“Fast food doesn’t have to be junk food” – Anonymous
The fast life in Mumbai makes fast food very popular amongst the people here. Amongst the wide variety of available fast food options, the relatively healthier yet most comforting and satiating forms of fast food continue to be the purely vegetarian Maharashtrian fast food and snacks which include Kanda-pohe, missal, sabudana wade, vada-pav, etc; that most office-goers and commuters feast on regularly till date, commonly pairing these with a cup of piping hot tea!
The decor and ambience is simple and minimalistic yet clean and tidy and adequately lit.
These large, light and crispy wadas were their version of Maharashtra’s traditional deep fried snack. The crispy fried exterior of golden brown sago pearls revealed a moist, flavourful and mildly spicy mixture of sago, potatoes and chillies with an intermittent crunch imparted by groundnuts, within.
These mashed potato patties with a with a thin, crispy fried exterior were stuffed with a mildly spicy filling of green peas. It would have been a better treat if it wasn’t for the tad bit dry consistency of the filling within.
These fritters made of coriander and spices blended into chickpea batter,had a wonderfully crispy fried crust with a relatively soft core and revealed a vivid bright and mild citrusy flavour of coriander in every bite!
The combination of the subtle flavour and pleasant nuttiness (reminiscent of that of spinach) of the colocasia leaves and the thick, spicy and tangy batter of well seasoned and ground chickpeas generously smeared onto them, could have easily been a super hit had it not been tad too oily a treat.
This was an absolutely refreshing and cool drink with a smooth and well balanced sweet-sour taste of kokam.
The piyush served here was a perfectly thick, luscious, creamy, smooth and sweet drink owing to the perfect blend of buttermilk and shrikhand. The use of saffron and cardamom imparted a hint of spice and warmth to this sweet blend.
This is a typical no-nonsense, eat-pay-leave kinda place with swift service where you might have to share a table with strangers. The attendants are very energetic and equally polite.
Our elaborate meal here cost us around 310 INR.
Beverages – 5/5
Food quality – 4/5
Food quantity – 4/5
Ambience – 3/5
Service – 4/5