With some of the best chefs in the country shifting base to Pune, the city is now at the cutting edge of culinary tastes and trends. Boasting of a wide range of restaurants, Pune offers a variety of delectable international dishes that originate from various parts of the world. Here’s listing some of the best of them!
Sushi – JAPAN
Malaka Spice, one of the most celebrated dining destinations in the city, serves a mix of ‘pan-Asian street food’ as well as fine-dining exotic preparations from Vietnam, Thailand, Burma and Indonesia. Added to this is the Japanese delicacy, Sushi. Sushi is a Japanese food item cooked with rice, raw seafood and vegetables, served along with ginger, soy sauce and wasabi.
Peking Duck – CHINA
Discover the hidden pleasures of authentic Chinese cuisine at Whispering Bamboo. A traditional preparation of roast duck from Beijing, Peking Duck is one of the most popular dishes served at Whispering Bamboo at Vivanta by Taj. It is served with thin pancakes, spring onion and Hoisin sauce.
Nasi Goreng – INDONESIA/MALAYSIA
This is a stir-fried preparation of rice, all the way from Indonesia. It is fragrant fried rice cooked with ginger, chillies, macadamias, lemongrass, nutmeg and lime. You can add in chicken, fish, prawns or even turkey, depending on your choice. Trikaya is one of the many joints that offer Nasi Goreng.
Penang Curry – THAILAND
This is a mild Thai curry which is cooked with dried chili peppers, galangal/ginger, lemongrass, coriander root, coriander seeds, cumin seeds, garlic, peanuts and salt in coconut milk. This curry has veg and non-veg variants. Once again, Malaka Spice serves delicious Penang curries.
Thukpa – TIBET
Thukpa is primarily a noodle soup, one of the specialties of Tibet. This soup is also very famous in the north-eastern regions of India. Thukpa contains chili powder, masala, and noodles with gram and pea soup. You will find Thukpa available at By The Tree, a small cafe in Wanowarie.
Joojeh Kebab – IRAN
Joojeh Kebab is literally grilled chicken. It is an Iranian dish that consists of grilled pieces of chicken, marinated in minced onion, lemon juice and saffron. It is often served along with cooked rice, or between two layers of bread. Blue Nile is one of the many popular joints in the city where one can devour some mouth-watering Joojeh Kebabs.
Spaghetti Bolognese – ITALY
Bolognese is a meat-based sauce that originated from Italy. It is primarily used to dress lasagna, pizzas and pastas. Spaghetti Bolognese is a classic, simple dish, yet one of the most delicious food preparations from Italy. Get yourself some lip-smacking Spaghetti Bolognese at Darios, Koregaon Park.
Feta Cheese and Melon Salad – MEDITERRANEAN
The sweet-salty pairing of melon and cheese is one of the most refreshing tastes that one can come across. This is a basic salad recipe that makes for a great, refreshing starter. Stone Water Grill is one of the restaurants in Pune where you can try this appetizer.
Peri Peri Chicken – MOZAMBIQUE
Peri Peri is the Swahili word for pepper. Peri-peri Chicken is an African preparation of chicken in a hot sauce made with red chilli peppers. This sauce also has other ingredients like onion, garlic, pepper, salt, lemon juice, bay leaves, paprika, basil and oregano. You can get a fill of this exotic dish at Mezza 9.
Cheese Fondue – SWITZERLAND
This is a dish made of melted cheese, served in a pot over a portable stove. It’s eaten with bread, which is dipped into the cheese with the help of long forks. One of the many places that serve Cheese Fondue is Chocolate Room.
Cheesecake – AMERICA
A cheesecake is a type of cake that is made of soft, fresh cheese with a bottom layer made of crushed cookies, crackers or sponge cake. This is an American dessert famous all over the world. There are a whole lot of options available for Cheesecakes in the city, out of which Brooklyn Shuffle is a popular one.
Today, international cuisine in Pune is no longer limited to Chinese and Italian dishes. Pune has seen quite a large number of exotic eateries popping up all over town. So if you’re looking out for some international flavours, you now know where to go. Apart from the ones mentioned in the article, there are other restaurants that you could look out for too; Baan Tao, Mini-Wok, April Rain, Prego, Asian Box, Terttulia, Capetown Bistro being some of the few.
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