culinary haven nestled in the heart of Sainikpuri. Renowned for its global cuisine, this enchanting restaurant, founded by restaurateurs Ajay Reddy and Abhishek Bhatt, offers a peaceful escape for discerning patrons. 

Immerse yourself in the lush outdoors or relish the cozy ambience indoors, both meticulously designed to enhance your dining experience. The highlight is the captivating koi pond – with a capacity of 1.5 lakh liters of water and over 100 Japanese koi fish – adding a touch of nature’s elegance to the surroundings. 

We were seated close to the koi pond by our hosts and managers, Srinivas Uppaluri and his charming wife Lien. The afternoon commences with a refreshing and colorful cooler; Kuko Mikan that brought forth a citrusy basil flavor married to passion fruit and cranberries. 

The Kuko Mikan was paired with a succulent Korean Crispy Chicken, glazed with Korean chilli paste, soya sauce, sesame oil and a sublime hint of sweetness. 

The Italian Bruschetta arrived just as we licked our lips with Korean flourish. Toasted slices of Ciabatta bread topped with tomato, basil, black olives, feta and mozzarella cheese with a drizzle of balsamic vinegar were scrumptious. 

Moving closer home, we were then served a white Basa Fish Tikka marinated in yogurt and mustard sauce. Along with a plate of tangy and spicy Tandoor Roasted Prawns. Devoured all too soon! 

For the main course, we returned to Italy with a Garden Fresh Pizza served on dough made from bread flour, whole wheat and semolina. Topped with mozzarella cheese and fresh vegetables, this 11-inch pizza is only 400 calories! 

We finished our lunch with a feel-good, simple and refreshing Watermelon Feta Salad complete with black olives, fresh basil and dressed in balsamic vinegar.

Last but not the least, the dessert was the piece de resistance of our entire meal. A slice of Blueberry Cheesecake made with fresh cream and Philadelphia cream cheese topped with their in-house blueberry compote. 

Koi and Co. beckons you into a world of serene unwinding, where each dish is a masterpiece and every moment is an invitation to savor the art of exquisite dining. 

Meal for two: Rs 1,200 

5th Avenue, Sai Baba Officers Colony, Sainikpuri 

Tel: 88850 31200 

Timings: 12 pm to 11.30 pm


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