My tryst with Food, in Pune.

I was in Pune over the weekend, relaxing and catching up with an old friend, and both were long due, mind you. Lovely weather, quaint, tucked in cafes and lots of hogging were some of the predominantly awesome and my biggest talking points from the trip! I will try and put up photos where I can, but for some, I think we were just too hungry and didn’t wait long enough to click some decent pictures! Hehe!

Saturday Lunch: German Bakery

Time: 3:30 pm

Hunger Quotient: Starving

The bakery, was always famous for it’s lovely desserts but it also has some really kick ass continental cuisine! (The way the firangs were hogging on the spaghetti and the bruschetta, trust me on this one!)

We ordered for chilli cheese toast and fish fingers to start off with. (Anyone who knows me, knows that I absolutely will order fish fingers in a restaurant that lists them! =D)

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The chilli cheese toast, was yum. It absolutely lived up to it’s name. Super amounts of molten cheese and extremely delicious.

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The fish fingers with tartar sauce was equally lip smacking, served with a side order of ย fries ย and salad ย . The dressing on the salad was some of the best I have had in a really long time, and trust me when I say that salad was the first to disappear and that too by choice!

We next called for a jerk chicken woodfire pizza along with ice tea. Lemon and Ginger. The ice tea came before the pizza did and trust me, that was a shame! We were still starving and ended up gulping the tea down, filling ourselves up. I ordered the ginger, which had a bit of a cough syrupy after taste, the lemon is much better, absolutely refreshing and highly recommended! The pizza was good, slightly on the non-spicy side and needed a whole lot of chilly flakes! However, the thin crust pizza was cooked really well and had a generous amount of both chicken and cheese. (Yummmy)

We ended up with dessert as well (We were starving, remember?!) One chocolate rum ball and one ginormous slice of mango cheese cake! The rum ball was quite dry, and we did consider drenching it with some rum, hehe. ๐Ÿ™‚

The mango cheesecake was a mouthful of sin, each bite more gooey and delicious than the previous bite, absolutely light as air and melting into nothing. (droooool)

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Well, that was one of our best lunches in a long while, and the bill wasn’t too bad either! Yayy!

Next Pitstop was Dinner: Mad House Grill

Time: 10:15 pm

Hunger Quotient: Normal.

They claim to be Pune’s first Steak House and this place is done up well. There is a reason, we ended up here for dinner. Our original plan was to go clubbing, but ‘The ย Hidden Place’ was filled with boisterous teenagers and I wasn’t too sure that I wanted to spend my evening there! ๐Ÿ˜€

We were driving around Koregaon Park and we ended up seeing this place from a distance, mainly because of all the fairy lights which light this quaint eatery up. the crowd was good, the hostess was personally serving people and talking to the patrons and they stocked those post cards which I have been collecting for years! God bless them! Instant ‘I want to have dinner there’ happened! Since we were still stuffed from lunch, we decided to skip all preliminaries of the appetiser, soup and drinks and headed straight for the main course.

The servers in the restaurant are well familiar with the menu and we decided to order a grilled fish and a grilled chicken with mushroom sauce. The fish was light and flaky and cooked to perfection. The best part? It was light on my tummy! The chicken with the mushroom sauce was absolutely delicious and needless to say, will be something that I will heavily recommend. The place absolutely blew me away. The decor, the food, the ambiance all line up with how I would like my coffee shop to be! We unfortunately don’t have pictures of the food here, but we do have some pictures of the place, including this really funny frame!

Seven Dwarfs of Menopause at Mad House Grill in Koregaon Park, Pune

Seven Dwarfs of Menopause at Mad House Grill in Koregaon Park, Pune

I highly recommend this place, and if I am in Pune again, I will definitely be back!

Sunday Brunch: The Place at Camp

Time: 12:45pm

Hunger Quotient: Moderately Hungry

This place comes highly recommended since I was craving sizzlers. It is said to be founded by the original founder of sizzlers and the place lives up to it’s hype. We called for Fish Fingers (yes, told you I am addicted to it), a Grilled Chicken Sizzler and a Pork Chops Sizzler. The fish fingers were okay. The chicken sizzler was melt in your mouth and absolutely delicious! The pork sizzler is quite heavy(one it is pork, second, it is a sizzler!) and if you don’t have a very large appetite, it is best if you split it with someone, rather than trying to have it whole! =D

Pork Chop Sizzler at The Place in Camp, Pune

Pork Chop Sizzler at The Place in Camp, Pune

We went over to this tiny place for dessert one block away called Marz-o-Rin. It is a nice property, serving overly chocolatey sundaes! ๐Ÿ˜€ All three of us on the table, are not fans of chocolate, so we struggled to finish our chocolate Sunday. Suggest you guys avoid the Shrewsberry cookies that these guys sell. That was the only thing that I didn’t like in my gastronomy outing in Pune! ๐Ÿ™‚

I loved too many things in Pune. Especially the quaint cafes and bistros. They give me inspiration to open my own coffee shop. Soon. Very soon! To rate this trip, well for the food, it was an absolute 11/10! ๐Ÿ˜€

I was asked, what do you want to be when you grow up? As a kid I answered that I wanted to be a good person. It was only recently that I realized that all I want to do, is eat good food. And make good food, since; for me, and I quote George Bernard Shaw - "There is no love sincerer, than the love of food."

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  • Hmmm…those shrewsbury things are actually quite famous!

    I lived in Pune for 5 yrs, but have not yet been to German bakery, can you believe that?

    Actually, if you like dessert, you need to check out this place my friend recently opened, its called French Window, she went to France to become a pastry chef and the things she makes, oh man!

    • Anindita Debnath

      Hey Kash,

      The German Bakery was an absolute nice place to be. Most of the overtly talked about places seem to be hyped up, and generally not as up to the standard, but we absolutely loved the German Bakery! ๐Ÿ™‚

      Give me an address for the French Window! It definitely sounds like a must try! ๐Ÿ™‚

      -Anindita