• Jayesh Paranjape

Cold Drink House: One of the Oldest Restaurants to Serve Mastani

Updated: Jul 31



Tucked away in a by- near Mandai, is the Cold Drink House, which has been in operation 1923. Run by the Gujar family, the restaurant is famous for their ‘doodh’ cold drink or ice-cream cold drink which we now know as mastani. Once you enter the shop, you are transported back to that era, thanks to the paintings, old photographs and advertisements for kokam sarbat and brahmi oil.


The most popular item on their menu is the mango mastani. Here, mango pulp is mixed with cold milk and a dollop of mango ice cream is then added. They top this with some freshly whipped cream and a cherry. The pulp comes from Shrivardhan in Konkan and the family makes the ice cream fresh at the shop. This might be the reason that the taste of the mango mastani is devoid of any artificial flavoring.


Another gem on their menu is the dahi ice cream which they have been serving since the 30’s, way before the current wave of Fro-Yo! The other must –haves on the menu are the malai kulfi, khus sarbat and the Bajirao mastani which is a mix of vanilla and pineapple flavors.


Address: Behind City Post, Near Dattamandir, Budhwar Peth, Pune

Timings: 11 am to 9 pm

Price: Rs. 75 for the Mango Mastani. Everything is in the range of Rs. 60 to 150!

Contact: 020 24473011

Getting there: If you are coming from Shaniwar Wada, at the Datta Mandir chowk (Kaka Halwai chowk), take the lane opposite the mandir. This lane is dotted with lottery shops which is hard to miss!


Photo Courtesy: Cold Drink House


Note:

The article was originally published on Whats Hot Pune. Read about it HERE.


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A true Punekar at heart, I am a traveller by passion and profession. Rustic and local flavours excite and inspire me while on my food explorations. In 2012, I founded The Western Routes a Pune-based travel company. Along with that, I also write restaurant reviews for Pune Times every Friday.

 

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