I first met Pao in Karama, kissing the red lips of tomato bhaji. In the same location, I saw Pao with a voluptuous batata vada. Lo and behold, Pao opened its own place serving different kinds of how you would like a Pao. Pao or Pav isn’t a person. I am referring to the slider which is like dinner rolls in many countries. In my country, we call it “monay”. O’Pao is a small fast food that can fit around 20 people. They have 15 options for the Pao. 7 veg option and 8 non-veg option.
I ordered a few of their famous sliders which were served with fried pasta as side-dish sprinkled with masala.
You can also order additional side dish like Kurkuri Bhindi which is the okra version of hot Cheetos. If you want something less spicy, the Sweet Potato Fries is what you should order as it has balanced sweetness, savory, and spicy.
Here are the Paos that I ordered:
O’ Manchurian Pao- Mix of veg patty in manchurian sauce. Patty taste like “lumpiang gulay” (spring roll) with sweet and spicy sauce.
O’ Vada Pao- My favorite flavors in one…cheesy and garlicky just how I like it. I like that the vada is not that thick and I can bite it easily.
O’ Balchao- Balchão is a method of cooking, made with either fish (de peixe), prawns (de camarão), or pork (de porco), in a spicy and tangy tomato-chili sauce is shrimp slider with a special red sauce. O’Pao used an original balchao recipe made of shrimp. I am not a fan of this, it is like eating “bagoong” (Filipino shrimp paste) with “monay”.
Choco Mousse Crunch- They used bourbon crust which is a famous biscuit snack in India. They used 58% dark chocolate mousse. The bitter taste balanced the sweetness of the bourbon cookies.
I am rating O’Pao 3.5.