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The puri trail

In around a month’s time,you will be able to trace the beginning of its legendary panipuris,browse through its menu and know all the exclusive varieties it offers… all of this online.

Written by Tanvi Salkar |
April 27, 2009 2:38:56 am

While every nook and corner in the city has a chaat stall ,this one has gone beyond to emerge as a chain and soon plans to launch its website

In around a month’s time,you will be able to trace the beginning of its legendary panipuris,browse through its menu and know all the exclusive varieties it offers… all of this online. The popular Jai Shankar Chaat House that began its journey as a makeshift stall on Pune Station around four decades back,has now spread to three branches in the city. The shop is now launching its website omjaishankar.com,celebrating the foodie legacy and an unremitting popularity. Although it has changed in many ways except the taste,Jaishankar is one of the rare places that brings back city junkies looking for its unparallelled savour.

Sanjay Yende has been into the business for the last three decades and the experience and expertise has led to its development as a brand that now caters to Camp,Mukund Nagar and Salunke Vihar. “I began with working at Motiram Devnani’s stall and it was his faith in me that he handed over the responsibility around 10 years back. Since then,I have been looking after and expanding the brand. The shop’s immense popularity inspired us to start the website,so that we could extensively reach out to and familiarise people with our offerings,” says Yende,who has opened the new branch in partnership with Sanjay Waikar. Incidentally,his elder son Satish Yende holds a degree in hotel management and was the one who came up with the idea of the website.

The new branch is more than just a chaat centre,what with air-conditioned interiors and being open from 4 pm to 10.30 pm,which is when people are still seen gorging on the chaats. “We have introduced uttapams,sandwiches and some more dishes. It’s all about offering a variety of food at one place and at a reasonable price. The variety in chaat,for instance,has Jain and Ragda Panipuri. I have also been catering in and around the city and celebrities from Rahul Bajaj to Subarto Roy have had our chaats.

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With the dishes priced between Rs 15-30,everything including the puri is homemade,by our staff of around 20 workers altogether. Summing up the chaat trail,Yende says,“When I started,it was totally different,with a plate of panipuri sold for a few paise. Today,you see how prices have increased and there’s a lot of competition too,with a centre in every corner. So finally,it’s the taste that matters. The chaats are entirely home made with even the puris made at our factory. People from all over visit the place and opening this new branch has only made them happier and us satisfied.”

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