Your Guide to Indian Food
This thorough guide provides insights on what, how, and where to eat in India, ensuring you can enjoy your culinary experiences without any concerns. There is no sincerer love than the love of food. - GEORGE BERNARD SHAW That and wanderlust !!! Who doesn't dig traveling, right? But what's the point if your stomach's growling louder than a jet engine and you can't even dive into the local grub? Let me spill the beans – I'm a Vegetarian So, while I've been trotting across countries, I've practically survived on bread and salads. Talk about a bummer! All those meaty local dishes? Count me out. And being an Indian, I'm all about that spicy, kick-in-the-tongue kinda food. So, you can imagine my disappointment when all I got was bland leaves and dough. Sure, I did manage to chow down on some Totopos in Mexico and hit up Chipotle in the USA – shoutout to those Veggie Burritos! But let's face it, most of the time I was just a hungry spectator. I've seen tons of globetrotters hit the same snag when they visit India – the food can be a bit too spicy or punchy for their taste buds. It's a real downer to see them end up stuck with McDonalds, Dominos and the likes because they can't handle the desi flavors. I've witnessed countless peeps asking for suggestions or just having a good old rant, so here I am, swooping in to put an end to all your fretting. In this blog, I'm spilling the beans on some lip-smacking dishes that you won't wanna miss, throwing in some sneaky hacks, and dishing out all the pro tips to make sure your stomach and taste buds are doing a happy dance throughout your stay.
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Just a heads-up: the prices I'm about to mention are ballpark figures. The actual costs might vary depending on the state, taxes, location, and restaurant preferences. As for flavor, I'm giving you an average range from mild to spicy. Keep in mind, taste is personal. What's mild for one person might be seriously hot for another. These rankings are based on general opinions, but your taste buds could have a different take.

All Time Eats

1. Idli Sambhar / Mendu Vada – Some sambhar’s can be spicy, but the coconut chutney isn’t. It’s a very healthy and affordable food option available all across the country. Made up of Skinned black gram and rice batter.

Price – INR 80-200

2. Dosa / Uttapa – Another famous South Indian delicacy. It’s also served with Sambhar and Chutney. There are many varieties, but I would suggest Plain (Sada) Dosa or Set Dosa. You can choose Tomato or Onion Uttapa. No spice, only good health.

Price – INR 70-150

3. Upma – Made of Semolina, some veggies and spices, a great breakfast dish but can be eaten at any hour. That’s the beauty of South Indian foods, they serve as Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Price – INR 60-90

4. Poha – Made of Flattened rice, potatoes, onions and some other veggies depending on the region you eat it! Most of the times it’s not spicy, but best to ask. It’s one of my favorite dishes, and I love to add some Bhujia sev to make it a little spicy.

Price – INR 30-70

5. Parathas – There’s a huge variety of these and the most commonly available ones are Aloo ( Potato), Gobi (Cauliflower), Mooli ( Radish) etc. The parathas itself are rarely spicy, the sides ; pickle, dal etc are spicier. They’re also served with curd, so if the paratha feels a little spicy, the curd will balance it out. Please note : Pickle above doesn’t mean fermented cucumbers, its a tangy spicy mix of dried mangoes usually. 

Price – INR 150-250

6. Sabudana Khichadi : Made of sago, this makes for a great breakfast or mid – meal. It is usually consumed while fasting, but is available on other days too. You could also try Sabudana Vadas, which is made of the same stuff, just fried.

Price – INR 50-130  

7. Thalipeeth - Thalipeeth is a tasty Indian flatbread, made with mixed flours, spices, and veggies, cooked until crispy. It's usually served with chutney or yogurt. You'll be fine if you skip the chutney. 

Price - INR 100-175

Lunch / Dinner 

1. Roti- Sabzi: This is the most common Lunch and Dinner across India, especially in the Northern and Western States. Roti is what you would call a Wheat Toritlla, and sabzi is vegetable. It could be dry, gravy, curry etc. You can always ask for a less/non spicy sabzi and relish it with roti. Common non spicy sabzis:

- Sookhi Aloo Sabzi(Dry Potato)

- Moong(Sprouts)/Chowli(Black eyed beans)Ki Sabzi

- Aloo Mutter(Potato peas)

- Paneer Mutter( Cottage cheese and peas, this ones an orangish gravy)

- Dum Aloo Kashmiri( Potato with white gravy, this ones sweet)

- Karkari Bhindi( Lady’s Finger / Okra )

- Aloo Methi ( Potato w/ Fenugreek)

There’s many more options depending on the restaurant and you can always ask them if they have specific non spicy ones.

Price : Rotis – INR 10-100, Sabzi – INR 170-350

2. Dal- Rice – By far the most fulfilling and satisfying food ever. It’s my comfort food  and is easily available all cross India. There’s a huge variety in Dals :

- Gujrati Dal– Sweet & Sour 

- Marwari / Rajasthani Dal– Mildly Spicy

- Dal Makhni– Non Spicy blackish dal

- Dal Tadka– Spicy

- Dal Fry– Medium Spicy

- Moong Dal– Medium Spicy

And there’s many many more, but these few are the common ones.

Price – Rice – INR 100-250, Dal INR 150-250  

3. Gujrati/Rajasthani Thali – This is a great option for someone who wants to try an authentic Indian meal. A thali literally means plate, and all Indians traditionally eat in a steel thali, now we’ve china and crockery but thali is original. Every restaurant differs but usually a Thali consists – 4 -5 Sabzis, 2 Dals, 1 Kadhi, 2 types of rice / Khichadi, 2-3 sweets, 2-3 Farsan (Savoury items), Drinks like Buttermilk and Jaljeera, Rotis, Bhakris, and Puris. Some are limited while some are unlimited, so you can eat as much as you like for a fixed price.

Price – INR 250-700  

4. Khichadi: There are many types of khichadi, it’s a mix of rice and different dals in a paste like form usually.

- Tur Dal Khichadi

- Moongdal Khichadi

- Bajra Khichadi

- Kali Dal Khichadi

- Kadhi Khichadi

-Dal Khichadi 

They’re very healthy, filling and usually less spicy.

- Curd Rice – This isn’t khichadi but just plain old rice with curd and some spices. Some people add pomegranate seeds and Cashews too. It’s not spicy, very cooling in the summers and very tasty.

Price – INR 150-400  

5. Chole Bhature – Another mouth – watering delicacy from the North. I won’t lie, this one is spicy, but some places make it non spicy. Surely give this one a shot ! It’s made of Garbanzo beans and onion/spices gravy.

Price – INR 80-200

6. Biryani - Biryani is a rice dish made with spiced rice, meat, veggies, and some gravy cooked together for a flavorful and fragrant meal. You can even opt for a veg biryani that excludes meat. 

Street Food 

My absolute favorite <3 

1. Chaat : This includes Pani puri, Sev Puri, Bhel, Sev puri Dahi puri and so much more. All of these are spicy and strong in flavors, but ask for non spicy and at least try it. I promise you’ll love it. You can ask for Pani puri with little or no Spicy ( teekha pani) water at all, just stuffing and sweet water. Same with the other chaat items! I guarantee you wouldn’t have eaten something so piquant and flavorful before! Note – Pani puri has many different names across the country like Puchka, Patashe, Gol Gappe etc, different areas use different names.

Price – INR 25-100 each

2. Vadapav – It’s the cheapest, simplest and quickest food of all. You could call it a desi burger 😛 It’s a pav (bread) with a vada in it. The vada is made up of potato, onion and other spices stuffing. Don’t take the chutney, as it’s spicy. The vada by itself isn’t very spicy and the pav  balances it. It’s a Maharashtrian delicacy but you can find it in other states too.

Price – INR 15-50

3. Missal Pav – Another Maharashtrian dish. Spicy curry, with Farsan ( some fried stuff, there isn’t an English equivalent I guess), onions and Pav. It’s not very hard to find non-spicy one though. The Kolhapuri and Nasik Rassa ( curry) are spicy, but they also make non-spicy rassa. 

Price – INR 80-150

4. Dhokla – A very light, safe and non-spicy Gujarati Delicacy. There’s two types, Yellow and White. The yellow ones are more fluffy, and could be a little spicy sometimes because of the sauté! The White ones on the other hand are not at all spicy, unless they have red chilly powder on them, so ask for plain ones. They are mainly common to the state of Gujarat and Rajasthan but you will find it in other states too 😛

Price – INR 50-100 for a plate. Usually has 6-8 pieces.

5. Thepla – This is another Gujarati dish. It’s like Rotis, but flavorful and can be eaten by itself , dipped in chai, or with curd, or pickle, or anyway you like it. They are not very spicy, and some are completely bland, last for 4-7 days w/o refrigerator and packs of 4-6 theplas are easily available in Sweet-shops or local Grocery Stores. It’s made of wheat flour with fenugreek and other spices.

Price – INR 20-60 for a pack of 4-6 theplas.

6. Samosa – Filled with spicy tangy potato stuffing and fried until golden, these will fill you up and leave you wanting more. Goes great with Chai.

Price – INR 15-30 each.

7. Pav Bhaji – Oh boy! Flavorful and tasty, this food is an absolute must try. Its red vegetable gravy served with crisp buttered pav. It will leave all your taste buds awake and dancing. :P 

Price – INR 100-250

8. Pakodas / Bhajiyas: Fritters as one would say in English, is another yum street food and not spicy. There’s Potato, Onion, Chilly, Bread and Cottage cheese options to choose from! The most common one’s are Onion and Potato fritters. Steer clear of the chilly ones obviously if you don't prefer spicy food. 

Price – INR 40-80 per plate.

Desserts 

Other than cakes, pastries, donuts and the likes; there’s a lot of traditional Indian desserts that you must try on your visit. Here’s a few.

1. Kulfi : It’s like ice-cream but creamier cuz its not whipped. There’s many flavors and many ways of serving – On a stick, in a pot, on a plate etc.

Price – INR 50-300

2. Mastani – Mastani is a thick mango milkshake topped with pieces of cut fruit, dry fruits and whipped cream. This name finds its roots to the famous Peshwa ruler Bajirao's lover, the gorgeous Mastani. This is local to Maharashtra, mainly Pune. 

Price – INR 70-120

3. Falooda – A cold dessert. Traditionally it is made by mixing rose syrup, vermicelli, Chia (sabza/takmaria) seeds with milk, often served with ice cream. There are other flavors available.

Price – INR 100-200

4. Mango / Strawberry with Cream – As the name suggests, its cold cut fruits, with whipped cream and syrup, Super delish! It’s one of my faves!

Price – INR 150-200

5. Traditional Indian Sweets – The list is endless. Jalebis, Laddos, Barfi, Rasgulla, Gulab Jamun, Kheer, Ghewar, Halwa etc. Do try some of these and you’re sure to crave more. While all of these are easily available across India, every state has its specialty. Eg: Rasgullas hail from West Bengal, Ghewars from Rajasthan, Jalebis in Gujarat etc. 

Price - INR 60 - 400, varies on quantity, dish and area. 

6. Paan – It’s eaten as a mouth freshener at the end of a meal. A lot of people have it at other times too for flavor or refreshment. Its made of betel leaf with stuffings like fennel seeds, cherries, tutti-frutti, desiccated coconut etc. Some have betel nut, but please avoid those as if you aren’t used to it, it can cause dizziness or headache. Always ask for a  meetha paan bina supari. ( Sweet paan without betel nut). Magai Meetha paan is a good one to start with.  There’s new flavors like chocolate, flaming, shot etc, but I would recommend trying the original before any others.

Price – INR 20-60

There’s so many more foods and options but I would never finish writing if I went further deep! I hope this gives you an insight and helps you plan your meals well and feel good after eating.

I’d also suggest downloading an app called Zomato. It’s available for both iOS and Android. The app has many features; it lets you order food online, search restaurants, make reservations, read reviews, check out photos and menus etc.

You can use this app and it’s filters to find restaurants around you based on distance, cuisine, ratings etc. Always look up a restaurant on Zomato and check it’s ratings and reviews before you eat there. The reviews are authentic and it’s widely used by many Indians. I use it too You can find me under @gourmetschoice for reviews and suggestions on the app.

I hope this article is helpful to each of you reading. If you have any questions or need any suggestions please feel free to leave a comment

While there isn't a precise match for "bon appétit" in Hindi, I've got my own phrase: Khaao aur Khilaao! It translates to "Eat and also Feed!" – because we Indians have a real soft spot for both enjoying food and sharing it with others. If you ever step into a traditional event or have dinner at an Indian household, you'll witness something called "manvaar" – which is all about doling out more food or lovingly offering a morsel by hand.

Now, I get that this might seem a bit odd in other cultures, but for us, it's a warm gesture that screams love. Personally, I adore it when my family and buddies swing by and feed me themselves. It's like a cozy taste of affection!

If you still need help curating your meals or finding the right places to eat that will suit your dietary preferences, reach out to us - 

Below are some restaurants and eateries in my city - Pune; that I recommend and fully endorse : 

Yumma Swami
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One of the best places in town to try South Indian food. Hygienic, Authentic and Delicious. Try - Ghee Dosa, Ghee Garlic Roast, Paniyaram, Idli vada, Onion Uttapam, Pizza Uttapam, Pineapple Sheera, Filter coffee.
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Aamhi Pohekar
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Best place to grab some authentic and delicious Poha. They offer a wide variety to feel free to experiment. Gharache Pohe is the basic and traditional one, start here.
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Hindavi Swarajya sabudana wada
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You're going to have to stand, but this is quite literally the best Sabudana vada in Pune. Skip the chutney though, it gets really fiery.
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Shrinathji Sabudana Vada
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Another place that serves amazing sabudana vadas, however this is the most crowded area in the city and I do not recommend you go here without a local.
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Horn Ok Please
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Some of the nicest North Indian food in town, try Paneer butter masala, dal fry with jeera rice, butter rotis / naans Their Tandoori Aloo starter is amazing, slightly on the spicier side.
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Sharvaree - Multi Cuisine Restaurant
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One of my faves - literally anything you order here is delicious. Recommendations - Thalipeeth, RotI Sabzi, Misal, Poha and Pav Bhaji
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TIM LUCK LUCK
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Delicious North Indian food. Roti Sabzi, dal rice and starters. They are well known for their non veg food too.
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Meghdoot's Hotel
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Great for Roti Sabzi, Plain Sandwich, Dal Khichadi and Dosas
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Barbeque Nation - Pune - Deccan
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An unlimited buffet that serves both Veg and Non veg meals; with a live barbeque- you can find almost all cuisines here - North Indian, Chaat, Indo-chinese, Desserts, and more. Do visit this place at least once
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Abhishek Bar and Restaurant
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Great for North Indian food, and we love their Brownie with Icecream.
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Shiv Sagar Veg Restaurant
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Excellent Pav bhaji and Chinese food. Please remember that the Chinese food may differ from what you're usually used to. Try Veg Manchurian, Fried Rice, and Schezwan fried rice if you're feeling adventurous. (cuz its a little spicy)
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Shahi Bhoj Thali Restaurant
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One of the best Thali restaurants in Pune. Relish a Gujarati / Rajasthani style meal that will satiate your soul.
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Khandani Rajdhani
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Another one of our fave Thali restaurants in Pune. Thalis are just a wow experience and get ready to be blown away here as you relish a Rajasthani thali.
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Flavors
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On the expensive side, however totally worth it. North Indian food is a must try
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GATTI CHUTNEY-KOREGAON PARK
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Compact eatery and you'll have to stand but delicious South Indian food. Try Dosas, Uttapas, Idli here.
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Garden Vadapav Center
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Pune's oldest and best Vada Pav
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Murli Bhel
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Our favorite chaat spot - We love the Pani puri, Sev Puri, Aloo Tikki and Samosa Chaat
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Dhaba Shaba Indian Veg Bistro
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Warm cozy restaurant with excellent service. Eat - Pani Puri, Paneer Tikka Biryani, Roti Sabzi
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RamKrishna Restaurant
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Another heritage-ish place that serves a variety of good food. Almost everything you order is going to be delsih.
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The Basil Deck
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Slightly fancier and offers a wide range of cuisines. The Pasta here is really delish
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Vohuman Cafe
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A heritage Irani cafe that you must try. We love the omelets here, goes great with bun maska and chai.
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Katakirr Misal
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One of the best Misal places in town, don't expect anything from the ambience but you'll love the food. Ensure to ask for the LIGHT misal as it can get really spicy
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We love coffee and are obsessed with cafe's so here are some of our top faves, great for coffee, reading and remote work. 

Zen Cafe
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Super cute and zen vibe. Croissants, Coffee, Green Burrito and Zen Platter <3
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Butter Brews Koregaon Park
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Another one of our favorites, What we love here - - Coffee : Cappuccino, Cold brew - Lotus Stem Chips - Caesar’s Salad - Rainbow Bagel Sandwich - Pasta Alfredo - Guac & Toast - Enchilada : The best in Pune - Chocolate truffle pastry
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The French Window Patisserie
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Cute, Cozy, Pet friendly cafe, love the coffee and desserts.
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Cafe Bahar Pune
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A charming little café that's all about top-notch service and a mouthwatering array of treats. We're talking about killer coffees, scrumptious bites like Rainbow Baguette Sandwiches, Pretzels, Sliders, and a parade of desserts that'll have your taste buds doing a happy dance. Oh, and don't even get me started on those buttery croissants – they're practically a dream.
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Le Flamington
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Cute Parisian style cafe that serves insanely yum desserts, coffee and sandwiches
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Forennte Patisserie
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Beautiful little place with some finger licking yum desserts
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Grey Soul Coffee Roasters
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Slightly on the expensive side, this is a nice cafe to chill and even work from
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Bai Mu Dan
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Nirvana in the chaos. This quiet cafe is located right across Osho and feels like a tiny piece of Japan
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Chafa Cafe And Studio
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Great coffee and healthy food options
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The Camden Lane
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Recently opened and I am yet to visit this place, but have heard great things about this place. I'll be going there soon and update more on what to eat
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And lastly here are a few date night/ bar eateries to chill at - 

The Daily All Day Pune
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Sat nights, Pasta, Guac &Chips, great drinks too.
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Murphies
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Great martinis, cosmos and whiskey sours. Margherita Pizza and Cigar rolls <3
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Independence Brewing Company
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If you love beers, this is the place for you. The Hefewizen is what we love, best paired with Cajun fries.
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Barometer
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Gorgeous ambience, the berry ice tea is delicious, as is the Pasta
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Toit Pune
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A peppy place with great drinks and food, the service is real slow though
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Your Guide to Indian Food
This thorough guide provides insights on what, how, and where to eat in India, ensuring you can enjoy your culinary experiences without any concerns. There is no sincerer love than the love of food. - GEORGE BERNARD SHAW That and wanderlust !!! Who doesn't dig traveling, right? But what's the point if your stomach's growling louder than a jet engine and you can't even dive into the local grub? Let me spill the beans – I'm a Vegetarian So, while I've been trotting across countries, I've practically survived on bread and salads. Talk about a bummer! All those meaty local dishes? Count me out. And being an Indian, I'm all about that spicy, kick-in-the-tongue kinda food. So, you can imagine my disappointment when all I got was bland leaves and dough. Sure, I did manage to chow down on some Totopos in Mexico and hit up Chipotle in the USA – shoutout to those Veggie Burritos! But let's face it, most of the time I was just a hungry spectator. I've seen tons of globetrotters hit the same snag when they visit India – the food can be a bit too spicy or punchy for their taste buds. It's a real downer to see them end up stuck with McDonalds, Dominos and the likes because they can't handle the desi flavors. I've witnessed countless peeps asking for suggestions or just having a good old rant, so here I am, swooping in to put an end to all your fretting. In this blog, I'm spilling the beans on some lip-smacking dishes that you won't wanna miss, throwing in some sneaky hacks, and dishing out all the pro tips to make sure your stomach and taste buds are doing a happy dance throughout your stay.
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Just a heads-up: the prices I'm about to mention are ballpark figures. The actual costs might vary depending on the state, taxes, location, and restaurant preferences. As for flavor, I'm giving you an average range from mild to spicy. Keep in mind, taste is personal. What's mild for one person might be seriously hot for another. These rankings are based on general opinions, but your taste buds could have a different take.

All Time Eats

1. Idli Sambhar / Mendu Vada – Some sambhar’s can be spicy, but the coconut chutney isn’t. It’s a very healthy and affordable food option available all across the country. Made up of Skinned black gram and rice batter.

Price – INR 80-200

2. Dosa / Uttapa – Another famous South Indian delicacy. It’s also served with Sambhar and Chutney. There are many varieties, but I would suggest Plain (Sada) Dosa or Set Dosa. You can choose Tomato or Onion Uttapa. No spice, only good health.

Price – INR 70-150

3. Upma – Made of Semolina, some veggies and spices, a great breakfast dish but can be eaten at any hour. That’s the beauty of South Indian foods, they serve as Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Price – INR 60-90

4. Poha – Made of Flattened rice, potatoes, onions and some other veggies depending on the region you eat it! Most of the times it’s not spicy, but best to ask. It’s one of my favorite dishes, and I love to add some Bhujia sev to make it a little spicy.

Price – INR 30-70

5. Parathas – There’s a huge variety of these and the most commonly available ones are Aloo ( Potato), Gobi (Cauliflower), Mooli ( Radish) etc. The parathas itself are rarely spicy, the sides ; pickle, dal etc are spicier. They’re also served with curd, so if the paratha feels a little spicy, the curd will balance it out. Please note : Pickle above doesn’t mean fermented cucumbers, its a tangy spicy mix of dried mangoes usually. 

Price – INR 150-250

6. Sabudana Khichadi : Made of sago, this makes for a great breakfast or mid – meal. It is usually consumed while fasting, but is available on other days too. You could also try Sabudana Vadas, which is made of the same stuff, just fried.

Price – INR 50-130  

7. Thalipeeth - Thalipeeth is a tasty Indian flatbread, made with mixed flours, spices, and veggies, cooked until crispy. It's usually served with chutney or yogurt. You'll be fine if you skip the chutney. 

Price - INR 100-175

Lunch / Dinner 

1. Roti- Sabzi: This is the most common Lunch and Dinner across India, especially in the Northern and Western States. Roti is what you would call a Wheat Toritlla, and sabzi is vegetable. It could be dry, gravy, curry etc. You can always ask for a less/non spicy sabzi and relish it with roti. Common non spicy sabzis:

- Sookhi Aloo Sabzi(Dry Potato)

- Moong(Sprouts)/Chowli(Black eyed beans)Ki Sabzi

- Aloo Mutter(Potato peas)

- Paneer Mutter( Cottage cheese and peas, this ones an orangish gravy)

- Dum Aloo Kashmiri( Potato with white gravy, this ones sweet)

- Karkari Bhindi( Lady’s Finger / Okra )

- Aloo Methi ( Potato w/ Fenugreek)

There’s many more options depending on the restaurant and you can always ask them if they have specific non spicy ones.

Price : Rotis – INR 10-100, Sabzi – INR 170-350

2. Dal- Rice – By far the most fulfilling and satisfying food ever. It’s my comfort food  and is easily available all cross India. There’s a huge variety in Dals :

- Gujrati Dal– Sweet & Sour 

- Marwari / Rajasthani Dal– Mildly Spicy

- Dal Makhni– Non Spicy blackish dal

- Dal Tadka– Spicy

- Dal Fry– Medium Spicy

- Moong Dal– Medium Spicy

And there’s many many more, but these few are the common ones.

Price – Rice – INR 100-250, Dal INR 150-250  

3. Gujrati/Rajasthani Thali – This is a great option for someone who wants to try an authentic Indian meal. A thali literally means plate, and all Indians traditionally eat in a steel thali, now we’ve china and crockery but thali is original. Every restaurant differs but usually a Thali consists – 4 -5 Sabzis, 2 Dals, 1 Kadhi, 2 types of rice / Khichadi, 2-3 sweets, 2-3 Farsan (Savoury items), Drinks like Buttermilk and Jaljeera, Rotis, Bhakris, and Puris. Some are limited while some are unlimited, so you can eat as much as you like for a fixed price.

Price – INR 250-700  

4. Khichadi: There are many types of khichadi, it’s a mix of rice and different dals in a paste like form usually.

- Tur Dal Khichadi

- Moongdal Khichadi

- Bajra Khichadi

- Kali Dal Khichadi

- Kadhi Khichadi

-Dal Khichadi 

They’re very healthy, filling and usually less spicy.

- Curd Rice – This isn’t khichadi but just plain old rice with curd and some spices. Some people add pomegranate seeds and Cashews too. It’s not spicy, very cooling in the summers and very tasty.

Price – INR 150-400  

5. Chole Bhature – Another mouth – watering delicacy from the North. I won’t lie, this one is spicy, but some places make it non spicy. Surely give this one a shot ! It’s made of Garbanzo beans and onion/spices gravy.

Price – INR 80-200

6. Biryani - Biryani is a rice dish made with spiced rice, meat, veggies, and some gravy cooked together for a flavorful and fragrant meal. You can even opt for a veg biryani that excludes meat. 

Street Food 

My absolute favorite <3 

1. Chaat : This includes Pani puri, Sev Puri, Bhel, Sev puri Dahi puri and so much more. All of these are spicy and strong in flavors, but ask for non spicy and at least try it. I promise you’ll love it. You can ask for Pani puri with little or no Spicy ( teekha pani) water at all, just stuffing and sweet water. Same with the other chaat items! I guarantee you wouldn’t have eaten something so piquant and flavorful before! Note – Pani puri has many different names across the country like Puchka, Patashe, Gol Gappe etc, different areas use different names.

Price – INR 25-100 each

2. Vadapav – It’s the cheapest, simplest and quickest food of all. You could call it a desi burger 😛 It’s a pav (bread) with a vada in it. The vada is made up of potato, onion and other spices stuffing. Don’t take the chutney, as it’s spicy. The vada by itself isn’t very spicy and the pav  balances it. It’s a Maharashtrian delicacy but you can find it in other states too.

Price – INR 15-50

3. Missal Pav – Another Maharashtrian dish. Spicy curry, with Farsan ( some fried stuff, there isn’t an English equivalent I guess), onions and Pav. It’s not very hard to find non-spicy one though. The Kolhapuri and Nasik Rassa ( curry) are spicy, but they also make non-spicy rassa. 

Price – INR 80-150

4. Dhokla – A very light, safe and non-spicy Gujarati Delicacy. There’s two types, Yellow and White. The yellow ones are more fluffy, and could be a little spicy sometimes because of the sauté! The White ones on the other hand are not at all spicy, unless they have red chilly powder on them, so ask for plain ones. They are mainly common to the state of Gujarat and Rajasthan but you will find it in other states too 😛

Price – INR 50-100 for a plate. Usually has 6-8 pieces.

5. Thepla – This is another Gujarati dish. It’s like Rotis, but flavorful and can be eaten by itself , dipped in chai, or with curd, or pickle, or anyway you like it. They are not very spicy, and some are completely bland, last for 4-7 days w/o refrigerator and packs of 4-6 theplas are easily available in Sweet-shops or local Grocery Stores. It’s made of wheat flour with fenugreek and other spices.

Price – INR 20-60 for a pack of 4-6 theplas.

6. Samosa – Filled with spicy tangy potato stuffing and fried until golden, these will fill you up and leave you wanting more. Goes great with Chai.

Price – INR 15-30 each.

7. Pav Bhaji – Oh boy! Flavorful and tasty, this food is an absolute must try. Its red vegetable gravy served with crisp buttered pav. It will leave all your taste buds awake and dancing. :P 

Price – INR 100-250

8. Pakodas / Bhajiyas: Fritters as one would say in English, is another yum street food and not spicy. There’s Potato, Onion, Chilly, Bread and Cottage cheese options to choose from! The most common one’s are Onion and Potato fritters. Steer clear of the chilly ones obviously if you don't prefer spicy food. 

Price – INR 40-80 per plate.

Desserts 

Other than cakes, pastries, donuts and the likes; there’s a lot of traditional Indian desserts that you must try on your visit. Here’s a few.

1. Kulfi : It’s like ice-cream but creamier cuz its not whipped. There’s many flavors and many ways of serving – On a stick, in a pot, on a plate etc.

Price – INR 50-300

2. Mastani – Mastani is a thick mango milkshake topped with pieces of cut fruit, dry fruits and whipped cream. This name finds its roots to the famous Peshwa ruler Bajirao's lover, the gorgeous Mastani. This is local to Maharashtra, mainly Pune. 

Price – INR 70-120

3. Falooda – A cold dessert. Traditionally it is made by mixing rose syrup, vermicelli, Chia (sabza/takmaria) seeds with milk, often served with ice cream. There are other flavors available.

Price – INR 100-200

4. Mango / Strawberry with Cream – As the name suggests, its cold cut fruits, with whipped cream and syrup, Super delish! It’s one of my faves!

Price – INR 150-200

5. Traditional Indian Sweets – The list is endless. Jalebis, Laddos, Barfi, Rasgulla, Gulab Jamun, Kheer, Ghewar, Halwa etc. Do try some of these and you’re sure to crave more. While all of these are easily available across India, every state has its specialty. Eg: Rasgullas hail from West Bengal, Ghewars from Rajasthan, Jalebis in Gujarat etc. 

Price - INR 60 - 400, varies on quantity, dish and area. 

6. Paan – It’s eaten as a mouth freshener at the end of a meal. A lot of people have it at other times too for flavor or refreshment. Its made of betel leaf with stuffings like fennel seeds, cherries, tutti-frutti, desiccated coconut etc. Some have betel nut, but please avoid those as if you aren’t used to it, it can cause dizziness or headache. Always ask for a  meetha paan bina supari. ( Sweet paan without betel nut). Magai Meetha paan is a good one to start with.  There’s new flavors like chocolate, flaming, shot etc, but I would recommend trying the original before any others.

Price – INR 20-60

There’s so many more foods and options but I would never finish writing if I went further deep! I hope this gives you an insight and helps you plan your meals well and feel good after eating.

I’d also suggest downloading an app called Zomato. It’s available for both iOS and Android. The app has many features; it lets you order food online, search restaurants, make reservations, read reviews, check out photos and menus etc.

You can use this app and it’s filters to find restaurants around you based on distance, cuisine, ratings etc. Always look up a restaurant on Zomato and check it’s ratings and reviews before you eat there. The reviews are authentic and it’s widely used by many Indians. I use it too You can find me under @gourmetschoice for reviews and suggestions on the app.

I hope this article is helpful to each of you reading. If you have any questions or need any suggestions please feel free to leave a comment

While there isn't a precise match for "bon appétit" in Hindi, I've got my own phrase: Khaao aur Khilaao! It translates to "Eat and also Feed!" – because we Indians have a real soft spot for both enjoying food and sharing it with others. If you ever step into a traditional event or have dinner at an Indian household, you'll witness something called "manvaar" – which is all about doling out more food or lovingly offering a morsel by hand.

Now, I get that this might seem a bit odd in other cultures, but for us, it's a warm gesture that screams love. Personally, I adore it when my family and buddies swing by and feed me themselves. It's like a cozy taste of affection!

If you still need help curating your meals or finding the right places to eat that will suit your dietary preferences, reach out to us - 

Below are some restaurants and eateries in my city - Pune; that I recommend and fully endorse : 

Yumma Swami
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One of the best places in town to try South Indian food. Hygienic, Authentic and Delicious. Try - Ghee Dosa, Ghee Garlic Roast, Paniyaram, Idli vada, Onion Uttapam, Pizza Uttapam, Pineapple Sheera, Filter coffee.
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Aamhi Pohekar
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Best place to grab some authentic and delicious Poha. They offer a wide variety to feel free to experiment. Gharache Pohe is the basic and traditional one, start here.
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Hindavi Swarajya sabudana wada
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You're going to have to stand, but this is quite literally the best Sabudana vada in Pune. Skip the chutney though, it gets really fiery.
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Shrinathji Sabudana Vada
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Another place that serves amazing sabudana vadas, however this is the most crowded area in the city and I do not recommend you go here without a local.
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Horn Ok Please
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Some of the nicest North Indian food in town, try Paneer butter masala, dal fry with jeera rice, butter rotis / naans Their Tandoori Aloo starter is amazing, slightly on the spicier side.
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Sharvaree - Multi Cuisine Restaurant
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One of my faves - literally anything you order here is delicious. Recommendations - Thalipeeth, RotI Sabzi, Misal, Poha and Pav Bhaji
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TIM LUCK LUCK
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Delicious North Indian food. Roti Sabzi, dal rice and starters. They are well known for their non veg food too.
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Meghdoot's Hotel
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Great for Roti Sabzi, Plain Sandwich, Dal Khichadi and Dosas
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Barbeque Nation - Pune - Deccan
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An unlimited buffet that serves both Veg and Non veg meals; with a live barbeque- you can find almost all cuisines here - North Indian, Chaat, Indo-chinese, Desserts, and more. Do visit this place at least once
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Abhishek Bar and Restaurant
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Great for North Indian food, and we love their Brownie with Icecream.
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Shiv Sagar Veg Restaurant
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Excellent Pav bhaji and Chinese food. Please remember that the Chinese food may differ from what you're usually used to. Try Veg Manchurian, Fried Rice, and Schezwan fried rice if you're feeling adventurous. (cuz its a little spicy)
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Shahi Bhoj Thali Restaurant
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One of the best Thali restaurants in Pune. Relish a Gujarati / Rajasthani style meal that will satiate your soul.
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Khandani Rajdhani
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Another one of our fave Thali restaurants in Pune. Thalis are just a wow experience and get ready to be blown away here as you relish a Rajasthani thali.
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Flavors
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On the expensive side, however totally worth it. North Indian food is a must try
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GATTI CHUTNEY-KOREGAON PARK
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Compact eatery and you'll have to stand but delicious South Indian food. Try Dosas, Uttapas, Idli here.
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Garden Vadapav Center
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Pune's oldest and best Vada Pav
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Murli Bhel
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Our favorite chaat spot - We love the Pani puri, Sev Puri, Aloo Tikki and Samosa Chaat
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Dhaba Shaba Indian Veg Bistro
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Warm cozy restaurant with excellent service. Eat - Pani Puri, Paneer Tikka Biryani, Roti Sabzi
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RamKrishna Restaurant
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Another heritage-ish place that serves a variety of good food. Almost everything you order is going to be delsih.
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The Basil Deck
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Slightly fancier and offers a wide range of cuisines. The Pasta here is really delish
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Vohuman Cafe
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A heritage Irani cafe that you must try. We love the omelets here, goes great with bun maska and chai.
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Katakirr Misal
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One of the best Misal places in town, don't expect anything from the ambience but you'll love the food. Ensure to ask for the LIGHT misal as it can get really spicy
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We love coffee and are obsessed with cafe's so here are some of our top faves, great for coffee, reading and remote work. 

Zen Cafe
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Super cute and zen vibe. Croissants, Coffee, Green Burrito and Zen Platter <3
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Butter Brews Koregaon Park
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Another one of our favorites, What we love here - - Coffee : Cappuccino, Cold brew - Lotus Stem Chips - Caesar’s Salad - Rainbow Bagel Sandwich - Pasta Alfredo - Guac & Toast - Enchilada : The best in Pune - Chocolate truffle pastry
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The French Window Patisserie
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Cute, Cozy, Pet friendly cafe, love the coffee and desserts.
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Cafe Bahar Pune
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A charming little café that's all about top-notch service and a mouthwatering array of treats. We're talking about killer coffees, scrumptious bites like Rainbow Baguette Sandwiches, Pretzels, Sliders, and a parade of desserts that'll have your taste buds doing a happy dance. Oh, and don't even get me started on those buttery croissants – they're practically a dream.
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Le Flamington
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Cute Parisian style cafe that serves insanely yum desserts, coffee and sandwiches
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Forennte Patisserie
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Beautiful little place with some finger licking yum desserts
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Grey Soul Coffee Roasters
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Slightly on the expensive side, this is a nice cafe to chill and even work from
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Bai Mu Dan
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Nirvana in the chaos. This quiet cafe is located right across Osho and feels like a tiny piece of Japan
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Chafa Cafe And Studio
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Great coffee and healthy food options
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The Camden Lane
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Recently opened and I am yet to visit this place, but have heard great things about this place. I'll be going there soon and update more on what to eat
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And lastly here are a few date night/ bar eateries to chill at - 

The Daily All Day Pune
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Sat nights, Pasta, Guac &Chips, great drinks too.
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Murphies
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Great martinis, cosmos and whiskey sours. Margherita Pizza and Cigar rolls <3
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Independence Brewing Company
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If you love beers, this is the place for you. The Hefewizen is what we love, best paired with Cajun fries.
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Barometer
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Gorgeous ambience, the berry ice tea is delicious, as is the Pasta
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Toit Pune
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A peppy place with great drinks and food, the service is real slow though
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Thank you for reading! Happy travels ! Khaao aur Khilaao !   

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