Once you have stayed in South India, 2 things you will never forget if you are a foodie:
1. Sambar’s Aroma and
2. Filter coffee.
Its been 2 years that I have shifted to Pune after staying in Chennai for 7 years and search for that factor, search for that flavour, search for that something
different was futile, as Pune prefers sambar on the sweeter side.
I have been to endless South-Indian joints from chic place to thik place but still my taste buds weren’t satisfied.
In one such endless search, we accidentally came to know about newly opened place called Idliwale.
Gathered our self on Sunday morning and sailing through rains we reached Baner in the search of idli that can take me back south.
With lots of questions on my mind, How will the idli taste, How sambar will taste sweet, spicy or tangy, and chutney ?
With too many thoughts and drama on mind, we reached the parallel and secluded lane to high street with no issues of parking.
Idliwale is a Small shop which is simple and elegant, with half of it is occupied by the Open kitchen and half of it has this wooden platform by the wall, where you can have your food, at any given time 4-6 people can stand inside and I am sure that place is going to get lot of footfall.
Upon entering you get to see black board hanging on the wall listing down dishes they serve.
I must appreciate them for that practical and meaningful thought of serving limited items. Sometimes restaurants try to put too many things on the board and end up not living up to the expectations. Hence thumbs up!
We ordered Idly sambhar, Idly chutney and Filter Coffee.
Idly Sambhar :- They served 3 idly and topped that up with Sambhar.
Idlys are same as you expect them from the South Indian place, soft and subtle.
Sambhar has a hint of Karnataka Flavours in it, tangy and spicy luckily not sweet the way pune likes it.
Idly Chutney :- They serve 3 idly and topped that up with green Chutney which has coriander and mint flavour, best thing about chutney is flavours are not very empowering so that allows me to taste the essence of idly.
Additionally they also give white chutney, which is of peanut with curd and coconut it has a local hint of Pune and dry chutney of dal, garlic and kadi patta(their take on the Podi)
Filter coffee : Some or the other way pune has disappointed me when it comes to Filter coffee. my benchmark for the coffee is Sarvana bhavan, Chennai. Coffee was okay.
I am definitely going back to have my regular dose of Sambar.
Note : Carry your own water bottle, else you will have to purchase small bisleri bottle worth Rs 6 from them.
Happy Eating !