I must eat Chaat in Pune ASAP!!!

#1 Oct 14th, 2008, 20:03
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I've been in India for over 1 week and have not eaten chaat yet. How is this possible?
Can someone please recommend a hygenic chaat place in Pune? I like pani puri, samosa chaat, and of course bhel puri. I'm familiar with Kalyani Nagar, Koregaon Park, and Viman Nagar, but if there is good chaat farther away, I will make the journey.

I know that the best tasting chaat is usually the dirtiest, but I'm taking care of an itty bitty baby and can't afford to fall ill.

Thanks!
#2 Oct 16th, 2008, 03:15
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Hey Rush,

May be we can arrange for some chat when we meet up with Haze in a couple of weeks. I would not recommend eating any chat outside if you are nursing a lil one.

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#3 Nov 13th, 2008, 10:27
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There's a chaat place at Gera Plaza at the Lullanagar junction which uses mineral water in their chaat preparations.

I found chaat at The Yellow Chilli restaurant in Koregaon Park as part of the lunch buffet about a month back. It was good and clean. Can't say for sure if it is part of the regular menu or not.
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"best tasting chaat is usually the dirtiest" well you put it the right way :-) though I would try not to think about it while devouring it.

arijitchaki - Been to yellow chilli and did have the chaat (cant even recall the taste maybe it was not good enough to remember but not bad enough to remember either)

I would suggest go to - not so classy and costly Restaurants, try smaller ones like Vaishali (FC road), Coffee House (Near WestEnd camp), you could try the small chaat stalls in Shopping Malls (though not really tried it out there).

Note - Chaats in hotels and restaurents will usually be panipuri, Sev Puri, Sev Potato Dahi Puri (known in Pune as SPDP/SBDP)
Samosa Chaat - I have no clue where you can find a hygenic one

Bon Apetite and hope you you wont fall ill by the tasty chaat.
#5 Nov 18th, 2008, 11:18
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There are Lots of small eateries in Jungli maharaj road and around Fergussan college(sp?). The chaat is pretty ok there. The hygine is not too bad either though they definiely donot make them in mineral water.

Mostly patronised by college students.
#6 Nov 18th, 2008, 11:48
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Best joints for Chaat/Bhel/Paani-Puri in Pune are :
Kalyan Bhel .They have got 3 outlets in Pune .1) Kondhava
Road (This one is Airconditioned !),
2)On Canal Road(joining Prabhat Rd. and Law College
Road) 3)On Bibwewadi-kondhwa road..
Another good option Jai shankar Bhel Near Babajaan chowk/ Shivaji market, Camp, Pune (Appearently He's has framed his photo serving pani-puri to Subrato Roy there!)
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Swapnil has hit the nail on the head about the good joints, but I think Rush08 might not be able to look beyond the hygine issue, So I suggested smaller restaurants.
Nayan you right about the smaller joints on FC road, one such is Manmeet Chaat, he uses mineral water for pani-puri, But I found that most of his chaat's taste simmilar. Has a generalized taste for all chaat. Not bad though.
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new_traveller, joints which I've suggested are specially renowned in Pune for this kinda stuff only, Kalyan Bhel (in Kodhava is the only big place among list) & others are small joints like Manmeet(btw Basket Chaat @ Manmeet is good)... & they are not as expensive as you are thinking .. One plate of Bhel/Pani Puri will not cost more than Rs.25 at any of these places .
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Sorry Swapnil, I hope I am not sounding Rude as I do not intend to probably my words were confusing.

I am not talking about cost. I meant that rush might not feel Kalyan Bhel or for that sake the Canal Road is Hygenic enough to dare to try chaat at such a place.
So I suggested smaller restaurents which are more hygenic but might not be the best places in Pune for chaat, but not too bad either.
And as you say IF Kalyan Bhel Kondwa is a Big hygenic Place then thats the place to be for your dinner on Chaat, Rush.
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Originally Posted by new_traveller View Post Sorry Swapnil, I hope I am not sounding Rude as I do not intend to probably my words were confusing.

I am not talking about cost. I meant that rush might not feel Kalyan Bhel or for that sake the Canal Road is Hygenic enough to dare to try chaat at such a place.
Sounding Rude ? Not at all !
Well I agree Kalyan Bhel on Canal road is mere roadside eatery stall but those who know about Kalyan Bhel they go up there .

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Originally Posted by new_traveller View Post So I suggested smaller restaurents which are more hygenic but might not be the best places in Pune for chaat, but not too bad either.
That makes sense for newcomer who doesn't know anything about eatery joints in Pune.....I agree to this in case anybody wants judge these places on based of its appearance.(although other Kalyan Bhel outlets & Jai Shankar are also equally safe & hygienic as Manmeet)

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Originally Posted by new_traveller View Post And as you say IF Kalyan Bhel Kondwa is a Big hygenic Place then thats the place to be for your dinner on Chaat, Rush.
I wonder if anybody would like to have this stuff as Dinner although it's a big & hygienic place...
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I wonder if anybody would like to have this stuff as Dinner although it's a big & hygienic place...
Ohh yes.. an SPDP followed by a samosa chaat or ragda puri....
and a huge mastani would suffice for dinner :-)
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Oh, dear. I love chaat! And I was missing Indian food already...

*sigh* Now I'm really missing it.
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I recommended Yellow Chilli etc based on who was asking. I personally can eat chaat anywhere, me with a cast iron stomach and all .
One of the places with really tasty stuff I found recently was beside Spencer's in Fatima Nagar. Seems to be quite clean and yummy.
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Sorry for intervening in this Pune related topic. My mouth waters with all this chaat talk. Im getting myself a nice bhelpuri for lunch tomorrow. Only problem is that you dont get decent bhelpuri in Mumbai anymore, not near my office at any rate.
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I wonder if you don't get decent bhelpuri near your office ...how you gonna get nice bhelpuri for lunch tomorrow ?

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