Attention: They have shifted to Aundh, Pune… opp Medipoint Hospital
“Inspired yet authentic north Indian Dhaba taste”
Located on spine road, you will have to solve a maze to reach to Papajee’s as of today due to road construction work. I would suggest… stick to the left lane no matter what the obstacles are!
We thought to have lunch and it was about 1:30 PM; I asked if we can get lunch and the answer was… “Why not!” The tables were not set, the kitchen was just starting and preparations were in progress (read stuffing of full chicken, marinating etc).
Very basic, no frill place which is being operated from 3 shops on the ground floor of a commercial-residential complex with higher focus on “parcel/take away” and low for dining. It is hard to notice the Papajee’s because it is located much below road elevation (almost appears like basement).
Menu basically had preparation from two cuisines; “Chinese” and “North Indian”. Well, we focused on North Indian stuff. Limited preparations but every item had description regarding what you should expect. The rates appeared very reasonable.
We skipped tandoori section because it would have taken time and asked for stuff which we could get quickly post discussion with Bhaji Sr.
Wheat tandoori roti @Rs15: whole wheat rotis were hot, crisp from outside, easy to break and very soft to chew. Nice!
Murg masala@Rs150: Tender chicken chunks in orange gravy packed with flavors and low on chili. Fine!
Paneer tikka masala @Rs180: Paneer slices in orange gravy the taste of the gravy was slightly different when compared with that of murg masala. Paneer quality was remarkably different. It was not ordinary commercial Paneer but soft and creamy. Good!
Chole pindi wale@Rs120: I expected them to be much more darker compared to what was served but the taste was good and ginger juliennes and onion rings were giving it a nice touch.
Dal Makhani @Rs120: It was lighter in color from the expectation. One can only appreciate the taste of this dal makhani when he/she knows the difference between the taste of “dal fried in oil and garnished with butter” and “dal fried in butter or ghee”. It was mildly spicy and nice in taste. Very good!
Jeera rice Spicy @Rs90: It was a request preparation. Biryani quality rice fired with lots of cumin seeds and garnished with coriander leaves. Tasted very nice with the dal…
Gulab Jamun@Rs50: It reminded me granny’s preparation. They had crushed dry fruit a core. Served hot. Very nice!
Vinegar soaked onions (pickled onions) and lemon slices as complimentary salad.
The portion sizes were really big and could not finish everything. Requested for parcel and it was done.
Slightly compromised surrounding from hygiene point of view (may be due to rains).
Service was fast and both Bhaji Sr and Sunny Bhaji were very active in taking care. We were asked if the food was nice!
Food quality: 4
Food taste: 4
Value for money: 4