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Hard Rock Cafe Pune

Posted in Hotels & Restaurants, Pune by Amit Paranjape on March 16, 2009

Recently, I got a chance to visit the newly opened Hard Rock Cafe, Pune. This is their fourth location in India. Having previously visited this restaurant in Dallas and Tokyo, I was looking forward to my visit to the Pune location. I am a fan of the typical American Food (if there is such a thing!) that you get at Hard Rock Cafe. And having not traveled to US in a while, I was dying for some good Chicken Wings and Burgers! I guess you do get these things in Pune, and they are ok – however I was missing that ‘authentic’ American taste. Hard Rock Café, Pune didn’t disappoint me at all. But more about the food a little later in this review.

 

Hard Rock Cafe is located in the same complex as ‘Stone Water Grill’ (another favorite of mine), off North Main Road in Koregaon Park. In another few months a huge Westin will be opening nearby. Talk about a great restaurant & hotel alley in Pune!

 

As you enter, you see the Hard Rock Cafe store (a standard feature in all Hard Rock Cafes. It sells branded merchandize…). I haven’t yet seen anyone wearing the ‘Hard Rock Cafe – Pune’ T-Shirt J . Hard Rock Café – Las Vegas, Hard Rock Café – Miami, that sounds a bit familiar… and now Hard Rock Café – Pune… Somehow it sounds a little weird…but I for one am definitely not complaining!

 

As you enter the main restaurant, you will see a huge (and I mean HUGE) hall. The walls are decorated with classic Hard Rock artists’ memorabilia – Bob Dylan, U2, to name a few. The central area has bar-stools for sitting. The regular tables are arranged around the periphery. The ambience is typical Hard Rock Café – the star attraction being the loud rock music playing in the background (yes, this is not the place to go, if you want to have a ‘quiet’ dinner J  ).  They have live performances on certain days. The décor is quite contemporary and simple. The one-thing that really appeals to you is the level of standardization these American restaurants try to achieve across their chain restaurants. This goes down all the way to the plates, glasses, and cutlery.

 

We arrived a little early in the evening and the place was reasonably empty (note – it did get nearly full by the time we left…and it was a week-day). They didn’t have live music that day, but the DJ was playing a nice selection. I was also able to provide him some requests and he promptly obliged. It’s always great listening to Eagles and Queen!

 

The bar menu is nice – Quite a decent list of cocktails and other drinks. The appetizers are one of the star attractions. The main-course menu has a big selection of typical American dishes (Burgers, Steaks, Some Mexican Fare, Chicken-Wings, Salads, etc.) I know that Hard Rock Café tries to have a little localization in the menu, but was still surprised to find a fairly extensive list of Indian Food Items?! I wonder who would eat Roti/Butter Chicken at Hard Rock Café  J. And on top of it, they called it ‘Puneri Menu’ or something like that? Really odd!

 

 

 

I liked their Margarita. Most Pune restaurants don’t make it that well. For appetizers, we had the Chicken Tenders and Potato Skins. Both were awesome. I enjoyed the Bleu Cheese dressing with the Chicken after a long time. For main-course we tried a couple of fairly simple and standard dishes – Chicken Sandwich and Fajitas. The nicely grilled Chicken Sandwich came in a portion size that you rarely see outside of America. And the dish was packed with Fries…health food is definitely not a specialty here! We also tried the Fajitas – this was the only item we found to be average. The grilled Fajita Chicken was great; however the Tortillas weren’t. And they didn’t serve Mexican Rice with the Fajitas. Hope they improve on it.

 

The appetizers and main-course did leave us stuffed, and with no room for desserts. The dessert menu did look quite interesting…definitely something for the next visit.

 

The service was excellent. In fact, one of the senior serving staff members explained to us how they went through a long and comprehensive training program, before the restaurant opened. It definitely made a difference.

 

For its brand and iconic status, Hard Rock Café Pune was not outrageously expensive. A dinner for two, with drinks would run into Rs. 1400 – Rs. 1800; comparable with other similar restaurants in Pune. Reservations are recommended. If you enjoy live music, check their performance calendar.

 

Here’s some general information about the restaurant:

 

Type of Restaurant: Casual Dining

Type of Cuisine: American

Phone: (20) 40158888

Spot it on SadakMap: http://www.sadakmap.com/p/Hard-Rock-Cafe-2/

Location: Located on the River Front on North Main Road, Koregaon Park.

Directions: Continue past ABC Farms and Army Sports Institute on North Main Road and then take a left (there is a sign for the restaurant and Hard Rock Café. On the right hand side – you will notice a restaurant, ‘Chillies’). Common parking lot for Stone Water Grill and Hard Rock Café.

 

Other Hotel & Restaurant Reviews

If you like this review, you might want to checkout my other Hotel & Restaurant Reviews: 

 

Stone Water Grill

Fort Jadhavgadh Resort

Deccan Rendezvous

Le Meridien – Spice Island

Vaishali

 

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  1. Ashish said, on March 17, 2009 at 11:17 am

    This is awesome Amit. Thanks for the post. Didnt know there was one Hard Rock Cafe in Pune! I am going to visit soon and re-live those American Burgers😀.

  2. Sunil said, on March 17, 2009 at 1:12 pm

    hi amit!
    I guess next time you shold make sure you dont stuff yourseld with starters. we really miss the desserts everytime!

  3. […] best Hotel. Continue further east, and you enter a complex that has Stone Water Grill and Hard Rock Cafe restaurants. Quite an exciting […]

  4. Jai said, on March 18, 2009 at 1:54 am

    Wow!! Did not know there is one Hard rock cafe in Pune. Nice review🙂 Would try this weekend.

  5. shaista said, on March 18, 2009 at 1:59 am

    we are definitely going there! (next time we visit Pune)🙂

  6. Sam said, on March 18, 2009 at 7:37 pm

    I had heard that HRC had started but was waiting for someone to “taste” it🙂 So thanx. Will definitely go there as for me the music is the real bonus.

  7. Ashok said, on March 19, 2009 at 10:31 am

    Amit,
    Pune seems to be doing quite well in terms of restaurants.

    My only suggestion to improve Hard Rock Cafe would be to include the element of ‘groupies’ in their restaurants. Perhaps Hard Rock Cafe should acquire Hooters!!🙂

    Ashok

  8. Mangesh gokhale said, on March 19, 2009 at 11:52 am

    I read all your blog posts but like the restuarant reviews the most. It is nice to see so many good restuarants coming up in pune. thanks for keeping us updated and informed on the latest culinary delights in our city.

  9. Amit Paranjape said, on March 19, 2009 at 10:15 pm

    Hi All – Many thanks for the great feedback. Looks like Hard Rock Cafe is a popular restaurant on everyone’s list!

    Thanks
    Amit

  10. […] dining options, bars and fast-food joints. These include iconic international chains like the Hard Rock Cafe. Fine dining restaurants like Stone Water Grill (which also has a fabulous lounge bar). A historic […]

  11. Neha said, on November 13, 2009 at 5:23 pm

    Yeah…I totally agree that the Margarita’s at Hard Rock are made almost to perfection…but Bailey’s is forever out of stock n still on the menu

  12. vijay said, on December 11, 2009 at 11:40 am

    Hi Amit

    Nice article obout HRC Pune. Wish you could write articles on the live bands performing at HRC…. naturally, incase you are a western / rock music fan.

  13. Niraj said, on December 14, 2009 at 1:31 pm

    Hey Amit,

    Nice information about the HRC Pune. I am planning listening Live band.

    Does any one aware abt how do they perform Live?

  14. Amit Paranjape said, on December 14, 2009 at 1:34 pm

    Niraj – Thanks for the feedback. I believe HRC Pune has live music on Thursdays. But I suggest you call them up, to double check.

  15. Dilip P said, on May 20, 2010 at 2:26 am

    Hey Amit,
    Kahi paan thapa lavto ka rey. Dallas chey Hard rock cafe sucks.
    -D

  16. Amit Paranjape said, on May 20, 2010 at 11:58 am

    Dilip – Looks like apan Dallas madhey rahata🙂 ..My data point is from a visit over a decade back!

  17. Aditi Joshi said, on November 7, 2010 at 7:59 pm

    Talking about Koregaon Park and a street and Alley of restaurants, if you drive a little bit furthur to the right you will coem across the Oakwood Serviced apartments. Their restaurant 5 senses serves mean lamd chops and steaks. I went there recently after getting the information on http://www.puneonaplate.com.


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