Skip to main content

The Punekar: 5 Underrated Eateries in Pune

This article was published on The Punekar.

Butter crepe at Yogi Tree
When an outsider questions you about some of the most popular places to eat in Pune, what’s your response? I bet the regulars – High Spirits, Tertullia and Malaka Spice figure in your recommendations. But, let’s see and experience beyond the usual and open up a wider window of taste and flavours! We draw up a list of some eateries in town that serve great tasting fare with or without the ambiance.

Chai and Bun-Maska
The city’s favourite tea snack is the Bun-Muska. Over time, we have been conditioned to associate Chai with Vohuman Café. Yes, it is a buzzing little place popular for its owner’s eccentricities and double omelet. But, have you visited Café Yezdan yet? Born in 1964, this Irani café is an important fragment of Pune’s food heritage. A tiny open kitchen doles out Omelet,Bhurji, Chai and a lot more. And yes, they slather as much fat on bread as their other counterparts in the city do.
Café Yezdan: Sachapir Street, opposite Dorajbee Restaurant, Camp
Chinese…and Sushi
Feel like donning chopsticks and eating some Oriental fare? No, don’t go to Chinese Room or Mainland China for the umpteenth time! Try out Soy. This restaurant serves some great Chinese and Japanese food. Yes, Japanese as well. Soy works brilliantly if you are craving for Sushi but are tight on the pocket. Some dishes we recommend are Sui Mai, Man Tao, Fried Asparagus Sushi and Corn Curd Salt and Pepper.
Soy: Le Royce Hotel, Bund Garden Road
Chow in the Calm
The next time you meet a friend for a meal in Koregaon Park, make Yogi Tree your venue. It is one of those few spots in this bustling area where you can dine in the quiet. This secluded indoor-cum-alfresco restaurant is frill-free decor wise, but its lip-smacking food attracts foreigners from the Osho Ashram. Try their Butter Crepes, Risotto, Aglio-e-Olio Pasta and Brown Bread Sandwiches. You’ll thank us later!
Yogi Tree: Lane A, Off North Main Road, Koregaon Park
Coastal Curries
We know we have some Mahesh Lunch Home fans here, but for some hot Appams and delectable Stew, visit Coconut Grove. Spicy, some items are not for the faint-hearted. You must also sample their Malwani curries, Fish preparations and dainty Neer Dosas!
Coconut Grove: Ambedkar Bhavan, Mangalwar Peth, Camp
Chatpata Chaat
Where do most Chaat-lovers in the city flock to? The chaatwala in their local neighborhood of course! Once in a while, leave your comfort zone and drive to a very busy street next to Shivaji Market in Camp to visit Jai Shankar Pani-puri Wala. Business started off four decades ago on a simple cart on the very same road; today they have a small space with seating, albeit cramped. Servers in uniforms treat guests to Pani Puri with their gloved hands. Their SPDP and Dahi Wadas are a must-try!
Jai Shankar: Babajaan Chowk, Camp

Popular posts from this blog


Last weekend, I got a unique opportunity to visit Gowardhan Cheese Factory in Manchar district, a good two hour drive from Pune city. The owning home-grown company Parag Milk Foods brand portfolio includes Gowardhan and GO boasting of a range of dairy products that have been retailed across Mumbai and Pune over the last decade. I first started using their yoghurt when the local kirana store ran out of my usual preference of Amul, Danone and Britannia. One spoon of it and I instantly found it so fresh, light and 'unprocessed'.
I have always loved cheese but now I even prefer it over chocolate. So when I was scheduled to visit the GO factory, it bore semblance to winning the golden ticket and entering glistening gates to its factory much like the popular Roald Dahl's Charlie. Except that it was not all that dramatic! 

Shashi Tharoor's 'An Era of Darkness' Illustrates the Rapacity of the British Raj in India

It was August 15, 2016, I was having lunch with someone. Gazing at the news on the television screen behind me, she asked, "It's India's Independence Day today! Independence from whom?" Independence from the British, I answered, shocked. Shocked, because this someone in question was British and she had not a clue about the crimes of her country's colonial past.  Like millions of Indians and non-Indians, I was left aghast and despondent when I heard the viral Shashi Tharoor Oxford Union debate (if you haven't seen it yet, you've been living under a HUGE rock, and I suggest you watch it before you proceed to read the remainder of this blog). Tharoor in all his articulate and intellectual glory spoke in motion for Britain owing reparations to her former colonies. Tharoor's well-researched facts on the brutality of British rule in India for over two centuries left me astounded, and a sense of shame dawned on me - I knew so little about my country's p…

10 Ways to Ditch that Drastic Plastic - An #EarthDay Appeal

Did you know...
...Plastic waste takes anywhere between 500-1000 years to degrade.
...50% of the plastic we consume is single-use plastic.
...Only a very small percentage of the tons of plastic that is produced ever gets recycled; most of it ends up in our oceans.

That plastic is detrimental to our planet and is already encroaching into our food chain is common knowledge. But have we done much to reduce our contribution to the trash? Despite more and more people becoming aware about the adversities of plastic pollution, so few actually do anything to reduce their plastic consumption. I think thewar we are waging is against habit. That old darn habit. Walk into the supermarket, walk out with a can of a plastic bag... habit. That old darn habit.

The other hurdle that companies like Avani (founded by an entrepreneur from Bali) are trying to cross is the cost factor. "The cost of biodegradable cutlery is about 30% higher and that is the single biggest challenge for operator…