Arthur’s Theme first opened in Koregaon Park quite a few years ago; and carved a niche for itself in the Pune dining scene, as they were probably the first restaurant serving authentic European cuisine. Establishing themselves at a time when not many Puneites were accustomed to this type of cuisine, meant that they truly served great food consistently. I was keen on trying out their Balewadi outlet since they opened there; and finally when I saw a great deal for this place on Dineout’s Great Indian Restaurant fest, we decided to take it right away and make our reservations.
Unlike the Koregaon Park outlet which probably has more seating capacity, the Balewadi outlet seats fewer people. Seating is divided into a smaller outdoor section and a very pleasantly done indoor section. The indoor section retains elements of classic Victorian décor, keeping in theme with their food.
The menu has a wide selection of vegetarian, poultry, sea-food and meat options. The first thing that catches your attention as you look at the menu is the interesting names given to the dishes; they are all named after famous personalities from Europe. It helps that they have useful descriptions of the dish alongside, which makes it easier to choose your options. And then the staff is well-informed about the cuisine; so they can make suggestions to suit your palate if you feel stuck with the huge variety of options.
Our pick of dishes that day was:
Marquise de Sade: The classic French onion soup; it was a flavorful and well-balanced broth, having sweetness from the caramelized onions, and salt from the cheese croutons.
Heidi: A piece of grilled chicken seems really easy to make, but it is also the easiest to go wrong with and dry out the chicken or leave it undercooked. Arthur’s theme does a great job at this dish that has a single piece of perfectly grilled chicken breast marinated with balsamic vinegar and herbs. The mild flavors of the chicken marinade are complimented with an intermittent burst of flavors from the pink peppercorns in the sauce. The French fries on the side are perfectly crisp as well.
Beatrix: A truly delicious dish with subtle, sublime flavors. It has a thin fillet of chicken stuffed with a mushroom and olives filling, and this filling is the real star of the dish. A lot can be guessed about a place by the way their cream sauce turns out; and the cream sauce that comes with this dish is amazing in its simplicity and perfection. The steamed veggies on the side add some color and texture to the entire dish.
Crepe Suzette: Yet another French classic and it was a great way to end our meal here. A thing, soft crepe topped with a zesty orange sauce and then flambéed of the table; this dessert brings together a beautiful medley of flavors; sweetness from the crepes and slight caramelization after the flambéing, zesty acidity from the orange sauce and a delicate after-taste from the liquer after the alcohol from it has evaporated.
Service is polite and attentive, without being intrusive.
Prices are slightly on the higher side, but quite justified considering the quality of ingredients used and portions. Nevertheless, with our Dineout discount; the whole thing was quite a steal and did not burn a hole in the pocket at all.
Definitely worth atleast one visit for everyone who would love an authentic European experience.