CHURCHGATE: ON A FLAVOURFUL FOOD TRAIL

From delicious pav bhaji to fresh fruit juices, these roadside food stalls are a treat for your taste buds

Shruti Khairnar

Surrounded by notable spots like the Wankhede cricket stadium, Brabourne stadium, Eros Cinema and the iconic Marine Drive, Churchgate is the gateway to the Mumbai that you see in postcards. A stone’s throw away from the station is the decades-old khau galli, situated in the hub of private and government offices, schools and colleges, serving up street food delights all day long.

LENIN PAV BHAJI CENTER

The throng of people outside this stall is proof of its popularity among the regulars. Amidst a steady stream of customers, Ram Ghatge, who has been working there for the past 35 years, says, “This stall is almost as old as the street itself. As you can see, our pav bhaji (starting at ₹40) is the most popular dish, but we serve Chinese dishes as well.” Megha, a student at the nearby SNDT Women’s University, says, “I am a regular customer here. The pav bhaji they serve is delicious.”

PERFECT MASALA SNACKS

Not all stalls in this eat street have been there since the beginning. One such example is this stall, which has been selling sandwiches for seven years now. Abdul, owner of the stall, says, “I took over this stall from the previous owner and he used to sell something else.” When asked about how his business has been faring all these years, he says, “I get at least 50 customers per day and sometimes even 100 a day.” His menu is reasonably priced, with the veg frankie and veg sandwich, both sold for ₹25.

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