Pani Puri @ Fable, Juhu
No, there’s no ragda or mashed potatoes but instead Paan Puri at Fable is stuffed with green apple, a little bit of mint, green chillies and tamarind; the coriander paani is served in shot glasses. The puri placed on top has to be eaten after pouring water from the shot glass. Street side food just got cooler, didn’t it?
Price: Rs 175 + taxes
Drunken Bhel @ True Tramm Trunk, Juhu
Cheap Chinese just got a better version and you can’t help but love it. True Tramm Trunk serves Chinese Bhel with a twist and calls it Drunken Bhel and not it does not have alcohol. Made from long strips of bell pepper and Kashmiri apple slivers, it is topped with schezwan sauce and green chillies that make the dish a spicy one and it isn’t even expensive.
Price: Rs 125 + taxes
Rajasthani Pyaaz Ki Kachori @ Farzi Café, Lower Parel
If you’re craving kachori chaat and are willing to experiment, head to Farzi Café for some Rajasthani Pyaaz Ki Kachori. A spicy Masala Kathal (vegetable curry) is filled in typical Rajasthani mini dough shells along with jackfruit and Aloo Rassa reduction (a thickened potato curry) that burst into many flavours with the first bite.
Price: Rs 255 + taxes
Seafood Bhel @ The Bombay Canteen, Lower Parel
Fish in bhel? A classic chaat gets a makeover at the popular Bombay Canteen. It includes sautéed prawns, calamari and clams tossed with raw mango pieces and date chutney. Long strips of carrot, radish and herbs like mint, cilantro and chives give the bhel a salad-like crunchy, tangy and spicy flavour. Give the drab sukkha bhel a miss already.
Price: Rs 300 + taxes
Bheja Masala Fry @ MasalaBar, Bandra West
Quite a favourite on the streets of Mumbai and roadside stalls, MasalaBar serves Bheja Masala Fry differently and you’ll love it. It came like a crostini with spicy lamb brain laid out on toasted bread to be eaten mess-free. The bheja is perfectly cooked and has a buttery taste from the bread that will make you skip the classic bheja masala fry and pav for many reasons.
Price: Rs 375 + taxes
King Crab Bhurjee Pao @ Masala Library By Jiggs Kalra, Bandra East
Give roadside egg bhurjee pao is skip, try the crab bhurjee pao at Masala Library for entrees. Crab meat is cooked in Indian spices with masala scrambled eggs to make a peculiar combination; it is served on a bed of Indianised French toast.
Price: Rs 495 + taxes
Dahi phuchka chaat @ Made In Punjab, Malad West
Always wondered what phuchka chaat would taste with a different filling? Made in Punjab serves a Dahi Phuchka Chaat as leavened puff bread made up of semmolina and refined flour stuffed with potatoes, chickpeas sweetened yoghurt, pomegranate topped with tamarind chutney and spicy mint chutney. The sweetness from the yoghurt and pomegranate with a tangy tamarind and spicy chutney are perfect if you’re craving street food only in a cleaner surrounding.
Price: Rs 145 + taxes