My grand parents and parents are originally from Pune. I spent every summer vacation in Pune and even though in those times, the eating out options were limited ( Poona Club was pretty much it) I remember that ever so often, my chacha would slink out for a bit. I followed him once (my family house is in Bund Garden) just being a nosy kid and found out that he was cheating!! Cheating on us kids by not taking us along to this weirdly situated "tea shop". I was a foodie then and a foodie now so even at that young age of 10 or so, I walked into Vohuman Cafe and confronted my chacha as to why I was being deprived! :)
I remember taking in the ambiance. it's a bit hazy now but it was a basic Irani joint. Plastic chairs, Formica top tables, flies, a couple of dogs and a general buzz. But the one thing that over powered it all was the aroma! Oh Lordy the aroma. I don't remember what I ate then but I remember leaving a happy trooper and with a new partner in crime, my chacha.
Fast forward to the present.
We were out shopping at Fab India opposite Jehangir Hospital and hungry as hell. Odd time, around 4 pm...where to go? What to eat? And suddenly I remembered Vohuman Cafe. My husband is Swedish but I swear he has a stomach of steel and is very adventurous. He loves India and has embraced it in all ways from learning Hindi to eating all local food wherever he goes. He'll sweat like crazy with the spice and say he isn't genetically constructed to eat this kind of food, but he'll wipe his face and happily tuck in :) So, with that in mind, I suggested Vohuman.
I swear, it felt like time had frozen in this place and I was 10 years old again. Suddenly it all came tumbling back to me! From the same old Irani man sitting at the "galla", to the ancient menu board with a few wrong spellings which boasted of every artery clogging food one can think off( although the menu is VERY restricted around bread, bun maska , eggs and cheese) to the flies, the old servers and also the dogs!!The same chairs and tables, albeit more scruffy with time. I found it so cool that over time, the prices had obviously changed but instead of changing the board they had just taped new prices onto the board! LOL! Trust the bawas and Irani"s to be eccentric like that. Having part bawa blood in me, I should know :)
Also another memory flashback reminded me how busy the place had been then and it hadn't changed now!
My husband looked at me with that "Really?!" look. I just told him to sit down and try.
We ordered the two egg bhurjis, two slice butter and cold drinks.
The food comes really fast and the turnover at this place matches the service.
When the food came my eyes were like saucers. The bread slices had thick layers of butter and the egg bhurji looked like it had been cooked in it! But the aroma was the same and despite all my dietary restrictions, I couldn't help but dig in.
That first bite transported me back to my childhood. Nothing had changed! I suddenly remembered I had had this before and had at that time been given Bournvita which was still on the menu!
If youre calorie or health conscious, this place is not for you. The prices have changed but even for today, this is very very affordable. I think we spent just over a 100 Rupees for the both us and we ordered extra bread along the way to mop up the grease :))
They use butter like water and their hygiene is pretty iffy but if you, like me, want to go somewhere for a really good old fashioned egg bhurji or omelette and perhaps a walk down memory lane, Go to Vohuman. Trust me, they'll still be there just as they have been for decades ;)
P.S: Irani uncle sends you a hand written bill and at the bottom of the total amount, he draws a smiley :)) So adorable!!