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“Average BHEL at premium cost… but good hygiene level”

My “Bhel Span” includes Pune (form lesser known to crowded outlets including a few carts moving around Old Peth area selling dry Matki Bhel), Sangli Market, Kolhapur (not to forget Raja Bhaau), Mumbai, Vadodara and Ahmedabad-Gujrat, Kolkata version of Bhel known as Jhal Mudi etc. Usually there are variations in the ingredients used from region to region but the main thing which changes is type of Kurmure (puffed rice) as well as the chutneys.

Now about the place… Small establishment on North Main Road. More than half of the place is the reparation area and the rest is cash counter as well as seating area for patrons. The Pani-Puri counter is just outside, left of the entrance. Walked in during evening time last Sunday.

Ambiance-

Neat and clean environment with decent levels of illumination. There were a few more customers and it felt congested.

Hygiene levels were looking good. All the staff members were wearing masks, hand gloves and cloths were clean.

Menu-

There were many items on the menu including Bhels, Puris, Chats, Sandwiches and Beverages etc.

Tried-

Sarson Ki Bhel@50: Bhel with mild touch of mustered oil, served in a high end food grade cone, garnished with raw mango cubes, pomegranate seeds and spring onion. It was crunchy and tasteful though I expected it to be spicier (read hotter)!

Bombay Bhel@100: Bhel served in a high end food grade cone, garnished with raw mango cubes, pomegranate seeds and coriander. From middle of the cone downwards, it was soggy and lumpy, low on spice could have been better.

Got one of the Bhels parceled as well. It was decently packed in a disposable plastic jar with a lid.

Service- Decent.

Got one taster of Pani-Puri (complementary). Puri material appeared high on Rawa (Suji). It was crispy but the Pani was low on spices (read heat).

Summary –
Ambiance: 3.5
Taste: 3
Service: 3.5
Value for money: 2
Overall: 3

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