A taste of Mumbai's street food in Pune
There is a lot to like about street food across the country. Especially, from our neighbouring city, Mumbai. And Bombay Bhel is a cozy new place to savour the street food it has been named after. Love Baronia founder of the Bombay Bhel outlets says, “Bombay Bhel is an eatery run by foodies, for foodies in Pune, and Mumbaikars who stay here. The menu has been crafted to recreate the Indian urban street experience that is hygienic. The place also offers entertainment through unplugged music.”
Founders Love and Ketaki Baronia
The store is designed for take-away with stools for seating. They serve innovative avatars of chat, sandwiches and burgers.
His wife and co-founder, Ketaki Baronia adds, “We decided to create offerings that groups can share, and kept it fair on everyone’s wallet. The gourmet grilled sandwiches are designed to serve two to three adults, and the Monster Wiches are a meal for four to five adults.”
The bhel at Bombay Bhel
The Indies section has Indian street offerings with an international twist, whereas the Videshis section has a influences of Italian cuisine. Bombay Paani Puri, Bombay Bhel are priced at '100, and Vada Pav in its gourmet avatar costs Rs 150. It might seem pricey but the Garlic Pav bathed in butter and cheese with a dash of schezuan chutney, diced onions and potato chips aims to do justice to the price. The Club Wiches weigh 2kg (Rs 250 onwards), and the Monster Wiches weigh 4kg each (Rs 400 onwards).
The outlet of Bombay Bhel
Their bhel boasts of some unusual ingredients for the dish such as Omani dates. They offer free bhel to pregnant women too.
At: Bombay Bhel, off Apte Road, near Santosh Bakery.
Bhel for a cause
Bombay Bhel has launched the 1 million Bhel-a-thon project in association with Habitat for Humanity and Lions’ Club of Pune District to help generate funds to facilitate the construction of over 125 affordable homes in the flood-hit state of Jammu and Kashmir. They will share 50% of their revenue of first 10 lakh bhels to the victims.