11, East Street Café (reserve now)
The grace of London has landed in Pune. 11, East Street Café perfectly captivates the streets of London in its ambience. The iconic red bus in the café has served as inspiration for movie sets as well. East Street Café has attracted Pune’s youth for as long as it has existed. And it’s just not the ambience, but also the Bacardi Chicken and Grilled Jacket Fish that has patrons coming for more
Village Add Media– The Soul of India
The interior lands of the country and their vibrancy have served as inspiration for Village. The décor features cane furniture and the traditional divans found in India’s heartland, that further lend a warm, cosy appeal. The use of bright colours further enlivens the entire space. The Indian fare served here in the buffet system only gets better, thanks to the ambience.
The Brooklyn Shuffle
Like London, the streets of America have found a place in Pune too. The Brooklyn Shuffle Diner’s success is partly due to the unique food served here, along with its charming ambience. Everything from the tables to the fabulous paintings on the wall says American. As does the menu, where the Devilled Wings and Dragon Prawns are hits.
Horn Ok Please
Indian dhabas serve the best food in the world and Horn Ok Please is no exception. The hip restaurant, with interiors fashioned after a dhaba gives stiff competition to the yummy Punjabi food doled out by this eatery. The walls are adorned with cheeky plaques and quotes, all depicting the notorious art found on the highways of India. Try any one of their numerous paneer dishes; they are better than anywhere else.
Rainforest Resto Bar
Exotic doesn’t get better than this. Rainforest is designed to resemble an actual rainforest, with live trees and water-bodies and tables strewn in between. The exotic setting contrasts the classic Indian fare served here. Try the place if you enjoy a natural setting. The Beer Battered Fish goes best with the funky ambience.
South Indian flavours are best defined by Zambar. The restaurant has a real fisherman’s boat as a part of the décor to house the tables, reminding you of the serene waters of South India. The place is decorated with palm trees and the tables have their own chutney stands. Zambar is one restaurant that aces at serving great food with great ambience. The place is renowned for its seafood specialties.
Sen5es (reserve now)
If you love to see your food being made in front of you, Sen5es is the place for you. The restaurant has an open kitchen, wooden floors, and sheer glass panels that allow plenty of light and vibrancy inside the place. The open kitchen serves delicious Continental, Asian, and North Indian recipes. Try the Goan Fish Curry and the Mixed Berry Cheesecake.
Trikaya (reserve now)
Trikaya is all about balancing senses in terms of both food and décor. The Pan Asian flavours that the restaurant specialises in are the talk of the town. The tranquil ambience based on Feng Shui principles provide a serenity that blends well with the food. Chili Basil Chicken and Burnt Garlic Jasmine Rice are hands down the hits on the menu here.
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