I feel immensely proud to be a foodie…. Unquestionably, this makes me hungry the moment I talk or even think of food. And this brings me back to what I was thinking before I grabbed the notepad to pen my thoughts – i.e. Vada Pav!
Some cities have an amazing relationship with food especially Street food. For instance, Delhi famous for chole bhature, Bangalore Akki Roti, Hyderabad Mirchi bhajji, Rajasthan for their Daal Kachori and many more. And yes, when it comes to Mumbai! No mumbaikar can resist the very delicious, very affordable and savior of many hungers – The Vada Pav also known as Batata Vada.
Yes, being born and brought up in Mumbai, I have had countless numbers of Vada Pav in the city of dreams. Sadly, the Silicon Valley of India has failed to impress me with that one perfect recipe of Vada Pav.
What’s In The Vada Pav?
You may think it is just a Vada Pav, what is so special about it!
Well, Vada pav is a very popular snack across Mumbai and whole Maharashtra. Vada pav is the snack consisting of spiced, deep fried potato topped with various scrumptious chutneys. In simple words, it has a potato patty which is squeezed in between 2 extremely soft slices of a pav, topped with sweet chutney and spicy green chutney. Mind it is not just a Pav; provided you have tried the typical ones made in Mumbai – believe me its extraordinary!
I already mentioned that I have had countless numbers of Vada Pav in my life in Mumbai. So, as a proud Mumbaikar it is my immense pleasure to share some of the best places that sell out of the world kinds Vada Pav. You must try the legendary Vada Pav of the below mentioned eateries when you visit Mumbai.
Best Places To Relish Vada Pav In Mumbai Nagri
So today I bring for you 5 best places that serve the very original Mumbaiyya vada pav, of course in Mumbai :D.
1. Ashok Vada Pav
Ashok Vada Pav is located near Dadar Kirti College. This eatery is one of the top-favorite for every person who loves vada pav in Mumbai. Going strong for thirty-five years, Ashok Vada Pav also popularily known as Kirti College vada pav have never compromised on their patent taste and flavors. You may ask what makes them so popular, well, it’s in their batter and chutney – it’s made using 40 different food items. Ashok Vada Pav have found several mentions in many popular food magazines. In addition, celebrities such as Sushmita Sen Madhuri Dixit, and Jackie Shroff, and many more Marathi film/television celebrities often visit the place to enjoy vada pav.
Price – Very reasonable @ Rs. 25/-
2. Aaram Vada Pav
Aaram Vada Pav stall is located in South Mumbai right opposite to the CST railway station. Otherwise known as Aaram Milk Bar they have been serving hot crispy vada pavs with green and red garlic chutney for over 70 years now. Their garlic chutney is a hero I must say and something I badly crave even today.
Price – You can enjoy this dish at Rs. 25/- single vada and double vada Rs. 40/-.
3. Graduate Vada Pav
These are funny names coming in isn’t it? Before Aaram and now Graduate. Well, Graduate Vada Pav has been in this business for more than 17 years now. This little stall is located outside the Byculla station and serves yummy vada pavs with multiple types in chutneys. More than two-thousand Vada pav lovers visit this stall daily to enjoy their famous vada pav.
Price – shockingly just Rs. 15/-.
4. Anand Vada Pav
Next on the list is Anand Vada Pav that is located right opposite to Mithibai college. This eatery is visited by Mumbaikars from different walks of life and countless college students. They are quite popular for serving different varieties of Vada pavs. Butter vada pav, grill vada pav, cheese vada pav, cheese grill vada pav, and cheese schezwan vada pav are a few types to name. And yes, all of these come at very reasonable prices. There are many Bollywood celebrities who hop into Anand to relish their super tasty vada pavs. If you happen to visit this eatery, you should also try their Misal Pav – these are equally lip-smacking.
5. Samrat Vada Pav
Located at Parleshwar in Ville Parle Samrat Vada Pav is one of the must visit for all vada pav lovers. The major twist in their vada pavs is that their aloo patty has little coconut pieces which add a new dimension to the vadas. Trust me this add a complete wrench to the otherwise regular potato mix.
This was all about relishing Mumbai Vada Pav from my eyes. Every single time I visit this city, hogging one Vada Pav at all these eateries is one of the top tasks in my bucket list. Please do visit my hometown “Mumbai – Meri Jaan” I am sure you will eternally enjoy Mumbaikars snack – Vada Pav.