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Food Chains we want in Pune

Pune is the city of foodies, but the rest of the country seems to think otherwise. Here is an article to remind the restaurateurs and chains that we expect good food. Here are some chains we want to open shop in our city.

We eat out, take parcels, order over phone or online, we crib if the salt is less, we… basically are completely obsessed with food. And yet compared to most other cities in India especially our neighbours Mumbai which see newer eateries and cuisines getting introduced, Pune sees an overflow of eateries on the same old done-to-death cuisines. So we list a few of the eateries which we would like to be part of our beloved city.

candiesCANDIES, Mumbai

It’s probably the one name which quite a few Punekars know of, if they frequently travel to Mumbai. In the business for around 25 years, this multi-cuisine restaurant/cafe serves reasonable but filling food items. Right from your sandwiches to other breakfast items to wraps, burgers, snacks, Indian, mini meals, Asian and salads, desserts, cakes… phew, the list is endless. The crowd made up of school kids to college goers, young working crowd to even older enthusiasts. Good food, events and interesting music, Pune does need a Candies to bring back a life amongst the young crowd. Though the food here is not something that we haven’t tasted already, the quality is out of this world and something every Punekar must try.

indigo_deliINDIGO DELI, Mumbai

The moment you enter its premises, either at the Palladium outlet in Lower Parel or the Colaba one, you belong to the upper crust of the society. The fine dining restaurant exudes a certain class with its streamlined yet rustic interiors. The food matches the ambience, with its classic take on European and continental food. Prices might look steep but this place falls in the paisa vasool category amongst high-end eateries. It’s a complete package – great food, good ambience and fine dining.


One of the newer places to attract Banglorians, it is located within the city’s well-known microbrewery. What you get here are steaks, chops, bangers and grills along with ales and beers. It does also impress all with some lovely cafe style interiors. It has been attracting attention amongst those who just want to have some well-done chops with a fantastic company. We wish for places like these to fufill our appetite for some chops.

theobromaTHEOBROMA, Mumbai

Theobroma, a patisserie, is a boon for sure and now every other person wants their share of the goodies here. From cakes to tarts to the usual fare in a patisserie, it becomes special in this place, thanks to fresh products and stickler to authentic flavours. Also choose salads, sandwiches and other such snacks, if hungry for proper food. Just eight years in business, it is already a household name.


rayalaseema_ruchuluRAYALASEEMA RUCHULU, Lakdi Ka Pul, Hyderabad

This eatery has reintroduced Authentic Andhra food especially from the Rayalaseema area. 2009 saw the place get Best Andhra Food award from Times Food Guide, Hyderabad. While we are well acquainted with Udipi style vegetarian food and Keralite food, Andhra food is yet to move into our plates. Both vegetarians and non-veg food lovers can enjoy a cuisine which has influences of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka cuisine (the region shares borders with them).
Some names which needs notice: Hakkasan (Mumbai), The Table (Mumbai), Te Centre (Mumbai), Travertino (The Oberoi, New Delhi), Le 15 (Mumbai), Arsalan (Mumbai), Five Spice (Mumbai). The list is endless.