The food scene in Pune has changed drastically in the past ten years. A few years ago,after acting until late hours,we could never find any hotels open; we struggled to even find food vendors. Now,there are so many places to choose from,and theyre always packed,even late at night. Two things Pune does well are fish and vegetarian dishes. ‘Fish Curry Rice’ in Narayan Peth and ‘Nisarg’ in Erandwane,both have an excellent variety of fish and vegetairan options. There are just so many veg places in Pune,which is nice,because if you have to eat out often you cant spend all your money on non-veg. Also,Pune has great sizzlers. I dont know where it comes from,I know its not Indian,but I really like it. I also think Pune offers some great Chinese food. I have visited many countries,including China,and have tried the authentic Chinese food. The funny thing is,Chinese food outside China never tastes like authentic Chinese does in China. Instead everyone adds their favourite flavors to make it their own. But I love the Maharashtrian version,especially in Pune. Another hotel I would highly recommend would be the Hotel Deccan Rendezvous. I usually go there for Thai,but Ive had some excellent Italian food there as well. Finally,no trip to Pune is complete without heading to Naturals in Shivajinagar. The quality there is unbeatable. Ive had excellent ice cream in Europe and the U.S. and it can certainly compete. Custard apple and mango are two of my favorite flavors,and its great because you get actual pieces of fresh fruit inside.
(As told to Christina Leas)