Food trail at Churchgate station, Mumbai
Mumbai, the city that never sleeps has people on the run from 4 AM to 1 AM. The energy of the average Mumbaikar is way above normal, and their enthusiasm and positivity, infectious. What would look to an outsider as a tough life, is the life they love, getting more done in one day than many would in three. What exactly is it that keeps the average Mumbaikar going on day after day, week after week? One word perhaps: dreams. Every person living in Mumbai has his own tale to narrate of dreams to follow, journeys to complete and destinations to reach. Perhaps the Churchgate local train station, the first station on the Western line, walking distance from Marine Drive, is a perfect stop to observe the contagious energy with which people in Mumbai go about their everyday lives. Once the hot bed of offices, this area is now slowing down, at least on the corporate front, with many companies shifting their offices to the suburbs. However, it still houses many government offices and its old world charm ensures that the station is packed at any given point in the day. No wonder then, that some of the best eateries are around the station, or a short walk away. Infact, the concept of khau gallis is unique to Mumbai - food streets that spring up around the local train stations, market places and colleges. A unique feature of the city, they offer quick service at low prices. This post points out the best of popular eateries around Churchgate, including an iconic ice-cream joint that has people traveling the length of the city.
Lisha Pav BhajiLisha Pav Bhaji, apart from serving fantastic pav bhaji also serves the best Chinese dishes in all of Chowpatty, as some of the locals would have us believe. The Amul pav bhaji served here attracts quite a loyal crowd. Watching the chef in action, dexterously mixing the vegetables and spices, serves as a perfect way to build an appetite while waiting for a steaming, hot plate of buttery pav bhaji. The Triple schezwan rice and the Schezwan Hakka noodles served here are some items that must be tried; these spicy dishes teamed with a cool dessert makes for a perfect evening snacks, best enjoyed with a group of friends.
The Strawberry shake has fresh cut strawberries, a scoop of vanilla ice cream, some crushed ice and a whole lot of sugar. Other good options for food include the Veg frankie, Falooda and Grill Sandwich.
Among the hottest flavours at Roustom's are Pista, Kesar pista and Chocolate nut. Kesar pista is a mouthful of saffron infused, ‘kesari’ smooth ice cream, speckled with pista bits. Roasted almond and Walnut crush are relatively newer flavors but have garnered many takers over the short while that they were introduced. The latest introduction is Paan flavoured ice-cream.