Casual Dine - Shiv Sagar

Mumbai's legendary food chain restaurant, Shiv Sagar, opened its first outlet with a Franchise Partner in New Delhi, Janpath.

Shiv Sagar Veg Restaurant started in the year 1982, has been serving authentic vegetarian food. Their speciality lies in serving multi - cuisine vegetarian food which includes American, Mexican, Chinese, Italian and Japanese. Presently Shiv Sagar is located in cities like Mumbai, Pune, Goa, Kolkata and franchised outlets in Ahmedabad and Baroda.





On hearing that Shiv Sagar is opening in New Delhi, I was more than excited. Reasons - I failed to locate places that serve Mumbai styled Vada pav and because I have had good experiences on my visits to Mumbai in the past.

People have been flocking to this place as its the famous Mumbai's food chain (of course) but also because everyone has some knowledge of what Shiv Sagar will bring to the table. I visited months later, for the management to settle in a new City.


Ambiance --

The decor is decent with compact space and good lighting. The staff greets you with a smile on their face and are really polite all along. We were given a two seat table after waiting in the que for 30 minutes. However, when we asked for a more comfortable seating (at a rush lunch hour), the manager persuaded his staff to take us on a four seat table. Regrettably, this is where all the good things came to an end :|

    










 The service is slow and they require a revision as they lacked in coordination.


Food Talk --

The menu offers a lot of Street food from Delhi and Mumbai, in all segments, with sufficient quantity. It offers something for everyone. Going for a meal here means bringing the entire family.

Menu


We started with,


  • Juices -- 4 tall test - tubes. I liked the concept and it reminded me of all those "chemistry classes" but the juices were warm and not refreshing. 


Juices


  • Chili Idli -- (Top selling product, as mentioned by the server) Small chunks of fried Idli, tossed in Chinese Schezwan sauce, sprinkled with Capsicum, Spring onion and Coriander. An Indo - chinese style idli which tasted like Manchurian. 
Chili Idli


  • Bombay Bhel puri -- Freshly made, nicely presented but average in taste. They had only mixed the bhel in Tamarind (imli) chutney. 
Bombay Bhel Puri

  • Bombay Vada pav -- Served with Green (coriander) chutney, Tamarind (imli) chutney and Green Chili. Have had better ones in Mumbai. This was below average. Shattered again! So there is not a single place in the city that serves Mumbai style Vada Pav :(

Vada Pav

  •  Shiv Sagar Special Pav Bhaji -- (Another top selling product, mentioned by the server) Alright, bring it. Lets try what is special in it. The Pav was soft but very greasy and all I could taste in the Bhaji was butter. It was bland and had no flavor. 
Pav Bhaji

Overall, we had an average experience at a fancy ambiance  If you happen to be at CP there are ample options available and can skip Shiv Sagar - Not a tempting culinary adventure.   
Shiv Sagar is about to become a two-in-one kind of a place, with the opening of an upscale lounge Zamozza right behind it. (As mentioned by the Manager) 

Price - For two people Rs 1500 including all other taxes (which for a street food chain is too high) 

Will I go back? NO

Address - 52 Janpath, New Delhi (opposite Janpath market)
Timings - Noon till 4.30pm, 6.30pm till 11.30pm