Sure, Delhi might take the crown when it comes to the Ragda Pattice and the Gol Guppas, but Bombay too has its specialties when it comes to street food. Home to the quintessential Vada Pav and Pav Bhaji, here are my top picks for street food in Bombay. Yes, we have tons of non vegetarian options too!
Vada Pav at Anand Stall (Vile Parle-W)
Bombay’s most popular snack ; The Vada Pav is easy to make and you can see a Vada Pav stall at every nook and corner of Bombay, but if you haven’t tried out the award winning (literally) Vada Pav at Anand in Vile Parle you are definitely missing out, ask the Mithibai college kids if you don’t believe me!
The crisp potato patties or more commonly known as vadas are a perfect combination of mashed potatoes flavoured with garlic, chillies and coriander which is fried fresh and wrapped in a soft bun or Pav while it’s still piping hot makes for a delectable snack. The rock salt fried chillies are an added bonus. In addition to Vada Pavs you also get sandwiches, dosas, frankies etc. Oh and this little stall even has their own website. Go figure!
Cost For Two: Rs. 100
Location: Opp Mithibai College,Gumohar Road 1,Vile Parle
Rolls at Bademiya (Colaba)
Bademiya is famous even outside Bombay, whenever I have friends visiting me in Bombay; two things are always there on their list; and shopping at Colaba Causeway and a Tikka Roll at Bademiya. This little joint is the saviour of many Bombayites who after a long night of partying flock in herds to have their post 2.00 am snack here. Located right behind The Taj Mahal Palace Hotel, this open air kitchen has a larger following than Narendra Modi on Twitter! The menu has many options and is a meat eater’s paradise. My personal favourites are the Butter Chicken Roll and the Mutton Seekh Roll. The best part about this eatery is its operating hours- 7pm to 3am!
Cost for two: Rs. 500
Location: Tulloch road, Apollo bunder, Colaba
Parathas at Lassi Te Parrontthe (Bandra W)
While this Carter road stallish kind of a place may not necessarily be street food in the traditional sense, but hey as long as it’s cheap food and has a stall by the street I am going to consider it street food! Yes and for all those going, ‘This is that Carter road tattoowala place’, yes you are right
The very unconventional chef aka owner Nikhil whips up fresh hot and piping parathas as you attempt to watch without drooling all over the place. My personal favourite is their Gobi Paratha and the Spinach and Corn Paratha. Every Paratha is served with a pickle and curd and you can wash it down with some Chaas available at the stall. If you are lucky you may just hear him casually strum the guitar as well, totally depends on his mood though.
Cost for two: Rs. 250
Location: Cafe Coffee Day lane, Carter Road, Bandra
Prawn Fry at Jai Jawan (Bandra-W)
You have to shove and push your way through the maddening crowd that collects in front of this tiny eatery almost every day. Located on the busy Linking Road in Bandra, Jai Jawan has a limited menu with about 10 items listed but each one surpassing than the other. My personal favourites are the Punjabi Prawn Fry and Mutton Kheema Masala. I haven’t really tried any of the vegetarian options but going by the delicious non vegetarian food they make I am assuming the vegetarian dishes should fare well too.
Cost for to: Rs. 700
Location: Opp National college, Linking road, Bandra
Fruit Cream at Haji Ali Juice Center (Mahalaxmi)
This place is famous for its fruit creams and milk shakes. A wee bit overpriced but once you have their fruit creams you will forget about the pricing. I absolutely love their fresh Strawberry and Cream and if it happens to be summer then you should definitely try their Mango and Cream.
You don’t even have to get out of your car to place an order, they have attendants pacing up and down the street to come to your parked vehicle and take your order as well as deliver it over to your car. I have never tried anything besides their fruit creams and the occasional milk shake but this place is an absolute delight. It opens as early as 5 am and shuts at 1 am, making it the perfect takeaway joint on your way back from a late night out.
Cost for two: Rs. 600
Location: Lala Lajpat Rai Road,Haji Ali Circle, Mahalaxmi
Pav Bhaji at Sardar’s (Tardeo)
Pav Bhaji is best served with loads of butter and toasty tawa grilled buns, and no one does it better than Sardar’s. A mild heart attack is well worth this buttery delight. A finely mashed vegetable laden gravy with hot buns make for the perfect Pav Bhaji, so if you are from Tardeo or are ever heading to that part of town, do ask for directions to Sardar’s and go taste Bombay’s best Pav Bhaji. Don’t expect much in terms of ambience, service or even finding a seat for that matter, it’s always crowded but I guess that speaks for the quality of food now doesn’t it?!
Cost for two: Rs. 200
Location: Tardeo rd junction, opp. bus depot, Tardeo
Egg Bhurji at Khurshid’s (Vile Parle-W)
Khurshid’s has been my personal saviour after many late nights, nothing tastes better than greasy Egg Bhurji and tawa toasted buns after you are a down a couple of beers. Tucked away in a corner this is a popular haunt with the suburban Bombay crowd especially at the wee hours of the night. One of the few places to serve cheap, filling and delicious food even at 2.30 am Khurshid’s hits all the right spots. If you aren’t particularly looking at non veg you can even opt for their Pav Bhaji.
Cost for two: Rs. 200
Location: Opp. Vodafone store, JVPD, Vile Parle (W)
Amar Juice Center (Vile Parle-W) for Pav Bhaji and Tawa Pulav
Bachelorr’s (Marine Drive) for juices and milkshakes