Picture this: long drive, the chattering and guffawing of friends/family, Punjabi music on full blast, the wind in your hair, when suddenly you hear your stomach sound the clarion call of hunger. This call leading you to some lip-smacking food on the side of the highway, is why man created dhabas.
Whether you are a biker, foodie or a traveler with the wanderlust for road trips, we all get hungry and what better place to satisfy your soul than a rustic and reasonably-priced dhaba. Listed below are few of our favorites around Pune…
The Kinara Village Dhaba
This place serves Traditional Indian, Chinese and Tandoor dishes in a colourful outdoor atmosphere dotted with pagodas situated in a quiet suburban area of Lonavala. Made famous by the numerous celebrities that visit this place, it is a must-visit on our list.
Address: Toll Plaza, Old Mumbai Pune Hwy, Waksai, Varsoli, Lonavala, Maharashtra 410401
Phone: 086986 39639
Sunny Da Dhaba
Known for its authentic Punjabi food, this place is another gem on the old Mumbai-Pune highway. Must try dishes include Chicken Lahori, Bheja Tawa and the Lassi, which is served in huge glasses. They also serve the regular Chinese and Tandoor fare.
Address: National Highway 4, Pune Road, Near Karla, Lonavla, Maharashtra 410405
Phone: 02114 270 431
Toni Da Dhaba
This one’s of the oldest and most popular dhabas near us. If different kinds of meat pique your interest, then this is the place for you. Rabbit, Emu, Quail and other kinds of bird meat are available here. Sadly, this place seems to be losing the charm it once had, that we regulars reminisce about. We hope it’s just a rough patch they’ve hit.
Address: Naygaon, Maharashtra 415521
Phone: 020 3018 9683
Baba Ramdev Dhaba
My veggie peeps, rejoice! This is a veritable veg-lovers’ paradise. This place serves cheap, wholesome Rajasthani and North Indian food without burning a hole in your pocket. Do not miss the Daal Baati Churma, Dahi Wada and the Masala Buttermilk and let your taste buds transport you to the land of the Great Indian Desert. The nearest one on our list and the cheapest too.
Address: Block B6, Shree Vihar, Transport Nagar, Nigdi, Pimpri-Chinchwad, Maharashtra 411044
Phone: 094239 07709
Be it your next weekend trip, just a drive with loved ones or to satisfy a craving for tongue-tickling, ghee-laden grub; these are the places you must visit. Most of these places are well within driving distance from any part of Pune. Do you know which one you’re going to try this weekend? Tell us!