The Vada Pav, also referred to as the 'poor man's burger,' is a popular street food among Mumbaikars. This batata vada sandwiched between two slices of a pav is a mouthwatering snack when served hot with spicy chutneys.
There are more than 50,000 vada pav stalls in Mumbai but some joints are a standout when it comes to serving the best vada pav in the city.
Here are five places that undoubtedly serve the best original Mumbaiyya vada pav
Ashok Vada Pav
Photo: Mayuresh Palekar
Located near Dadar’s Kirti College, Ashok Vada Pav is a favourite among vada pav lovers in Mumbai. Since 35 years, Ashok, also called Kirti College vada pav, has been serving vada pavs. Interestingly the chutney and the batter for the vada is prepared using 40 food items. The popular joint has found a mention in various food magazines and celebrities such as Madhuri Dixit, Jackie Shroff and Sushmita Sen often visit the place to enjoy vada pavs.
At: Ashok Vada Pav Stall, Off Cadel Road, Kirti College Lane, Prabhadevi, Mumbai-400028
Aaram Vada Pav
Located opposite CST station in South Mumbai, Aaram Milk Bar has been serving crispy vada pavs with red garlic chutney for over 70 years now.
At: Capital Cinema Building, Opposite CST Station, South Mumbai-400001
Graduate Vada Pav
Graduate is in the vada pav business since 17 years. It is a small stall located outside Byculla station that serves mouthwatering vada pavs with various options in chutneys. Around 2000 people visit Graduate’s stall daily to enjoy the famous snack.
At: Outside Byculla (West) station, South Mumbai-400008
Anand Vada Pav
Located opposite Mithibai college, Anand Vada Pav is frequented by Mumbaikars from all walks of life especially college students. Infact, Bollywood celebrites also visit Anand to enjoy the hot and spicy vada pavs.
At: Opposite Mithibai College, Vile Parle West, Mumbai-400056
Samrat Vada Pav
Samrat Vada Pav is located at Parleshwar in Ville Parle. Patrons swear by its vada pavs that are served with chopped coconut pieces to add a twist to the regular potato mix.
At: Nehru Road, Parleshwar, Vile Parle East, Mumbai-400057