What’s a road trip without some memorable stopovers? Apart from those stunning landscapes that can make your Instagram feed look more attractive, there are always those dhabas and eateries that add to the bulk of those memories with their delicious food, fresh out of the kitchen. After all, a road trip is never complete without a good meal on the way. Come to think of it, it’s one of those things that can actually make a journey interesting or otherwise. With the weekend just around the corner, some of you Mumbaikars must be planning a weekend getaway to Lonavala. And just to make sure that your road trip to the hill station turns out to be a memorable one, here are some of the best eateries that you can try out on the way.
Believe us or not, but Rudra can win hearts with the food it serves. If you are to go by our experience, go for the dish that every Delhiite loves — chhole bhature. The bhaturas served here are huge and softer than they look. However, when you take a bite of that bread along with the spicy curried chickpeas, the burst of flavours in your mouth will actually make you thank us for the recommendation.
Where: Kailash Parbat, Mumbai-Pune Road
Call: 02114 273085
If South Indian is the cuisine you swear by, there would hardly be a better option for you on this route than Rama Krishna. This 26-year-old has been famous for serving some great food to road-trippers from Mumbai to Lonavala for years. Ask someone who frequents this route, he would probably recommend you to try at least one piping hot portion of RK’s Idli Sambar. And if you think that this place is all about vegetarian food, you should visit the place and try its butter chicken just once — it’s surprisingly better than a lot of places you have dined at.
Where: Golwada, Mumbai-Pune road
Call: 02114 273600
Although Maharashtra is the land where misal was born, there are very few places left in the state that serves an authentic version of this famous Marathi dish. The original way of preparing a misal is making the perfect combination of sal (a curried sprouted lentil and bean jus), poha, chivda, farsan, onions and tomato. And that’s exactly what Hotel Sainath can offer you, and that too at a price of Rs 50. As a bonus, the place also serves two pavs along with the misal.
Where: Above Fariyas, near Silver Hills Resort
Call: 02114 270078
There’s hardly a Mumbaikar who wouldn’t know about Pragati, the place that has been serving some amazing freshly brewed coffee to travellers for over three decades. For all of these years, Pragati has been famous for churning out the perfect combination of Pune’s Chitale milk, coffee, sugar, vanilla ice cream and a hill of chocolate powder to make a cold coffee that’s been a huge hit among travellers ever since the 80’s.
Where: Lunav Retreat, Shop 1, MG Road
Call: 02114 271603
Cooper’s and fudge have become synonymous to each other. There are some Mumbaikars who swear by the fudge they can get at Cooper’s. Founded by Noshir Cooper, who is often referred to as the “fudge father” had managed to devise a recipe for the chocolate walnut that has been a secret for the last 85 years. If you are someone with a sweet tooth, there can’t be a better place than this to grab a bite on the way to Lonavala.
Where: MG road, opposite the railway station
Call: 02114 272564