This Pune cafe gives a Royal Enfield in exchange for ending their ‘Bullet Thali’

Pune: This is just one New Calendar year problem introduced by a Pune restaurateur that is driving foodies and bicycle-enthusiasts ridiculous.

On Jan. 1, when Atul Waikar, the youthful owner of Shivraj Lodge on the Old Mumbai-Pune Freeway threw the gauntlet, folks rubbed their eyes in disbelief.

5 brand new, gleaming Royal Enfield Bullet bikes – each costing all-around Rs.1.70 lakhs – have been up on the firing line exterior the eatery, with a poster proclaiming the ‘Bullet Thali‘ problem, grabbing eyeballs, by the 30-yr-outdated Waikar, himself a bicycle aficionado.

“The supply is easy. If you want to acquire a no cost Royal Enfield Bullet bicycle, then gobble up my yummy non-vegetarian ‘Bullet Thali’ in 60 minutes flat,” Waikar advised IANS.

Akin to the Bullet bicycle, the Bullet Thali is not for the weak-tummied, smiled Waikar, as the challenge was poised to established the dollars registers roaring after the extensive Covid-19 pandemic lockdown.

It is a large ‘thaal’ (platter) with 16 starters and key dishes comprising a mouthwatering gourmand of fried surmai, pomfret, rooster in tandoori and masala, dry and grey mutton, prawn biryani, kebabs, numerous salads and other accompaniments – all whipped up by a battery of in excess of 4 dozen cooks.

Many arrived, observed, and ordered the ‘Bullet Thali’ but were knocked down the desk half-way, although the status of the problem has unfold considerably and vast now.

“Indeed! I also listened to it this week. I am now training to take in like a Bakasura, and then go for the obstacle,” a younger Pune medico, Dr. Reeana F. Irani, a foodie-cum-bicycle lover, enthusiastically informed IANS.

On learning of Shivraj Hotel, retired Mumbai Assistant Commissioner of Law enforcement Ashok Jadhav patted his trim center and wishfully informed IANS: “I am heading for the challenge. Hope to individual just one of the bikes there!”

Waikar who invested entirely in the new bikes, is happy with the response and is presently doling out about five dozen ‘Bullet Thalis’ to prospects – who eat less but ogle much more – at the two-wheelers exhibited outside.

Nonetheless, final week, there was an unassuming, roly-poly consumer who sauntered in, casually requested a ‘Bullet Thali’ and to the shock and shock of the overall packed cafe- rode away on one of the Bullets!

“The blessed winner was Somnath Pawar of Solapur. He completed the ‘Bullet Thali’ in underneath an hour and we formally gifted him a bike of his choice,” Waikar explained.

In addition to ‘Bullet Thali’, Shivraj Hotel has a gluttonous menu for his ravenous patrons — a Bakasur Hen Thali, Sarkar Mutton Thali, Exclusive Ravan Thali, Pahelwan Mutton Thali, and Malvani Fish Thali, each and every costing close to Rs.2,500.

Waikar, who began the eatery 8 decades ago just after his middle-university, consistently will come up with such innovative ideas to maintain the buyer and funds inflow continuous.

In an before competition, the resort challenged four people to end the staggering 8 kg Special Ravan Thali with a prize of Rs.5000 and the bill generously waived off.

Nestled in a corner of the lush eco-friendly hills of the Western Ghats, the cafe has just about turn out to be a landmark for its thalis, with lots of from Mumbai, Thane, Palghar, Pune, Nashik, Aurangabad, Satara, and other spots trooping in even for Sunday lunch/evening meal tagging along kinfolk and mates, Waikar explained.