Let’s talk good food… these are the places I ate based of recommendations on the best food in Pune. I only had 2 days, so I really stuffed myself full trying to research. I blame it on you guys! I definitely need to go back and try more places next time because this is not a full guide, just what I had time for.
First stop was the famous knock-off Burger King.
Everyone I know raves that it’s great. Before you start thinking, “wow you didn’t even get Indian food” you should know I was the only westerner there- among at least 60 Indian people on their lunch break. The place is super popular and packed full of locals.
Funnily enough, they called out your name when food is ready…. and the guy I’m guessing couldn’t pronounce my name so just didn’t give me my food. Everyone who ordered after me ate, but I didn’t ask because a sign said “may take 45 minutes, do not ask you for your food!” I waited 50 minutes to ask and they tried to give me a cold burger that had been sitting for 30 minutes, but when I said it’s cold they made me a new one. I should have said my name was Priyanka Chopra.
- Fries, a King burger (don’t order it, it’s HUGE!) and a coke it was Rs. 130
Location: Next to ABC Farms, North Main Road, Koregaon Park
Next up, we went to Seasons Mall where our friend Tally was bartending at the new WTF restaurant and bar. It’s a great place to have some drinks, chill, and eat dinner. Other options in the mall included TGIF, Quiznos, Mainland China, and more. There is another WTF that is more crowded in Vieman Nagar.
Location: 2nd floor, East Court, Phoenix Market City, Opposite Giga Space, Viman Nagar or for the one: Seasons mall, Magarpatta city
Jimmy Hu’s & Brooklyn Shuffle
That night we went for dinner and drinks back in Koregaon Park at Jimmy Hu. It’s a Thai restaurant which the best Thai food I’ve had in India. Delicious pork, beef skewers, chicken momos, and crispy spicy chicken wings. We had some drinks here and also checked out the place next door.
Next door is Brooklyn shuffle, an American diner. I absolutely loved the décor here and they have the best burgers in town.
Location: Sanskruti Lifestyle Complex, Opposite Post 91, Lane 7, Koregaon Park
ABC Farms is another hot spot in Koregaon Park. It’s near Burger King and the Westin and is a back lane with about 6 restaurants lining it. It was completely shut down in the day time and I didn’t see anyone in the area. At night it comes alive and from Europen finer dining to craft beers and a hooka bar, there’s something for everyone. Most popular restaurants include: Shisha jazz café, Arc Asia, Habibi, and Curve.
Others I wish I had time to try:
As I mentioned in my intro on Pune, the German Bakery looked the same as they do elsewhere in India and is worth a visit. Malaka Spice came highly recommended but I couldn’t find it, had no 3g, and no one seemed to know of it. Kayani Bakery and Blue Nile in Camp were also highly recommended as well but it was too far for me to go in my short time there.
As I said in my Pune mini guide, it’s difficult to get around without maps and a clear idea of where you want to go (and in which order). The drivers were pretty useless. I would love to rent a car next time.
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