Address: Shop No 2, Turning Point 2, Viman Nagar, Opp Rosary School, Pune, Maharashtra 411014
Time: 6 AM – 11 PM
Meals for two: Rs. 300
Facilities: Breakfast, Home Delivery, Outdoor Seating
Rekindling the dying breed of neighbourhood Irani cafes, the relatively new kid on the block is trying to keep the fire ablaze.
The Irani Cafe, Viman Nagar, Pune: DECOR
A glistening samovar with boiling water sits at the entrance. The high-ceiling cafe with seating on ground floor and mezzanine goes about business as usual. A stream of people walking in and out for their cuppa, busboys silently going about their chores, servers who can rattle out the menu and remember your order without KOTs -The Irani Cafe might be relatively new, but the vintage charm is all there.
The Irani Cafe, Viman Nagar, Pune: FOOD
Have the chai here. If you like your tea without milk, they also have black tea flavoured subtly with mint leaves, and green tea. But it’s the paani-kum (in this case, made without any water) Special chai that deserves your attention. Rich, aptly-sweetened, and strong enough to give you the lease of energy to get on with the day. It’s recommended you don’t count calories here. There is no skimping of butter here, be it w h e n generously slathered on pillowy pavs or laden onto omelettes. There is grilled cheese bun maska, a flattened sandwich crammed with cheese and butter. Made with processed cheese, there are no fancy ingredients in this sandwich, but there is comfort in each bite.For more substantial eats, there is masala omelette. Made with chopped onions and tomatoes and laced with chilli powder, it’s simple but not lacking in impact. What, however, wasn’t satisfying was the dry and salty chicken kheema. The chicken samosa, though had an interesting filling chicken mince, shepu (dill) and coriander leaves -was unsavoury owing to the non-flaky, doughy and greasy patti (wrapper). They were out of caramel custard, but they do stock a range of other desserts and ice creams. While you can opt for a slice of chocolate cake or a cheesecake; have the cream roll or the semi-fluorescent jam roll for a bite of nostalgia.
The Irani Cafe, Viman Nagar, Pune: PLUS AND MINUS
The cafe is clean and service is fast. They uphold the tradition of Irani cafes’ that serve sustenance that’s easy on the pocket -the most expensive thing on the menu here is `100. The place can get super noisy in the evenings.