Though it primarily caters to a ‘young’ crowd, the ambience is vintage inside this 100-year-old heritage British era building — one of Pune’s oldest cafes, since 1965! The Chicken Roll here is definitely a highlight.
Finely-shredded chicken blended beautifully with luscious mayonnaise and packed into a delicate bread roll — it’s literally comfort food to swear by. The quality and taste of the roll is untouched to this day, and it’s quite filling too.
For the calorie-conscious, there’s multi-grain bread as well. Other must-haves are their yummy Chicken Mayonnaise Sandwich, Bean Bake Cheese, Cold Coffee and delectable Lamingtons.
Location: 6, Bakthiar Plaza, MG Road
Price: Rs 35
Surrounded by tonnes of schools, Pastry Corner was once the only place students could afford to hang out at. ‘PC’, as it is fondly known, dishes out a Chicken Masala Roll with finely-diced chicken in typical Indian spicy masala that has a fiery flavour, its heat balanced perfectly by the mild sourness of mayonnaise.
They also have a Chicken Manchurian Roll, which is basically your regular Manchurian gravy with chicken packaged into a roll. If you still have some room left, pamper your sweet tooth with a delightful little rum ball.
Location: 46/8, Law College Road, Erandwane
Price: Rs 25)
The chicken roll here gets my vote for being the heaviest ever devoured. Although more popular for juicy, humongous burgers, their rolls are succulent too and contain extraordinarily generous amounts of diced chicken and mayonnaise.
When I say generous, I mean so much so that the roll is unable to carry the weight of its fillings! The Salami and the Pepperoni Rolls here are worth a mention — must-haves if you’re a meat fan.
The best part about BK is the fabulous pricing though — nowhere else in Pune would you get to experience meat in all its glory for a negligible fifty bucks! For junk foodies and Beatles fans (the walls are full of posters of the band) who care not about fancy ambiences and sophisticated crowds, BK is the ideal abode. Also make a trip there for their King Beef Burger coupled with some Frams soda.
Location: Pul Gate, Opposite Talwarkars, East Street, Camp
Price: Rs 50
Skips is a relatively new, quaint little café in Aundh whose chicken rolls have managed to create waves and attract hordes in no time. Run single-handedly by a sweet, friendly lady, Skips has a snug, homely feel to it. Their Chicken Roll is definitely one of the best my palate has experienced.
Teeming with copious amounts of creamy, homemade mayonnaise and a bit of salad, it comes served with chips to break the monotony — delicious to the most superlative proportions.
Their Hot Dog is yummy too and comes pretty close to the authentic version. Skips often organizes roll festivals and they’re pretty epic, something roll devotees must keep an eye out for.
Location: Opposite Croma, Near NSG IT Park, ITI Road, Aundh
Price: Rs 80
Ku Kooch Ku
If you’ve lived in Pune long enough, you definitely know about Ku Kooch Ku or Borawake’s as the place for the best tandoori chicken in town — period. An open-air, chilled-out place, ambience plays an insignificant role here and it’s really all about the food — the heavenly aroma of chicken sizzling on a tandoor wafting around you is irresistible.
Their Chicken Roll comes as a sweet surprise, quite literally too, as their mayonnaise has a sweetish tinge to it. Chicken is filled in liberally and the roll is cut in half, making the dish resemble a desi burger. But don’t go by its unusual appearance, it is absolutely yummy.
Location: 256, Jangli Maharaj Road, Deccan Gymkhana
Price: Rs 80