Well! Hello Food Lovers,
Sometimes we just crave to have delicious mouth-watering food with no importance for ambience, Sometimes you all need is romantic ambience to take your special once and have quality time and most of the times you need both good food and perfect ambience. Being North Indian I find it very difficult when I crave for spicy and yummy food. There are many good places in Pune that can at least help to relax your cravings.
Here I will try to share all the good restaurants and bars in Pune along with their specialty and my experiences over there. Fortunately or Unfortunately I am vegetarian, so most of the specifications will be about vegetarian food. But I will try and gather reviews from my friends who love to explore non-vegetarian food as well.
Story behind the blog:
When I told my friends I am going to write about yummy food serving joints in Pune. They all got pretty excited and gave a large number of suggestions. So obviously these are the ones most filtered.
Although there is no comparison with special Punjabi parathas and our Capital’s famous “Paranthe wali Gali” (Parantha street) at Chandni chawk, Delhi, but yes when you are in Pune, this is the most suitable place to go for desi style stuffed paranthas along with delicious flavoured lassi.They offer a wide range of stuffed paranthas and flavoured lassi in jumbo glasses.My favourite is Aloo-Onion Parantha along with Mango Lassi.
Location: You will find their branches at almost all famous spots of Pune, Some of them:
FC Road, Viman nagar behind Phoenix Mall, Kharadi, Kothrud(near new Reliance Mall) and Baner.
The Paratha House, Destination Center, Magarpatta City:
They serve varieties of paranthas with unique names. If you haven’t been to this place, you must visit once. Specially their Italian and cheese filled (named as chillie millie) Paranthas are mouth-watering served with pudina chutney, boondi/vegetable raita and pickle.
Gol Gappe(Pani Poori):
When it comes to Pani Poori, every region has its own variation. But I being from North India love the most spicy delhi-style gol gappe served with filling of mashed potatoes, onion and chickpeas and ice-cold water. Pune also has some places which serve these kind of Gol Gappe.
1. Ganesh Bhel, Pimple Saudagar( along with its delicious servings and water, its speciality is pani puri water made using mineral water)
2. Pyare Pani Puri(a small stall with no board), Near Delhi Chaat, Destination Center, Magarpatta City
3. Lane 7 Koregaon Park, opposite to Subway(It’s the only small stall with no board)
Cream Corner, Pune:
It’s a famous fast food joint. Noodles, Pav Bhaji, Sandwhiches, Veg Crispy etc are all good in taste and available at very affordable price. Veg crispy is their speciality.
1. Kalyani nagar near Big Cinemas, Pune
2. Camp, Pune
Menchie’s Frozen yogurt, Koregaon Park:
This place is a must visit if you have sweet cravings and with sweet and delightful aura.I loved their self-serving system and pay according to weight. They have yogurts enriched with different flavours, with a variety of toppings and sauces. You can visit any time and I would suggest you to go after dinner and enjoy the desert over there, it is open till 11:45 pm all days.
Location: Lane-6 Koregaon Park, Pune.
Burger, East Street, Pune:
This is a very old and famous burger joint in Pune started before 20 years, previously known as Burger ‘King’ (not the new ‘Burger king’). They named it as burger ‘king’ because they offer a Jumbo size burger (with fresh bun baked by themselves) and that too in a very low price but yes they only accept cash. People say that they serve the same taste as they used to serve before years. I had a potato cheese burger and my friend had chicken burger (which is more famous here), it was huge but I being a burger lover tried my best and finished it and I was more than full. But It’s freshness and taste is heavenly.
1. Phul Gate, Opposite Talwarkars, Off East Street, Camp, East Street, Pune
2. Mundhwa Koregaon Park Road near High Spirits.
Satguru’s Punjabi Rasoi:
It’s a good restaurant famous for its dishes with typical Punjabi taste. If you like spicy and tasty food, it’s a must go place to have proper lunch/dinner. For vegetarians, garlic naan and Paneer Kadhai is their speciality and for non-vegetarians, you need to go and try out
Location: There are many branches of their restaurant which you can easily find on Google Map but I personally prefer the one in Destination Center, Magarpatta.
The flour works, Kalyani Nagar:
I would recommend this place for brunch. If you just need to hangout with friends or just need a cup of coffee and a soothing ambience, it’s a must visit place. The place used to be a small bakery initially for serving fresh buns, breads etc and then gradually they opened a café. They serve pies, cup-cakes and many more mouth-watering deserts. They also serve good food and drinks.
Location: Commercial 3, Nirvana, North Avenue, Between Jogger's Park and ICICI Bank, Kalyani Nagar, Pune
Red Chilllies, Kharadi:
Decent ambience and great food. I have been there many times when I want to have spicy and delicious food with proper flavours of spices. They have moderate prices and there are varieties of dishes available which is rare in vegetarian food. I recommend to have hara bhara kebab and their red chillies special veg masala. They also serve spicy non vegetarian food which you can go and try out and let me know the reviews too. It would be helpful for other readers here
Location: Parmar Square, Kharadi, Pune
Spice Factory, Kharadi:
This place is a must visit with friends especially if you like authentic Bollywood music or good old evergreen Bollywood songs. On Fridays, they have a live band too. Its décor makes you go again and again. I love the sarcastic quotes they have on the walls of stairs about all the alcoholic beverages. You can also create memories by asking their photographer (and that too free) to click your picture which they later publish on their facebook page.
The Place is mostly crowded, so always book a table in advance or else you will have to wait 15-20 minutes to get the table. Rest all is good enough, Food, drinks and ambience, to go at this place again and again.
Location: Goodwill Landmarks, 3rd Floor, Kharadi, Pune
Café F.R.N.D.S, Kothrud:
It is a small café started recently based on the theme of most favourite series of almost all the people “FRIENDS”. It has a perfect ambience. As it has started recently not all the items in the menu are available but yes! You can create memories by clicking pictures with your friends at scene of your favourite show.
Location: Chaitanya Nagar, Kothrud, Pune
Vada Pav at J.J. Garden Pav Center:
Its a simple Maharashtrian dish made of spiced potato-patty(Vada) covered inside Pav(bread roll), served with fried salted green-chillies and garlic-peanut chutney. You may find it at many places in all the cities or villages in Maharashtra as it is very common and affordable dish. I have had it at many places while I wander around in or near Pune but J.J. Garden’s vada pav is the best one with their amazing chutney. It’s a small street shop at MG Road.
Location: J.J. Garden Vada Pav Center, MG Road, Pune
New Poona Cold Drinks (“Duns Dairy”), MG Road:
It is a very small old café/dairy and they serve delicious ice cream faluda, kulfi, mastani in different flavours. And most importantly it is easy on pocket along with taste. If you have sweet tooth you must visit this place. Their mastani and Faluda are delicious.
Location: RS Kedari Road, Off MG Road, Camp Area, Pune
They serve one of the best South Indian food in Pune. If you are tired of having that Marathi style sweet and red sambhar, you must go for this place. They serve mouth-watering sambhar along with two chutneys. You can totally satisfy your cravings for good south indian dishes. The place is decent and simple located in a complex and is pocket friendly too.
Location: Shroff Suyesh Building, Balewadi Phata, Baner, Pune
Café Uniq Aroma, Nigdi:
It is more of a teenage/college hangout place with some music in background. They also have guitar which you can grab and play it. I had hazelnut frappe which is luscious. They serve varieties of coffee, shakes and sandwiches in pocket friendly prices.
Location: Sunscape Apartments, Pradhikaran, Nigdi, Pune
Idli Sambhar Tapri, Dange Chowk:
It is a small hut (tapri) located infront of Hotel Regent at Dange Chowk. They serve fresh soft Idli with tasty and spicy sambhar. It opens only for 2-3 hours in morning starting from 8am.
11 East Street Café, East Street, Pune:
It is a themed restaurant which is a replica of the famous London Street. The place has a bus at the entrance and the place shows the view of streets of London. They have a special tradition that if you order any desert, you can only have it by sitting inside this beautiful red bus. I went there with my girlfriends (although the place gives romantic vibes so you can also go with your partner) at this place and everything we ordered was delicious Pink sauce pasta, lasagna, cheese balls and some desserts.
Location: East Street, Camp, Virwani Plaza, Pune
Marz O Rin, Pune:
The place is an ancient eatery and perfectly fit when you are tired of shopping in streets of MG Road and want to grab quick bites. The place is pocket friendly. They serve various juices but the mango juice is their specialty. Apart from that they offer varieties of sandwiches, cookies, burger, bun-maska and much more.
Location: Bakthiar Plaza, Camp, MG Road, Pune
Husseny Bakery, Camp:
Its pune’s oldest Irani Bakery started in 1914 run by Dr. Irani and his family since years. They serve Irani naan, plum cakes, lamington cakes, khari and freshly prepared Pizza base.
Location: Taboot Street, Camp Area, Pune
Gujar Mastani House, Budhwar Peth:
They started in 1995 also known as Gujjar Cold drink house. This place gives you feel of old days and childhood for 90’s kids with old wooden chair, tables and people here love to share their old stories how they started and all. They serve glass full of luscious mastan. They have varieties of mastani like mango mastani and they have the famous Bajirao Mastani too. Kulfi here is also must try dessert.
Location: Behind City Post, Budhwar Peth , Pune
Smiley House, Aundh:
It is a first Vietnamese café/restaurant in Pune. The décor is cute, happy with Chinese lantern and cute cushions. Their specialties are noodle soup, Vietnam coffee, fried spring rolls. Along with that they serve a wide variety of Vietnamese food. Including various rice dishes.
Location: Near Midpoint Hospital, Aundh, Pune
And the list goes on…
Phew! I am tired and hungry now. I am going to go for some of these places… Till then read it out and go and grab your appetite. Will be back soon with some more eateries in Pune.
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