Molgapodi Idlis – The reason to ditch Vaishali and head to Wadeshwar next time

What: Restaurant
Where: F C Road
Seating: Indoor, Outdoor
Cuisine: South Indian
Pricing: Reasonable
Parking: Not available

Why am I even writing this post? I am sure you would have thought the same. Who wouldn’t know Wadeshwar, right? But my dear Punekars, this one’s for those who don’t belong here – the ones visiting the city for the first time, those who moved in a few a years back and haven’t explored this heaven yet, and even the Vaishali-lovers who just don’t want to try South Indian delicacies anywhere else. Well, I can’t blame them, I was one of them myself until a few years back.

But once I explored this one, I knew how both of them had their own specialties to offer. While Vaishali offers the best Mysore Masala Dosas, Wadeshwar takes pride in serving the best Aappe and Kothimbir Vadi. My personal favorite, the Molgapodi Idli here is a must, something everyone needs to try.

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So far, I have tried almost everything on the menu here. To be honest, I am not a fan of the Mysore dosas here, I like the ones at Vaishali more. The Kothimbir Vadi, I fear has failed to impress me too. They are a bit too oily for my liking. But the Rasam Vada – yeah, the ghee idli – yeahh, and the sponge dosa – oh my god yes! They are just so good, so flavorful, so yum!

The outdoor seating here is perfect for an early morning breakfast and endless conversations. The service here is too good to be true. This last time we ordered multiple rasam vadas, dosas, idlis, and what not – and it was at our table within minutes.

Vaishali lovers, the chai is another reason you should come here. Needless to say, you also wouldn’t have to wait an hour to get a table here. So, if you are running out of patience this Sunday morning, do give Wadeshwar a try and let me know how you like it. And please bless me if you happen to like the Molgapodi idlis just a little too much.

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Bengali Sweets and Foods Shop, Viman Nagar

What: Eatery
Where: Viman Nagar
Pricing: Inexpensive
Cuisine: Bengali
Seating: Indoor, Outdoor

It has not been long since I was introduced to the fine Bengali cuisine, but it is something that I can’t seem to get enough of. Having been a lover of subtle flavors all my life, I guess it was only a matter of time that me and Aloo Posto hit it off. Since then, there has been no looking back for us.

I am totally and completely in love with all the Bengali dishes that I have discovered and experienced until now. The Maachh Bhaat, the Mutton Kosha, the Aloo Bhaja – all very flavorful. And if you are one such lover, you know how difficult it can be to find good Bengali food in the city. Restaurants offering the cuisine are only a handful, and sadly, they are not all that great.

But there’s one place that fails to disappoint me, at least as far as few dishes are concerned. The Bengali Sweets and Foods Shop is a very small eatery in Panama Towers, just adjacent to the Air Force Station in Viman Nagar. Yesterday, the temptation for my favorite Posto+Dal+Bhaja combo urged me to visit again.

And if the combo is what had urged me, doesn’t mean I stop there right? I also tried the Mughlai Paratha this time, which was better than the other Mughlai Parathas that I have had so far, but I am not going to say it was extraordinary either. The Mutton Kosha was just as impressive, the best mutton I’ve tasted in the town I would say.

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Sondesh

Now I know I went a little overboard, but how do you come to a Bengali Sweets Shop and not have sweets? And just so you know, no Bengali meal is complete without a little bit of mishti. So basically, I just played by the rules. 😀 The Gud Roshogulla – heavenly, The Malai Chom Chom –  divine, and the Sondesh – I think no adjective can do justice to the sondesh here, they are indescribably good, you are just going to have to try them yourselves. Just be sure to give the Kheer Kadam a miss though.

And you are going to be damned when you go over and pay the bill … you will be damned to see you had all that food, ALL that delicious food just for a dime. Despite the not-too-fancy seating arrangement and ambience, this is one place you wouldn’t want to miss.

Look What I Found:

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It is a common practice to mould sandesh into a variety of shapes, for example shells (shankhs) or elephants, typically in a Bengali wedding. I stumbled upon this huge fish-shaped sandesh at the restaurant, made on demand for a customer. Now there are two kinds of fish I love, ah well!

Bellissimo, Koregaon Park

What: Salon
Where: Off North Main Road
Services Offered: Hair and Skin
Pricing: Very Expensive
Staff: Okay
Hygiene: ★★★★★

Bellissimo, you may say is the big daddy of hair salons in Pune. Been here for almost 10 years, not only has the salon gained a reputation for itself, but has also been the alma-mater for quite a few salon owners in the city.

The salon, situated off of North Main Road, KP, doesn’t offer much as far as the aesthetics are concerned. I would have been happier to have been greeted by a more welcoming interior. I absolutely love it when salons have a warm, cozy appeal paired with good music and a friendly staff.

As far as the service was concerned, I had a not-too-good not-too-bad experience. Firstly, I was made to wait for 20 minutes beyond my appointment time, and no one seemed to be bothered by that, that was a little disappointing. Secondly, the rush rush atmosphere of the salon did not appeal to me much, I like salons calm and chill. Nevertheless, the salon was very neat and clean, which is always a thumbs up.

My hair – yes my stylist did give me a very nice head wash. However, he ended up giving me a haircut which looks good only when blow dried. It has not done any justice to my natural hair. The blow dry, however, was absolutely well done. Unlike other salons who do not like to spend a lot of time on blow dries, I was given quite an out-curled treat by  my stylist.

Honestly, I was quite surprised when I was handed out the bill. For a stylist who was only a few years into the profession, paying ₹1725 was very heavy on my purse; especially when I have had celebrity stylists like Hakim Aalim style me for no more than ₹1200.

In short, mine was a bitter-sweet experience here. Was yours better? Please let me know in the comments section below.