Last week on Friday the 13th, Rachita, Ekta & me were heading to work. 15 Minutes away from office we decided to take a detour and head to Panvel which is just off Vashi / New Bombay to have some awesome Vada Pav’s, Missal, etc. There is this quaint but extremely popular eatery called “Dutta Snacks”. Before we move forward, for people who dont know what Vada Pav is, check the image below and also the wikipedia description. Vada pav (Marathi: वड़ा पाव), sometimes spelled wada pav, is a popular vegetarian fast food dish native to the Indian state of Maharashtra. It consists of a batata vada sandwiched between 2 slices of a pav. The compound word batata vada refers in Marathi and Gujarati to a vada (fritter) made out of batata, the latter referring to a potato. Pav refers to unsweetened bread or bun. Vada pav was supposedly devised by snack vendor Ashok Vaidya outside Dadar station in 1971.
Moving on, so post deciding we are going to be heading to Dutta Vada the excitment was immense and uncontrolabale 🙂 the weather was perfect – cloudy, raining and nice & cool! We started to go towards the express highway from vashi & took a turn just before the expressway bridge, the turn connects to the road to Panvel. The road leading to this place is simply amazing, super empty with scenic view of hills and in this season the greenery, etc. is simply brilliant!!! All through the journey we were listening to hardcore Bollywood music, also multiple discussions on random stuff was happening. Ekta, our in-house Google Maps expert, was helping navigate the route. After about 25 minutes of driving from Vashi, we finally reached our destination, parked our car, and then went in for the order…
The Place is situated at a circle and in a quaint corner next to a garage. Though unassuming, this place draws in some serious crowds basis legacy, quality & taste of food served. Also considering it was a Friday, there was a decent crowd as you had people travelling to short destinations for a weekend getway. While the women went to freshen up, I ordered a couple of plates of Vada Pav, Missal & Sabudana Khichdi. Post getting the order & finding a quiet corner to eat, we devoured the food pretty damn fast as it was totally awesome! Vada Pav & Missal to die for though I didn’t like the Sabudana Khichdi as it was covered with Peanuts. Post the brunch we decided to pack some stuff for colleagues & head back to work… The drive back was absolutely unreal considering we are super excited about the fact that we had actually gone through with a random plan, ditched / postponed work gone had some awesome food, add to that we were listening to music from Rowdy Rathore. Point to note here Ekta believes the first 3 songs of Rathore sound alike… Hmmmm Pagli hai bhai pagli (slightly crazy is the literal translation).
I have also taken some amazing pictures of our trip which I have posted in the gallery below, do take a moment to check the same out. Also a sincere suggestion post our experience to all of you who read this is do try something like this occasionally, the same just changes your perspective on the day and in turn the week seems so much better. You dont have to go to a eatery only, there might be days when you feel like having a icecream at work or you feel like leaving on a half day or whatever, my suggestion go with the feeling and see how things turn out. Trust me you won’t be dissapointed… Also what made this trip super sweet is that it happened on a Friday post which Saturday & Sunday happen which is totally Ulti Bakka!!!