For a place that contains an army cantonment, Pune?s famous Camp Area (aka Pune Cantonment or Pune Camp) is home to a number of popular shopping locations especially at locations East Street and the equally bustling MG Road. Being such a busy centre, the place has a number of bars and eateries, as hungry shoppers will always be on the lookout for a place to eat. Let?s take a look at some of the popular restaurants in the area.
The Place - Touche The Sizzler
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?The Place? is so famous for its signature sizzlers that it has even been visited by celebrities including the who?s who of Pune?s nightlife scene. The décor is more or less minimalistic with classic wooden tables and chairs spread out across the slightly cramped first floor, and more spacious second floor. The highlight of dining here is of course the mouth-watering sizzlers, with items such as the Chicken Piri Piri Shashlik and Chicken Cafreal, both of which are served with a generous helping of fries and mashed potatoes. The service is quick and the restaurant has a solid reputation of serving high-quality food since 1970.
11 East Café
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Famous among regulars for the striking red London bus in the middle of the restaurant, 11 East Café has been serving loyal patrons in Pune since 2007. The restaurant really has a one-of-a-kind ambiance, with a menu that features a number of unique dishes based on different countries. The food and service are of the highest quality, with lip-smacking delicacies such as Chilli Jalapeno Cheese Balls, Chicken Stroganoff and everyone?s favourite Chicken in Barbecue Sauce. They have a really extensive alcohol menu with a number of different liquors and wines. Cocktail lovers will be especially excited after taking a good look at the myriad of concoctions on the menu, with classics such as Whisky Sour, White Russian, and of course, Some Long Island Ice Tea.
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Although it started out as a place that served only authentic Chinese food, Chinese Room has altered its menu to cater to the tastes of Indians. The restaurant has a nice cosy feel, with a minimalistic décor, accentuated by the artistic wall carvings that adorn the pillars. Even though it primarily serves Chinese food, the menu does have some of the bog-standard Indian fare, as observed at most restaurants in the city. Starters such as Golden Fried Prawns and Roast Lamb Chilli are cooked with a punch of flavours reminiscent of the Indo-Chinese fare we have come to expect. The rice and noodles are served with generous helpings of sauce and are quite delicious. Even the desserts are surprisingly yummy, with the highlight being the sizzling brownie.