Deewan Khana

Deewan Khana is a new place opened in Balewadi, loved the traditional and modern decor with a Maharashtrian theme here. The cuisine doesn’t disappoint if you are looking for an awesome Maharashtrian meal . The staff knows what they are serving and are very pleasant to interact with.

We were invited for a traditional lunch and started the course with Mutton Kheema Unde, a soft and succulent Kabeb which melts once eaten. A must have if you are a meat lover.

Mutton Chops in green masala was a coconut green chilli marination with perfectly cooked mutton chops. The chops were not very spicy and gave a fresh appeal to the dish.

The showstopper was the unlimited Mutton thali. It has been a long time since we have had a mutton thali so delicious . The bhakri was soft and complimented the mutton dishes. The thali consisted of mutton achari, mutton sukha and mutton rassa. The thali should be enjoyed with a refreshing glass of solkadi which had a soothing flavour for a sunny day.

Purnalu, an absolute stunner. It’s a by product of puranpoli and it is deep fried. The stuffing is not very sweet and is enhanced by the dollop of ghee which you can pour on it. This dessert is a must try and i can assure you it will get over before you realize it.

Chikki Icecream, a crisp and sweet flavour chikki ice cream. A different dish which I really enjoyed. The peanuts complimented the vanilla ice cream.

Overall a must visit if you are looking for a VFM meal and a traditional one too.

More details about the restaurant here.

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Peshwa Restaurant Kitchen and Bar

The Peshwa restaurant is the latest addition in Pune’s ever-growing dining scene, they have a successful restaurant in Dubai where they been serving Maharashtrian cuisine to hungry diners since a long time and now they are in Baner. Good news for us.

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We were invited for a lunch with other media and blogger colleagues and this was what we tried. The lunch began with some refreshing Sol kadhi and a chilling glass of Thandai . The Thandai was so good that it got over before I could even realize it. The Sol kadhi complimented the meal.

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The starters were the stars of the lunch . I will start with my personal favourite the Prawns Chatpata, a spicy preparation of prawns with raw onion, a perfect match. The prawns were perfectly cooked and were of ideal bite size portions . A perfect starter in my opinion.

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Chicken Malvani Tikka, a juicy melt in the mouth tikka with a mild curd dressing. It is a perfect dish if like white meat. The chicken was well seasoned and had a hint of spice to add the perfect taste to it.

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Mutter Karanji, a crispy karanji with a sweet pea filling. Simple yet a sweet dish. The filling was good and the covering was paper-thin so it was the right blend of sweet and savoury.

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Kothimbir Wadi, normally all the wadis i have had earlier were very oily or were not that great. But this place is an exception, the wadi had a good flavour going and was not at all oily. The crunch, when you bite into it and then it simply melts in your mouth. Simply awesome.

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The main course consisted of Goan fish curry, Birdyachi usal, Chicken Sagoti and Biryani . The Birdyachi usal is normally made at weddings which is said that if the usal is not good the wedding food was not that good. This particular dish had a sweet flavour and went great with the meal.

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The fish curry was a hit for me and went great with a rice roti more like an appam which is called amboli.

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The wadi was piping hot and i loved it by itself. The wadi is like a roti and goes well with all the dishes.

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The desserts served were Chikki Ice-cream. The combination was an ideal choice for sweet lovers. Huge chunks of chikki in vanilla ice-cream topped with syrup. The chikki gave a good texture to the dessert.

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Kharvas is made with the first milk of the cow after it gives birth. Its is a must try. A very famous Maharashtrian dessert, it is not very sweet and tastes more like a milk pudding or a custard.

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So overall if you are a true lover of Maharashtrian cuisine and it’s culture, do not miss this. You would not regret it.

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More about Peshwa Restaurant
Peshwa Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato