Shudh is a bright, clean, well maintained and slightly cramped food court that’s vaguely amphitheatre-ish in appearance, Shudh offers a variety of cuisines to customers who, I was surprised to see, visited Shudh in hordes on a Tuesday evening; come 8pm and there wasn’t a single seat available!
I must have sampled every dish on their Mumbai Food Festival menu – Bhel Puri (69), Sev Puri (69), Sev Batata Puri (69), Dahi Batata Puri (69), Mumbaiya Ragda Patties (80), Sabudana Khichdi (80), Sabudana Patties (80), Mumbaiya Sandwich Plain (107), Mumbaiya Sandwich Grill (120), Mumbaiya Poori Chole (120), Vada Pav (67), Usal Pav (80), Misal Pav (80), Dahi Misal (80), Pav Bhaji (80), Jain Pav Bhaji (80), Cheese Pav Bhaji (89) and Dabeli (67) with the exception of the grilled Mumbaiya Sandwich.[nggallery id=181]
Surprisingly, every dish on the menu was very well made and quite representative of what it was said to be. I didn’t think the sandwich was anywhere close though perhaps Mumbaikars will be in a better position to comment in an authoritative manner. The Poori Chole was a little too bland for my taste; you may like it. I was especially interested in seeing the Pav, which I was told was initially brought in from Mumbai for a period of 15 days and then replicated at a bakery here. There’s another story somewhere in there; a story I’ll probably never know. I was quite surprised to see the pav they sourced locally was pretty damn good! Again, I’d love to hear what a Mumbaikar has to say on the subject. For some reason, they’re even sourcing triangular bread. A waste of effort I think, considering Jumbo bread, when cut diagonally would result in triangular slices of similar size. Their call any way.
What matters is that nearly all their food passed muster and you should trot over to Karol Bagh, perhaps on the Metro and try all the goodies they have on offer. I recommend the Sabudana Khichdi, Pav Bhaji and the Dahi Batata Puri.