Archive | September, 2010

Pav Bhaji Dosa anyone??

4 Sep

Oh no no! Its not two dishes. Pav Bhaji Dosa is one yummy dish served at Gurukripa, Sion, Mumbai. This fusion dish is a crisp dosa with the bhaji (vegetable gravy),  from mumbai’s famous pav bhaji, smeared on the inside of the dosa.

Gurukripa is a famous Indian snacks and sweet treats joint in the lane opposite Sion Station. Gurukripa is the samosa factory for almost all of Mumbai’s movie theatres. One of the many famous dishes served here is Chhole Samosa (Rs. 20). This place is also very famous for its pani puri (a popular street snack in India). The pani puri here is sweeter than its counter parts elsewhere, but is filled with a delicious mint flavored sweet and spicy water and boondi. I have tried pani puri at so many places by now that I have lost the count. But no where have I found one as uniquely tasty as the one at Gurukripa. Priced at Rs. 25 for six puris, this might seem a little expensive than the usual street side prices but it is worth every rupee spent!

I love Gurukripa because it is one of those few completely vegetarian places which leave me confused with the wide array of foods that they have. It is not humanly possible to be able to choose in a minute from a choice like – pani puri, sev puri, bhel puri, aaloo chaat, pav bhaaji, chhole chaat, chinese (completely desi version), sandwiches, chhole bhatura,thirty types each of dosa and uttapam, some ten different types of pakoras, sabudana wada, puri bhaji, fixed lunch thali, fresh fruit juices and cut fruits, fruit salad, lassi, milk shakes, indian delicacies like jalebi, laddoo, barfi, bombay halwa, gajar halwa… whew! The list goes on and on…

I also love Gurukripa because all this yummy food is available at very affordable prices. I have had loads of food here with a lot of friends here but never have we managed to spend more than Rs. 500 in one go. One drawback of Gurukripa is its ambience. Visibly cramped and super crowded, Gurukripa is not the place to have a peaceful meal. Eating here means having to sometimes share your table (if you manage to get one to yourself) with others or having to keep your plates on the tall tables and eat while standing. But then again, its a famous street side joint with so many options, in the heart of the city of Mumbai- its got to be crowded folks!

So the next time you are crossing Sion, don’t forget to stop by Gurukripa and try the pani puri or chhole samosa. I guarantee that that is not the only thing that you will end up eating there!


Drunken Chicken!! Here we come!

1 Sep

What happens every time happened yet again! We were doing our usual grocery shopping at the neighborhood superstore housed in Inorbit mall, Vashi. By the time we were done with the shopping for the week to come, we were oh-so-tired that neither of us was looking forward to going back home and trying to figure what to have for dinner. And it happened. Our brains started sending us tweets- ‘Retro night at Kiva’; ‘Makhmali Kabab and Corona’; ‘Cheese stuffed mushrooms’ and finally, DRUNKEN CHICKEN!

Kiva Lounge Vashi is completely unlike its cousin in Bhosale Nagar, Pune (Thank god!). Navi Mumbai unlike big brother Bombay does not have a lot of good food and entertainment options. Kiva is one of the few good restaurants where you can have great food, drink and good music – guaranteed. A spacious restaurant, a well stocked bar, a limited but good menu (Indian and Oriental) and pretty decent music.

The best days to visit are Friday and Saturday evening. A chilled beer or a tall drink, sumptuous appetizers and the DJ playing Clapton, UB40, Beatles, Abba… you get the drift… Beautiful! Thursdays are bollywood nights which I dont personally fancy, but if you are open to singing along some satte pe satta, disco dancer, nagin, amar akbar anthony kind of songs then this is the place for you.

My personal food favorites at this pub-lounge-restaurant hangout: DRUNKEN CHICKEN (trust me, even you wont be able to get over it!), pan fried prawns, cheese stuffed mushrooms, paneer kalimiri, bulgogi chicken. Their Indian main course has a bowl of curry, rice or two baby rotis and salad. It might seem insufficient when you read it on the menu but after a couple of rounds of their amazing appetizers and drinks, that main course is more than enough! The oriental cuisine is quite tasty and filling. Must try- Malaysian flat noodles, Satay chicken and noodles, Sweet and Sour chicken/prawn/veggies, pan fried noodles. They dont have a lot of choice in soups, salads and desserts, though the chicken soup is the kind that moms make at home – comforting and wholesome.

Kiva is a great place to catch up with buddies with whom you can sing all your favorite songs and get drunk. There are times when they actually manage to recreate the charm and atmosphere of thousand oaks, M G Road, Pune. If you are looking for an intimate dinner/lunch, then you will have to go here on a weekday.

A dinner for two will cost you Rs. 1500 to 2000 (depending on the drinks).

Psst… They also have some special recipes off the menu- ask their chef to make you some beer batter prawns/chicken, potatoes and veggies in sour cream, thai stir fry veggies and chicken malai kebabs. Happy eating!

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