To be truly satisfied in every way possible, having a good meal is the key essence. In fact, a happy stomach will lead to better thoughts and good mood which in turn, means good work. At least, that is what most would be thinking of. Pune as a city lives to eat. And Maharashtrian food is the first choice of cuisine which is opted when Puneites go out to eat. And the Maharashtrian thali lands right at the top of this list. And here we are, giving you a list of the really good Maharashtrian places in Pune where you can eat some lip-smacking thalis, vegetarian and mostly non-vegetarian. After all, why should vegetarian people have all the fun, while tasting a Maharashtrian thalis?
96K – SELECT MARATHA FOOD
Looking for some assal Maratha style cooking in a posh atmosphere? 96K – Select Maratha Food is our choice for eating simple and staple Maratha fair in style. You get vegetarian and non-vegetarian fare here, right the usual pithalas to fish to the chicken and mutton dishes. While the typical fare is to try for here, it is the thalis which will equally interest you. You have the option of Veg Thali, Boneless Chicken Thali, Mutton Thali, Fish Thali and Prawns Thali. And the price range for the thalis starts from Rs 195 to Rs 350. There is also a working meal combo. So, what are you waiting for?
Address: 927 F.C. Rd., Near Deendayal Hospital, Shivaji Nagar
FISH CURRY RICE
A new entrant in the market (as per Pune standards where legendary means at least 20 years standing), Fish Curry Rice in Narayan Peth is where shuddh fish lovers go for authentic seafood dishes. Their thalis are to die for. You have Fish Thali Limited, Fish Thali Special Limited, and Crab/Tisrya Thali Limited. Apart from this, you have Chicken Thali Limited and Mutton Thali Limited. The vegetarians need not be disappointed if accompanying your non-vegetarian friends as there is a Veg Maharashtrian Thali Limited too. The menu also contains the normal courses if you do not want the thalis. The price for the thalis range from Rs 350-450.
Address: 586, Gangadhar Apartments, Near Kanya Shala, Narayan Peth
MARATHA KOLHAPUR DARBAR
If you want to head for the very assal (real in Marathi) Maharashtrian non-vegetarian food, then this small join in the city area (the Peth area or gaav is also called city by Puneris) is where you might just want to head to. While their regular menu contains mutton, chicken and fish dishes like Mutton Dum Biryani, Kheema, Mutton Pickle Vaati, Prawn Masala, Prawns Fry, Chicken Biryani, Gavran Chicken Masala and so on, their thaalis are the real crowd-pullers. The mutton thaalis come under the following category – Mutton Thaali (Rs 110), Special Mutton Thaali (Rs 170) and Special Mutton Fry Thaali (Rs 190). The chicken thaali is as follows – Broiler Chicken (Rs 100), Special Chicken Thaali (Rs 150), Gavran Special Chicken Thaali (Rs 180), Special Chicken Fry Thaali (Rs 160) and Special Gavran Chicken Fry Thaali (Rs 200). There is also the Egg Curry Thaali (Rs 60) and Egg Masala Thaali (Rs 80). Rush now for some amazing Maratha food.
Address: Ground Floor, Vinayaka Apartment, Building No. 875, Jnana Prabodhini Lane, Sadashiv Peth
Phone: 020-24461866, 9881679727
ASHA DINING HALL
Simple, reasonable and tasty Maharashtrian fare? Visiting Asha Dining Hall means going for some value for money fare which churns out some very simple but tasty thaalis. It is your typical Maharashtrian vegetarian thaali which contains your seasonal veggies, dals, usals and so on. It does have a south touch as the owners belong to Karnataka. The best part is it still remains very much quaint, despite its popularity, unlike some places which have lost their touch. At Rs 120 for a unlimited thali, what more do you want?
Address: 122-4 Shivajinagar, Apte Road, Deccan Gymkhana
Phone: 020-25532424, 66027149
KRISHNA DINING HALL
Vegetarian thaalis are a staple in a Puneri’s diet and Krishna Dining Hall has created a small niche for itself, in the world of thaalis. Its typically Maharashtrian thaali includes a dry vegetable preparation, some sort of veg curry, phulkas, dals and so on. The sweets are not included in the meal. All for Rs 170 per person, it is extremely popular amongst the family crowd and also for family functions.
Address: 57/1B Law College Road, Corner of Kanchan Galli
Phone: 020-6601 3139
POTBHAR NON VEG
The place will be missed unless you drive slowly near Karve Nagar. But its location and setting is bellied by the truly authentic and lip-smacking food it serves. But a word of warning should be given here – do not tag your vegetarian friends here with you as there is absolutely nothing to offer them. It has simple thaali fare to offer. You can pick between mutton, chicken and fish. You also can order for the premium thali consisting of the egg dish and Biryani. An important note is that the place will be shut every month on Sankasthi Chaturthi.
Address: Shop No 17, Mhatre Pool Rajaram Pool, D P Road, Near Tathawade Udyan, Karve Nagar
Another special eatery found in the Peth areas, Hotel Nagpur is where you get to find Saoji specialities. If unaware of this style of cooking, this style of cooking, also called Waradi cuisine from Nagpur, is very spicy, and known for the non-vegetarian specialities. At this eatery, you can try the chicken and mutton thaalis, at Rs 180. This is what spicy food lovers call sheer bliss.
Address: 1182, Shegdewadi, Sadashiv Peth