I have been going to Vaishali since I was a little kid and I think what I love the most about it is that it seems to have stood still in time. The interiors seem the same, many of the servers are the same and the food is always, always the same consistent quality.
What has changed are the prices (!) and the new sprinklers that they added for the summer.
To many people, Vaishali is a place filled with rude waiters who hand you the bill as soon as you say you have no more orders to place, a place that is over crowded, a place where it takes a minimum of 15 minutes to get a table on any day and a place that is over rated.
For me, Vaishali is a place that feels like home and which can never go wrong. I know I can meet up with old friends at Vaishali and they will all happily agree without any debate. I know if I reach Vaishali by 12:30 pm for a quick bite on weekdays, I can be out of there by 1:15 pm. And I know Vaishali is where they will have my favorite idlis (sambhar separate), Mysore sada dosa and SBDP (extra teekha)!
If you want to experience 'Puneri culture', I strongly recommend you grab a bite in Vaishali. Even if the restaurant is over hyped, it's the perfect place to understand Pune's culture.
Early mornings you will find a slightly older crowd enjoying the upma after a walk or after playing some sport. Don't be surprised if you hear them discussing about politics, art or theatre! In the afternoon, you will experience the younger generation - the college students, office goers and some ladies' kitty parties. I love the fact that people are discussing about where to get the cheapest bags on one table, people discussing India's industrial growth rate on another table and women swapping recipes to make 'Khaman Dhokla' on a table further away! The evening and night times, you will find families, grumbling about the wait to get a table or happily discussing their day together!
For me, going to Vaishali is a trip down memory lane. . . A place where me and my friends reminiscence about our school and college days!
I highly recommend this place!