My love for Pav Bhaji took me on a food trail to Mumbai and I decided to try out some of the well-known pav bhaji places and check out what the hype is all about. We planned a one day trip to Mumbai covering Sardar Refreshments, Cannon Pav Bhaji, Amar Juice Center & Maruti Pav Bhaji in that order.
1. Sardar Refreshments
The Pav Bhaji at Sardar Refreshments has had praises from many Mumbaikars. Their Amul Pav Bhaji served with a dollop of butter was grainy at best and I wasn’t impressed by the taste. The bhaji was slightly dark brown and had a lot of tomato skins and unevenly mashed peas and potatoes. However, the pav was thick, fresh and smothered in butter.
Timings: 12noon – 2am
2. Cannon Pav Bhaji
This is a small place bang opposite CST run by a majority of women. The pav bhaji here was served with a small spoonful of butter and was a little on the runny end. It had a dark reddish brown color and in terms of taste, it was a bit spicier than Sardar. This one failed to impress me yet again.
Timings: 7am – 2am
3. Amar Juice Center
The pav bhaji here was a huge relief after a disastrous start to our trail. It had the benchmark red pav bhaji color with appropriately mashed potatoes and vegetables giving that smooth and creamy consistency. It was bang on in terms of taste. A big thumbs up from my end.
Where: Vile Parle, West
Timings: 12 noon – 2am
4. Maruti Pav Bhaji
What started as a roadside stall in 1970, Maruti Pav Bhaji has now become a small shop. The pav bhaji here is cooked over a chulha giving it a slightly smoky flavor and has a blackish brown color due to the use of their secret masala. In terms of taste, it is a bit on the spicier end but nothing that beat the taste at Amar. Butter is not served with the bhaji but it literally drips from the pav.
Where: Vile Parle, West
Timings: 7.30pm – 12midnight
The Verdict: The pav bhaji at Pune hands down beats the pav bhaji at Mumbai. Stay tuned to my blog to find out which places in Pune you should try the pav bhaji at.
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