German Bakery – Restaurant Review
The restaurant German Bakery has been around in Pune’s Koregaon Park for years…it existed two decades ago and when we recently checked it out, we found it was still going strong. It’s a famous Pune landmark and is usually haunted by foreigners on a budget.
You get baked goods and continental food at reasonable prices. A glass of fresh orange juice for example costs around Rs 35/- and it is real orange juice. In most other restaurants you get sweetened and diluted juice if you pay this price.
It’s not for nothing that the place calls itself a Health Food joint. The apple pie is scrunchy and very full of apple, but not sweet. Same goes for many other “sweet” baked goods. It’s not something that a person with a really sweet tooth (of the Indian kind) will enjoy but if you are looking for authentic low calorie stuff at a reasonable price then German Bakery is the place.
The continental food offered is bland, non-oily and suits the taste of foreigners. The baked potato for instance is lightly flavoured, and so are the veggies. You get a limited variety in food and it’s mostly snacky.
Burgers and fries (tofu burgers too), eggs, toast, salads are popular eats. A dish of baked potato and vegetables (illustrated above) costs around Rs 90/-. Okay, it’s not exactly cheap but considering that authentic continental food is quite expensive, particularly in a clean place, I thought the price reasonable. The portions are decent, compared to some “posh” restaurants selling continental food where they serve fried (!) garlic bread to make up the small quantity of the main dish. Overall I find that in India authentic continental food is not available at reasonable prices, unlike say Chinese food. However many in India may not even like the authentic stuff as it may be considered too bland.
German Bakery has dhaba-like feel and boasts of a casual crowd, both Indians and foreigners. Drugs seem to be around or rather, some of the patrons look stoned out of their wits. A lady sitting by herself at the next table for instance did not move her head an inch (she was staring straight ahead of her) the whole time we were there! And we were there for more than an hour.
As the German Bakery is near the Osho Ashram, you get a lot of ashramites as well as visitors to the ashram here.
Overall, the place is a value for money place, it’s clean, and the service fast. Worth a visit.
Location: Near Osho Ashram, Koregaon Park, Pune.
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