Very few dishes are as complete as Kheema Pav- the crazy demand for them in Pune proves the point. This robust curry dish made from either minced lamb or chicken is a strong favourite among Punekars; serve it with buttery ‘pavs’ and you get a dish that will never go out of season.
Several places in Pune serve mouth-watering plates of Kheema Pav. However, what separates the best from the mediocre is the perfect balance of spices in the kheema, the authentic tomato flavor, and the ratio and texture of minced meat in the curry. So without making you wait any longer, here’s a list of seven spots in Pune which will have you craving for a plate of Kheema Pav!
Culture – पुणे | FC Road
Located on Ferguson Road, this renowned spot is famous for giving traditional Indian dishes their own twist. Pair their buttery Kheema Pav with any delicious cocktail and you have a recipe for an extremely satisfactory weekend dinner.
Café Goodluck | Deccan Gymkhana
With absolutely no introduction required, our favorite café on Deccan Gymkhana serves a mean plate of Kheema Pav. If you’ve tried this famous dish here, you know that you can’t resist ordering another ‘paav jodi’. Finish the meal off with a cup of chaha and you’re set for the day!
Grandmama’s Café | Koregaon Park
A new entry in Koregaon Park which is rapidly getting attention, Grandmama’s Café serves Kheema Pav just the way we like it- simple, but delicious. The ambience itself makes this place worth exploring, so head over to Grandmama’s Café for some delicious Kheema Pav and desserts!
Viman Nagar Social | Phoenix MarketCity
The famous Social is now in Pune and it should be one of the top names in your list for Kheema Pav. Apart from their wacky décor, this place serves one of the best Kheema Pavs I’ve ever tasted, proving once again that keeping it simple is the best way to go.
Dorabjee & Sons | Camp
One of the oldest restaurants in the city, Dorabjee & Sons in Camp is an excellent spot for Mutton Kheema Pav. Their taste hasn’t changed a bit in all these years; this place and the food they serve comes off as a reminder of the glorious days gone.
Café Diamond Queen | Camp
The regulars swear by Diamond Queen’s Kheema Pav, and indeed, it is one of the best we’ve ever had. Their Kheema comes with bread instead of Pav. Make sure to try the rest of their Irani dishes on the menu with of course, their special Irani chai!
Café 1730 | Koregaon Park
Café 1730 serves some amazing Mutton Kheema Pav. Don’t just take our word for it, head over to Koregaon Park and try a plate accompanied by a chilled pint of beer!
So did your favourite Kheema Pav joint make the list? Let us know, Pune!
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