cuisine is not very different from Indian food,
what with all the curries and spices," explains
Mr. Nainpal Sawhney.
"Pune," he reasons, "is not Bombay
or Delhi or for that matter Bangalore; people
here are not very adventurous when it comes to
trying out new cuisines." We are seated in
the cool confines of Silk Route, Mr. Sawnhey's
six-month old Thai restaurant and his candid response
was in answer to my equally candid "Why Thai?
" Besides, he continues, there is an overkill
where Chinese cuisine is concerned and since the
city has just one other Thai restaurant, Thai
food seemed a safe bet and so here I am, he grins
bemusedly. Mr. Sawhney did a lot of scouting around
for a good location before he opted for City
Point, the fashionably elegant complex on
Boat Club Road.
hadn't planned to invest so much. Finally, it
has to make economic sense, but I simply went
ahead, " he admits in all honesty. What Mr.
Sawhney is bound to earn is wholesome praise from
customers who have dined here. Silk Route has
a distinctly oriental feel with traditional Thai
decor, adding just the right touch of authenticity.
The music is Thai too, so you may not be able
to sing along, but please feel free to get swayed
by the music too.
food is as authentic as one can get with Mr. Sawnhey
making sure that an assortment of ingredients
including the herbs and spices are all imported
from Thailand. Mr.Sawhney is especially happy
with his range of soups and starters, often made
into a happy meal.
Now for some more good news, the food is reasonably
priced. After all as Mr. Sawhney said, Pune is
not Bombay or....
Pune is unique and come to think of it, so is
Junction of Dhole Patil & Boat Club Road,
Pune 411 001
Photos - Vinayak Prabhu