Amit Paranjape’s Blog

Pune Food Nostalgia – 1980s Favorites

Posted in Pune, Uncategorized by Amit Paranjape on June 1, 2010

Pune has always been a great place for foodies..for many decades. There are iconic restaurants, bakeries and stores like Cafe Good Luck, Vaishali, Dorabjees or Chitales – that have been favorites of many generations.

Here’s my personal favorite list from the 1980s… Many (if not all) are still very popular today. Unfortunately, some have shutdown. (Note – there are many others from that time frame as well..please add your comments; I will update the blog post)

Vaishali – The classic Pune favorite! Around since the 1960s. Famous for their South Indian and other snacks. Location: FC Road. Read more here:

Roopali – Vaishali’s sister restaurant. In addition to the popular Vaishali menu, they also serve a South Indian Thali and Rava Dosa. Location: FC Road.

Darshan – One of the first restaurants in Pune to introduce international fastfood cuisine to Pune (started in 1970s). Famous for a variety of dishes (Indian and Global Cuisine and Fruit Juices/Milk-Shakes). Location: Prabhat Road.

Marz-o-rin – The famous sandwich on M.G.Road. Located in an old historic building. Famous for a variety of sandwiches (must try – chicken sandwich), bakery items and shakes.

Pasteur Bakery – Famous for their cakes and pastries. Location: M.G. Road

Chitale Bandhu Mithaiwale – The quintessential ‘Puneri’ store famous for milk-products, Mithai and other snacks (such as the legendary ‘Bakarwadi’). Locations: Laxmi Road, Deccan

Supreme Pizza  – One of the first places in Pune that offered Pizza (and have maintained that same consistent ‘Indian Pizza’ taste) since the early 1980s. Locations: J.M. Road, Prabhat Road

Santosh Bakery – Famous for Pattice, Cream-Rolls and other bakery items. Location: Apte Road

Hindustan Bakery – Famous for Pattice (originally available only on Sundays, later on available everyday). Location: Laxmi Road

Dorabjees (Store) – The store has been around since the 1920s. (Its entrance was featured in the Raj Kapoor’s 1960s hit movie ‘Sangam’). The store stocked a variety of international and hard to find food items for a long time. Location: Camp.

Dorabjees (Restaurant) –  Dorabjees is a small restaurant in the lane behind the famous Dorabjees Retail Store. Famous for their Biryani. Location: Camp. [Apparently, the Dorabjees Store and Restaurant are not related (not owned by the same family/group. Can someone validate?]

Kayani Bakery – Famous for their famous biscuits. Location: East Street.

Sujata Mastani – Made the ‘Mastani’ (Mango milkshake with mango icecream) famous! Location: Sadashiv Peth, near Bharat Natya Mandir

Bedekar Misal – One of the top ‘Misal’ places in Pune..around for over 50 years. Location: Laxmi Road

Janaseva – Famous for their ‘Sabudana Kichadi’ and ‘Kharvas’ and many other items. Location: Laxmi Road

Appa’s Canteen Deccan Gymkhana – One of the oldest canteens that is still functional (around for 70+ years). Famous for their ‘Khichadi Kakdi’, ‘Batata Vada’ and other items. Location: Deccan Gymkhana Sports Club

Deccan Queen Dining Car – Famous for their unique menu items (dating back to the 1930s/1940s..) – Scrambled Eggs, Chicken Cutlet, Fried Fish, Baked Beans/Toast, etc. Unfortunately, the Dining Car was discontinued a few years back (replaced by a Pantry Car).

Kukuckuku Chicken – One of the early restaurants in the Deccan Area that offered various types of Chicken dishes – Tandoori Chicken, Butter Chicken, Soups, Sandwiches, etc. Location: Deccan Gymkhana.

Baker’s Basket – Introduced in the mid 1980s brought a variety of cakes, pastries’ and baked items (many for the first time …) to Pune. Locations: Multiple locations across the city

Shreyas – Famous for their Maharashtrian Food. Location: Apte Road.

Shabri – Famous for their Maharashtrian Food. Location: F.C. Road.

Sapna – Famous for their Gujrati Food. Location: J.M. Road

Chinese Room Oriental – One of the first places in Pune to specialize in Chinese food. Location: Karve Road

Jayashree PavBhaji – One of the early Pav Bhaji and Juice specialists. Location: Tilak Road (near Sarasbag).

Khyber – Famous for Punjabi food/Tandoor – one of the earliest places in Deccan Gymkhana area (since 1960s)

Kwality – Punjabi and Continental (around since 1960s). Location: East Street


Mona Foods – Famous for their Chana Bhatoras. Location M.G. Road

Coffee House – Famous for their British Menu (dated back to 1930s) – Fish & Chips, Mutton Cutlet, etc. Shutdown in 1980s and was replaced by a South Indian Snacks restaurant (quite popular) with the same name. Location: Camp

Amir Hotel (Peshwa Inn) – One of the best fine multi-cuisine restaurants in Pune of the 1970s/80s. Unfortunately the hotel was shut down in the 1990s.  Was located near Pune Station.

Blue Diamond – Great multi-cuisine restaurant (Ashwamedh) and coffee shop –  back when Pune had only one 5 Star Hotel! The restaurant has since been replaced by a couple of other ones.

Tagged with: , , ,

34 Responses

Subscribe to comments with RSS.

  1. Nikhil Kadadi said, on June 1, 2010 at 3:20 pm

    Mona Foods in camp, famous for their ‘Chana-Batura’ & have been around for years decades.. don’t know exactly how long though.

  2. Amit Paranjape said, on June 1, 2010 at 3:33 pm

    Yes..had it on my list! Somehow forgot about it. Will add. Thanks.

  3. nikhil ambekar said, on June 1, 2010 at 4:07 pm

    Lucky restaurant,Blue nile ,still the best for biryani.
    Garden court ( which started in last 80s, i guess)

  4. suyog said, on June 1, 2010 at 8:26 pm

    I was in Pune in late 90s, liked Bhel stalls in Sambhaji park. Also cant remember name(may be sheetal restaurant) but there was nice restaurant on karve road, kothrud, desai bandhu ambewale

  5. Abhijit Dixit said, on June 1, 2010 at 8:47 pm

    I pretty much know all places expect Lateef!
    I don’t know how famous it was, but back then when we lived in camp, Naaz Samosas(both veg and non veg versions) were great (I think they still have it). It was (or still is) on Main street (or MG road as it is know today). Marz-o-rin, Dorabjees, Naaz and Supria (Vaishali-like south Indian restaurant on Moledina road) are the place from camp area I remember from my childhood.

  6. Sam said, on June 1, 2010 at 10:06 pm

    Good list. You can add to the list some of the old irani restaurants like Lucky and Good luck for samosa, masca paav, khima etc. Even cafe sunrise [which is closed now] near deccan serving great omlets.
    When did shivsagar [JM road] start?

  7. uday phadke said, on June 2, 2010 at 5:37 pm

    kalpana bhel on tilak road is another classic joint that has stood the test of time.. i also fondly remember Cafe Good Luck (still alive and strong) …one of the rare joints in the city serving non veg fare and excellent fish fy.. this was also the popular watering hole for a “one for the road chai” before hitting the sack after a late night movie..

  8. Amit Bagaitkar said, on June 2, 2010 at 5:48 pm

    Hi Amit,

    Its a good list, I would like to suggest few
    – Sweet Home, On Kumthekar road,
    – Kaware Colddrinks

  9. Unmesh said, on June 2, 2010 at 8:04 pm

    Vahuman Cafe next to Jehangir Hospital. If you go by the age of the owner, this has to have to been around for quite a while. Serving the irani-style bun-maska omlette and “cutting” chai. Sinfully good.

  10. Amit Paranjape said, on June 2, 2010 at 9:53 pm

    Hi Amit – Thanks for your additions. I had them both (Kaware and Sweet Home) on my list..somehow missed them.

  11. Amit Paranjape said, on June 2, 2010 at 9:54 pm

    Uday – Thanks for the addition. Yes Kalpana Bhel was quite popular.

  12. Akshay said, on June 3, 2010 at 11:42 am

    A few more restaurants that come to mind :
    1) The Place, Touche The Sizzler – It opened in 1971
    2) Burger King on East Street – Its been around for a while
    3) Vohuman Cafe with their phenomenal Cheese Omelettes & Bun Maska

  13. Amit Paranjape said, on June 3, 2010 at 11:46 am

    Akshay – Thanks for the additions.

  14. Tes said, on June 4, 2010 at 3:25 pm

    Thai House- Bhopodi is an Authentic Thai food restaurant.
    Shiv Sagar in Aundh has a wonderful masala dosa.

  15. dilkul said, on June 5, 2010 at 7:20 am

    Do Bedekar Misal and Janseva still exist?

  16. dilkul said, on June 5, 2010 at 7:22 am

    Excellent effort, detailed list How many of this still exist?

  17. Amit Paranjape said, on June 5, 2010 at 9:42 am

    Dilkul – Most of the places I have listed in the article are still going strong! (Except for a few that I have mentioned that have shut down..). Bedekar Misal and Janaseva are great as ever – I visited them recently after a gap of nearly 20 years!

  18. […] : Amit Paranjape What : Pune Food Nostalgia – 1980s Favorites Spicy : This is a post that needs to be bookmarked by all. An extensive collection of all the […]

  19. litterateuse said, on June 5, 2010 at 8:55 pm

    Somebody had to do this! Wonderful list, terrific memories 🙂


    Kaathi kabab cart off East street
    Jaws (further up all the way on E. street)
    Joshi Wadewaale
    Univ. circle
    Univ. canteen
    Shiv Sagar
    IMDR canteen
    Nandu’s (Parathas, Dhole Patil Rd)
    Just Baked
    Savera (not in the 1st list, but convenient from Fergie)
    Finally those two “mavshis” making Samosas at Indori Farsan (opp. Ranade Inst., FC Rd 🙂 )

    I still hold all Sambars of the world – in restaurants or otherwise – to Vaishali standards 🙂

    (Just realized your list was the 80s. A bunch of of these were early 90s I think.)


  20. Amit Paranjape said, on June 5, 2010 at 8:57 pm

    Gauri – Thanks for your comments. Thanks for reminding about Kapila Kathi Kabab and Jaws! I didn’t include Shivsagar because I think it opened in early 1990s (but I am not sure..) – so might as well add it in here.


  21. gauri said, on June 6, 2010 at 3:23 am

    Kapila was the one opposite Ruby hospital, right? The one I refer to was just a cart (yes, “unhygienic” 🙂 ) just behind East Str. on the road perpendicular to East/Main Str. The last I visited it was there (and I hope it still is). Do try it if you get a chance. Don’t if you intend to visit Kapila again 😉


  22. srini said, on June 6, 2010 at 9:29 pm

    And what was the name of the burger joint at the end of e street? huge burgers. parsi joint.

  23. Sojwal said, on June 6, 2010 at 11:24 pm

    Interesting topic!

    Few places missing in the list:
    Balgandharva Rang Mandir canteen (great batata wadas)
    Kalpana & Vishwa (near Sarasbaug)

    Thali places:
    Poona Boarding House (near Perugate)
    Suvarnarekha Dining Hall (Prabhat Road)

  24. Amit Paranjape said, on June 7, 2010 at 2:26 am

    Srini – I think that place was ‘Jaws’…

  25. Amit Paranjape said, on June 7, 2010 at 2:27 am

    Sojwal – Thanks for the additions. Yes – Balgandharva Batatawadas were great!

  26. Vasudev Ram said, on June 7, 2010 at 3:44 am

    Great list, thanks for creating it (and to the commenters too).

    Had not been to many of them for a while, recently started revisiting some.

    Cafe Good Luck and Lucky were good …

    Janaseva was good …

    Suvarnarekha too …

    There was another place similar to Suvarnarekha, but much smaller, in a lane perpendicular to J M Road, near Shivam / Shiv Sagar – can’t remember the name. Good veg thali though somewhat light.

    Naaz (M G Road) samosas were good …

    George Restaurant (M G Road) was good …

    Let’s not forget all the nameless road-side stalls selling vada-pavs, bhajis, anda bhurji, samosas — some unhygienic of course, but what true foodie can resist it at least sometimes ? 🙂

    Another Irani joint was NCR on J M Road near the Modern Cafe end of it – good omelet / bun maska / broon / chai.

    Calcutta Boarding House on J M Road had good dishes and meals – mainly non-veg but good veg too.

    Asha Dining Hall (off Apte Road) was not bad either …

    – Vasudev

  27. Ashish Apte said, on June 7, 2010 at 3:02 pm

    Hi Amit

    A few more can be added:
    Poona Coffee house-close to Kukuchiku was very good (now closed down)
    Durga non-veg on Tilak road for biryani and tandoor (now closed down about 3 months back)
    Prabha- typical maharashtrian hotel in narayan Peth near kesari wada
    Shree Upahar gruha near phadtare chowk in Sadashiv Peth
    Shreyas on Apte road
    Sujata Mastani near Peru gate
    Anarse samosas near Jnana Prabodhini
    Chinese Room on Karve road

  28. Gaurav said, on July 14, 2010 at 7:21 am

    I wonder why Garden VadaPav in camp did not get a mention here. Its quite popular I guess.

  29. Sunil Bane said, on November 1, 2010 at 2:19 pm

    Great list and read. Very Nostalgic going thru it. Lateef’s is gone. The site is quite current on some of the old and new restaurants. Check it out.

  30. Rajmohan Namboodiri said, on January 1, 2013 at 9:01 pm

    Nice list and guess you may also like Diamond beer bar on MG road for their pitcher and malabari fish fry…

  31. Rajmohan Namboodiri said, on January 2, 2013 at 2:55 pm

    Good new joints worth a try : I would add NISARG, near Nal stop..(relatively new joint) but the sea food is fantastic..they serve typical konkani / malvani fare..MASEMARI in Sadashiv Peth is small but also good but i guess they donot serve the lager..and ofcourse Mahesh Lunch Home on Moledina road is delicious..

  32. Nahush Deodhar said, on January 16, 2013 at 4:03 pm

    And also Rangoli near ILS Law college, ILS Law College Canteen , Eat and Enjoy on Tilak Road, Priya darshani Snack center on BMCC road,

  33. Nahush Deodhar said, on January 16, 2013 at 4:13 pm

    I would never forget having Broon Muska (Bun Muska) and Appachi Khichadi, have played lot of cricket matches on deccan gymkhana and PYC without lunch box becoz of the delicious food availaible in these hotels. The site of DG tennis courts from Appa’s hotel was too good !!!! will never forget these classics from Pune.

    ” Bhelwalyachya kalkat panatach bhelechi khari chaw (Taste) aste” : P.L. Deshpande

  34. Nahush Deodhar said, on January 16, 2013 at 4:19 pm

    Cum Sum in Pune railway Station

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: