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If you are craving for South Indian food and searching for the best restaurant, then you will get maximum recommendations for Vaishali from Punekars. Established in 1951, this place has become a landmark. It is frequently visited by celebrities.  Shri. Jagannath Shetty runs this restaurant which is situated on FC road.

Sixty years ago it was a tiny restaurant. Along with this there are 2 more restaurants on FC road Rupali and Amrapali. All the three restaurants are run by Shetty’s family. Amrapali is famous for north Indian food. Rupali was started by Shetty’s uncle Late Shridhar Shetty.

Vaishali was ‘Madras Health Home’ and Rupali was ‘Madras Café’ that time. Vaishali has something that is attracting huge crowd since 1951. Some say that ‘something’ is its location – The FC road, some say delicious food, some say the ambience and some say the swift & cordial service! In the beginning it was an ‘adda’ for college students studying in Fergusson College. Today it has become a household name in Pune.

restaurant is serving more than two generations in Pune. In the restaurant you will see the people in their 60s + college crowd + the newlywed couples. Many people know the waiters by their name, as many waiters are working here for more than 20 years! Sixty years ago it was a tiny restaurant where only south Indian delicacies were served.  Later Pizzas, burgers and chat items were added to the menu. The garden space with a fountain (behind the restaurant  and top floor was made open to the public.

Now, the lip-smacking food! The most favorite items which Punekars  order in Vaishali are: Vaishali Special Masala Dosa, Cheese onion Uttapam, Mysore Cheese Dosa, Onion Uttapam, SPDP (Shev Potato Dahi Puri), Dahi Idli, Udid Vada and Special Bhelpuri. The chat items are available after 5pm. Visit to Vaishali is incomplete without a hot cup of Steam Coffee!

The heavy crowd stands as a testimony to the quality of Vaishali’s food. Waiting of around 15 minutes is common during weekdays. But on weekends you have to wait for 30+ minutes (Not on every weekend). But the staff is really helpful. They make sure you don’t have to wait for a very long time. Call yourself super lucky, if you enter the restaurant and get a table directly on Sunday. 
Vaishali’s kitchen has received ‘Cleanest Kitchen Award’ from Pune Municipal Corporation for many years in a row. Times Group has declared it ‘The best South Indian Restaurant’. Shri. Jagannath Shetty has received Pune’s most prestigious award –‘Punyabhushan Puraskar’ in 2000. He is an ardent golfer and had captained Poona Golf Club in 1997-1998. He has also started ‘Vaishali Cup’ for amateurs.
Photo Credit: CNCITY

Address: 1218, Shivajinagar Fergusson College Road, Pune - 411 001
020 25531244, 020 25531184


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