It is hard to express how happy and proud I felt when I saw Cafe Goodluck’s new venture, Chota Bites in a Food Court in Aundh today! Beaming humbly amidst the swanky boards of Subway, KFCs and McDonald’s, there it was, our very own, local pride – Chota Bites, the latest venture by Cafe Goodluck.
Move over American Burger giants, Bun Maska, Irani Chai and Keema-Pav are here to stay. Over the past few years, I was really disappointed to see the diminishing presence of local Irani Cafes, Udupi joints and Pav-Bhaji & Juice centres.
As per an article in May 2015 in DNA newspaper, “Despite many Irani cafes in Pune closing down due to lack of business, Ali Mashti decided to revive his family tradition of serving Irani chaiand bun maska. In a city where the culture of Parsi chai shops is dying, majorly due to migration, a few outlets have survived. Bun maska, chai and broon are the most popular dishes that Irani cafes are famous for. With just 2-3 Irani cafes remaining in the city, Mashti feels the prick of low business”.
Cafe Goodluck is a symbol of Pune history and our proud food culture. A culture that welcomed delicious Irani delicacies from immigrants who won our hearts with their food and became a part of our social fabric. Among the few local, stand alone Irani-owned restaurants in the city, Cafe Goodluck is one that every true-blood Puneri swear by. While the culture is dwindling, the flourishing business and the latest expansion of Cafe Goodluck has given us new hope.
The QSR chain version of Cafe Goodluck – Chota Bites in the WestEnd Mall, Aundh has managed to retain its homely, old-world charm while competing with the new. The servers are those courteous and kind old men handling the cash counters, who give us a big smile and a kind word as we order. The kitchen at the same time, is quick as ever, and there’s no question that the quality of the food is maintained to a high standard.
The menu comprises of the high-demand, quick selling items from the original Cafe Goodluck menu, in keeping with the general tone and requirements of a food court. You will find your favourite Bun-Maska, Irani Chai, Bun Omelette and Tava Keema offered in the selection.
The fresh, clean food is a refreshing change from the processed, frozen reheated food that is otherwise available in movie theatre food courts and QSR food chains. If you’re new to Pune, or have been enjoying the charming Bun-Maska for five decades, you must rush to this newest local pride to show them some love and support.