Bringing the taste of ‘Aamchi Mumbai’ to Delhi

A food pop-up by Bombay Boy In Delhi recently brought Mumbai’s authentic street food to the capital’s Dhan Mill Compound.
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Nishit Dalal prepares his special Black Pav Bhaji with dry coconut and some secret spices. Image: Courtesy Bombay Boy in Delhi.

Gateway of India or India Gate? Vacation on Goa’s beaches or weekend in the Himalayas? Mumbai local or Delhi metro? While there’s no answer to break the debate on which city is better, we know for sure that both know their way around food. And Nishit Dalal has found a way on how to love Delhi’s chaat without having to miss out on Mumbai’s fiery bites.

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Authentic fare served hot all the way from the streets of Mumbai. Image: Courtesy Bombay Boy in Delhi.

Dalal aka Bombay Boy In Delhi, recently took Dilliwalas on a flavourful journey through a Mumbai street food pop-up at Two Brothers Organic Farms studio located in the popular Dhan Mill Compound in Delhi’ Chhatarpur area. The two-day pop-up had a limited menu with four dishes — Black Pav Bhaji, Misal Pav, Masala Pav, and Falooda — each with a unique Bambaiya twist. The black bhaji was prepared by adding dry coconut and homemade masalas, while the falooda and misal came also came in vegan options.

A satellite engineer by profession and a chef at heart, Dalal grew up in Mumbai and moved to the capital in 2019 for work. When the Bombay boy in him started missing his city’s street food with authentic ‘Aamchi Mumbai‘ taste a little too much, he finally decided to bring his favourites to the city he now calls his home.

The weekend was a huge success, as the venue was abuzz with people from all around Delhi, and they were sold out before 5 pm the second day! While the pop-up is over now, Dalal says he will soon come back with a weekend menu for delivery across Delhi-NCR, in addition to more pop-ups, of course.

The extended menu (with more dishes like vada pav and dabeli) will be posted on his Instagram handle @thebombayboyindelhi every week, and orders would close by Thursday night for delivery on Saturdays and Sundays. He is also planning a ‘home and studio experience’ set up where Dalal intends to host intimate groups to some authentic Bombay fare. 

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