5 MUST VISIT PLACES IN PUNE FOR VEGETARIANS!
July 29th, 2017
If you live in Pune and still have not visited these places then you are missing out on something! And if you are visiting Pune don’t forget to include these places in your bucket list!
From affordable street food joints to swanky fine dining restaurants, there are innumerable vegetarian restaurants in Pune. The city is home to numerous Maharastrian eateries, and feasting on an all-vegetarian thali at Sukanta or Shabree is one of the best ways to discover the regional cuisine. There are also many south Indian joints such as Vaishali, Wadeshwar and Dravida's Bistro offering delicious and affordable fare from the southern states. Pune also has a surprising number of vegetarian Italian restaurants, including old favourites such as Dario's and newer establishments like Green & Olives. Finally, the Pune Marriott Hotel's Shakahari restaurant is your best bet for vegetarian fine dining. Take your pick from this guide to the best vegetarian restaurants in Pune, and you're guaranteed to have a memorable experience.
Here are the top 5 picks from the various restaurants!
Named after its Sicilian owner and chef Dario Dezio, this is one of Pune’s most popular restaurants. Situated near the Osho Ashram Koregaon Park, it is especially popular with expats and foreign visitors. The setting is romantic—with a courtyard and a beautiful garden outside, and an Art Deco style bar, old-world teak furniture and antiques inside. It’s famous for its authentic, home-style vegetarian Italian cooking—think fresh breads, wood-fired pizzas, pastas, antipasti and salads. Star dishes include the vegetarian lasagne, tomato and cheese tart, tortellini with spinach and ricotta, chocolate crepes and the tiramisu. These are complemented by a selection of wines, milkshakes and fresh juices.
Experience the splendour of four different Indian cuisines in one thali at Sukanta, a wholesome vegetarian eatery nestled in Pune’s Deccan Gymkhana area. The place is almost always full to the brim with office-goers, shoppers and families. Sukanta’s well-known thali is unlimited and selected with care so that the starters, beverages, main course and dessert all get equal attention. The aam panna kicks off the meal, which includes four subzis (one each from Maharashtrian, Gujarati, Rajasthani and North Indian cuisine), sweets, farsaans, chaat, dal, puris, bhakris and rice. During festivals like Ganapati Utsav, Diwali and Dusshera, you can sample a larger variety of sweets, and enjoy free sessions of henna and palm reading.
This no-frills eating joint in Pune is famous for serving some of the most authentic vegetarian south Indian fare in the city. The menu includes a range of delicious wadas, dosas, uttappams and idlis, as well as upma, pongal and rice preparations such as puliyothare, bisibele bhath and rasam rice. The most popular dishes include the set dosa, mysore dosa and idli sambar. Combine these with a cup of steaming filter coffee or a glass of cooling buttermilk. The service is fast and everything is economically priced, making Idlicious equally popular for breakfast, lunch and light snacking.
This long-standing restaurant’s delicious snacks, Maharashtrian and south Indian food have a huge fan following. The food is completely vegetarian, but that doesn’t detract anything from its spectacular taste. The most popular dishes are the ghee idli, set dosa, molgapodi idli, pessarattu dosa, aappe, kothimbir wadi and coconut kachori. It also offers tasty snacks such as chhole bhature, pav bhaji, sev batatapuri, ragada pattice and bhel puri, as well as juices, milkshakes and coffees. Thanks to its spacious seating, fast service and economical prices, the restaurant remains immensely popular. The original branch is centrally located on FC Road, with other branches situated across the city.
Situated in the Pune Marriott Hotel, Shakahari is the perfect place for vegetarian fine dining in the city. The food is a mix of Jain, Marwari, Thai, Chinese, Malaysian and Korean fare, with each cuisine prepared authentically. The restaurant is headed by Thai chef Pensiri Pattanachaeng, so make sure you taste specialities such as pad sem hed (different kinds of mushrooms in ginger-garlic sauce), nohmai pad prik (stir-fried vegetables in red curry), tahu neung ma nao (steamed tofu cake) and khao neow peik (a dessert made of sticky, corn and coconut). There are also numerous ice teas and wines available as well. The experience in unique in several ways—guests can interact with chefs working at three live grills and choose their own appetisers and later make a selection from the special dessert room. Among the multitude of restaurants in Pune, Shakahari stands out for its light, fresh and flavourful food.