Thursday, December 16, 2010

EATING OUT in MUMBAI - Mouthwatering Memories - STADIUM

Kheema Pav, Bun Maska and Chai at Churchgate

From my Foodie Archives: 
Mouthwatering Memories of Sunday Breakfast during my glorious days in Mumbai many years ago
When I used to live in Empress Court, opposite the Oval, near Churchgate in Mumbai, I would rise at dawn, as the clock on Rajabai Tower struck Six, and go for a long brisk walk all the way to Chowpatty, and on my return, I would head for Stadium Restaurant for a refreshing and stimulating cup of tea to energize me and perk me up for the day ahead. 

On Sundays and holidays, when we went for our super-long walks down Marine Drive, up Walkeshwar, Teen Batti, down Malabar Hill, Napean sea Road, a round of Priyadarshini Park, Kemps Corner, Hughes Road, Babulnath, and back, there were three places where we used to breakfast to satiate our ravenous appetites – if my walking partner was a vegetarian we used to head to Vinay in Girgaum for a Misal or Usal Pav; and if she was non vegetarian, it was either Kyani at Dhobi Talao or Stadium at Churchgate for a Kheema Pav.
Stadium served wholesome tasty Kheema dishes throughout the day, an ideal “snack’ if you were feeling famished. I liked their “pudding” and patties too; their Chicken Biryani was worth a try, and so were the “Chinese” dishes, and, if you are in a hurry, there was nothing to beat a quick spicy egg bhurji with fresh soft pav for fast satiation. 

If you looked at the blackboard on the wall you could see the day’s special dishes and, let me tell you, these dishes were real good, whether it was fried fish, dal gosht, or, if it was your lucky day, chicken or mutton dhansak.
Stadium, maybe the restaurant got its name from the Brabourne Stadium opposite, located next to Churchgate Railway Station, was a clean, well-lighted place to pass time, waiting for someone, or browsing a book, or just doing nothing, staring out onto the busy street, while enjoying a cup of invigorating tea with a bun maska. 

I liked Stadium Restaurant. It was easy on your wallet, and served good wholesome food in a relaxed clean ambiance. 

I wonder if the delightful cafe still exists and whether the food is as good as it was then.

Happy Eating 

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VIKRAM KARVE educated at IIT Delhi, ITBHU, The Lawrence School Lovedale, and Bishop's School Pune, is an Electronics and Communications Engineer by profession, a Human Resource Manager and Trainer by occupation, a Teacher by vocation, a Creative Writer by inclination and a Foodie by passion. An avid blogger, he has written a number of fiction short stories and creative non-fiction articles in magazines and journals for many years before the advent of blogging. His delicious foodie blogs have been compiled in a book "Appetite for a Stroll". Vikram lives in Pune with his family and pet Doberman girl Sherry, with whom he takes long walks thinking creative thoughts.
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