Pune has a lot of attractions and iconic restaurants is one of them. These 15 iconic restaurants in Pune have changed the way we define good food and wholesome experience. Read more to find out if you’ve eaten at all of them because an Assal Puneri Manus has!
15 Iconic Restaurants Every True Punekar Has Eaten At Atleast Once
Dorabjee & Sons Restaurant
Run by the fourth-generation Dorabjee Sorabjee Chindy family, Dorabjee & Sons Restaurant is one of the most iconic Parsi eateries in Camp. The restaurant continues to maintain the old-world charm through its bare minimum decor comprising Formica tables, plastic chairs and damp walls. Food-wise, nothing much has changed since 1878. We love the all-time favourites out here like dum biryani, mutton kheema, mutton paya and chicken dhansak with brown rice. Two people have to shell out INR 700 for a wholesome meal. Check out our photostory here.
When it comes to the best Irani breakfast in town, nothing beats the legendary Cafe Goodluck on FC Road. Established in 1935, the restaurant is known for bun maska and special chai. However, for a more scrumptious meal (that is dinner or lunch), one must try their tawa kheema with boneless chicken biryani and roomali roti. For desserts, order nothing but the caramel custard. It’s simply breathtaking! A meal for two comes up to INR 1000.
Located in Dhole Patil Road, Zamu’s Place has been dishing out mouthwatering signature sizzlers for the last three decades. We highly recommend you try their steak special sizzler which is an overdose of ham, cheese and beef steaks. Vegetarians, you can choose from a variety of paneer shashlik, macaroni and mushroom steaks. Meal for two is INR 1000.
Meanwhile, here are our favourite sizzler places in Pune.
Started by Praful and Cheeru Chandawarkar, Malaka Spice is perhaps one of the most iconic South-East Asian restaurants at Lane No.5 in Koregaon Park as well as Baner. We recommend you try the pho chiru soup, a Vietnamese specialty made of star anise, basil, coriander and mutton. Meat-lovers, must try their Mandarin duck, made in exotic honey and orange sauce, and tossed with sliced chillies, litchi and pineapple. Meal for two is INR 1400. This place is one of the best Pan-Asian restaurants in Pune.
Started in 1965 by Sheriar J. Sheriyarji, Marz-O-Rin is built inside a 100-year-old building with high wooden ceilings, arched multi-color glassy windows and winding stairway. When it comes to their menu, Marz-O-Rin is known for its chicken sandwich, chutney sandwiches, cutlets, rich plum cake, chocolate fudge, coffee, shrewsbury biscuits and mango thick shake. A visit here will cost you INR 300.
Established in 1966, Hotel Shreyas belly-filling, soul-satisfying Maharashtrian thalis, starting at INR 270. The best thing about their food is that it reminds of an authentic home-cooked Maharashtrian meal. These thalis comprise one dry veg sabzi made of either katri batata or gobi batata or bhendi masala or a combination of everything; there is a gravy-based dish too, made of bharli wangi, methi patal, palak patal and tomato rasa. Adding to that, there will also be an usal option, either mutter, moog, matki or birdi. The thali will also have amti, solkadi, two kinds of farsan, koshimbir and a spicy veg curry.
The First Brewhouse
Located inside The Corinthians at NIBM, The First Brewhouse is the extension of the popular Doolally’s from Mumbai. Touted as one of the pioneers of craft beer makers of Pune, this brewhouse is immensely popular for their house fries which is served with 6 variants of dips, apple cider and delicious oatmeal stout. The awesome part out here is their LONG happy hours which is between 12.00 pm (noon) and 7.00 pm. Meal and drinks for two here is around INR 1500.
Last but definitely not the least is Shabree, a legendary Maharastrian restaurant on FC road. Head here to try some authentic puran poli, pithala zunka, masala bhaat and tupacha varan. It is also known to serve breakfast items such as misal pav, thalipeeth and even upvas thalis on special fasting occassions. A visit here will cost you INR 800.
The Place- Touche The Sizzler
One of the most legendary restaurants in on MG Road, Pune (open since 1971), The Place is like the godfather of sizzler eateries in the city. From steak to seafood – and everything in-between (pork, poultry, veg, paneer) – they serve around 40 varieties of sizzlers on their menu. One thing you won’t find at other sizzler eateries is their Goan-specialty sizzlers: cafreal and balchao with the protein of your choice. Almost all the sizzlers are served with rice, loaded with thick-cut potato chips and sauteed veggies. The place is crammed and stuffy and you may have to wait for 40 min or more for a table but that's an experience you must have!
Be ready for a food coma, because the breakfast menu at Vohuman Cafe is out-of-this-world and all you need is INR 100 in your pocket. At Vohuman’s, an all-time favourite iconic Irani cafe, enjoy a single egg cheese omelette (INR 60), bun maska (INR 30), cream plate (INR 10) and chai (INR 10). The place is so crowded that sometimes you have to share your table with others. However, no one can make such delicious cheese omlette.
Established in the early 1960s, the restaurant was initially named Nanking Cafe. Over five decades, Blue Nile rose to the fame it boasts of now! With its retro Indian ambience, wooden furniture and spacious dining halls, eating here is close to a tradition that has been going strong through generations. Enjoy Irani-style chicken biryani with a plate of rich and spicy mutton chilly fry, Mughlai parathas and more. Meal for two is INR 1000.
Vaishali needs no introduction, but for the uninitiated: it’s more than just a place to eat. A cult favourite,the place is an experience and an emotion for true blue Punekars. Busy at all hours of the day, their authentic South Indian fare is worth the wait (and the trip). Start with the classics: wada sambar, Mysore masala dosa, and an onion-cheese-tomato uttappam (with butter, obviously) and work your way through the menu from there. Vaishali also serves a small variety of other Indian snacks, sandwiches/toasts, bhel-puri, hot/cold beverages, and fruit salad. An average meal for two here will cost you INR 700 or less.
Another gem of FC Road and a popular hangout spot for true blue Punekars, Roopali is a cult-favourite. A humble coffee house and a South Indian eatery, no one can resist the fresh aroma of crisp dosas, wadas, sambhar and filter coffee. There is an indoor as well as an outdoor seating and people love coming down for enjoying affordable food and have catch-ups with their friends (especially on Sunday mornings). A meal for two takes you back INR 500 or less.
Wadeshwar is a long-standing restaurant in Pune that is a cult-favourite for its delicious South indian fare. Will you believe us if we tell you that they serve delicious buttery pav bhaji and chole bhature with lassi? Try out and thank us later. The ambiance is pleasant, service is quick and prices are affordable. They have multiple outlets across Pune but the most-well known ones are of FC Road and Law College square near NFAI. A meal for two will cost you INR 600.
Everyone who comes to Pune has to visit the iconic German Bakery atleast once. Although some of their branches (SB Road and Kalyani Nagar) are fairly new, the first and the main outlet is in Koregaon Park. The place is colourful, quirky, and frequented by a lot of foreigners too! We love the continental food spread, irish coffee and sinful desserts (especially the mango cheesecake). A meal for two comes up to INR 1200.