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Monday, October 30, 2006

Pav Bhaji

You may call it Pav Bhaji or Bhaji Pav, depending on where you have it. If it is on the roadside, it is called the latter. And when I was in Bangalore, the roadside option was never available, because it is a typical Bombay dish. So, I always had to opt for the hygienic version. Let not the 'always' in the above sentence misguide you that I always had Pav Bhaji. I simply love idlis and dosas and I used to have it endlessly during the time I spent there, but for a change, I used to go for PB. One such PB was ordered for by my friends and me at Jayanagar 4th Block, at a restaurant whose name I fail to recollect. It tasted good. But just as we were half done with it, we discovered an inch long cockroach being kind of camouflaged in the brown coloured Bhaji. My friend, in whose plate the roach was found, seemed to be angrier than us all and in his anger he forgot that all the bhaji must have been prepared at one go. I was calm and did not bother much until I heard the half hearted sorries of the waiter. Much much later and during my last days in Bangalore, I ordered for a PB at Anna Kuteera at Banashankari. This PB too was tasty. And just as I finished half of it, I discovered an army of ants sandwitched in my Pav(Bread). According to my estimates, I must have eaten not less than a score of ants. I marched to the manager. This manager, unlike the waiter in the previous case, apologised from the bottom of his heart. I could see the sincerity in his apology overflowing through his eyes. I let him go with replacement of just the bread, though I had the chance to order for any dish on the menu!
Now, I should try out the BP some day. On the streets of Bombay. I would not have any problems in accepting the hygiene standards for sure.


Blogger EXSENO said...

Oh my and the food looks so good. What a shame to have such a disappointment in the middle of a meal. Next time go through it all before you start to eat.

Nov 5, 2006, 1:28:00 AM  
Blogger Nirav Thakker said...

ha ha!! well said dude!! in fact it is not everyday that such "Accidents" happen!! i don't think you must curse all the hoteliers and thele wallas at Bangalore.

Nov 6, 2006, 4:53:00 AM  
Blogger Neel Arurkar said...

Exseno : :-) Not quite a dissapointment. After all, it gave me an opportunity to blog!

Nirav : No dude, not cursing them at all. Galtiyan tho hote hi rehti hai..

Nov 7, 2006, 7:01:00 AM  
Blogger Keshi said...



Nov 9, 2006, 8:19:00 PM  
Blogger Neel Arurkar said...

Keshi : The cockroach, ants or the PB :-)

Nov 9, 2006, 8:22:00 PM  
Blogger Bhagya said...

Very unlikely that u will find a roach or ants in food at the road side stalls in Bombay. Somehow the other places just dont take the gourmet business seriously.

Nov 23, 2006, 7:03:00 AM  
Blogger Neel Arurkar said...

:-P Had Pav Bhaji at Girgaum chowpatty the other day. Got an insect :-)

Nov 29, 2006, 7:21:00 AM  
Blogger Sarang said...

nahi re... bag to gayee - no hope now!
lekin mujhe afsos rahega ki me tere blog pe kyu aaya abhi!
Tune yaar paav-bhaji ki photo laga rakhi hai!!!!
8 mahine ho gaye aisi paav-bhaji dekhe hue bhi - khane ki to baat dur rahi :((((

Dec 2, 2006, 2:25:00 PM  
Blogger rashmialways said...

yukk.I faced same incidence when i was in Ruia.China man as u all ruiets know by heaven of chineese(cheaper closer and classy ) discontinued my meal by fried cockroach in manchao soup.

Dec 3, 2006, 1:59:00 AM  
Blogger Neel Arurkar said...

Sarang : :-) Saale wapas kab aa raha hai??

Rashmi : :-) I have been there a couple of times..

Dec 4, 2006, 5:24:00 AM  
Blogger Vijay said...

Interesting! Two times, insects in the same dish is something more of a coincidence. Keep eating more PBs..

Apr 10, 2007, 5:57:00 AM  
Blogger Neel Arurkar said...

Dude, later I tried PB at Girgaum Chowpatty. Got one of those insects that flock the lights :-)

Apr 10, 2007, 6:27:00 AM  

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