The best eats around Mumbai's office districts: Our taste round-up
What should your road-side binge be while at work? Here are five stalls that make office-goers burp in delight
Inevitably, the best of Mumbai’s street food vendors gravitate towards its business districts. “For, we are the hungriest lot,” ventures Tausif Patel, a salesman at Malad’s HyperCity Mall. We’ve caught him during lunch time, and even as he speaks to us, the 25-year-old is busy cutting a chicken momo into two neat halves, dunking each into a fiery red Schezuan sauce, before popping them in his mouth. When the last has been devoured, he looks at the owner of the unnamed stall on MDP Road, Deepinder Payal (pronounced: pa-yaa-l), and gestures for another plate. The road is lined with stalls selling dosas, egg bhurji, chicken tikka and medu wada stalls. The stretch is busy, not just with vehicles, but with office-goers on a cigarette break, grabbing a quick bite before heading to work mode again.
Deepinder Payal serves steaming hot momos at MBP Road, Malad West. Pic/Sharad Vegda
At Payal’s stall is another regular customer, 21-year-old Serco employee Gayatri Rajwansh, who says, she makes it to Payal’s stall at least once a day. “They are steamed, healthy, and of course, cheap at Rs 20 for a plate of four,” she adds. His stall is the show-stopper on the road. For the last year, Payal, who hails from Haridwar, has been waking up at 8 am to make 500 semi-cooked momos. With his four-storeyed steamer, a jug of sauce and bag of momos, he sets his stall at 11 am and by 10 pm, he is sold out. Cashing in on the popularity of his paneer and chicken momos, he has opened four other outlets across
Payal’s however isn’t the only success story from Mumbai’s street-food hubs. Here are four other food stalls to hit when feeling the blues at work on Monday.
Egg locha roll at Kolkata Kati Roll, Andheri West. Pic/Sameer Sayed Abedi
Kolkata Kati Roll
In a bylane off Andheri Link Road, opposite Infinity Mall, ‘Kishan Bhaiya Roll wale’ as the chef calls himself, parks his food van, Kolkata Kati Roll every day. His most famous delicacy is the egg locha roll. The naan is flaky, buttery and moist, with a filling of a runny egg.
Cost: Rs 100
At Opera House
For the past five years, Lakhan Yadav has been selling khichya papad, made of rice and corn flour at Opera House.
He roasts the papad on a coal stove, and tops the wafer-thin base with finely-chopped onions, tomatoes and coriander. He sprinkles some salt, pepper and garam masala. And, no, his clientele are not just Sindhis.
Cost: Rs 30
At Princess Street
Started in 1973, Prahlad Bhatt started a tiny stall on the footpath of Dava Bazaar at Princess Street. Today, his sons, Praful (36) and Uday (33), serve farali foods i.e. food eaten during fasts. Their piping hot pattice, stuffed with coconut, dry fruits and potato, has a crunchy outer layer and a soft filling inside.
Cost: Rs 36 for two pieces
At three friends, with an experience of 12-15 years on Merchant Navy shifts, decided to put their training under Italian chefs on the job to good use.
Peace Soul Delicious is a two-month-old stall on Dr SS Rao Road serves Italian fare, along with sandwiches and burgers. Our pick is the creamy mushroom (in pic), a penne pasta in white sauce. Mama Mia!
Cost: Rs 150
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