Old and new. High-end and budget-friendly. These 10 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.
9 Iconic Restaurants Every True Punekar Has Eaten At Once In Their Life
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.
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!
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.
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. 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.
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, rich plum cake, chocolate fudge, coffee, shrewsbury biscuits and mango thick shake.
House Of Paratha
House Of Paratha at JM Road might not be old but it has definitely won our hearts with its one-of-a-kind Baahubali Thali. Priced at INR 1,700, this legendary thali can be eaten by six people and comprises everything from Kattapa Biryani, Devasena Paratha, Bhalladeva Patiala Lassi, Sivagami Shaahi Pakwan and a huge Baahubali Paratha at the center that is topped with butter and cheese.
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.
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.