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Friday, June 15, 2012
Eating Out in Mumbai - BHAGAT TARACHAND - Mouthwatering Mumbai Memories
Eating Out in Mumbai
Mouthwatering Mumbai Memories
From my Foodie Archives: Mouthwatering Memories - I wrote this almost 10 years ago.
Will some Mumbaikar Foodie tell us whether the food at Bhagat Tarachand is still as good as it used to be.
If you are ravenously hungry on a busy afternoon in the heart of Mumbai, head for Bhagat Tarachand (BT).
To get there, walk up Kalbadevi Road from Metro, turn right at the Cotton Exchange, and to your left you will see a series of eateries named Bhagat Tarachand.
All are equally good and serve similar food, so you can sample them one by one on your numerous visits and decide which one you like.
You can also walk up from Crawford Market, through Zaveri Bazar, past the Gold Exchange and Mumbadevi Temple; or from Bhendi Bazar via Pydhonie down Kalbadevi Road.
In case you live in the suburbs, get down at Charni Roadstation, walk down Thakurdwar Road and turn right at Bhuleshwar and walk past the Cotton Exchange.
Don’t try to drive down – you’ll go crazy negotiating your way – and besides a brisk walk on a hot and humid Mumbai afternoon will build up a voracious appetite and rapacious thirst – sine qua non for total enjoyment of a delicious nourishing meal.
The first thing to do is to order a “beer bottle” of chilled chaas (buttermilk) to quench your thirst and soothe your parched throat.
On your first visit sample the delectable thali comprising varied vegetable dishes, dal and melt-in-the-mouth chappaties.
Once you are hooked on to Bhagat Tarachand, on subsequent visits you can experiment with the variety of rotis and vegetarian delights in Bhagat Tarachand’s culinary repertoire.
Each and every dish – the dal fry, paneer bhurji, methi malai mutter, bhindi, even baingan – is superb. Both tastewise and pricewise, Bhagat Tarachand is unmatched – it’s the best value for money vegetarian food in Mumbai.
Once you have relished your hearty meal, leisurely stroll down (digestive walk) past the Cotton Exchange and Panjrapole towards Bhuleshwar, turn right on VP Road towards CP Tank and soon you will reach Bhaishankar Gaurishankar which serves the most delicious lip-smacking rasgullas in Mumbai.
As the luscious sweet spongy heavenly syrupy delight melts in your mouth you will experience such a fantastic blissful ecstasy that words cannot describe.
Remember, always close your eyes and focus inwards while savoring delectable delicacies!
A creative person with a zest for life, Vikram Karve is a retired Naval Officer turned full time writer. Educated at IIT Delhi, ITBHU Varanasi, The Lawrence School Lovedale and Bishops School Pune, Vikram has published two books: COCKTAIL a collection of fiction short stories about relationships (2011) and APPETITE FOR A STROLL a book of Foodie Adventures (2008) and is currently working on his novel and a book of vignettes and short fiction. An avid blogger, he has written a number of fiction short stories, creative non-fiction articles on a variety of topics including food, travel, philosophy, academics, technology, management, health, pet parenting, teaching stories and self help in magazines and published a large number of professional research papers in journals and edited in-house journals for many years, before the advent of blogging. Vikram has taught at a University as a Professor for almost 15 years and now teaches as a visiting faculty and devotes most of his time to creative writing. Vikram lives in Pune India with his family and muse - his pet dog Sherry with whom he takes long walks thinking creative thoughts.