Kalyani Nagar may not be as densely populated with eateries as Koregaon Park, but there are plenty of good restaurants and bars for every occasion. We decided to skip the familiar, and do some digging to find these six lesser-known eateries serving everything from luscious milkshakes, to quarter-bottle cocktails, Korean pastries, and home-style Goan food.
How Many Of These 5 Lesser-Known Eateries In Kalyani Nagar Have You Eaten At?
Shakes And Cream
Shakes and Cream is a milkshake parlour, with a small outdoor sit-out and (all-veg) food menu to match. Feast on the richest milkshakes, sandwiches, burgers, fries, nachos, and ice cream. If you’d rather drink your dessert than eat it, try their ‘timeless’ or ‘divine’ milkshakes – we hear their signature Rajbhog, silky brownie, Alphonso mango, and cookies and cream are pretty good. Find them tucked away at Fortaleza (next to Mineority by Saby), and check them out on Facebook for all their latest offers.
With interiors as sleek and chic as their desserts, Piatto is an under-rated gem. We’ve tried and loved almost everything on their menu – including their fresh salad bowls, sandwiches (which even made our ‘best chicken sandwiches in Pune’ list here), and of course – their signature desserts. Try their raspberry chocolate pastry, macarons, barley salad, and roast chicken sandwich. Bonus points: they’ve also introduced house-made gelato onto their menu – just in time for summer! Drop by their studio in lane 3 of Kalyani Nagar, around the corner from Pizza Hut, and read our full dessert recommendation here.
London Muffin Cafe
London Muffin Cafe is the Kalyani Nagar counter-part of the Koregaon Park bakery, started and run by a Pune-settled Korean family. Serving salad, pizza, pasta, and brunch specials (eggs, waffles, hot dogs, bagels, pancakes – the works), coffee and other beverages – you must pop in for a bite if you haven’t already. Try their signature custard cream buns (a heavenly combination), croissants, green tea cake roll, bagels, and sausage rolls. If you want to try something uniquely Korean, try Bingsu – a dessert, available with a choice of red bean, or fresh fruit. Pricing is a little more expensive than usual, but it’s worth every bite! Find them tucked away in a quiet by-lane (lane 13) near Jogger’s Park, and keep in mind that they’re closed on Sundays.
Daisy Dozen by AK
Daisy Dozen by AK is a quaint little cafe, serving a mix of cakes, pastries, and savoury foods. For a quick bite, try their soups, starters, sandwiches, or pastas – we hear their cream of beetroot soup, penne in ‘signature AK sauce’ and grilled chicken sandwich are worth a try. As for their baked fare, go for the red velvet cake, chocolate truffle pastry, and mango cake (their seasonal special). Daisy Dozen also undertakes customised cake and birthday cake orders as well. They have an air-conditioned seating space indoors, so you’ll have some respite from the heat. Follow their Facebook page for updates and discounts, and drop by their Kalyani Nagar outlet at Sunshine Court (shop no. 9), right opposite HDFC Bank.
Recently re-located to Kalyani Nagar from Viman Nagar, Hop-In aims to be the quintessential ‘neighbourhood bar’. This quirky cafe-bar serves everything from cocktails in quarter-bottles, to beer on tap, and a multi-cuisine food menu spanning bar-bites to main course. We hear their signature ‘pauvas’ (quarter-bottle cocktails) are a must-try if you like your alcohol – and they’re available in different flavours, too. For eats, try the unusual ‘dhokla-pakoda’ (which we hear is quite the hit with vegetarians), Hop-In’s ‘egg surprise’, their non-veg tandoor fare, and their juicy burgers. Hop-In’s fare is value-for-money, and they even host their own gigs, match screenings, and run daily offers on food and drink – so follow them on Facebook for all their latest updates.
We also came across newly-launched delivery kitchen – Cafrico, which serves authentic home-style Goan fare. They have very limited, basic seating – only for 8 people, outdoors – and focus more on home-delivery to the surrounding locality. We hear their signature chicken cafreal and prawn curry are not to be missed – but you can also choose from their selection of appetizers, seafood specials, main course, single-meal combos, Goan-style biryani, and dessert. Find the full menu on their Facebook page, place your orders over the phone at 072649 21474, or drop by their kitchen at shop no. 3, Gera 77, Kalyani Nagar (near Bishop’s School).