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The unofficial canteen

Colleges might have great canteens, but it is the little eateries outside college where students bond most.

mumbai Updated: Oct 07, 2010 16:49 IST

Dhiraj vada pav, opposite NM College, Vile Parle

1,500 to 2,000: That’s the number of vada pavs sold at Dhiraj’s stall on a regular day. The uncrowned king of vada pav, Dhiraj’s stall caters not only to students of NM and Mithibai College, but also to students from all over the city. Students who pass out also drop by at the stall, so it can be both a student as well as alumni hang out. You are also likely to bump into your college professors, who are just as big fans of the vada pav.

Suraj Golawalla, outside K.J Somaiya College, Vidyavihar

Suraj, the golawalla, is a bit of a saviour for the thirsty students of KJ Somaiya group of institutes. Along with doling out delicious golas, he also chats with his customers about their day at college. A lot of students are on first name basis with this master of ice and relish his golas every day. At Rs 8, his orange flavour gola is the most popular.

Siddhu da Dhabha, opposite SIES College, Sion

Good things come in small packages. And so does Siddhu’s frankie. Set up three years ago, this tiny stall has many followers.

Priced at Rs 15 with just the right amount of vegetables and sauces, the roll is a quite a deal. The stall is a small part of Jalaram General Stores, which is run by the owner’s relative.

Subhash Sandwich, opposite RA Podar College, Matunga

Seated at the same spot for the last 23 years, this sandwich craftsman has been catering to his customers with his signature chutney sandwich. Toast, cheese, bread-butter and the newly added chocolate sandwich are the highlights of the menu. While students from all over the city come to savour his sandwiches, some ex-students simply come to greet the humble maker himself.

Durga Parmeshwari, outside Ruia College, Matunga

Popularly known as DP’s, the 25-year-old restaurant has it own Facebook page created by its fans. Located exactly opposite Ruia College, its pav bhaji and fruit beer combination is a favourite among students. It is the most-loved mood elevator after a hard day of lectures. While college students constitute as regulars, it’s not uncommon to find adults waiting in their cars on weeknights.

Pritam Food Corner, outside Khalsa College, Matunga

This tiny joint owes its rise to popularity to the Chinese bhel served here. Mixed with vegetables and Chinese sauces of various colours, the dish is a huge hit. For Rs 20, it’s quite a mouth-watering deal. Started four years ago, the stall owned by Nitesh Savla sells about 700-800 bowls of Chinese bhel every day.

Santosh dosawalla, outside Sophia College, Breach Candy

A stall outside girls’ college is a tricky location, but when your dosas are this popular, location hardly matters. The sound of oil sizzling on the hot tawa is not even half as delightful as the crisp dosa that 30-year-old Santosh dishes out every four minutes. At Rs 15 a plate, students tend to overorder. A lot of south Mumbai students come here for dosas and the crowd.

First Published: Oct 07, 2010 16:46 IST