Maharashtra’s shining culinary moment is a fury of Southeast Asian fantasticness; trying to choose one dish among the delectable stir-fries, noodles and curries – all strong on seafood, vegetarian options, chicken, duck and mutton – is futile. Dine alfresco under colourful tree lights and relish the spicy and intricate flavour cavalcade from star chefs reared on a Slow Food, stay-local philosophy.
In a quiet, tree-canopied courtyard, Prem’s is perfect for a lazy, beery daytime drinking session on the breezy patio, with some decent local craft beers to try, perhaps with one of its famous sizzlers. The morning after? Well, Prem’s is the logical choice again, with the city’s best breakfast selection: eggs Benedict with smoked salmon (₹160), pancakes and detox shots
At the rear of Hotel Sunderban, this Italian-run veg paradise is one of Pune’s most elegant dining experiences, providing you plant yourself on the gorgeous and intimate courtyard for an alfresco meal. Homemade pastas, very good pizzas and fine salads (try the Bosco; ₹480), including wholewheat, vegan and gluten-free options, fill the extensive menu of delectable homesick remedies.
This eclectic European bistro has rave reviews seeping from its pores. Indeed the food, a lengthy list that includes rarely seen proteins like turkey and duck in addition to extensive choices of veg, fish, chicken and buffalo, presents a tantalising opportunity for a sophisticated curry-free evening. Most dishes fall in the ₹300 to ₹400 range, so the price is right.