Small space, a smattering of a few tables, busy but smiling staff and a constant influx of loyal customers – these are four things that all the iconic culinary destinations in Pune have in common. Besides, of course, the fact that not one of them has a second branch – a policy they pride on, so much so, that they even smugly display it on a large signboard.
Then again, as Bob Dylan so eloquently put it, the times – they are a-changing. Even as the throngs waiting for a table outside Vaishali everyday continue to expand, and Marz-o-rin carries on with its relentless dishing out of chutney sandwiches and chocolate milkshakes in that jam-packed, century-old heritage building; Iranian Café Goodluck, standing tall in the heart of a bustling Deccan Gymkhana for 81 long years, has finally taken the plunge and opened its first ever ‘branch’ – in Aundh, inside a mall, no less!
Christened ‘Chota Bite by Café Goodluck’, the new establishment, as the name suggests, is mostly focused on snacks and extracts the best from the old menu to make for a fresh, pithier version of the original. And of course, the location is a huge leap from the older, no-frills restaurant. So, you can now gorge on all your favourite dishes right from the soft and buttery bun maska, samosas, biryanis to the fiery tava kheema – all in the swanky, air-conditioned comfort of Westend Mall.
The notable part is that they have dropped the pedantic idea of sticking to what has worked for them in the past and even introduced a few additions to the food selection – for instance, think their famous thick, luscious cheese omelette now laden with juicy mushrooms. Scrumptious!
So next time you are headed to Aundh (honestly, a Goodluck branch warrants a mandatory visit no matter which part of the city you live in), do not forget to drop by this spanking new adda and enjoy a cup of Irani chai as you contemplate the beginning of a new era.
We at Eazydiner feel privileged to have worked with someone like Mrunmayi who was an independent writer with over five years of experience in arts and lifestyle journalism. She had worked with several print and online publications based out of Pune and Goa. In the realm of food, she had contributed reviews, topical stories and long features primarily to Pune Mirror, The Goan, Planet-Goa, and the website goa.me. A foodie with an eclectic taste, she enjoyed a well-prepared spread of English Breakfast as much as some fiery Kolhapuri mutton curry.