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APPETITE FOR A STROLL Foodie Adventures, Simple Recipes, Musings on The Art of Eating and Vikram Karve’s Authentic Guide to Value For Money Food in Mumbai and Pune

November 30, 2008

APPETITE FOR A STROLL 

[Foodie Adventures, Simple Recipes, Musings on The Art of Eating and Vikram Karve’s Authentic Guide to Value For Money Food in Mumbai and Pune]


By


VIKRAM KARVE

 

I have recently written a Foodie Adventures Book – Appetite for a Stroll.

Please click the link and read the review of Appetite for a Stroll titled Food for Soul in the Indian Express [Pune] Sunday 7th September 2008 

http://www.indianexpress.com/story/358363.html

expressonline book review

http://www.expressindia.com/latest-news/Food-for-soul/358363/#

 

If you want to get a copy of the book just click the links below:

 

http://www.indiaplaza.in/finalpage.aspx?storename=books&sku=9788190690096&ct=2

 

http://books.sulekha.com/book/appetite-for-a-stroll/default.htm

 

 

I am sure you will enjoy reading the book, the delicious food at all the value for money eateries and cooking the recipes.


Happy Reading and Happy Eating

VIKRAM KARVE

http://vikramkarve.sulekha.com

 

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Aundh Food Walk

February 15, 2007

Aundh Food Walk

By

Vikram Karve

 

 

Come with me on a food walk in Aundh. Let’s start from the Body Gate or Bremen Chowk end of

DP Road

.

 

As you enter

DP Road

, to your right is a typical fruit juice bar cum pav bhaji open air place called Bala’s. I’m real hungry, so let’s move on.

 

There’s Baker’s Basket Cake shop to your left – it’s not my birthday, and cakes are not what I have in mind to satiate my pangs of hunger!

 

Just ahead there’s Bananas – a pizza, pasta fast food joint and Baskin Robbins. Looks good – maybe some other time.

 

Now we come to Deepak Sweets. Let’s stop and watch the cute young things relish  Bhel, Pani Puri, Chaat, Kachori, Samosas, Dhoklas and gorge on rasagullas and sweets.

 

Mann Dairy – Arguably the second best lassi in Pune (nearly as good as Shiv
Kailas opposite Pune Railway Station). A must on every food walk in Aundh. And next door is Radhika – an Idli / Dosa place. A little ahead on the opposite side of the road are Vishi’s and Mongini’s Snack and Bake shops. And just before Parihar Chowk is Arya’s pure veg and then there is a dark looking udipi managed permit room bar and restaurant of the ubiquitous type one sees outside every suburban railway station in Mumbai.

 

Cross the

ITI Road

and reach Parihar Sweets for a quick snack of Khasta Kachori, Samosa, Batata Vada and Jilebis. A little ahead is the unassuming Diwadkar [ of Karjat Batata Wada fame] an unpretentious down-to-earth eatery for Value For Money snacks.

 

Then comes my favorite multicuisine café named Polka Dots. Tasty food, but does not satiate!

 

And then we have the popular Shivsagar – A spruced up version of the ubiquitous Udipi eatery on finds in every nook and corner of Mumbai and Pune. And on the other side is the road is Jerry’s and Tasty Bite Takeaway. Doesn’t look appetizing. And the counter at Spencer’s.

 

DP Road

turns left and we come to Rasoi – a

Tandoori Place

which appears run of the mill and doesn’t look inviting. A furlong ahead is the classy Seasons and at the end

DP Road

, where it meets ITI road is Sarjaa – a Mughlai, Punjabi family place.

 

Turn left on

ITI Road

and you will cross
Kobe- the Sizzlers place, Pizza Hut, Pulse Ozone with its cafes and basement sweet stall called Kadai, a van selling Burgers and a lady making dosas.

 

And of course we have the newly opened McDonalds opposite Convergys and on the

Aundh Road

towards Khadki there’s the Spartan Irani-clone Maharashtra Restaurant, the Spicer’s Bakery stall and Babumoshai Bengali Sweets for roshogullas and lavang lata.

 

That’s all there is in Aundh. If you are a Foodie think twice before you decide to settle down in Aundh. You’ll have to go all the way to Camp or

Pune
City to relish authentic stuff.

 

 

VIKRAM KARVE

vikramkarve@sify.com

 

 

 

 

 

Mouthwatering Memories

February 2, 2007

AUTHENTIC MAHARASHTRIAN CUISINE IN MUMBAI

By

VIKRAM KARVE 

 

Mumbai is in
Maharashtra. You will get all genres and varieties of cuisine in Mumbai, but tell me, where would you go for authentic Maharashtrian Cuisine? My favorite place is Vinay near Thakurdwar in Girgaum.

 

When I used to stay at Churchgate, I used to walk down Marine Drive towards Chowpatty, cross the road near Taraporewala Aquarium, take the lane between Kaivalyadhama Yoga Centre and Savitribai Phule Ladies Hostel, (the lane is called Income Tax Lane), cross the railway overbridge at the southern end of Charni Road Station on the Western Railway, walk straight on Thakurdwar Road, cross Girgaum (JSS) Road, and continue walking till I reached Vinay on my right.

 

Have you ever tasted a dish called Misal? If you want to know what an authentic Misal tastes like, try the Misal at Vinay’s. It’s the signature dish of the place and I don’t think anyone else serves a better Misal than Vinay of Girgaum.

 

The place is always crowded and you may have to wait for a seat, but the sight of foodies voraciously eating and the gastronomic ambiance will help build up your appetite. The moment you sit down in the shiny bright eatery, with mirrors all around, order a Misal. Don’t delve too much on the contents, or the ingredients, which basically comprise an Usal, rassa (the spicy curry) and the garnish of sev, chiwda, farsan, onions, fresh corriander and green chillies, arranged in three tiers and served with a wedge of lemon. There are two bowls and spoons. Using both spoons, mix the contents thoroughly, squeeze the lemon, and eat. It’s hot, delicious; your tongue is on fire, my nose and eyes water – the true test of a genuine missal. Bash on regardless. (Never try to douse the appetizing zesty fire in your insides by sipping water or ruin the gastronomic experience by succumbing to a bite of pav or bread they may have the temerity to place alongside).

 

Pav with Bhaji or Vada may be fine, but if you want to savor the genuine taste of misal, and experience the ‘proof’ of the real stuff, it would be tantamount to sacrilege to have pav with misal. If you like things less spicy try Dahi Misal. The sweet cool curds (dahi), fiery chillis, zesty onions and spicy crisp chiwda-shev provide an excellent contrasting symbiosis of tastes and flavors..

 

If you do want to have something with pav, try the Patal Bhaji or Usal. Fresh soft bread drenched in the delicious gravies – it’s heavenly. You’ll find all the Maharashtrian specialties on the menu, including the Upas (Fast) food like sabudanyachi khichadi and wade, but you must go there and discover for yourself. There are quite a few exquisite preparations of pohe too. But remember to end with chilled piyush or mango lassi to savor a sweet end to a delightful repast.

 

If you are looking for Authentic Value For Money pure Vegetarian Maharashtrian Cuisine in Mumbai, head for Vinay – and you will carry mouthwatering memories of the place forever. And if you know of a place that serves a better Misal, please be so good as to inform me.

 

 

VIKRAM KARVE 

vikramkarve@sify.com

vikramkarve@hotmail.com

 

http://vikramkarve.sulekha.com

 

Misal

February 2, 2007

MISAL

(The Signature Dish of Maharashtra)

By

Vikram Karve

It’s pouring heavy rain, there is water all around, the rivers of Pune, the Mula and Mutha, are flowing in spate, I’m feeling wet and cold, and there’s nothing better to fire up your insides and perk you up than a hot spicy dish of Misal. Since I’m on Lakdi Pul, near Deccan, I head up Tilak Road to Ramnath, my old favorite.

I don’t delve too much on the contents, or the ingredients, which basically comprise an Usal, rassa (the spicy curry) and the garnish of sev, chiwda, farsan, onions, fresh corriander and green chillies, arranged in three tiers and served with a wedge of lemon. There are two bowls and spoons. Using both spoons, I mix the contents thoroughly, squeeze the lemon, and eat. It’s hot, delicious, my tongue is on fire, my nose and eyes water – the true test of a genuine missal. I bash on regardless. (Never try to douse the appetizing zesty fire in your insides by sipping water or ruin the gastronomic experience by succumbing to a bite of pav or bread they may have the temerity to place alongside).

Pav with Bhaji or Vada may be fine, but if you want to savor the genuine taste of misal, and experience the ‘proof’ of the real stuff, it would tantamount to sacrilege to have pav with misal.

The misal at Ramnath had peas in the Usal, but I prefer something sprouted like matki, moong or a combination, like they serve at Vinay on Thakurdwar Road in Girgaum in Mumbai. In fact, though Misal is the signature dish of Pune, I don’t think anyone in Pune serves a better misal than Vinay of Girgaum. ( If there is, do let me know).

I had my first taste of Misal way back in the sixties in a place called Santosh Bhavan near NMV School on the way to Appa Balwant Chowk from Laxmi Road in Pune, but looks like the place has disappeared.

Both Misal and Vada pav are Indian Fast-Foods, but Misal is certainly not a ‘junk’ food. If made with all the proper ingredients, it’s zesty, healthy, nourishing snack.

Dear fellow Foodies, do let me know where I can get a good fiery misal in Pune, where I have recently relocated after a long hiatus. Till then I’ll miss my Sunday morning lip-smacking misal at Vinay’s, which I religiously relished for the past six years in Mumbai, and have to make do with the fare at Ramnath.

VIKRAM KARVE

vikramkarve@sify.com

Nalli Nihari

February 2, 2007

HERITAGE CUISINE – Nalli Nihari

by

VIKRAM KARVE

 

(A Sumptuous Breakfast after a invigorating walk in the heart of Mumbai)

 

 

I start early, at dawn, from my house near Churchgate, admire, in the early morning pre-sunrise light, the impressive silhouettes of the magnificent Gothic structures of the High Court and Mumbai University across the Oval, hear the clock on Rajabai Tower strike six, walk briskly past Oxford Bookstore, KC College, CCI, Marine Plaza Hotel; cross the Marine Drive, turn right and start off towards Chowpatty, greeting with a smile the morning joggers and walkers, rinsing my lungs with the fresh invigorating sea breeze, and soon I am past Marine Lines, Taraporewala Aquarium, Charni Road, Chowpatty, Wilson College and at the end of Marine Drive. 

Here I ponder for a moment. Should I turn left up the

Walkeshwar Road

to Teen Batti and Banganga? Or should I turn right towards Babulnath; or should I turn back towards Nariman Point?  I experience a sense of true freedom. I can make whatever choice I want; go wherever I desire! 

 I choose to cross the road, and walk fast, straight up the steep path towards

Hanging
Gardens on Malabar Hill, trying to exercise my heart and lungs. I take a round of garden atop the water tank near Kamala Nehru Park (is it called Phirozeshah Mehta Udyan?), canter down to Kemp’s Corner where I turn right, a U-turn really, past Crossword Bookstore, down Hughes Road, left past Gamdevi , Nana Chowk and crossing the railway over-bridge keep going onto Grant Road passing Novelty Cinema , turn right at Delhi Durbar on Falkland Road, reach VP Road, walk past Gol Deval, Alankar cinema and there I am at Bhendi Bazar – my destination Noor Mohammadi Hotel in front of me across Mohamedali Road. 

 Almost two hours of brisk walking has built up in me a voracious appetite and I am ready to devour a sumptuous breakfast. I am hungry; and I eat only when I am hungry! 

I enter the Spartan no-nonsense eatery and order a Nalli Nihari and Roti. Within a minute a bowl of piping hot gravy, with a generous chunk of succulent meat floating in it, and a fluffy khaboosh roti is placed in front of me. I dip a piece of the soft roti in the spicy rich gravy, let it soak for a while, put it in my mouth and close my eyes to luxuriate in and relish the gastronomic experience in its entirety. 

 I can feel the juicy gravy soaked roti melting on my tongue, releasing its delicious flavours and spicy aroma which permeate into my soul.  I am in seventh heaven and keep on attaining higher states of sheer heavenly bliss with every succulent bite of the mouth watering concoction – they say it’s a bone marrow and wheat gravy, but I don’t delve too much on the contents of a dish – it’s the taste, delicacy, eating experience and ultimate divine feeling of satiation that matters. 

It’s a delectable beginning to a delightful day as the luscious taste of the delicious Nalli Nihari lingers on my tongue indefinitely. It’s epicurean satiation of the highest order – a blissful experience I can never forget. 

Dear Reader; if you happen to be in Mumbai and are ready for a sumptuous non-vegetarian breakfast, begin your day with Nalli Nihari at Noor Mohamadi in Bhendi Bazar. And don’t forget to tell me how you enjoyed it! Wasn’t it a fortifying and stimulating experience? 

 But remember; if you want to truly appreciate this splendid Heritage Gourmet Cuisine to its fullest, you must build up an appetite for it! Happy eating! 

 

VIKRAM KARVE                                     

E-mail :   vikramkarve@sify.com

http://vikramkarve.sulekha.com

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

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