Top Golawalas to try in Mumbai

Mumbai may seem insufferable during summers, but it also offers a perfectsolution to beat the heat – colorful golas balls of ice on a stick, dipped in sweet and sour flavours. Here is a list of some of the best in the city.

Dhanlakshmi Kala Khatta

One of the Mumbai’s bestgola outlet is at Juhu beach, selling most the most innovative flavours. Butterscotch falooda gola is a must try.
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Specials: Butterscotch Falooda
Timings: 11 am to 12 am
Landmark: Juhu Beach

Brijwasi Gola Point

Located in Mumbai’s most visited places, Brijwasi has an extensive variety of flavours including kalakhatta, blueberry, butterscotch, orange, green mango, and malai golas. Do try their rose flavour for sure.

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Special: Rose Flavoured Gola
Timings: 11 am to 12 am
Special: Rose Flavoured Gola

Raju Golewala

Raju keeps moving around Vashi and you may catch him near your street on a lucky day. His tricolour gola is to die for. The gola he serves is quintessentially a summer delight. Serving flavours like rose, orange squash, his stall is most sought after.

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Special: Tricolor Gola
Price: Rs 25 to Rs 50
Landmark: Gaodevi Mandir, Sector 14, Vashi

Eshan Kala Khatta and Ice Cream Centre

Mostly everything at Eshan is good – so try their mix gola to save money. The malai golas are another great option, if in doubt. He might serves you ice cream, but to have colored lips and khatta meetha taste, one must try its green mango and orange squash.

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Special: Mix Flavored Gola
Timings: 11am to 12am
Landmark: Juhu Beach

Jai Jawan Stall

Jai Jawan Stall serves fantastic kachchi kaeri (raw mango) flavoured golas. Also provides the most hygienic golas.The stall is open till 12 at night.

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Specials: Kachchi Kaeri (raw mango)
Timing: 11 am to 12 am
Landmark: Girgaon Chowpatty

Gola Mount

If you’ve had some spicy food from a nearby stall, come to Gola Mount for their kala khatta gola for dessert. Perfect summer evening.

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Special: Kala Khatta

Timing: 11:30 pm to 1 am
Landmark: Charni Road

Sai Kripa Kalakhatta

For a foody evening at Juhu Beach, come and try the butterscotch malai gola – Sai Kripa’s speciality, the shop is open till midnight.

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Special: Butterscotch Malai Gola
Timing: 11 am to 12 am
Landmark: Juhu Beach

Bismillah Gola

Every student in Vile Parle must have tried the special golas while visiting Juhu. Bismillah’s special blackcurrant gola is a must try.

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Specials: Bismillah Special Blackcurrant Malai Gola
Timings: 11 am to 12 am
Landmark: Juhu Beach

Content and Image Courtesy: Preksha Jain

 

 

8 places to visit for Pani Puri in Mumbai Suburbs

Although pani puris are relished all around the country, you can taste a whole range right here in Mumbai – here is a list of eight places in the suburbs for an unforgettable experience.

Ram and Shyaam Bhelwala

This place is run by the fourth generation of the original owners, started 55 years ago. The place serves the most delicious pani puri in Santacruz. Seeking hygiene with amazing taste? This place serves you pani puri right, with mineral water.

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Timing: 3 pm to 10 pm
Landmark: North Avenue Road, Santacruz West

Elco Pani Puri

Considered as the best pani puri all over Mumbai by some, Elco pani puri is quite famous for its hygiene and taste. The sindhi puris here have the crunchiest puris and are also refreshing. The snack here costs slightly higher than the general price at Rs 60, but the quality is totally worth it.

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Timing: 9:30 am to 11:30 pm
Landmark: Elco market, Bandra West

Jacky Chaat Bhandar

The lip-smacking pani puri of this stall are the best in Juhu. As soon as the clock hits six in the evening, you can see a long line of people forming in front of the stall. Whether or not you order pani puris, Jacky offers free sukhi puris to all.

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Timing: 6 pm to 10 pm
Landmark: Gulmohar road no. 7, Juhu, Vile Parle West

Sharma chaat bhandar

Located in one of the poshest areas of Mumbai, they are very cautious about hygiene. Being spacious, it also has a sitting area. The pani puri here is an ideal combination of sweet and spicy. The service here will never disappoint you giving you an experience that would make you come back.

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Timing: 3 pm to 11 pm
Landmark: Amarpali Shopping Center, JVPD scheme, Vile Parle West

Jai Shankar

This place, which has permanently shifted to JVPD road number 6 now, is famous for its pani puris. The seller is so famous that he is regularly called at lavish parties.

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Where: JVPD road number 6, Vile Parle
Price: Rs. 35
Timing: 6 pm to 9:30 pm

Jain Sab Kuchh Food Plaza

One of the best chaats in the suburbs, they give utmost priority to hygiene. The servers always wear hair caps and plastic gloves. And the pani puris are mouth watering and finger-licking good.

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Timing: 9 am to 11 pm
Landmark: Link road, Malad West

Ganesh Chaat House

A small place on Subhash road, this place is always crowded with chaat lovers. The stall offers a choice between Sindhi pani puri and Ragda pani puri – a choice given by only a few chaat vendors. The puris are thin and crispy and the water is perfectly spicy.

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Timing: 11 am to 10 pm
Landmark: Subhash road, Vile Parle East

Shiv Shankar Chaat

The puris so crisp, the filling perfect, and the water tasty and cool – what else would you want.

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Timing: 10 am to 10 pm
Landmark: Shastri Nagar, Andheri Lokhandwala, Andheri West

Content and Image Courtesy: Aishwarya Maheshwari

 

Old Food Haunts In Agripada, Byculla

Old food joints tell stories about a place, and its unique sub-culture. In Agripada, you will get a glimpse into the community’s gastronomy through various vendors that have been serving various delicacies since decades. Most of them have retained their clientele and popularity.

Take a look at some of the more popular ones:

Handi

From the price of Re 1 per plate in 1992 to Rs 20 per plate in 2016, Handi’s managed to beat the inflation and has been serving affordable food for the past 25 years. selling his special food item which he calls ‘handi’.

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Recommendation: Handi
Timings: 5:30 am -9:30 pm
Landmark:  YMCA, Bombay Central

Corn Tadka

For the past five years, Corn Tadka has been stealing the hearts of locals with its unique corn chaat, served with chopped tomatoes, onion, curry leaves, and various other toppings.
It is quite a sight to watch him cook and add amazing colors to the chaat right in front of your eyes, over the burning coal.

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Recommendation: Corn Tadka
Timings:
9 am – 10 pm
Landmark: Opposite Handi, YMCA Mumbai Central

Alfan’s Sandwiches

For the past 20 years, Alfan’s has been selling the most popular sandwiches in Agripada.The sandwiches are grilled to perfection and tend to make people return for more. The place is also famous for its hot  pizzas as well.

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Recommendation: Veg Pizza
Timings: 10 am – 10 pm
Landmark: St. Joseph High School

Ragda

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Recommendation: Ragda
Landmark – Gemini Medical, Mumbai Central
Timings – 11 am – 8 pm

Content and Image Courtesy: Siddhi Chandra