Papajee’s, Chinchwad, Pune

1Visit Date: 04/07/2015 / Time: 9:00 PM

After a nearly a 1 hour 15 minutes drive from Viman Nagar and thankfully Google Maps coming to our aid we reached the destination that was on my wish list for long.

As soon as we reached we saw an enthusiastic Sunny Bhajee, the owner of Papajee’s personally taking the order at a customers table. Without disturbing him we quietly took our place at a table. The server took our initial order which was – Chicken Shorba, a can of Pepsi and a Lassi. The server handed over the chit that he wrote the order on to Sunny Bhajee who came up to our table and with a smile mentioned “Kuch galti hogayi, naaraz ho, yeh kya order kiya aapne, kuch khaoge nahi”.  Sunny Bhajee immediately placed the order for Bharvi Tangdi and Chicken Washington both of which are Sunny Bhajee’s own devised preparations. The mood was set to enjoy the dinner.

The Bharvi Tangdi was very yummy with stuffed Chicken Kheema within the tandoori leg. This was very well prepared and we had seen Sunny Bhajee actively himself helping the staff in cooking. Being passionate for food himself and his own love of cooking, he explained us how each dish is cooked in detail. Chicken Washington was okay, the chicken pieces were soft and tender, a bit deep fried in oil.

After the starters came the Main Course, we were suggested to try “Mutton Labalab” , special preparation by Sunny Bhajee which takes 4 hours to cook on a charcoal grill. With very less oil and soft tender pieces of mutton. This well very well with the assorted Naan’s.

Main Course was followed with dessert which was basically a Kesar Kheer with a Gulab Jamun. Nicely prepared, not too sweet. The home made Gulab Jamun was truly better than you get at the sweet marts.

Overall Nice Experience. Pricing is reasonable except the dessert which we thought was a tad costly at Rs. 100/- per plate. But not complaining much about it as the quality of food was excellent.

Sunny Bhajee’s warm and friendly hospitality and his witty sense of humor, a true blue lionhearted Punjabi made the dinner enjoyable and worth traveling that far.

Definitely Two Thumbs Up!

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