Review: Dorabjee & Sons Restaurant (established in 1878), Pune

Dorabjee & Sons Restaurant is an iconic heritage for foodies established in 1878, good till this day, tucked away in a tiny corner of Camp – a gem in the area that looks like an old bungalow, clean and tidy having no air-conditioned with basic table chairs for around 50 plus guests.

Dorabjee means a loving and caring individual who puts the needs of others before their own.

I had been planning to visit this restaurant for a long time, and finally, the day came to tantalize my taste buds with some authentic Parsi delicacies.

Very popular for Parsi cuisine amongst Punekars (Pune residents).

146 years and still working itself is a legend.

It has menus from the 1940s, 50s, 60s and 70s neatly displayed on its walls which tell you a lot about those times and more importantly, you get almost the same menu even today.

A 100 plus year old building greeted with warm hospitality personally by the very pleasant gentleman – The proprietor.

A cozy ambiance that instantly makes you feel at home.

I requested to enhance my knowledge about signature dishes as lunch served at this restaurant.

Mutton Dhansak with Brown Rice (Rs. 450) is a traditional Parsi dish that combines dal (lentils), vegetables, and mutton to create a delicious and hearty meal prepared with the finest ingredients and authentic spices is one of the standout dishes at Dorabjee & Sons.

The flavors are perfectly balanced, and the mutton is tender and juicy.

Another famous preparation is Mutton Kheema (Rs. 250) with Pav supported by a refreshing bottle of Ardeshir‘s (Pune’s Oldest Soft Drink Company – since 1884) available in four different flavours – Raspberry/Lemon/Ginger/Orange (Rs. 30 per bottle) – the perfect companions to your food.

And finally mind blowing custard (Rs. 100) to wrap it up.

Mutton Kheema with Pav along with bottles of Ardeshir’s Raspberry and Ginger – The first request.

The service at Dorabjee & Sons is impeccable & fast.

The staff is polite, attentive, friendly and ready to assist you with questions or requests. They are knowledgeable about the menu and are more than happy to recommend dishes based on your preferences.

Mutton Kheema was Yummy ! Simply Superb. Pipping HOT, flavourful, freshly made and well-cooked.

Ardeshir’s Raspberry tastes like cough syrup, some people may not like this but the ginger almost made a summer’s day.

Next we requested for ‘Mutton Dhansak with Brown Rice’.

Again the service was quick and orders delivered immediately.

Mutton Dhansak with Brown Rice – combination was good.The taste of mutton & gravy – very good. Mutton gravy had that Parsi flavour and was amazing to eat with fluffy brown rice. Brown rice was blending perfectly with the Dhansak gravy. The chunks of mutton pieces cooked nicely and were fresh & tender.

Delectable – in-short.

Overall the food was aromatic as well as light on the stomach, really tasty and authentic and not spicy.

And lastly we requested for ‘Parsi Style Custard’ to finish the meal with the dessert.

It was a custard with the exact texture of pudding. Sufficiently sweet and soft. It was ok ok in taste.

Anyway, we were  happy & satisfied. I truly love this restaurant – an old era. Value for money.

We parked our motorbike close to the restaurant. Maybe difficult to park during the peak hours.

Will visit again to try more stuff from the menu. As it is the oldest restaurant I am curious to try out more dishes.

They have veg. options but not as much as the non-veg ones. I suggest to all please visit once. Loved this place.

Timings: 10 am – 7 pm (Monday closed).

Price: Overall bill was Rs. 960 for 2.

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