I am pretty critical in the restaurants and food joints where I choose to eat. My vectors of evaluation, great food at value prices and good service. I care little for ambience or 5 star status. I will add more details like detailed addresses and phone numbers after my next visit.
Dangi Pattice : This is a one product shop that serves only Pattice. The Pattice is a spiced potato filling (Batata Bhaji) between slices of bread dipped in gram flour batter and fried. They are open from 8am to noon in the morning and 4pm to 6pm in the evening. On Sunday mornings be sure to fight for some in a mob and highly recommended you visit on any day other than Sunday. The shop is off Senapati Bapat Road, turn left at Vetal Chowk when proceeding from Chaturshingi temple to Symbiosis, proceed about 50 meters towards Deep Bungalow, shop is on the right side. They are also an excellent business case study on Focus, where their lifeline is one product and no insurance policy. The bakery next door carries 100’s of products and wears a deserted look.
Polka Dots : Its a multicuisne restaurant serving Chinese, Thai, Indian and Italian. They do not have everything under the Sun like the Shetty Udipi Restaurants. Very popular with younsters and those that have some original taste. Polka Dots is owned and run by a former chef of Taj Blue Diamond, Ravi Arora. It is located at Parihar Chowk in Aundh and be prepared to wait at least half an hour on Friday and Saturday evenings.
Bina’s Golconda : If you are looking for authentic Hyderabadi food in Pune head straight for Golconda at ABC farms on North Main Road in Koregaon Park. Golconda is an open air restuarant, surrounded by greenery. The area is spacious with ample and comfortable seating. The décor is rustic and prices are very reasonable and food is wonderfully spiced and very authentic. They also run the restaurant in Poona Club.
Ranjai Garden : For some great mutton – bhakri please visit Ranjai Garden on the Mumbai Pune Highway. The restaurant is at the intersection of Hinjewadi Flyover and the Mumbai Pune Bypass road. Coming from Chandini Chowk it is on the left hand side just after the flyover. Please note the ambience is that of a dhaba and I generally like to eat and pay for great value food and not ambience. The exact address is Mumbai Bangalore Highway, Wakad, Pune 57 and their numbers are 2293 3927 and cell contact is 98 226 45512.
New Friends Hotel : Limited non-veg menu on Gokhale Road opposite Om Super Market. Hard to find, first looks can be deceiving. Ambience very ordinary, but clean food is served in Thali style. Non veg meal will not cost more than Rs 75 and is frequented by many blue collar workers. Lot of people do take out instead of dining in. Phone No : 56263465