My experience at Rajwardhan Foods at JP Nagar, Bangalore!
I absolutely love vada pav. Well I know I say that for most food but the food I feature here is the food I love so 😛 But among all those too I think I love love love vada pav a lot. And the thing I miss in Bangalore was a place where u get good vada pav. The ones if not fully matching up to Mumbai ones, at least come close to it. So when one day a friend suggested a place called Rajwardhan foods in JP Nagar, the trip was planned ASAP.
Though JP Nagar is not really the area I hang out in, I remembered that dialogue from Dil Chahta hai “cake ke liye hum kahin bhi ja saktein hain”. The same holds true for me for vada pav “vada pav ke liye hum kahin bhi ja saktein hain” LOL.
We had a friend A over who is as big a vada pav fan as I am, perhaps even more and all we knew of this place was the name. So after the help of google baba and burrp we found where the place is more or less and off we went with hubby’s new obsession the maps in his phone set with destination as Rajwardhan food. Now A has the same phone as N, so he set the destination in his phone too and with two phone trying to guide us to the same destination and giving two totally different directions, it was hilarious. And the men who anyway hate to ask for it (oh but I digress) arguing on it, we went round and round and round till we finally decided to ask and reached the place! Phew! and oh we still had one phone telling us after 200 mts turn left. That’s technology for you 🙂
When we reached we ordered for predictably vada pavs 🙂
The vada pav was yummylicious to say the least. Rightly fried, potatoes with that hint of ginger and green chilly, fresh and soft pav with the a pretty good chilli garlic chutney topped by a fried green chilly. It made the perfect package. Certainly one of the the best vada pavs I have had in Bangalore. After finishing our first round of vada pav while we were deciding on what to eat A just went ahead and ordered another vada pav and another yeah that’s all he ate that time, one can take that as an indication of how good it was 🙂
Post that, N and I ordered sabudana vada and pav bhaji and though the sabudana vada was again pretty authentic (though I didn’t understand its pairing with curd, is that how it served my Marathi friends?), the pav bhaji was well nothing much to speak of. Pretty ordinary not bad certainly but also not among the top 5 ones in Bangalore.
And yes, they served the pav bhaji with papad. I don’t know whether to be happy for the local touch or sad that they didn’t stick to the authentic thing. Yeah I am a confused soul that way 🙂
While we were eating all this, the child decided he didn’t want to taste any of the new stuff and wanted to eat the poori, he saw the other people on the next table eating (BTW what’s it with wanting to eat what other people are eating? Every place you should have a way of ordering where what those guys are eating should be valid :P). The poori bhaaji was surprisingly pretty good and we all loved it.
We also went ahead and ordered a dabeli which was though quite authentic but frankly not my kind of food.
We also ordered a yummy and spicy buttermilk and ended the meal with some shirkhand and all in all, had a very satisfying dinner with talks of when to go back there already one 🙂 Because I wanted to try the thalipeeth and the sabudana khichdi which I couldn’t because, well there is only so much one can eat at one time.
And went back we did pretty soon and tasted what we wanted to. The thalipeeth was outstanding but the sabudana khichdi somehow left me wanting for me, but still it wasn’t bad.
The place is a small Darshini like place (for those who are not from Blore and don’t understand what it means it’s basically a place where tables are placed, self-service, you take your food stand and eat. Pretty basic stuff and pretty cheap too) and the tables are placed on the pavement. The joint is all but a huge kitchen with a small slab for servicing and order pick up. So keep that in mind when you go there.
All in all a place for a quick bite if you like vada pav and other Maharashtrian foods.