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We love indulging in the finer parts of life during our travels. We are talking about the ones that have taste, aroma and a body to them. Nope!! Get your thoughts together now. We are talking about Beer here. Bangalore had been the place to be, when it came as a part of weekend getaway for some chilled non-bottled fresh brewed beer off from Hyderabad. But who knew I’d be stunned by Pune all the same. A weekend away to celebrate (a hush secret thingy) and the plans no doubt did involve a bit of a drinking nonetheless. So here we are back with the second post on this heavenly frothy drink after the Bangalore Diaries handcrafted in the best of outlets right in the Pune.

Handcrafted Dollaly Beer

Being huge beer aficionados ourselves, we couldn’t not let the ‘Tap’ be far from us. Let’s get to the small rants first. Beer tastes best fresh. Full Stop. There’s no argument to that. Go guzzle up a gallon at a brewery and sip from a bottled off your local liquor shop, and you’ll know the difference. You’ll want to go back to that tank of freshly brewed beer and think to yourself what I’ve been doing wrong my entire life. Very few beers get better with age, so the maturity with age and wisdom certainly doesn’t apply to beer.

Outdoor Seating At Corinthians

A beer revolution has been brewing in Pune for quite some time. We crib and wane at times that being in Hyderabad, all those cities with their pishposh breweries lie far away. But what we also love is they all are just an overnight journey away and this time it was headed straight for Pune.

The 1st Brew House

The Corinthians – The 1st Brewhouse : I’ll give them naming the place extra brownie points. When you are the 1st brewery to be set up, name yourselves the 1st brewhouse, so beer lovers like us know where beer history was initiated in the city of Pune. What’s with the Corinthians then? Well the hotel itself designed as Corinth, with it’s Greek architecture, distinct columns and statues, this is the perfect place to relax and sip away some of the best golden ambrosia.

At Corinthians

Set in the city outskirts, their best offering has to the Apple Cider Beer. The beer offerings here at Corinthians is Dollaly Beer. They also have Beer Cocktails on their menu which is a definite standout. We tried the Apple Gin Fizz (Apple Cider and Gin with Cinnnamon Syrup), Brewjito (IPA Beer and White Rum with lime and mint) and the Beeramisu (Kahlua, Beer and Vanilla Vodka). Considering that the Apple Cider Beer was the best of all the Dollaly Beers that we tasted here, the Apple Gin Fizz was outstanding. We were left licking the foam of our lips with each heavenly sip.

Beer Cocktails

TJ’s Brew Works : TJ’s at Amanora Mall has been attracting beer lovers by the hordes. If Corinthians set up the first brewery, then TJ’s wasn’t to be far in opening up Pune’s second microbrewery. Started by TJ Venkateshwaran who had years of experience in the brewing industry having worked with SABMiller.

TJ's BrewWorks

TJs is well spaced out, with both indoor and outdoor seating combining the mix of relaxed and casual seating. As you walk a little ahead, are the huge shining steel vats. They have four beers off the tap – Regular Lager, Premium Lager German Wheat and Roasted Barley though all of them being surprising light. We had ordered for samplers and found the Premium Lager suiting our tastes the best, but nothing like Dollaly. The beers did feel stale, with no fuzz and freshness in them.

At TJs

The food on the other hand had to be turning a disappointing experience. The Chicken Nuggets and Fries combo had more fries with 2-3 nuggets hidden in between the stash. This visit to TJs sure did turn out disappointing for us, but one friend did tell that this was just an off day. So a revisit to TJs as soon as we go back to Pune next time and hoping for the beer burrp (excuse me) to be better.

Beer Samplers At TJs

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There are same places in Pune which have that old-world magic about them. They are crowded and brimming with people, the ambiance will not always blow you away but once a service waiter places a cup of Irani Chai in front of you and you then realize this is what you’d come for. Also lest you forget that ‘Bava’ behind the counter who’ll give you such a scolding of your life if you ask for a recalculation of the bill, that you’ll regret the very moment of even approaching him. The shouting isn’t the only thing they do, as you wait for your table, know that you’ll have all the news of the world discussed and gossiped as he ponders over a newspaper and fills you in on his opinions. These are the gem of places that have stood the test of time and churn out from their kitchens delicious food consistently.

Cafe GoodLuck

We’re talking about the legendary Irani Cafes of Pune. These typical Parsi-style cafes have had people grow abound them. Memories been established over a cup of tea and love affairs started. They hold a lot of history within those walls, but the best thing about them. They never cease to amaze and consistently dish out of great food.

Café Good Luck: To be able to tell the worth of Café GoodLuck will be to tell the auto driver to take you to GoodLuck Chowk. It has a street named after it’s won location. That’s how proudly it’s been serving the denizens of Pune. One of my friends had once commented “You’ve never been to Pune unless you’ve had the Bun Maska and Irani Chai at GoodLuck”. Now that’s some serious quotation to be attaching to an eatery.

Bun Omlette

The prices are reasonable and you’ll find scores of people chit-chatting over some great Irani Chai. The best of menu has to be the Bun Maska. The bread is extremely soft and with a filling of both butter and cream you have attained food heaven. Don’t forget to leave a bit of your manners behind and dip in a piece of the bun maska in the chai as you enjoy with company.

Bun Maska Cafe GoodLuck

The Biryani can be quite good too. But the place works best during the breakfast and high tea timings even though open throughout the day. Desserts have to be a must have and the Bread Pudding and Fruit Funny (Funny names for a dish!!) are must haves.

Bread Pudding & Fruit Funny

Vohuman Café: Vohuman means “Good Mind”. This dingy Parsi place has stood the test of time and is located on the right between Jahangir Hospital and Courtyard Mariott. Life around Vohuman revolves around one fundamental thing and that’s the Egg. Egg Burji, Egg Boiled, Egg Omlette and lot more albumin preparations that will have you’re mouth running wet.

Vohuman Cafe

Vohuman serves the best Cheese Omlette in all of Pune. And when we say best, it literally means hands down best and no questions asked. The Double Cheese Omlette is an artery blocker and the Irani Chai, out of world. Ask for the toasted bread slices to be served alongside the Omlette and you’ll be served along with a dollop of butter that might leave in happiness before it all melts away and is soaked off by the bread.

Bun Maska Vohuman

The best part about the place apart from the food has to be the old man sitting at the desk. Ask a simple question of taking a parcel or not. He’ll give such a dismissive look that you’ll regret your entire moment for ever putting forward the question. We made the mistake of waiting around after the food on our tables had been completed. The waiting wasn’t for time-pass but that we actually couldn’t get up after such a satisfying and cheese heavy meal. And out comes a shout from behind the cashier “Uthav Unko, Table 5 ka hogayela hai” which had us jumping to our feet.

Double Cheese Omlette And Butter Toast

These ultimate legendary places are always welcoming. The best food in entire of Pune is reserved in these Irani Café joints, scattered all over Pune. It’s where people of all cultures, people of all sections of society are all equal. Influence doesn’t matter, everyone is treated the same and everyone is served on in ‘First Come, first serve’ basis.

 

 

 

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