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Shree Krishna

© Guy Dimond
London

Between a pawnbroker and a shop selling ugly furniture in Hounslow’s pedestrianised main street is this vegetarian snack bar which specialises in Mumbai-style snack food. It’s run by a Maharashtrian couple from Mumbai; most of the customers are Indian and know what to order, which is just as well, as the illuminated menu behind the counter is far from illuminating.

The names are written in Roman script, but with nothing beyond the name to go on (vada pav; dabeli; pav bhaji), you may struggle. ’Pav’ is pronounced ‘pow’, from the Portuguese word for bread: pão. These soft-batch bread rolls were introduced to the one-time Portuguese colony of Goa, but caught on in Bombay as useful ways to contain deep-fried or sloppy snack food. Hence you have ‘vada pav’, deep-fried balls of spicy potato in a bun, with licks of traffic-light coloured chili sauces; ‘ cheese pav bhaji’, a spicy vegetable curry, slopped into a disposable plastic plate, topped with grated processed cheese; or – our favourite – the ‘bhel puri’.

This bhel puri won’t have a street vendors of Mumbai quaking in their chappals, but it’s a pleasing confection of crispy, deep-fried sev (extruded gram flour) and puffed rice, spiced up with sour-sweet flavours. Chai (Indian-style tea) is squirted from a vacuum flask behind the counter into plastic cups and only costs 50p. The most expensive dish on the menu costs a mere fiver.

Shree Krishna is neither a date restaurant nor a destination for the discerning diner – it’s a fast food place. But it’s very cheap, and as close as you’ll get to eating the real street food of Mumbai without stepping onto a plane.

Venue name: Shree Krishna
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Address: 121 Hounslow High Street
London
TW3 1QL
Opening hours: Open 10am-8pm daily
Transport: Tube: Hounslow Central or Hounslow East tube
Price: Meal for two with soft drinks: around £10

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Sameer

Very authentic Mumbai street food place. The vada pav is awesome.(Spicy for the English taste) As said in the review it is not a fine dining place. If becomes one , obviously the prices in the menu will go up. Anyways street food cannot be enjoyed with a knife and fork. Will surely go again.