The food culture of Pune is dominated heavily by its educational body which in turn invites a lot of student population. With them arrives their cultures and food preferences that has enhanced the culinary image of this vibrant city. Pune is young and throbbing with change which is why European food gets a great platform here. The complex and earthy flavour of this cuisine is widely appreciated by the food buffs who cannot do without their weekly share of steak and chops. Cover them with red wine reduction and what you have is an assured hit. The European food is refined and elegant. Largely based on wines and dairy products the dishes are rich and robust in flavour. The European restaurants in the city are refreshing and brimming with vitality. One of the oldest and trendiest places in the city is ‘The Irish House’ who with its pub like appeal has stolen into the hearts of the patrons. The long queue of loyal regulars signify the popularity of this restaurant. Their loaded fries, fish n chips, lamb chops comes highly recommended.
If you are looking for a quiet me-time then head over to ‘The Flour Works’ in Kalyani Nagar for some soul food. The menu is exhaustive and mouth-watering. Their all day breakfast is a huge hit with the punters. In mains do try out their slow cooked pork belly – it’s scrumptious. In Viman Nagar hidden behind the foliage is a small jewel of a restaurant by the name of ‘Portobello’. This tiny cubbyhole like place is a foodie heaven. The chef here prepares some downright delicious fare that pulls the gourmets from miles away. Eat, panna cotta and salads. ‘Arthur’s Theme’ in Koregaon park is an old favourite of the city crowd. This charming little place has gone through some changes for the past years but the quality of their food is consistent. The European fare here is beautifully made tagged with childish names.
Located outdoors under a metal shade this restaurant is great deal for students who have a limited budget. ‘Beetroot Bistro’ in Koregaon park is dedicated entirely to Mexican cuisine and makes it pretty well too. The restaurant is exotic and the al fresco seating creates a lot of difference for the diners. Quite unassuming ‘Murphies’ in Koregaon Park is a down to earth place with pretty basic interiors. With good music and additional outdoor seating they try to create waves on gastronomes radar which they successfully do with their yummy European food. Murphies is meant for friends and even for a little alone time. European food scene in Pune is yet to catch fire but it is good enough to tempt you into having European fare for dinner each evening. Not too expensive the restaurants here have a quaint charm of their own.