Bombay Best Pao bhaji (Shakuntala cinema compound, Sector 4, Gurgaon)


In a nutshell: YUMM pao bhaji in Old Gurgaon better than stuff available at Chain restaurants like Haldirams & Bikanervala, but suboptimal as compared to what u get in Mumbai – One of the best that u get in Gurgaon.

the main kitchen cart
the main kitchen cart

Address & other details:  Bombay Best Pao Bhaji

Directions (incase u want simpler screen than google maps)

hand drawn map that fits 1 screen
hand drawn map that fits 1 screen

Meal for 2: Rs. 60 onwards

Cuisine type : Vegetarian

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This one does not give a receipt. Hence cannot produce that.

I rate all the food items & then give a final overall rating which is a simple average of the individual item ratings. What the ratings stand for: 5 = Excellent, 4 = Very Good, 3 = Good, 2 = Fair, 1 = Disaster.

Description:

We came to now of Bombay Pav bhaji being sold on a thela inside the closed shakuntala cinema compound. As we entered the cinema compound, to our pleasant surprise we found that they also had sitting arrangement with small plastic tables and quite low ‘mudhas’.

open air seating arrangement
open air seating arrangement

One can also take their car into the compound, sit in the car & order from there. The guy comes & serves in the car at times – Else, one can pick up the food from the cart & sit & eat in the a/c car.

the main cinema building
the main cinema building

They also sell bhelpuri and jhalmuri which I will talk about later.

Day 1:

The pav was the show stopper. It is not like the original Bombay version but was very good anyway. Super soft & nice pao. They were immersing the lowest 1 cm of the pao in the bhaji & frying that with butter. That made the ‘pao’s very good just as it is & of course with the bhaji.

pao
pao

They were making the whole thing in Amul Butter. That made it utterly butterly delicious. The bhaji was rustic, spicy, cud b spruced up & made more ‘hot’ on request. It was not like a smooth paste but uneven. One cud get the flavors of the different ingredients & spices.

the bhaji
the bhaji

In one batch we found a bit suboptimal salt. In the other batch salt was perfect. On adding salt in the first batch it became very good. IMG_2873 I guess as good as it cud get in Gurgaon. Rate it 3.5/5.

Day 2:

I revisited to try bhelpuri – Mumbai style snack made from puffed rice (muri).

close up of bhel puri
close up of bhel puri

It was crisp (rarely u get it that crisp inspite of mixing red liquid chutney on it), mildly sweet & salty to taste. Was the expected bright red in color & topped with bhujia…. This is surely not the best I have ever had but it was really nice – one of teh best I have had in Gurgaon.

Really liked every bit of it for the balance of taste & also the texture. rate it 3.5/5 again.

Overall rating averages out to 3.5/5.

bhel puri
bhel puri

I will keep visiting. What r u thinking?

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10 comments

  1. Sirji you can also try Bombay best Pao bhaji near reliance fresh on sector 15 road towards Gurgaon his name is Kusheahwar Bhagat Sainai he is a a small guy and also he gives his ads in city plus jagran he also has fought elections and lost he says that in the ad small guy buit big dreams.

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