Mumbai food: Get creative lunch options with pav sandwiches
A new Worli-based delivery kitchen serves your favourite tandoor dishes stuffed inside pav sandwiches
It's tough to not have a soft corner for pav. In our opinion, it tastes best when eaten fresh out of the oven, with the crust revealing a toasty, soft-as-a-cloud centre the moment you sink your teeth in. That said, there's no denying that this humble little bread acts as the perfect packaging for almost any kind of filling, making it simple to have your snack on the go. Enter Pav-O-Licious, which hopes to be your preference for all things pav. The delivery kitchen, based in Worli, offers vegetarian and non-vegetarian fillings, much like the runaway hit Pack-a-Pav, whose stalls cater to the crowds in and around Bandra and Juhu.
Chicken Tikka Pav
We order five items for lunch on a weekday. The Chicken Tikka Pav (Rs 160; two pieces) is exactly what you'd expect it to be — tender tandoor-cooked meat goes into the pav, which is slathered in a piquant hung curd and tandoori masala, and then topped with birista (fried onion). The Bharwan Mushroom Tikka Pav (Rs 150) uses the same sauces, but swaps the meat for button mushrooms, the taste of which is, unfortunately, overpowered by the masala.
Basil Chicken Pav
Our favourites are the Basil Chicken Pav and the Mutton Seekh Kebab Pav (Rs 160 each). The former features chicken chunks encased in a smattering of silken basil chutney and hung curd, while the latter pairs perfectly spiced seekh kebab with the same red masala that goes into some of the earlier-mentioned pavs.
Mutton Seekh Kebab Pav
For dessert, there's just one option — Nutella Pav. While indulgent, this pav could have done with a twist of some sort. Priced at Rs 160, it seems like too much to shell out for something you could whip up at home, several times over, by spending just a little bit more on a jar of the chocolate-hazelnut spread.
Although we have zero complaints when it comes to the flavours and treatment of meat, currently, the menu is limited and offers only Indian, and mostly tandoor, fillings. Moreover, even the pastes used in the pavs come in only two variants — basil and red chutney. We're hoping that Pav-O-Licious will include more flavours and cover different cuisines in order to appeal to a diverse customer base.
DELIVERY AREAS: Prabhadevi to Kemps Corner
TIME: 11 am to 3.30 pm, 7 pm to 11.30 pm (till 2 am on Fridays and Saturdays)
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