While Bombay is full of Irani Cafes and sees much of the Parsi community and culture, Pune too has its little share and they are tucked away in the best manner possible. Located in the Camp Area, we bumped across Dorabjee’s while we were on a look out for Cafe Yezdan which was on every “must visit” list I could find. Cafe Yezdan reminds you of one of those coffee homes which have been around forever and see the regular folk everyday for bun maska and chai.
Dorabjee’s on the other hand was a lucky discovery and has been around for four generations now. Dishing out classic keema and biryanis, they have innumerable stories papered on their walls that speak volume.
We ordered a portion of flavorsome mutton keema with pav, chicken biryani with curry and Parsi rotli. Minced mutton keema in a thick curry with an underlying sweet taste of caramelised onions and served with home baked pav. Chicken biryani was served with a spicy curry instead of raita, what we are used to in the North. The biryani infused with turmeric and spicy, masaledar chicken pieces was very tantalizing.
The service is so warm here and dining in places such as these make you feel you are a part of something grander, a part of history. Don’t miss out on their mutton keema.
Where? Dorabjee and Sons, Camp Area, Pune
Price for two – INR 650
Cuisine – Parsi, Irani