We had street side chaat at home…the chatwala came home, complete with his tokri (basket), stand and made it from scratch at home. Same taste, except this was made with home-made curd and distilled water to reduce contamination/ keep it hygienic. I haven’t had so much chaat in years.
In Vile-Parle, at my cousin’s house, there is a chaat wala who has been making house calls for years. So, when I told them about my week-long stay in Mumbai, we made a plan to call him on Saturday weekend. Armed with puri’s, puffed rice, teekha and meetha cutneys, sev , potatoes, onions and whatever he uses he came over at 8:15 pm.
Soon, we had platefuls of bhelpuri’s , pani-puris, dahi puri, sev puri etc. No standing by the road awaiting our turn, no nagging worry about how safe the water is for consumption, no chasing Varun. Varun played while we had an chat-pati evening. Spicy, Tangy and crispy.
We must have had several rounds of chaat. This was a novel concept. Perfect for small parties or kitty parties. No preparation and minimal clean-up. Once he was done, we paid him, cleaned up a bit and that’s its we were ready for some home-made dessert – phirni. Chat wala doing house call was first for us – you can probably tell by the tone of this post 🙂 Apparently, they also know a dosa guy who makes house calls. We have that already planned for when we visit next!
As promised, this is the list of restaurants we have tried and tested and the ones on the wish list. We have tried these places for dinner and its been almost always ala carte.
I don’t go for buffets unless they are highly recommended or unless I like the place on a prior visit. Buffet’s almost always have poor fare and lower quality.
There are virtually no hole in the wall places primarily because we are still adjusting to Indian palate and I don’t want us to catch a stomach bug (especially Varun!).
Restaurants we love: If you are visiting us, chances are we will take you to one of this.
- Ohri’s Tansen – Ambience, live sitar music, north indian food, impeccable service.Go early around 7:00 -7:30 pm to avoid crowds. Drinks and chaat are particularly good.
- Urban Asia – Young and buzzing,live music, Pan Asian food. Make reservations for window side table overlooking the Jubilee hills traffic below. Salt and Pepper prawns and drinks are highly recommended.
- Little Italy – Vegetarian, Italian thin crust pizzas, homestyle pastas and a decent wine collection. Love everything on the menu.
- Westin Brunch @ Seasonal Tastes– Obscene variety and perfect opportunity to be wasted on drinks and food if you have nothing else to do on a weekend. Live music, awesome dessert bar and separate children’s play area with kids menu.
- Four Seasons – Kebabs and Mutton Biryani. Go in a big group to taste the variety of this place can offer.Lassoni chicken kebab are highly recommended.
- La Cantina – Mexican food by pool side. Strong drinks, nachos, and a delectable tres leches cake ever. Live music. Need I say more.
- N Grill – Patio dining on a balmy evening, European/Italian. Mostly businessmen,families. Patio was a hit with Varun. Service is slow but food is good.
- Chutney’s – South Indian food. Period. Extremely busy and fast paced. Time at noon to avoid the morning breakfast/brunch crowd and lunch folks. Thali, idlis, wadas and traditional dosas are highly recommended.
- Mainland China – Indo-Chinese, friendliest service.
- Vadapav factory- Hole in wall, wink and you miss joint doling out vada pav in this southern city.
- Sweet Nirvana – Pastries and bread (havent tried their European dinning restaurant)
- Paradise – Mutton Biryani. Have to go here at least once.
- Taj Falaknuma – High tea, palace, grandeur.
- F Cafe and Lounge – Drinks , walking distance to home. Decent crowd and good music.
- Park (Hyderabad) – Location, Views and Chicken Biryani!
Been there, done that, may not go again
- Sahib , Sindh and Sultan – Setup in an old Indian railway coach. Mughlai food. Heavy and greasy.
- Ohri’s Urban Tadka – Typical north Indian. Nothing that you don’t get anywhere else, but good for weeknight dinner.
- N Asian – Liked it initially, but Urban Asia is better
- Prego – Great Italian food, but pricey and pretentious. Mostly business folks
- Dialog in the Dark – Unique dinning experience in the dark
- Cakes and More – Run of the mill pastries, ho hum.
- Subway, Kondapur – Slow service. Why should anyone eat here when there is four seasons right above it?
- Hyderabad House – Chicken biryani and salaan was better than Paradise but it’s better as a take out place than eat-in.
- Testa Rossa – OK food, great staff with kids. Smokers made us leave the place early though Varun had fun running around.
- The Square @ Novotel buffet – Pricey, OK food, OK variety. Westin is a better bet in that price range.
- Ista – Multi-cuisine. Went for burgers which were OK. Will go only if Microsoft pays for it.
Wish List – Can’t wait to try these
- Cinnamon Fusion – Multi cuisine
- Angeethi – Indian
- Ohris Serengeti – Indian
- via Milano – Italian
- Bikanervala – North Indian, chaat, street food
- So Restaurant – Continental/European
- Kibbeh Lounge- Lebanese
- Taj Krishna – Brunch recommendation
- Sigree – North Indian
- Khaan Saab – Hyderbadi food and Biryani
- Kerala Kitchen – Kondapur , Kerala cuisine
- Pista House – Haleem, Highly recommended. Almost always get sold out within an hour of availability.
- Shadab – Biryani
- Yellow Spice – Loved the one in Powai, Mumbai.
Have any recommendations that we must try? Drop a comment below!