Of Family Restaurants & Our Favourite one ‘Shashi’ – Food Review

Family restaurants may not be a big deal now, considering it’s the fast-paced era of cafes, lounges and what not; but they still have their charm. They have earned it, and upheld it even then! When we were kids, dinning out was obviously not an everyday occasion, or at least not the way we do these days . . . going out for dinner on the weekends. Dinning out would mostly be twice a month, or if there was a birthday. Such was the frequency!

 And most of the times, we shied away from exploring new joints or eateries. We’d always, always have that one all-time favourite restaurant on our minds when it came to dinning out with families. As if it was an unsaid rule to never ditch that place. Was it the taste that the place offered us or simply our brand loyalty, we know not. But that was it. And it was fun! Everything seemed perfect from the waiter who’d take our orders to the servers, shooting the breeze while eagerly waiting for our meals, from gazing over at the countless menus and finally ordering the customary food to finally thanking the managing for their service.

These days it’s hard to find a restaurant that would be so dear to you, you don’t mind popping in there over and over again. And yet, here we are – visiting our favourite restaurant Shashi, literally, every time we think of dinners! We’ve been visiting Shashi for about 3 years now, and we don’t think we’re ever going to get over it. Shashi has been around for more than ten years actually, and while it took us a little long to discover this amazing place, we are not gonna miss it ever, promise!

Located right opposite to the highway near Siddhivinayak, Prabhadevi, in Mumbai, Shashi is a family restaurant that serves excellent coastal food. Yes, there are veg options in their menu too.

The interiors of this cozy, little place are not very grand. It’s simple yet impressive. The restaurant meekly oozes out calm and soothing vibes and would definitely make you feel relaxed while you munch on your treats. We were mesmerised by the neat, and clean tables and the cutlery too!

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Even though, Manglorean cuisine is their speciality, everything else including Chinese is lip-smacking! With a span of three years, we’ve picked up some of our favourite dishes. These are –

Chicken Gassi, Pahadi Kebab, Paneer Chilly, Chicken Manchow Soup & the Veg Clear Soup.

Chicken Gassi –

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Chicken Gassi and Neer Dosa

If you are a fan of spicy, Indian chicken dishes, you’ll love this. Gassi is a Manglorean delicacy, with flavours the south-indian spices, coconut, coconut milk and tamarind. To begin, we had never tried any south-indian delicacy before (except idli, dosa, uttappa, wada and filter coffee, of course!), so we were quite excited to try this one. Much to surprise, we loved the chicken Gassi served at Shashi. Though it was a bit spicy, it was irresistibly tasty. The chicken was well cooked, tender and the curry left us wanting for more. It was served with Neer Dosa and we must admit, this is one hell of a combination! Warm, large, soft, faintly sweet and white – the neer dosas were just heavenly!

Pahadi Kebab –

 

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Oh, for the love of food, never ever miss these if you’re at Shashi. So tender, and soft enough to cut through effortlessly. The Pahadi Kebabs are usually served with the Pudina or the Mint chutney accompanied by a fresh, delectable salad along.

Paneer Chilly –

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Combined with the traditional paneer and the chinese chilli powder, the Paneer chilli is a starters that one would crave for, especially if more of a paneer person! Though it was a starter, the hot, crispy paneer had melted our hearts already.

Manchow Soup & the Veg Clear Soup –

“Only a pure heart can make a good soup”. Well, Shashi truly has some pure hearts, then. Their Chicken Manchow & Veg Clear Soup have been our favourites by far. Hearty & comforting, one just cannot ignore these cozy bowls of deliciousness!

 

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So, that’s about our review for one of our most-visited restaurants. And here’s our verdict:

Cost for two – 600 INR

Hygiene – 9/10

Taste – 8/10

Ambience – 8/10

Service – 9/10

Value for Money – 9/10

Overall Rating: 9/10

We hope you guys enjoyed reading this po2st just as much as we enjoyed writing it down here!

Have a great, delicious weekend!

 

 

 

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Visiting Aaswad on a rainy weekend!

Hi Guys,

We are here with our first ever post today! Well, to those staying in Mumbai, as monsoons have already hit the city, most of you guys are busy – Either planning a great weekend getaway or digging in some monsoon-y (if that’s even a word) snacks. While we did not plan our getaway this week, we ended up visiting Aaswad, one of our favourite eatery in Mumbai.

Located in the heart of Dadar (Mumbai, India), Aaswad is one such restaurant that you shouldn’t miss. Especially if you want to try the local Maharashtrian food, Aaswad will never disappoint you. The restaurant was previously located in Shivaji Park near Dadar, right diagonally opposite to the Shiv-Sena Bhavan. However, due to some construction work going on in the area, it is now shifted to Gokhale road near Shivaji Park. Nevertheless, it is still the same old Aaswad that continues to have a long queue of its customers day and night. Not only the food, but this place is great in itself. You’ll mostly find Maharashtrians having their jolly good snacks. The place has an intriguing charm which makes the entire ambience wonderful. It’s always filled with people, and yet one can manage to find peace while munching different delicacies.

As usual, we ordered their two main specialities – Misal Pav and Thalipeeth.  Oh, and also the delightful Piyush.

Just so you know, Aaswad offers one of the best and an award-winning Misal Pav. There is literally nothing that we can complain about this Misal. It. Is. Perfect.

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Misal Pav is a popular Maharashtrian dish. Misal is a spicy curry made of sprouts and further topped with Farsaan (Salty snack), onion and coriander. When you think of Misal, there are different types (as per the regions in Maharashtra) – you have the Puneri Misal (One from Pune), Nashik Misal (Nashik), the Kolhapuri Misal (From Kolhapur) and so on, each one having its own typical taste, representing the region it comes from. Misal Pav at Aaswad is regular Mumbai-styled – it’s neither too spicy nor too mild. The curry is quite flavoursome, with the Farsaan adequately added.

The next dish on our table was the Thalipeeth. Thalipeeth is a kind of pankcake made of multiple grains in India. Now, this isn’t exactly a pancake as it does not taste sweet. It is generally crispy and moderately spicy. However, the dough is specially prepared from Bhaajni (A kind of flour that’s made from roasted grains, spices & legumes). You are served it with fresh, white butter onto it and a curd-chutney along. The chutney is simply amazing. Well, this time, though the taste was retained, the consistency of it was not as usual. It was a bit hard that we actually had to take efforts to break it (with forks ofc!)

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Next we ordered the famous ‘Piyush’ – a beverage popular in Maharashtra; it is sweet to taste. At Aswaad, you can simply enjoy this authentic drink. The taste was usual, perfect. It has a smooth & creamy texture and you can taste the dry fruits in it, with the overpowering nutmeg and elaichi flavour.

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Piyush in general, would give one an impression of lassi, except that it is yellow, and is different. It may have the hint of lassi in the taste but there’s a lot more to it. It’s made from Shrikhand (thick yogurt based dessert) and buttermilk.

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To sum it up, we’d say, we had a great time as always. We certainly regret on not ordering their famous ‘Kharwas’ (A sweet dish) this time. But we do promise to do so the next time we go there, and of course review it here!

So here goes our final verdict–

Cost for two – 300 INR

Hygiene – 9/10

Taste – 8.5/10

Ambience – 8/10

Service – 9/10

Value for Money – 8/10

Overall Rating: 9/10

P.S – Aaswad is always crowded. And we kid you not, there are people waiting outside in cues to get in. Also, there is no reservation system here, as yet. So have patience when you go there. You might as well get a good seat quickly if you’re lucky!

P.P.S – Interesting posts coming up real, real soon!

Until then,

Keep munching!

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