Batata Vada and its derivative the Vada pav is currently an all-time favourite of all but a few people in Maharashtra. A recent snack shack we found seems to have built their business on customising the dish, to suit the tastes of the modern individual and non-vegetarians.
Pack-a-Pav doesn’t serve the traditional vada pav but has re-invented the iconic Maharashtrian dish with a big twist – a choice of veggies and cheeses or with a stuffing of chicken or mutton. And while some may still relish the taste of the iconic vada pav, Pack-a-Pav does add a hint of freshness to the age-old favourite.
As it stands, Pack-a-Pav is a homegrown business with the original dish having been created as a snack to share with friends by the business’ owners. They loved the dish enough to come back asking for more and this lead to the start of the brand.
Operating for about a year now, Pack-a-Pav is open for business in two localities – Bandra and Juhu – with a simple mantra. Either pack a pav and eat it elsewhere as the name suggests or park to the side of the road and enjoy a pav while seated in the comforts of your vehicle.
While we only visited the Bandra outlet, which is located in a quaint by-lane a few
minutes’ walk off of Hill Road, make sure to have your GPS at the ready as it is a big help for first-time visitors finding the place. The shop has a tiny staff of three and operates out of a stall barely larger than a small walk-in wardrobe.
The menu is limited as you’d expect of something small point but the portions they pack into each Pav, is quite reasonable for the price. A decent veg pav with accompaniments will set you back between Rs 90 to 110 while a non-veg one is slightly more expensive at between Rs 110 and 130.
We had a go at the Herbed Chicken Seekh and the Irani Chicken pav. Both were served with a side of sour crème and some crisps and on a whole made for a nice filling snack for someone on the go. The pavs were fresh and the staff made sure to pack in a fair share of meaty goodness between the buns. While the two we originally ordered were nice to say the least, melting in your mouth and full of flavour, the highlight of our little foray though was the Tandoori Chicken Sriracha pav, that the staff all too joyfully gave us on the house.
We won’t reveal our trade secret of how we managed to get the one on the house but it did turn some heads in envy if we do say so.
The Tandoori Sriracha as per the staff is one of their best sellers alongside the Mutton Shami pav and our first bite into it we found out why. The pav was delightfully tangy and the meat just melted in your mouth with every bite. By the end of the third pav we were well and truly done with a full meal rather than a snack as we had originally planned. After a brief thank you and goodbye to the ever smiling and helpful staff we were off on our next adventure on the streets of Mumbai.
Pack-a-Pav is a nice place for people looking to pack in a quick bite on their way to a destination and in the case of the Bandra store a nice place to get away from the hubbub of the crowded main road eateries of Bandra’s Hill Road.
The Bandra outlet operates between 12pm and 11pm, 7 days a week making it ideal for crowds heading home after a busy day at the office or college. The Juhu outlet though begins operations only at 4pm and carrying forward well into the early hours of the next day (3 am) which should mean that if you’re out partying late in Juhu and need a bite on the way home, you can always ‘pack a pav’ on the way.
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