FOOD, Restaurant

Pani Puri at Elco Arcade

Last week when the ladies met for lunch at “Jewel of India”, the conversation was naturally food-centric.While we gorged on the starters of stuffed paneer kulchas (sinfully good and must be eaten at least once in a lifetime ), pani puri, stuffed baby dosas, cauliflower pakoda chaat( very unusual) and were marvelling at this unexpected spread, we started talking chaat: the best chaat in Mumbai. Two of the ladies swore that there was nothing to beat Elco Panipuriwala.

So when I had to go to Bandra , I couldn’t help take the detour to Hill Road and visit this legendary pani puriwala.

I must say I was not disappointed. Elco Pani Puri Centre which kind of spills onto the pavement really did give the best pani puri especially of the take-away kind. Neatly packed in a sealed bag, the water was spiced just so. I was given another bag of sweet chutney to add to the pani as per my individual taste and a bag full of boondi and sprouts. The bite sized puris were packed separately so that when I went home, I could dish it out just like the panipuriwala at the stall!Of course Elco is not cheap @ Rs. 35 a plate but considering the level of hygiene I suppose it is worth the price.

The service was good and the cashier quick and efficient. Apparently Elco has a catering service too and I was given a menu card which was quite eclectic : Triple Sez Rice combination ( tossed rice n’ noodles for Rs.98), Palak Corn Dosa for Rs.88,Basket chaat for Rs.65. Elco promises home delivery in Bandra and Southwards upto Prabhadevi at a pinch. I didn’t ask how far north he would go but I presume Khar is upto his limit. In any case, if you want to find out more visit his website or call him on 26457677.

In the meanwhile, I am trying to convince the ladies that our next outing should be at Hill Road and if I am lucky, we may be able to eat at Elco Pani Puri wala!

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