Sunday Brunch at the Burrow – Playboy Beer Garden

When you hear ‘BRUNCH’ you visualize eggs and toast, biryani and pizza, fruits and salads, grilled meat and veggies and paneer, beer and wine, and a forest of desserts. Everything one can imagine from breakfast to lunch.

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Well, take all that, add a magic show, a foot massage, sprinkle some amazing music coupled with a super chill ambiance, and you get the Sunday Brunch by Playboy Beer Garden.

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As I entered, the seductive fragrance of sweet sticky barbeque sauce on thick sexy pork ribs pulled me right in.

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Pork ribs on the grill
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Pork ribs, loaded with bbq sauce!

Flanked by chicken sausages and basil chicken thighs, the grill section is certainly the highlight of the brunch.

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Grilled meats

Right next to the grill section is the Mimosa bar. A Mimosa is a cocktail composed of champagne (or other sparkling wine) and chilled fruit juice, and these are absolutely delectable! With orange, apple, and cranberry options, I just couldn’t stop at one!

For the uninitiated, here’s the 1-2-3 of the Mimosa bar:
  • Pour the bubbly (champagne ftw!)
  • Add some juice (Fresh fruit juices – Apple, Orange or Cranberry – take your pick!)
  • Top with fruit (Cranberries, kiwis, Orange, etc) #DoNotMiss

As you walk into the plush indoor section, you are greeted by a vast selection of salads, cheese, fresh fruits, cereal (yes there’s breakfast too, remember?) and breads. I particularly relished the Tenderloin Roulade – A beautiful roll of meat with sultana and rosemary inside.

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The Tenderloin Roulade with Sultana and Rosemary

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An array of salads

They also had some delectable kebabs, springrolls, pizzas and starters served at the table.

The main course included a veg khow suey (they made a chicken one for me on request) which was surprisingly good, though a tad spicy due to the green chilli – that being said – this is entirely customizable; just ask for the condiments to be served on the side!

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Khow Suey, made to order

Chicken biryani, thai red curry, and chicken macaroni were nothing to write home about, but the Chicken Fricassee with mashed potatoes was nothing short of excellent.

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Chicken Fricasse with mashed potatoes

When I was taking break from the hogfest, i sat at the foot massage chair, and got a complimentary foot massage – much needed for my sore feet due all the walking around the buffet counter  An illusionist impressed us with some surprising card tricks as we were chilling with the mimosas

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The Magician – AP (Image courtesy Facebook – Playboy Beer Garden)

I could go on and on, but this just turns out to be the perfect way to spend a Sunday afternoon. Chill, drink, listen to some good music, eat some great food, relax and just have a good time over all with friends and family.

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Amazing live music by Jameer from #theStage2
Packages (All prices are inclusive of taxes) –
  1. Only Food = Rs.1073
  2. Food +Beer+ Sangria = Rs.1480
  3. Food + IMFL + Mimosa Bar is Rs.1829 – Highly recommended: the Mimosas are worth the extra $$

A big shout out to Ashutosh from TLND for inviting us and Team PBBG for hosting us. #TheBTeam loved the entire experience!! #TheBTeamRecommends


Note: This review is a combined experience of three visits to the PBBG Sunday Brunch, which include two blogger invites and one self sponsored family visit, over a period of four months. Surprisingly, all the experiences were equally good, however, for all intents and purposes, The Usual Disclaimer applies. 


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Aur Irani Chai – West Pune meets Iran!

Aur Irani Chai, Aundh

Irani chai is ubiquitous with old pune. Vohuman, Good Luck, Kohinoor, Diamond are some of the classic age-old Irani chai joints. This was something the residents of Baner, Balewadi, Aundh, Wakad, PS etc. were sorely missing. Aur Irani Chai does well to fill up that gaping hole.

Nestled away in a corner across Nagras Road, near Rahul Restaurant, Aundh (click here for G-Maps), Aur Irani Chai is a cozy little joint with brick walls and stone tables. Shaded by trees around the perimeter, they do a surprisingly good job at isolating the noise from the very busy junction just outside. Apart from the huge menu board, its a very chilled out atmosphere.

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Irani Chai and Bun-Maska: An obvious start to any meal at an Irani Cafe. A typical Irani chai – light, sweet and milky. Super soft bun. Gloriously lathered with butter. I was dipping the bun-maska into the chai, and had the time of my life. My chai-loving wife ended up drinking 3 cups!

PS: The bun-maska found on the streets of Vadodara or Ahmedabad are far more generous in terms of the maska. But then that’s Gujarat!

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Bun Maska

Bread Butter: 2 slices of bread, generously buttered. What more can you expect?

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Bread Butter

Bun Cheese Omlette: You can’t go to an Irani Cafe and not have the Omlette! Oodles of cheese trickling out! Super soft bun, lots of butter, loads of melted cheese.

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Bun Cheese Omlette

Kheema Pav: The pièce de résistance. Light, flavorful, perfectly cooked mutton kheema. Not overloaded with spice or oil. Absolutely perfect for breakfast (or any meal!)

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Overall, I love this place! Nice ambiance, good service, and excellent food. The trifecta of a great restaurant. Oh, and to top it off, entirely budget friendly. The entire meal cost us less than 300/- bucks!

Definitely a place I am going to be visiting again and again.

#baconbaba khush hua!!!

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Vohuman Cafe – The fabled Irani chai

Vohuman Cafe

-Sangeeta Majumdar


Pune has its own share of Irani and Parsi food establishments such as Goodluck cafe, Kayani bakery, Dorabjees, Blue Nile and George restaurants. Vohuman cafe along with its bun-maska, chai and cheese omelette are a long lasting part of this illustrious list – a bite out of Pune’s food legacy.

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This was my first visit to this iconic eatery (thanks to my dear friend Payal who literally kidnapped me at 6.30am to drive there for breakfast!)

We started off with the double cheese omelette and toast butter. The omelette was yummy! I liked the distinctive masala that they used in the omelette, plus who doesn’t like cheese!

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Cheese Omelette
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Toast butter – generous enough with the butter!

Ordered the fabled Irani chai – nice and light. This was round one.

Then we ordered the double cheese toast, and another round of chai, both of us being chai lovers 😉

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The Irani Chai

The double cheese toast had a thick slab of cheese sandwiched in between the slices of toast and I gobbled it down it by dipping it in the hot tea, guess that is the right way to have it. My only gripe – I wish the cheese was melted instead. The cheese slabs made it a tad dry

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Double Cheese Toast
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Mounds of ‘maska’

At the end of this all, we were quite full. but yet, we had to have another round of chai. Or maybe just an excuse to sit for a bit longer at the legendary place…

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The Breakfast Cafe, Bavdhan

Quite a popular joint in the area, running full capacity almost across all meals, The Breakfast Cafe (TBC) has recently shifted to the back of the building. While the move itself maybe slightly detrimental compared to the prime spot it originally enjoyed on the main road, this has done nothing to impact the quality of food served. It remains, as always, top notch.

If you’re in for breakfast, then you can happily opt for TBC’s Special Set Breakfast. A TBC Special omelet (3 eggs, onions, chili, pepper, garlic – definitely one of the best items on the menu), 1 boiled egg / fried egg, a chicken sausage / 3 nuggets, a hash brown, 2 slices of generously buttered toast and a cup of tea or beautiful strong filter coffee. 

The Breakfast Cafe Special Set Menu

Definitely a superb breakfast place, at par with the best out there. With Sangeeta working just across the road, TBC might just convince me to pick her up more often, just so i can hop in for a quick cup of filter coffee or a TBC special!

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Restaurant reviews : Cafe Goodluck, Pune

This is one of those old awesome traditional food heritages that a city identifies with. Along with Vaishali, Roopali and wadeshwar, Cafe Goodluck is one of the favorite hangout spots for the students of FC College.

But don’t get me wrong here. This place is open from early morning till 1130 at night and every moment every day there is a line. You see people from all walks of life dining here.

Start off with the bun Omlet. Huge bun with tutti fruity with loads of butter makes the perfect snack or appetizer.

Moving on, the boiled chicken soup is a relatively new discovery of mine. It’s similar to a chicken shorba (stock) – mildly flavored and intensely healthy with a huge piece of chicken.

Another favorite of mine here is the mutton keema. Combined with the roomali roti, the keema is tasty yet not to spicy. The chicken biryani is also pretty great.

But the best item on the menu in my humble opinion, is the dal-gosht (dal with mutton). Simple dal infused with delicious tender bits of meat. Dal-gosht with roti or with jeera rice makes a beautiful fulfilling meal. Do not miss it.

End the meal with a mouth watering caramel custard or plain custard. The caramel custard is one of the best in town. Definitely worth a try.

Apart from the amazing food the icing on the proverbial cake is the fact that the prices are dirt cheap. Super value for money. One of the must visited place in pune

Average meal for two: 500/-

Map here