Mumbai street food has a lot of fans. From crispy vadas packed inside the perfect Mumbai pavs, spicy, flavourful bhaji served with crunchy onions and butter-dripping pavs, chutney sandwiches made mumbai-style, bhel puri served with the perfect chutneys, dabelis with their sweet-n-spicy notes … many would travel long distances to get a taste of the delicious street food they left behind or sampled in Mumbai. Here’s a list of some of the popular Mumbai Street Fare outlets. If your favourite ones are missing, we apologize. Do tell us about the ones we’ve missed, in the comments below, so that we can update this list.
A Bombay style sandwich stall offering 50 items everyday. Satish, from Karnataka, started the stall with two partners a year ago when he came back after 10 years of working in Mumbai. Having learnt the art of making a variety of sandwiches and rolls there, he sensed an opportunity to offer the same in Bangalore since he did not find any street food outlets serving Mumbai-style chutney sandwiches. He also had two other stalls in Koramangala and Jayanagar though his stall in HSR Layout is bringing in the best business.
Sri Sai Foods in 1st Block, Jayanagar, is a franchisee of two outlets – Karnataka Bhel House and Goli Vada Pav. The most striking feature about this place is the variety in their menu – which includes all the vada pav varieties, different chaat options as well as 8 varieties of doughnuts and mousse flavours. It is best known for its Bhel Puri and Vada Pav.
This stall was started by Ranga Gowda who came from Mumbai on his van – a three-wheeler innovatively converted into a mini food truck. He parks his van at the same spot every evening at 5PM and drives away at 11 PM after serving pav bhaji that some die-hard pav bhaji fans have described as ‘as-good-as-mumbai-chowpati’. While Pao Bhaji is exceptional, the tawa pulao is not that good.
Raghu Gowda hardly has a moment’s rest as he dishes out plate after plate of Pav bhaji and Tawa Butter Pulao. Made using Amul butter in generous quantities, both the items are popular in equal measure and draw crowds from across South Bangalore.
Mumbai Vadapavala is most famous for its Vada Pav, Dabeli and Pav Bhaji. A popular street eat out among college goers and shoppers around 4th Block, Jayanagar, it is located opposite to BHS First Grade College. Another well-known snack here is the Delhi Sandwich (also called the Bread Pakoda) – because Mumbai Vadapavala happens to be one of the first places to introduce it in the locality.
Sanjay Shinde from Kohlapur serves among the most authentic Maharashtrian street food in Bangalore. Among the few joints in Bangalore serving Misal Pav, his poha, vada pav, pav bhaji and bread pakoda are also hugely popular among college students, working professionals & even the occasional actors and directors, as he tells us.