Western areas of city of Pune have undergone enormous change over last decade and more. The areas of Aundh, Baner, Wakad, Hijawadi, Pimple Saudagar are the new upscale suburbs in the close proximity of IT park and various startups. Pune which is anyways was well known for its food culture, has grown even further, with many themed restaurants, bistros, specialty joints, hangout places, already dotted on the streets. This side of Pune even has its own high street-Balewadi High Street.
Other evening, we happened to be at similar upscale restro called The K Factory in Baner for a family food adventure. Yes, I call it food adventure. When I decide to eat out with family, I usually go for some unknown place and rather unknown food. I thought I should share my experience here. From the name, at least I got confused that it might be a kebab place. The adventure began right there! But it is not. I would say it is a fusion food restaurant. This fusion is not only in the items they serve, but also in their names too!
The location of the place is prime. It is right at the corner of road to Balewadi. See the map below.
The entrance slightly elevated with few steps to climb. It seems they have parking too at the basement. The green shaded signage board on the building is eye-catching. As you enter inside, you cannot miss the rustic look and feel of the restaurant. It was night time when we visited the place. The interior walls are unfinished, with bare-bone bricks still visible. The kitchen and counter is right near the main door, unlike other restaurants. The staff member wearing green t-shirt guided to our table. The table and seating was simple and comfortable. The moment we settled into them, we caught attention of big TV screen right in front of us. For a moment, I wondered whether we got into a sports bar or how.
Then the menu arrived. And the table suddenly became lively, with comments about food which is store for us here. We prefer vegan food, and fortunately, we had many choices. The menu had sections titled Soups, Salads, Flatbreads, Charcoal Grill, Paranthas, Nigiri, Baps & Baguettes, Sides, Small Bites, Large Bites etc. We were six of us and after lot of deliberation we ordered six different items. We skipped soups and salads. Fusilli Pasta with white sauce and Mushroom/Lentil Tonak from Small Bites section, Italian Khichadi from Large Bites section, Tandoor Roasted from Flatbreads section, and two paranthas from Paranthas section. We liked the Tonak that we ordered it second time as well. The flat bread was really flat and thin, probably was not enough.
As I said the menu is loaded fusion. You can get Konkani flavors, Japanese flavors(Nigiri, Teriyaki), Italian, and all that by the way mixed. I wished the desserts menu was bit elaborate. We did not have many options, and finally settled on couple of smoothies. The right side of the menu(which is price) is moderate for sure for the experience we got. Give it a try!