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.
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!)
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.
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.
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!