1. Pav Bhaji at Cannon Pav Bhaji Stall, VT
Although there are variety of Pav Bhaji available at various stalls and street restaurants in Mumbai, nothing can beat Cannon Pav Bhaji right outside Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (VT) near Capital Cinema towards Azad Maidan. The recipe for this pav bhaji is closely guarded by the owner!
Run and managed by ladies for the last 40 years, this is a stand and eat type place which attracts a huge crowd, both from everyday commuters as well as the occasional visitors of VT. It’s always a pleasure to stroll down the peaceful boulevard of Marine Drive and then eat the buttery Pav Bhaji at Cannon.
2. Mysore Masala Dosa, Outside Sophia College, Bhulabai Desai Road
Crispy at the edges, pulpy and soft towards the centre, Anna’s (We called him Anna) Mysore Masala Dosa is not just the favorite of all Sophia girls crowding near the stall but also the high profile residents staying in close proximity – Breach Candy, Warden Road, Pedder Road as well as Kemps Corner. The preparation and style of making the Dosa is quite unique than what is served in various other places. Even, the mouth-watering Chinese Dosa served here makes one go waah-wow in delight. This Dosa Stall has also been recommended by CNN Travel.
3. Vada Pav, Opposite Mithibai College, Vile Parle West
I am yet to understand why Vada Pav of restaurants, famous joints and even hotels never taste as good as on the streets. Perhaps its a crime to eat Vada Pav anywhere else other than the streets. And on the streets, it definitely has to be Dheeraj Vada Pav right opposite Mithai Bai college where the crowd from both Mithibai and NM college raids the stall from all sides. The specialty of this place other than the yummy Vadas is that the Pav is filled with butter. Besides, how can I miss the tasty green chutney which the stall offers!
4. Misal Pav, Mamledar Kacheri, Thane West
Although Puneris can never stop boasting about yummy theekat (spicy) Misal Pav available in Pune, all their ravings stop after a palate of Misal Pav in Mamledar Kacheri (Though they might still not agree).
It serves the best theekat Misal Pav that all the Misal Pav fanatics crave for. Spicy, chilly so much that you’ll be teary eyed, this is the best place to eat Misal Pav in Mumbai.
5. Falooda At Badshah, Crawford Market
How can one miss the tasty royal faloodas at the Badshah after a tedious shopping at the busy and overcrowded Crawford Market. A great pick on a hot and humid day, nothing can refresh you more than the luscious varieties of Falooda available at Badshah. The hot favourite for this cool drink is rose flavour.
6. Baida Roti, Bade Miya, Colaba
Minced meat (Kheema) topped with Baida (egg) and filled in square shaped roti, this is one of the most favorite dish of Mumbai served best at Bade Miya in Apollo Bunder area of Colaba. A heaven for non vegetarians, Bade Miya will never leave you empty stomach even when all the pubs and restaurants are closed in the night. From famous Bollywood actors to cricketers and even industrialists cannot stop raving about the famous baida roti, kebabs, gurda fry available at Bade Miya’s
7. Juices, Haji Ali Juice Centre, Mahalakshmi
All the devotees after paying their respect at Mahalakshmi Mandir and Haji Ali Dargah often head for a sip of variety of Juices available here at Haji Ali Juice Centre. They have some one of a kind juices with their own innovations and creations. The sitafal cream and the sitafal milk shake is one of their most luscious and creamy treat.
8. The Bombay Sandwich, Sandwich Wallah Outside Xavier’s College, VT
Sandwich is one of the most loved fast food of Mumbai as it is often said, “When it doubt, hog a sandwich!” If you are in South Mumbai and looking for a street sandwich wallah, you certainly cannot miss the tasty sandwiches outside Xavier’s College whose stall is roughly the same size as that of your study table or even less. Also, Gupta Sandwiches in Sector 17 Vashi, Navi Mumbai is quite famous for his variety of between the bread menus.
9. Bhel Puri, Stalls Outside Chowpatty
Bhel Puri, the most common chaat of Mumbai is one of the best and most cherished street food among all the ages. Almost every Bhel Puri walla outside offices, gardens and various hot spots across Mumbai have their after 6pm fan following.
Each bhel puri walla bhaiya has his own unique way of mixing and blending the mixture up in the air. If you are looking to taste Bhel Puris do visit the stalls outside the 3 Chowpatty’s (beaches) of Mumbai – Juhu, Dadar and Girgaum.
10. Zunka Bhakar, Any Zhunka Bhakar Kendra
A Maharashtian cuisine, Zunka is made of chopped onion along with chickpea flour while Bhakar is bhakri made from jowar. It is the common food of farmers across Maharashtra. It got famous in Mumbai after Shiv Sena government in Maharashtra opened several Kendras all over Mumbai overnight to keep certain section of society employed.
By: Deepti Verma
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