DURVANKUR PUNE – Maharashtrian Thali

Durvankur Maharashtrian Thali
Durvankur, one of the oldest restaurants in Pune is known for it’s Maharashtrian Thali.

On my recent trip to Pune, I decided to visit Durvankur and see what the fuss is all about. I’ve seen so many people rave about it, so I decided to give it a try.

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Pune is pretty well known for it’s food. Maharashtrian food is something I absolutely love and you get that authentic Maharashtrian taste across a variety of food items. Be it the famous Garden Vada Pav, or snacks at Vaishali, there’s definitely a lot of stuff to try here.

I would definitely suggest keeping an empty meal spot to fit this thali from Durvankur, in case you are visiting Pune. Firstly it’s very reasonably priced. And the variety of items for that amount is great. And secondly and tastes delicious. They have a different menu for each day of the week so make sure you pick according to what you want to eat. Sundays are extra special as you will find some additional items like kanda bhajji.

Maharashtrian food is full of flavor, and a tad bit spicy. And these guys get that right for sure. Personally, I would just go back here for their Masale Bhaat and Varan Bhaat.

I did explore some more food in Pune and you can watch all of that in these videos.

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Must Try Thalis in Mumbai

thalis in Mumbai
Thalis for me are an indulgence – one platter with so much variety!

If you love your meals with at least 10 different items, and an unlimited portion then here are the absolute must try thalis in Mumbai.

Shree Thaker Bhojanalay

thalis in Mumbai

Undoubtedly the best Gujarati thali I’ve ever had. This place has been around since 1945 and actually started off serving a basic homestyle Gujarati meal. Even now, their food is made with the best ingredients, desi ghee and a lot of love and you need to indulge in this at least once. They serve thalis everyday for lunch and dinner. Their thali costs Rs.500 on weekdays and Rs.600 on Sunday and it is worth every penny. It includes subzis, dal, kadhi, different types of roti, papad, farsan, rice/pulao, khichdi, sweet dish, buttermilk and curd. And the taste is impeccable.

Watch my video experience of Shree Thaker Bhojanalay here

Delhi Highway

thalis in Mumbai

One of the few places to serve a Punjabi thali, Delhi Highway sure does a swell job. Their thali includes a welcome drink, some chaat, subzis, roti / naan, pulao / biryani, raita, dal and some desi sweets. Their food is very flavorful. Whether its their chaat or their paneer subzis, I’ve enjoyed them all. What adds to the experience here are their beautifully done interiors. You basically get a fine dining experience at an affordable price. Their thalis cost between Rs.499 – 650 + tax, depending on the day you visit them.

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Maharaja Bhog

thalis in Mumbai

If you want a  bit of Rajasthani and Gujarati food in your thali, then head over to the nearest Maharaja Bhog outlet. They have a good mix of both cuisines in their thalis. Their thali consists of chutneys, pickles, papad, welcome drink, farsan, a special dish of the day, dal / kadhi, rotis, rice, subzis, dessert and paan. It is a massive thali but if you want to indulge in some traditional food and want variety then this is the place. Their thali costs Rs.533 + tax on weekdays and Rs.581 + tax on weekends.

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So those were my absolute must try thalis in Mumbai. If you have tried these places already then I’d love to know your experience here. So make sure you tell me that in the comments below. And if these places are new to you then do try them and let me know how you like them. You can watch some more videos on my Youtube channel here:

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Taftoon BKC

Taftoon BKC takes you on a delectable journey across flavors from the Grand Trunk Road.

Taftoon means bread in Persian and at Taftoon BKC not only can you expect a variety of bread, but also some flavorful gravies, kebabs and lots more.

I recently had the chance to visit Taftoon BKC and here is what I had.

Kashmiri Kahwa

Taftoon Kashmiri Kahwa

I couldn’t have asked for a better start to my meal at Taftoon. They served up some warm Kashmiri Kahwa, complete with a lot of chopped almonds. Hot and beautifully sweet with honey. And the feel of having this in kulhads was incomparable.

Dahi Bhutteyan Kebab

Taftoon Dahi Bhutteyan Kebab

These were kebabs made from corn and hung curd. They had a sweet and spicy kind of flavor and were served with a delicious mint chutney.

Mochar Cutlets

Taftoon Mochar Cutlets

Their crunchy texture is so good and when you have these with the mustard dip, it is the most delightful combination.

Chatpatey Paneer Tikke

Taftoon Chatpatey Paneer Tikke

Soft paneer cubes marinated in a tangy chutney of sorts – these were tasty beyond imagination.

Teen Miri Aloo

Something as simple as potatoes and pepper but done so well.

Soya Chaap

Very interesting flavor – soya marinated in a masala that had a ton of garlic and yoghurt.

Chotey Kulche Chhole

Taftoon Chotey Kulche Chhole

A very good portion size for someone wanting to have a solo meal. The Kulcha was stuffed with a delicious masaledaar filling, along with the chhole placed on top of it. And some pickled onions to go with this.

Mushroom Pe Harissa

Taftoon Mushroom Pe Harissa

As yummy as they look!

Malai Broccoli and Gobi

Taftoon Malai Broccoli and Gobi

Cauliflower and broccoli in a delicious tandoori marinate.

Jal Jeera Palate Cleanser

Taftoon Jal Jeera Palate Cleanser

In between courses, you get a portion of this delicious Jal Jeera Palate cleanser which has the perfect blend. And it will leave you wanting for more!

Chholar Dal Luchi

Taftoon Chholar Dal Luchi

Chana dal made with lots of ghee and flavored with a lot of whole spices – this is one delicious item on their menu. Try this with luchis (puris) and you will be sorted.

Bharwaan Kadhai

Taftoon Bharwaan Kadhai

This has bhindi, mircha, brinjal, tomatoes that are stuffed with paneer. It has a delicious taste from the sweet and sour tomato gravy and the heavy flavoring from onion and ginger.

I relished this with some Lal Naan which is a crisp Amritsari roti topped with sesame seeds, Khamiri Roti, Besan Ki Roti which was perfect. On the side here was also some Maa Choliya Ki Dal which was mainly rajma and black dal, with a lovely creamy feel.

Lal Rogani Paneer

Taftoon Lal Rogani Paneer

Paneer cubes in another delicious tomato gravy with a very peculiar flavor.

Kofta Al Yakhni

Taftoon Kofta Al Yakhni

Lauki kofta in a mildly sour, yoghurt based gravy. Thoroughly enjoyed this with the Zaffrani Taftoon which had a very mild flavoring from saffron and cardamom.

Kaju Anjeer Malai Kulfi

Taftoon Kaju Anjeer Malai Kulfi

This took my love for malai kulfi to a whole new level. Really creamy kulfi topped with caramelized figs and some chia seeds.

Chhena Platter

Taftoon Chhena Platter

A plate full of bite sized sweets – included ras malai, gulab jamun, rose sandwich sandesh and kheer kodom. Perfect if you like variety in your dessert.


You can also enjoy mocktails and cocktails here. I tried something called The Botanical Blend and it was very light and refreshing. It contained rosemary, ginger-honey syrup, lime juice, gin and some tonic water. I also tried something called Elixir of the Hills and this was a white rum based drink with a basil flavor and some pineapple juice, hibiscus syrup and a sour mix.


If you are looking to eat some good Indian food which is complete with good taste and an ever greater experience then definitely have Taftoon on your list. It’s a great place for a special occasion and I’m sure you will love it.


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