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Mumbai Good Food Guide

February 1, 2007

MY FAVOURITE FOOD AND WHERE I EAT IT

( Vikram Karve’s Good Food Guide to eating out in Mumbai)

By

VIKRAM KARVE

 

 

 

I love good food. And I love walking around searching for good food ( food walks I call them). Let me share with you, dear fellow foodie, some of my favourite eateries. Most of them are in
South Mumbai, where I live, a few (where mentioned) are in Pune which is my home town which I visit quite often. Read on. It’s my very own Vikram Karve’s  Value For Money Good Food Guide. I’ve walked there and eaten there. It’s a totally random compilation as I write as I remember and I may have missed out some of my favourites but I’ll add them on as and when memory jogs me and also keep adding new places I discover during my food walks. Try some places and let me know whether you liked it.
 

Vada Pav  – CTO Vada Pav (Ashok Satam’s Stall) alongside the Central Telegraph Office (CTO) at Flora Fountain ( Hutatma Chowk). Or at Sahaydri at Churchgate. 

Misal Pav – Vinay in Girgaum . Walk down Marine Drive, cross the road near Taraporewala Aquarium, take the lane between Kaivalyadhama Yoga Centre and Ladies Hostel ( it’s called Income Tax Lane), cross the railway overbridge, walk straight on Thakurdwar Road, cross Girgaum (JSS) Road, walk a bit and Vinay is to your right.  

Kheema Pav – Stadium. Next to Churchgate Station.  Kyani at Dhobi Talao. 

Seekh Kebabs – Ayubs ( Chotte Mian ). Take the lane to the left of Rhythm House Music Store at Kalaghoda and let your nose guide you.  

Jeera Butter – Ideal Bakery. Kandewadi, Girgaum. And try the sugarcane juice at Rasvanti next door. 

Chicken Stew ( Kerala Style), Malabar Paratha, Mutton Korma, Fish Curry and Appams –

Fountain
Plaza. In the lane off Handloom House. Fort. [ Brings back nostalgic memories of Ceylon Bake House in Ernakulam Kochi (
Cochin) ] 

Chicken Biryani
Olympia. Colaba Causeway. In Pune it’s Dorabjee & Sons restaurant on Dastur Meher road off Sarbatwala Chowk in Pune Camp.
 

Mutton Biryani – Shalimar. Bhendi Bazaar. I like the Chicken Chilly  and Raan  – it’s exquisite, like Karim’s of
Delhi.
 

Malvani Cuisine – Sachivalaya Gymkhana Canteen. Opposite Mantralaya. Nariman Point. Bombil Fry, Pomfret masala, Kombdi (Chicken) Vada and Lunch Thali. 

Gomantak Cuisine – Sandeep Gomantak.

Bazargate Street

. Fort. 

Chiken Masala and Khaboosh Roti – Baghdadi. Near Regal. Off Colaba Causeway. 

Nihari – Jaffer Bhai’s Delhi Darbar. Near Metro. 

Nalli Nihari – Noor Mohammadi. Bhendi Bazaar. 


Berry Pulao – Brittania. Ballard Estate. 

Puri Bhaji – Pancham Puriwala.

Bazargate street

. Opposite CST Station (VT). 

Kolhapuri Cuisine – I go to ‘Purepur Kolhapur’ at Peru Gate Sadashiv Peth in Pune for authentic Kolhapuri Pandhra Rassa,   Tambda Rassa and Kheema vati. In
Kolhapur it’s Opal.
 

Gulab Jamun – Kailash Parbat. 1st

Pasta Lane

. Colaba Causeway. 

Rasgulla – Bhaishankar Gaurishankar. CP Tank. 

Khichdi – Khichdi Samrat.

VP Road

. CP Tank. 

Vegetarian Thali and Chaas(buttermilk) – Bhagat Tarachand. Mumbadevi. Zaveri Bazar. Samrat, Churchgate. 

Navrattan Kurma – Vihar.

JT Road

. Shanker Jaikishan Chowk. Opp Samrat. Churchgate. 

Veg Burger and Chicken Cafreal Croissant – Croissants. Churchgate. 

Tea while browsing books – Cha-Bar.
Oxford Bookstore. Churchgate.
 

Just a refreshing cup of Tea, Irani style  – Stadium. Churchgate. 

Ice Cream – Rustoms, Churchgate and Bachellor’s, Chowpatty. 

Pav Bhaji – Lenin Pav Bhaji Stall. Khau Galli. New Marine Lines. Near SNDT. 

Jalebi – Pancharatna Jalebi House. Near Roxy. Opera House. 

Milk Shakes, Juices and uniquely flavored ice creams – Bachelor. Opposite Chowpatty. 

Stuffed Parathas – Samovar.

Jehangir
Art
Gallery. 

Stuffed Omlettes and Steaks – Churchill. Colaba Causeway. 

Sea food – Anant Ashram. Khotachiwadi. Girgaum. 

Apple Pie and Ginger Biscuits – Yazdani Bakery.

Cawasji Patel Street

. Between PM Road and

Veer Nariman Road

. Fort. 

Cakes – Sassanian Boulangerie. 1st

Marine Street

. Near Metro. 

Buns, Breads and Pastries – Gaylord Bake Shop. Churchgate. 

Falooda – Badshah. Crawford Market. 

Curds – Parsi dairy. Princess Street. 

Sandwiches – Marz-o-rin.

Main Street

.

MG Road

. Pune. 

Chole Bhature – Monafood.

Main Street

. Pune. 


Shrewsbury Biscuits – Kayani Bakery.

East Street

. Pune. 

The mere thought of
Shrewsbury biscuits evokes in me a sensation I cannot describe. I am feeling nostalgic and am off to Pune – for Shrewsbury at Kayani, wafers at Budhani, Sev Barfi at Bhavnagri, Amba Barfi and Bakarwadi at Chitale, Biryani and Dhansak at Dorabjee, Misal at Ramnath, Sizzlers at The Place, Pandhra Rassa at Purepur Kolhapur, Mango Ice Cream at Ganu Shinde, Mastani at Kavare, Bhel at Saras Baug and on the banks of Khadakvasla lake, Pithla Bhakri, Kanda Bhaji and tak on top of Sinhagarh Fort, Chinese at Kamling ( Oh no. Sadly it’s closed down so I’ll go across to the end of

East Street

to the East End Chinese takeaway next to Burger King).And guess what? The moment I reach Pune, I’ll walk across the station and enjoy a refreshing Lassi at Shiv Kailas. And then walk down in the hot sun to

Main Street

. One thing I’ll miss is the non-veg samosas at erstwhile Naaz on the
West End corner at the entrance to

Main Street

. The good old Naaz and Kamling are two places I really miss. 

See you then. It’s one in the afternoon and I’m hungry. I’m going out for lunch – guess where ! 

Right now I’m near Aundh in Pune – Anyone know any good food places around here? 

Dear fellow foodies. Please do send in your comments so I can keep updating. Happy Eating !  

VIKRAM KARVE

 

vikramkarve@sify.comvikramkarve@hotmail.com 

 

 

GOOD FOOD GUIDE TO EATING OUT IN MUMBAI AND PUNE

February 1, 2007

EATING OUT IN
SOUTH MUMBAI AND PUNE – PART 1

MY FAVOURITE FOOD AND WHERE I EAT IT

(Vikram Karve’s Good Food Guide to eating out in
South Mumbai and Pune)

VIKRAM KARVE

 

 

 

I love good food. And I love walking around searching for good food – on my frequent ‘food walks’ as I call them. Let me share with you, dear fellow foodie, some of my favourite eateries. Most of them are in
South Mumbai, near Churchgate, where I lived for six of the best years of my life, a few (where mentioned) are in Pune which is my home town and where I stay now.

 

Read on. It’s my very own Vikram Karve’s  Value For Money Good Food Guide. I’ve walked there and eaten there. It’s a totally random compilation as I write as I remember and I may have missed out some of my favourites but I’ll add them on, in subsequent parts, as and when memory jogs me and also keep adding new places I discover during my food walks and trails. Try some places and let me know whether you liked it.

 

Vada Pav   – CTO Vada Pav (Ashok Satam’s Stall) alongside the Central Telegraph Office (CTO) at Flora Fountain ( Hutatma Chowk). Or at Sahaydri at Churchgate. In Pune, the ubiquitous Joshi or Rohit Vadewale but their vadas are not as crisp or zesty as Mumbai’s CTO vada.

 

Misal PavVinay Health Home in Girgaum . Walk down Marine Drive, cross the road near Taraporewala Aquarium, take the lane between Kaivalyadhama Yoga Centre and Ladies Hostel ( it’s called Income Tax Lane), cross the railway overbridge, walk straight on Thakurdwar Road, cross Girgaum (JSS) Road, walk a bit and Vinay is to your right. In Pune try Ramnath on

Tilak Road

or Bedekar in Narayan Peth.

 

Kheema PavStadium. Next to Churchgate Station.  Kyani at Dhobi Talao.

 

Seekh KebabsAyubs (Chotte Mian). Take the lane to the left of Rhythm House Music Store at Kalaghoda and let your nose guide you. Or else head for Bade Mian near Regal or Sarvi at Nagpada.

 

Jeera Butter – Ideal Bakery. Kandewadi, Girgaum. And try the sugarcane juice at Rasvanti next door.

 

Chicken Stew ( Kerala Style), Malabar Paratha, Mutton Korma, Fish Curry and Appams –

Fountain
Plaza
. In the lane off Handloom House. Fort. [Brings back nostalgic memories of Ceylon Bake House in Ernakulam Kochi (
Cochin)]

 

Chicken Biryani
Olympia. Colaba Causeway. In Pune it’s Dorabjee & Sons restaurant on Dastur Meher road off Sarbatwala Chowk in Pune Camp or Goodluck in
Deccan.

 

Mutton BiryaniShalimar. Bhendi Bazaar. I like the Chicken Chilly  and Raan  – it’s exquisite, like Karim’s of
Delhi.

 

Dabba Gosht
Delhi Darbar,

Grant Road

or Colaba. In Pune try Sadanand at Baner.

 

Malvani Cuisine – Sachivalaya Gymkhana Canteen. Opposite Mantralaya. Nariman Point. Bombil Fry, Pomfret masala, Kombdi (Chicken) Vada and Lunch Thali.

 

Gomantak Cuisine – Sandeep Gomantak.

Bazargate Street

. Fort.

 

White Chicken, Dabba Gosht, Chiken Masala and Khaboosh RotiBaghdadi. Near Regal. Off Colaba Causeway.

 

Nihari Jaffer Bhai’s Delhi Darbar. Near Metro.

 

Nalli NihariNoor Mohammadi. Bhendi Bazaar.

 


Berry PulaoBrittania. Ballard Estate.

 

Puri Bhaji – Pancham Puriwala.

Bazargate street

. Opposite CST Station (VT).

 

Kolhapuri Cuisine – I go to ‘Purepur Kolhapur’ at Peru Gate Sadashiv Peth in Pune for authentic Kolhapuri Pandhra Rassa,   Tambda Rassa and Kheema vati. In
Kolhapur it’s Opal.

 

Gulab JamunKailash Parbat. 1st

Pasta Lane

. Colaba Causeway.

 

RasgullaBhaishankar Gaurishankar. CP Tank.

 

KhichdiKhichdi Samrat.

VP Road

. CP Tank.

 

Vegetarian ThaliBhagat Tarachand. Mumbadevi. Zaveri Bazar. And of course, Samrat, Churchgate. In Pune it’s Shreyas on

Apte Road

and

Satara Road

, Panchami on

Satara Road

and Durvankur on

Tilak Road

.

 

Navrattan KurmaVihar.

JT Road

. Shanker Jaikishan Chowk. Opp Samrat. Churchgate.

 

Veg Burger and Chicken Cafreal Croissant – Croissants. Churchgate. Or Burger King at the end of

East Street

in Pune.

 

Tea while browsing books – Cha-Bar.
Oxford Bookstore. Churchgate.

 

Just a refreshing cup of Tea, Irani style  Stadium. Churchgate. Goodluck, Pune.

 

Ice CreamRustoms, Churchgate and Bachellor’s, Chowpatty (green chilli ice cream). In Pune Ganu Shinde and Kawre on

Laxmi Road

. Or Gujar Mastani House on

Satara Road

near City pride for the unique delicious thirst quenching Mastani.

 

Pav Bhaji – Lenin Pav Bhaji Stall. Khau Galli. New Marine Lines. Near SNDT. Sardar, Tardeo. Sukh Sagar, Opera House.

 

Jalebi Pancharatna Jalebi House. Near Roxy. Opera House.

 

Milk Shakes, Juices and uniquely flavored ice creams – Bachellor’s. Opposite Chowpatty.

 

Stuffed ParathasSamovar.

Jehangir
Art
Gallery. Chaitanya, opp

Fergusson
College, Pune

 

Grilled Meat, Sizzlers and SteaksChurchill. Colaba Causeway. Sundance, Churchgate. Sassanian, near Metro. Alps, behind Taj,
Kobe
and Sizzlers The Place on

Moledina Road

next to Manney’s in Pune.

 

Sea food – Anant Ashram. Khotachiwadi. Girgaum. And so many places around Fort – Mahesh, Apoorva, Trishna, Fountain Inn, Bharat, Ankur .

 

Non Veg Multi Cuisine – Jimmy Boy near

Horniman Circle

 

Apple Pie and Ginger Biscuits – Yazdani Bakery.

Cawasji Patel Street

. Between PM Road and

Veer Nariman Road

. Fort.

 

Cakes – Sassanian Boulangerie. 1st

Marine Street

. Near Metro.

 

Buns, Breads and Pastries – Gaylord Bake Shop. Churchgate.

 

Falooda – Badshah. Crawford Market. Shalimar, Bhendi Bazar.

 

Curds – Parsi Dairy. Princess Street.

 

Sandwiches – Marz-o-rin.

Main Street

.

MG Road

. Pune.

 

Chole Bhature – Monafood.

Main Street

. Pune. Darshan,

Prabhat Road

Pune.

 

Shrewsbury Biscuits and Choco-Walnut cake– Kayani Bakery.

East Street

. Pune.

 

The mere thought of
Shrewsbury biscuits evokes in me a sensation I cannot describe. I am feeling nostalgic and am off to Pune – for Shrewsbury at Kayani, wafers at Budhani, Sev Barfi at Bhavnagri, Amba Barfi and Bakarwadi at Chitale, Mutton Biryani and Dhansak at Dorabjee, Misal at Ramnath, Sizzlers at The Place, Pandhra Rassa at Purepur Kolhapur, Mango Ice Cream at Ganu Shinde, Mastani at Kavare, Bhel at Saras Baug and on the banks of Khadakvasla lake, Pithla Bhakri, Kanda Bhaji and tak on top of Sinhagarh Fort, Chinese at Kamling (Oh no. Sadly it’s closed down so I’ll go across to the end of

East Street

to the East End Chinese takeaway next to Burger King).

 

And guess what? The moment I reach Pune, I’ll walk across the station and enjoy a refreshing Lassi at Shiv Kailas. And then walk down in the hot sun to

Main Street

. One thing I’ll miss is the non-veg samosas at erstwhile Naaz on the
West End corner at the entrance to

Main Street

. The good old Naaz and Kamling are two places I really miss.

 

See you then. It’s one in the afternoon and I’m hungry. I’m going out for lunch – guess where !

 

Right now I’m near Aundh in Pune and I’m busy discovering interesting eating places. The multicuisine Polka Dots at Parihar Chowk for it’s Roasts, Season’s and Sarjaa for family dining, rasoi looks promising, Spicers for Lamingtons and cakes et al, Babumoshai for roshogullas and lavang lata, Shiv Sagar for Pav Bhaji, and the usual Udipi fare, a place called Thomson which claims to serve Kerala cuisine which I’m planning to try but did not venture into as it was deserted (crowded ambience and busy rapid turnover are the leitmotif of a good eatery),  Diwadkars for Bhel, Vada Pav, Misal and Mann Dairy for a delicious lassi.

 

I foodwalked in Aundh and was thoroughly disappointed. In Aundh there are all the usual fast food pizza and burger joints, some high falutin restaurants and a few nondescript commonplace characterless eateries serving run of the mill stuff; but sadly there are very few authentic value for money down-to-earth no nonsense Spartan eateries around here where I can relish genuine cuisine to my heart’s delight.

 


South Mumbai is a foodie’s delight! Sadly, Aundh is certainly not a foodie destination. Or is it? Anyone know any good value for money food eateries around here? Or do I have to go all the way to

Pune
City or Camp?

 

Dear fellow foodies. Please do send in your comments so I can keep updating.

 

Happy Eating !

 

VIKRAM KARVE

 

vikramkarve@sify.com

vikramkarve@hotmail.com

 

 

http://vikramkarve.sulekha.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

KACHORI – MY FAVORITE FAST FOOD

February 1, 2007

MY FAVORITE FAST FOOD

By

VIKRAM KARVE

 

 

My wife observes and indulges in (and consequently subjects me to) all types of fasts. She fasts on Mondays, Chaturthies and any occasion she wants to fast. Actually, her “fasts” are not true fasts in the rigorous real sense, only a change of food, to what I call “fast food” which is quite delicious and maybe a bit more calorie-rich than normal food (that’s the “fast food” I’m referring to, not the burgers and pizza you thought!).

 

My favorite fast food is the Kachori. No! No! It’s not the scrumptious Rajasthani style lip-smacking Khasta Kachori I’m referring to, but the Sweet Kachori served by most Udipi eateries in and around Mumbai and Pune.

 

Take boiled mashed potato, add a bit of sabudana peeth (sago flour) for binding, a pinch of salt and sugar and knead into a dough.

 

Roast fresh juicy grated coconut with sugar, khus khus, dry fruit like raisins, cashews, till it is nice and crispy “khamang” – and your filling is ready.

You must roast in pure ghee, as oil is not permitted on a “fast”.

 

Make largish round patties with the potato dough on the outside and a  generous portion of the roasted sweet coconut filling inside and deep fry till nicely crusty, crisp and light brown and your sweet kachori is done (fast and simple isn’t it?).

 

Serve with a katori of whipped sweetened curds and your “fast food” is ready to eat.

 

You will be tempted to break a piece of Kachori, dip it in the curds and then eat it – don’t do it, that’s not the right way to eat sweet kachori and you’ll ruin the experience as the concoction will turn soggy. What you must do is to place a chunk of crisp hot kachori on your tongue and close your eyes. Now savor the “khamang” crunchy taste of the lively roasted coconut filling for some time, then press your tongue on your palate and roll till the heavenly sweet filling and the crisp potato covering amalgamate. It’s really yummy!

 

Now is the time to pop in a spoon of sweet curds, and let the feisty assortment of flavors dance and mingle on your tongue till the food dissolves in your mouth and disappears into you giving you a feeling of supreme satisfaction. [I once saw a movie called “Blow Hot Blow Cold” in the seventies – the art of eating a sweet kachori is similar: hot and cold, hot and cold, crunchy and soft, crunchy and soft, sweet and sour, sweet and sour!].

 

I first tasted the sweet kachori at a place called Apsara near Hirabaug on

Tilak Road

in Pune. It’s still my favorite. Vihar, at Churchgate in Mumbai, serves an excellent sweet kachori too; and I’m sure you’ll find it on the menu of almost all Udipi restaurants.

 

So next time you want to relish your “fast” you know which “fast food” to eat, in addition to the usual sabudana khichadi, sabudana wade and ratalyacha kees.

 

Happy fasting!

 

 

VIKRAM KARVE

vikramkarve@sify.com

 http://vikramkarve.sulekha.com

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