Wednesday, August 15, 2012


This evening I took a walk in Wakad Pune down the main road towards Aundh, and just a short distance away from Wakad Chowk, near the Water Tank, I discovered a new place called THE BEST and ate a Vada Pav. 

To my delightful surprise, the Batata Vada was superb, arguably the best in Pune. 

The lip smacking Batata Vada evoked, in my mind, mouthwatering memories of my favourite CTO Vada Pav which I used to relish during my glorious Mumbai days.

I will tell you more about this new Wakad Eatery (THE BEST) later. 

Meanwhile, here is a piece I wrote on my favorite Mumbai Vada Pav.


वडा पाव 


Vada Pav (or Wada Paw, if you want to spell it that way) is my favourite Fast Food. 

It is affordable and fulfilling. 

In fact Vada Pav is the ultimate Indian Fast Food - what a Burger is to America, Vada Pav is to India. Yes, the VADA PAV is truly a value-for-money Indian Burger.

I have a Vada Pav almost every day and have relished Vada Pav at countless places, and though it’s been a long time, I still have fond mouthwatering memories of my all time favourite Vada Pav – the inimitable CTO Vada Pav at Ashok Satam’s stall on the Hutatma Chowk (Flora Fountain) side of the Central Telegraph Office (CTO) in Mumbai which I enjoyed every afternoon on my way back home from office or during my evening stroll.

The Vada is served freshly fried piping hot and is crisp and crunchy on the outside. Thats how a good Vada should be from the outside – nice and crisp, not soft and soggy like most of the fare dished out elsewhere.

The moment you bite the sharp zesty effect of the spices and greens hits you there is an abundance of tangy greens in the tasty fusion inside: green chillies, coriander, curry patta, ginger-garlic.

Don’t chew, just roll your tongue and press the hot stuff against your palate and let it dissolve. You will feel stimulated for sure!

The Vada is not only mouth watering, it may be nose-watering too if you have a delicate tongue. So might as well put the vada in a pav and savour the CTO Vada Pav gazing at the Hutatma Memorial, the Fountain and nice pretty faces in the crowd rushing by, to and from Churchgate, CSTM and the bus stops.

I wonder whether the CTO Vada Pav Stall still exists and if the Vada still as zesty and delicious as it was. Will some Foodie Vada Pav aficionado Mumbaikar let us know.

Meanwhile, can anyone tell me where I can enjoy a good Vada Pav in Pune?  I have tasted a few so far, even the famed Joshi, Diwadkar, Rohit et al, also during ontervals while watching plays at Balgandharva etc, not to forget the ones at Karjat Railway Station too, and found them quite soggy and insipid compared to the Ashok Satam’s crisp, zesty and stimulating Vada near CTO in Mumbai.

Copyright © Vikram Karve 2012
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MegaLife Advisors | MAYUR KULKARNI said...

Try Vadapav @ SHRIKRISHNA. It is at Sarang/Sahakar Nagar,Nr Parvati.
Its one of famous spot in this area for quality & delicious Vadapav.
MOST IMPORTANTLY they are their since 1978-79 and they had maintained their quality, Test & Fan Following as well......

Sahithya Sridhar said...

vada pav is definetly is one of the best fast food..:) i make it a point to have one daily wenever i visit maharashtra..:) u can assure that u have entered maharashtra in train wen the train vendors start selling vada pv..:)

Sabyasachi Patra | Tales from Wild India said...

Vada pav is pretty cool. Easy to grab when you are under time pressure. Tastes good as well.

ekta khetan said...

vada pav is my favorite too and unfortunately in cities like gurgaon, the options r very ltd and tastes not that great.

The taste of Maharashtrian thecha is out of world!

also, i hate the word verifivation tools at blogs...makes me not wanting to course I am a human!