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“The best pav bhaji in town” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Sardar Refreshments

Sardar Refreshments
Ranked #696 of 14,405 Restaurants in Mumbai
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Indian, Fast food
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff
Mumbai, India
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111 reviews
92 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 104 helpful votes
“The best pav bhaji in town”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 2011

Sardar is known to be the best pav bhaji maker in town. Its USP is the amount of butter that the cook puts in the bhaji. Nice place ot have hot pav bhaji. The interiors are strictly ok but the place is always crowded with patrons.

Service is a little lackluster as if they want to make us wait to savor their pav bhaji, but i would day that the wait is worth it.

  • Visited July 2011
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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English first
Mumbai
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Bad press”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 August 2011

I think this place has been in the press several times for being caught as serving meat laad instead of butter. That explains how they can afford to put so much "butter" which when one sees them using it, says Amul butter.

    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank FUN_IDIOT
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Mumbai, India
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Sardar Sucks.”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 June 2011

Imagine my pathetic experience when I had to create a new ID for this review. Much has been said about the "amazing" food here. I think, to start off with, it's one of the most overhyped places in Mumbai. First, you are made to wait excruciatingly for almost 20 minutes, in the time which you were given some onions with chat masala(?). What is this, a country bar? Even starving Somalians have better experiences. Apparently, the owner thinks Japanese style batch manufacturing is the only way to serve customers. They wait until the whole hotel is filled up with customers, until they start preparing. And then, in instalments, comes your food. First the bhaji, well, I was shocked when I saw the amount of butter on top. I almost puked when I took a spoon of the same. Good way to increase your cold drink sales, no? And then, the paavs. Swimming in butter, handed out, no thrown on the tables, like jailors to starving prisoners. The pav bhaji, frankly, is not all that amazing. I've had much, much better pav bhaji at other places, and there's no dearth of them in Mumbai.

And the icing on the cake, simply, the service. To call the work the waiters do here, service, is dishonour and insult to millions of hard working waiters in hotels across the country. Apparently, they have only 2 waiters, or 3 in the evenings. These cretins are so stuck up, you would think they've worked in the Burj Al Arab or something. I waited for 15 minutes, before I was served water, which was plonked on the table, with a grunt and some inaudible words. And the guy who sits at the cash counter, I don't know if he's the owner, or just the manager, but EVERYONE who has been here, and seen customers argue with him about the pathetic service or anything else, is all too well versed with his behaviour. In fact, at Sardar, if you complain about something, other customers will stare at you, as if you have committed a cardinal sin.

All in all, a wonderful place in the good ol' days of the 60s and 70s, which has completely gone to the dogs. And people still frequent the place, because it's the cheapest in the area, especially for office goers. This place is doomed to join the ranks of other famous restaurants which have closed down, which will be remembered for having amazing food, but alienated customers because of their pathetic service.

  • Visited May 2011
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank Sardarsucks
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Mumbai, India
Level Contributor
74 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
“One of the best place to get good Pav Bhaji”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 August 2010

I've been going to this restaurant since I was a kid. I've practically seen it transform into the Pav Bhaji joint that it is today. While they've managed to maintain the taste & quality of the food served, they've also ensured they do not change the cost/plate to a level that cannot be afforded by common man. Keep up the good work going.

    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Parikhshit
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mum
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Utterly Butterly Pav Bhaji!!!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 May 2010

Check out the Sardar Pav Bhaji at Mahalaxmi...loaded with butter!!! Yummy

    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank imshweta
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