Drool-worthy New Restaurants in Pune That You Probably Haven't Tried Yet!

  • SEEMA NANDE
  • Sep 28, 2016
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You won’t be surprised to find out the enormous number of foodies Pune has! From street food fans for their penchant for everything from sabudana wada to pav bhaji, South Indian cuisine fans, eternal Parsi bakeries' fans; for the love of Irani chais that go perfectly with a sinful bun-maska or the lip-smacking biryani followed by fruit fenny (of course!). From healthy breakfast cafes serving organic food, to fine dining restaurants with some pretty cool themes and ambiences, Pune is trending and we love it!
 
So, not surprisingly, there is a new restaurant, café, bar and bakery surfacing throughout the city, almost every day! Read on, as we cover you on new restaurants in Pune that you probably haven't tried and must ASAP! For catching up with a friend for a pint of beer, starting the day with a wholesome breakfast or that dream date you've been waiting for, these restaurants are just right!
 
 

1. Farzi Café, Kalyani Nagar

  

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After being a total hit in Mumbai, Delhi, and Bangalore, Zorawar Kalra brings the spectacular concept of molecular gastronomy to amcha Pune! Farzi café serves the right balance of flavors, with presentation that will take you aback! The menu that comes handwritten and doodled, adds to the concept of the place. The basic Indian cuisine is beautifully remodeled by the outstanding chef, with additions of international flavors. The seating is beyond interesting, from hanging sofas and the likes, both indoor and outdoor seating available. 
 
Cuisines offered: North Indian, Continental
Cost for two: ₹1,500 for two people (approx.)
Must try’s: Mishti doi shots, Bailey's lollipop
Address: Farzi Café, Level 1 & 2, Fortaleza Complex, East Avenue, Kalyani Nagar, Pune

2. Elephant and Co. Gastropub, Kalyani Nagar

  

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Heading out for a Sunday brunch or just getting out on a weekday night, the Elephant and Co, Gastropub has an eccentric vibe that will get you absolutely hooked. With an ambience of a peppy crowd doing their thing on wooden picnic tables, good music, and indulging soul food this place is perhaps the perfect juxtapose of a happening evening at a chilled place! The host will keep your mood exuberant, attending to you very well. Just make sure to drive/ride really carefully while heading here, for the first time, as you are likely to miss it!

Cuisines offered: Finger Food, Continental
Cost for two: ₹1,350 for two people (approx.) with alcohol
Must try’s: Pandi with Pita
Address: 456, Goodwill Enclave 6, Kalyani Nagar, Pune

3. Apyayan, Aundh   

  

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This one's for those who have a thing for regional food or generally for something new! Apyayan in Aundh serves authentic Bengali delicacies! Along with an a-la-carte menu, they also have thalis. Food is served fresh and hot. This certainly is a one-of-its-kind restaurant in Aundh. Especially given the number of outstation residents here, Apyayan is never scanty. The ambience is quite authentic too, complete with bamboo blinds and false ceiling. On the menu, you will find all things Bengali, so go indulge!

Cuisines offered: Bengali
Cost for two: ₹500 for two people (approx.)
Must try’s: Kosha murgi mangsho
Address: Shop 23 & 24, Loksangam Vihar, New Dp Road, Aundh, Pune

4. Beetroot Bistro, Mundhwa

  

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After being a favorite of many Koregaon Park frequenters, Beetroot opened another bistro in Mundhwa. Only bigger, brighter and much more jazzier! Accommodating the very soothing white walls and distressed furniture, complete with fairy lights and bird cages, this place is; gorgeousness! Serving a well-assorted menu of all-day breakfast, great starters, and some continental mains, this is a perfect casual dining choice. Don't miss their hot chocolate! Being pretty new, not many know of this place, so if you want to be tucked away into a great ambience, ditching the city's hustle and bustle, look no further.  

Cuisines offered: Italian, Fast Food 
Cost for two: ₹950 for two people (approx.)
Must try’s: Mediterranean Boudicca
Address: ABC Farms, KP Annexe, Mundhwa, Pune 
 
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5. Zora, Yerawada

  

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Zora is as delightful as its name! From ambience, presentation, staff to the in-betweens, Zora is a pleasure. This new baby on the block should be your first choice (lately) if you are planning a date or just hanging out with the girls. With every detail paid attention to, you cannot miss noticing it. Expect a beautiful blend of North Indian dishes with western flavors. Exotic dishes like mustard and imli glazed salmon, prawn balchao theplas and thandai creme brulee will surprise you among many other whacky dishes on the menu. Zora also hosts acoustic nights, just FYI. And we cannot help mentioning another FYI - Their palate cleanser in between the starters and main course is something! 

Cuisines offered: North Indian, Biryani
Cost for two: ₹1,600 for two people (approx.)
Must try’s: Chocolate pani puri with bachpan ki yaadein
Address: Arcade 6, Opposite Golf Course, Ishanya Mall, Yerawada, Pune
 
 

6. Time Out, Baner

  

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The quintessential bachelor's hangout, Time Out has all the factors a bachelor would love. Of course, being a sports bar, this place has an uber sporty ambience with a snooker table, foosball, and some more games that you can play on the table (Jenga being one of them). What's more? Along with a well-covered menu, the chef even makes it the way you would like. There is indoor as well as outdoor seating. The music is not bad either! Must go, if you are planning that next night-out with friends.  

Cuisines offered: North Indian, Chinese, Continental
Cost for two: ₹800 for two people (approx.)
Must try’s: Chicken in Chilli Oyster sauce
Address: 4th Floor, Unity Commercial Building, Opposite Oriental Bank of Commerce, Baner, Pune
 

7. Hashtag The Multicuisine Bistro, NIBM Road  

  

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Perfect to catch up with a friend in the evening, the Hashtag Multicuisine Bistro is a humble bistro with a rooftop as well as an indoor seating. This is ideal for when you want to hang out with your friends, minus the jazz. Sit and admire the cityscape, as you gorge on the perpetual favourites - chilly paneer, chicken lollipop, jalapeno cheese poppers, and the likes. Wash it down, with some super yum shakes - oreo, KitKat, bounty or their signature special, the choice is yours. All this at a good reasonable price. Total chill scenes, we say!

Cuisines offered: Continental, Italian, Chinese
Cost for two: ₹800 for two people (approx.)
Must try’s: Hashtag special pizza
Address: Shop 7, Nine Hills, Near Sunshree, Cloud 9, NIBM Road, Pune 

8. Hippie @ heart, F C road

  

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Oh, F C road! This is essentially where the actual 'chill scenes' started way back to probably our grandparents' time! For two main reasons, this practically is the heart of the city and secondly because Pune's first college was established here in 1885 - Fergusson College! So technically, there are more reasons than one, as to why F C road is still a favorite hangout of many. The hanging out, however, has had some major transformation, moving from Vaishali to some local bar cafes! Hippie at heart is one of those factors of transformation. Situated opposite FC's third gate, this is in fact very unlike what you would usually find in the area. The ambience will keep you engaged in spite of the slow service. The menu has some interesting fusion of cocktails, like Malwani cocktails, like Kokam LIT. Perfect for a quick drink post work!

Cuisines offered: Continental, Thai, Pizza
Cost for two: ₹1,150 for two people (approx.) with alcohol
Must try’s: Kheema pao with a twist
Address: Tukaram Paduka Chowk, Ghole Road, Off FC Road, FC Road, Pune

9. Chaitanya Paranthas, Baner

  

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Chaitanya Paranthas has long been a synonym to wholesome lunch for college goers, ever since it first came up opposite Fergusson College. Generously stuffed parantha, topped with a  good helping of butter is accompanied by a serving of curd, salad and the classic green chutney. Following this with a glass of a lassi, make for the ideal dolle-sholle wala meal, and here it is not even heavy on your pocket! The menu consists of some great parantha options and some Chinese dishes. The surrounding IT location and many residents from outside the city benefit by this newly opened branch in Baner. Ideal to grab a quick bite as you head back from work or college!

Cuisines offered: North Indian, Chinese
Cost for two: ₹350 for two people (approx.)
Must try’s: Peshawari parantha
Address: Shop 2, Laxmi Plaza, Opposite Primrose Mall, Baner, Pune
 
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10. Spice Route Restaurant, Sadashiv Peth

  

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Sadashiv Peth sure has a plethora of great restaurants serving some lip-smacking Maharashtrian non-vegetarian delicacies, but what if you might just want to go a little out of the way and try a restaurant that serves Punjabi food along with some Maharashtrian nonveg dishes too?! If this sounds like something you would probably do while in Sadashiv Peth, Spice Route has your back! 

Cuisines offered: North Indian
Cost for two: ₹600 for two people (approx.)
Must try’s: Mutton Sukkha in kala masala
Address: Indulal Complex, Navi Peth, Sadashiv Peth, Pune
 
Waiting for the weekend, are you? Don't! Go stuff yourself NOW at one of these super places! 
 
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SEEMA NANDE SEEMA NANDE

A deep-dyed Piscean, Seema is a dreamer. This extends to the fact that she is seldom in another world of her's or dreaming of the place she would rather be. A wild-child at heart and a keen observer otherwise, Seema's free-spirited psyche is eternally quenching for new experiences. There is no poison for her as restorative as Life, she is the one who will give you the cliched 'I-am-high-on-life', should you offer her a drink. She gets hungover on the feel of a new place, food and conversations with strangers! All this adding to the way she feels and writes!

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