Review: Pagdandi Book Chai Cafe

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A Yellow shutter on the slopes of rolling hills of Baner, Pune belongs to a “Cupboard under the stairs” book store café. Pagdandi is a concept store, promoting conscious yet alternate lifestyle choices. The store provides multiple services under one roof. It provides a wide collection of books with a focus on independent publishers, both for rental and purchase in a café environment.

 

[divider ]Ambience[/divider]

 

What strikes you first as soon as you enter is the very welcoming sunshine yellow door with a signboard that is made of recycled plywood! Not to forget, the eclectic lights made at the doorway that scream cool in an underlying manner. The lazy Indian sit-outs, the bamboo ceiling and bookshelves, cane chairs, guitar, quirky accessories, and the wide array of the re-circulated old books that smell close to heaven for any bookish geek!

 

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[divider ]Food and Drinks [/divider]

 

When it comes to drinking either a steaming mug of coffee or piping hot fresh masala chai, Pagdandi has a lot of options for the type of tea or coffee you would like to drink. Beverages like ginger lemonade, Buttermilk, Iced Tea and Milkshakes, Fresh fruit juices are also served here.

You have a lot of variety to choose from with a mixed bag of Healthy frozen yoghurt, bun maska, cheese chilly toast, pasta salad, garlic bread, wholesome sandwiches, burgers, idli chutney, kulcha chole, hummus lavash, fruit chaat with cream, maggi, cookies, gooey homemade brownies and tantalizing cakes.

The Desi Grill Sandwich is the best option when you are famished. The Spinach and Corn sandwiches are satiating and are also available with an option of brown bread. The idlis are fresh and fluffy, and just yummy. They are served with fresh ground coconut chutney and gunpowder, giving us the South Indian touch. The frozen yogurt served is a delight on a hot summer day. It has a different flavor every day so be prepared to be surprised. A cup of adrak chai and bun maska is one of the many hot favourite snacks of most of the regulars here. They stock some delicious homemade baked items too which have become very popular amongst all the customers. The cold beverages are served with innovative straws.

They even have an open kitchen concept, where customers can use their culinary skills and create their own innovative dish, and your dish will be added with your name on the menu. You can definitely get value for your money spent here.

 

[divider ]Service [/divider]

 

Quick and prompt service. Each and every customer gets personal attention when it comes to service at Pagdandi. Once you become a frequent visitor here, you get to enjoy a few more additional perks like tasting the new introductory items, and also getting served tea or coffee or any other beverage of your choice in your favourite mug, kulhad, or glass!

 

[divider ]Verdict[/divider]

 

A place you can relax, chill out and interact with new like-minded people. A space where the moment you enter, you feel happy. An adda for creative collaborators. A must visit !

 

Where: Pagdandi-Book Chai Café, Shop no 6, Regent Plaza Mall, Baner Pashan Link Road, Baner, Pune
Timing: 10 am -11 pm

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