In a nutshell:
A 75+ year old eatery that specializes in Batata Vada and also sells a good selection of good vegetarian maharashtrian snacks.
Address & other details: Aram, Capitol Cinema Building, Opposite Station, Mumbai CST Area, Mumbai
Meal for 2: Rs 90 onwards
Cuisine type : vegetarian
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Short description – in case u r In a hurry:
We came to know about this restaurant from the social media.
There is a single dining room restaurant for guests to sit and eat and right outside there is a stall for takeaway / eat on the go. The prices of food outside were slightly less than the ones inside.
The furniture was basic wooden seats, metal frame and stone top table.
The waiting staff were indifferent in general but were responding well to good behaviour from customers.
The menu card was a long list of items segregated by breakfast, lunch dinner
Vada Pav was wow. Rest were good but not great. Have had better
Detailed Description – in case u hv the time to njoy reading:
Vada Pav was one of the best I have had in months. The different components were served separately do that one cud adjust the quantities of chutney and red chilli powder to taste.
The Pav ( bun) was super soft and good. The vada was the best – simple potato vada with subtle flavours of spices and perfect seasoning.
The green chutney was awesome – it was so well rounded and so perfect. I loved putting in a lot of red powder. Rate the vada Pav 4.75/5
Missal Pav was very good as well. It was Bhujia in different shapes and sizes , in a ‘sauce’, if I might call it so.
The Bhujia retained its crispiness and the dish was Yumm to taste. Rate it 4.5/5
Kothimvir vadi was much better in Aaswad. Here the texture was good, the taste was good, the flavours were good but they were not extraordinary.
Rate the dish 3.75/5
Thalipith was crispy, had nice onions inside and had good flavours.
However they were not as great as the ones at Aaswad. The dollop of white butter at aaswad also made a difference. Here that option was not there. Rate the dish 3.5/5
Kanda poha was really nice, simple, like homemade , poha. I guess it cud not have been better if one were to have the simple version.
Those who like spiced up poha might not like this as much. Rate the dish 4.5/5
Sheera was white semolina ( rawa / sooji) cooked in ghee.
The ghee gave it flavour but since the rawa was not dry roasted, the intensity was less and mixing of sugar and rawa was relatively superfluous. Rate it 3.5/5.
Kokum sharbat was great. It was better than any kokum sharbat I have had in delhi NCR earlier and was as good as the best I have had here in mumbai. The balance of sour , sweet and salt was very good. Rate it 4.5/5
Amla sharbat came with a lot of expectation from us. It turned out to be a balloon with s hole….The drink did not really stand for anything. The Amla feebly made its presence felt. Everything was excessive mild to the extent that we were wondering what we were drinking. Rate it 2/5.
Piyush was a nice dahi based drink that was bright yellow in Color. The balance of taste was excellent. However the Piyush at Aaswad was surely better. Rate it 4/5.
Taak (chaanch) was plain and simple, not too thick, not too thin. Balance of taste – sour and salt was good. Rate it 4/5.
Overall rating of food & beeverages at Aram averages out to 3.9/5. I wud surely revisit to eat the vada pav. Not sure about a lot of other things.