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Feeling at home

Stranger in the strange land! 

That's what I always feel like when I move places, and this time was no different. The cold grey weather had added to my woes.

And then, one sad evening, while walking down the street, I smelled a familiar smell. The world just stopped existing for me! The time stood still! And all that mattered was that smell. The walk to that small eatery was just 5 minutes from where I was standing. And in those five minutes I remembered all the good times spent with my friends...especially when low on cash; the times when I was drenched to bone on my way home from a long day,  and this smell-- how it revived my spirits! And now again. Despite the biting cold I was sure that I was going to have a big smile on my face. I started walking towards the place sniffing in the air like a starved puppy!

As I reached the place that was the source...all I could see was happy, smiling, contented people leaving the place. From the big window, I saw friends chatting with each other over cutting chai [half a cup filled with strong tea], couples in their own dreamy land, sharing their wada-pavs and dabelis.

Jai Shree Krishna! Thats what I really felt!

It was the smell of hot, spicy and fresh batata wadas [deep fired blobs of mashed potato mixed with spices and dipped in batter]. The next hour was complete food heaven. My husband joined me at the place and we relished all those platefuls of our life back in Mumbai--wada pav with spicy lasoon chutney and green chilly, dabeli, spicy misal, gulachi poli [chapati bread made with jaggery filling] and cutting chai!

This eatery, Shree Krishna Wada Pav, is located on the Highstreet in Hounslow [close to ASDA] and dishes out authentic Mumbai food. Reasonably priced and modest in ambience, Shree Krishna Wada Pav will surely impress you with its service, friendly staff and quality of fare.

Whats more! For those from Mumbai...the place will surely make you nostalgic and you are sure to go back home thinking about the good ol' days....and a big smile on your face that says "Wow!!!!! Authentic wada pav in UK??!!"

Bon Appetit Folks!


Name of the eatery- Shree Krishna Vada Pav, Location- Hounslow High Street TW31QT, 
Cuisine Served- Maharashtrian
Would I go back? Again and fact I was there a few days back

Note: Pictures taken from a google search


Kalpa at: Jul 31, 2011, 3:38:00 AM said...

So well written Nandu. Right from the heart and mala ithe pani sutala. I have to go eat vada pav now :).


Nandini Chhatre at: Aug 1, 2011, 9:55:00 AM said...

Hi Kalpa Tai,

Thank you!!!! Aga coming from Amsterdam [where we dint get much of anything Indian], this was like heaven...


Ami at: Aug 2, 2011, 4:50:00 AM said...

Hope I get similar stuff in NJ! I live on these :D

Shivangi at: Aug 8, 2011, 11:10:00 AM said...

nice post nandu!!...the way you have described ....I have to have vada pav now & chai...ani ithe perfect rainy day ahe!!!....

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