This year, we broke our usual routine of an elaborate birthday lunch or dinner and instead, tried something different to bring in my 29th birthday – A FOOD TRAIL..
Being a hardcore foodie myself, and also married to one, this seemed perfect.
We did 15 venues, 15 plates and 10 cuisines, all within a span of 15 hours – definitely a bday that I shall remember for a long time!
We came up with a list of places – old and new, regional and global, shacks and swanky set-ups.
Had to leave out a lot of places due to lack of tummy space, but there’s always next time 🙂 So here we go revisiting our journey..

1. Yezdan : Our morning began with a visit to the iconic Yezdan cafe. The cheese toast and the special tea were the perfect beginning for us.

2. Pune 52: An extremely new set-up, it was one of the handful of places in Pune serving ‘Dadpe Pohe’. This dish was something we’ve been wanting to try for a very long time, and Pune 52 did it perfect justice.

3. Le Petit Amour: Had read raving reviews of the Salted caramel Chocolate pastry here, but it didn’t cut it for us. The lack of saltiness in the ganache itself (they sprinkle it on top), the non existent caramel flavor and a non-crunchy base were the put-offs. It was a good dessert, but only if you enjoy it as a choco mousse with a sprinkling of salt. Definitely didn’t live up to it’s name and reputation.

4. Tales & Spirits Bistro : Beautiful bistro, beautiful people and beautiful food. Perfectly cheesy Jalapeño Mozzarella Cigars. A stellar monsoon dish. This place is something that we would definitely want to revisit for lunch.

5. Spicer college: Probably the only place in Pune that serves Lamingtons. Lamingtons are traditional Australian tea-cakes. We picked up some as well as the iconic carrot cake. Enjoyed the carrot cake, but the lamingtons were a tad too dry to enjoy.

6. K Factory: Tried the Flatbread here. Even though they screwed up our order the first time, the replacement was well done and flavorful. The dollops of feta cheese added a whole new dimension to the dish.

7. Ek Plate Mumbai: If there’s 1 thing Pune doesn’t serve, it’s Mumbai style sev puri. Being a lover of this dish, this place was a must visit for us. Even though it didn’t taste exactly like the one on Mumbai streets, it was definitely good.

8. Indorilaal: Had heard great reviews of the poha here, but we were disappointed – with the hygiene, as well as the taste.

9. Starbucks: An all time favourite, the caramel praline mocha was the perfect drink for a rainy afternoon. Highly recommended.

10. Mexican Rodeo: We tried a Cottage cheese taco at this foodtruck parked outside Mariplex mall. It was quite food. Have made a mental note to try their 7 layer burrito on my next visit.

11. Effingut Brewerkz: Another favourite. The lemon ginger cider was mild and citrusy – just the way I like it. But the star of this place were their potato wedges. These were by far, the bestest wedges I’ve had in a long, long time. Not to be missed.

12. The French Window Patisserie: When a bakery gets a 4.9 rating on Zomato, you gotta check it out. We tried the Christadam – amazing flavors of decadent chocolate, tart passion fruit and the slightly bitter hazelnut.

13. Asian Box: Tried the classic Pad Thai noodles here. Tossed with plenty of peanuts, it was a good, authentic preparation. Though my Indianized taste-buds did make me request our server for some salt and chilly flakes, much to my husband’s dismay 🙂

14. Shizusan: This Japanese speciality restaurant was on my mind ever since it opened up. We finally landed here to try some sushi. Keeping my past experience with Sushi in mind, I was very hesitant to try the dish. But 1 bite of the Avocado sushi was enough to make me fall in love with the dish. Hola Shizusan, I shall be coming back for more, and more..

15. Where Else Cafe: Imagine a cup of dark, rich, thick hot chocolate on a cold night. The perfect drink to warm your soul.

So, that was that! An amazing experience. I believe, everyone should try a food trail once. Makes for a really interesting day!

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