MOUTHWATERING MUMBAI MEMORIES
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
Long back, when I used to live in Empress Court, opposite the Oval, near Churchgate in Mumbai, I would rise at early in the morning, as the Clock on the Mumbai University Rajabai Tower struck Six.
Then I would go for a long brisk walk all the way to the end of Marine Drive ahead of Chowpatty, and on my back home, I would turn off towards Churchgate and 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.
(Of course on those rare occasions when we were really hungry we walked all the way to Noor Mohamadi in Bhendi Bazar for Nalli Nihari).
Our favourite breakfast place at Churchgate, Stadium restaurant 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 Restaurant was located next to Churchgate Railway Station. Maybe the restaurant got its name from the Brabourne Stadium across the road on the opposite side. Stadium 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 relaxed clean ambiance.
I wonder if the delightful cafe still exists and whether the food is as good as it was then.