To get to the restaurant, we decided to go by Uber. By now, it was eight in the evening, but no way we managed to get an Uber. The hotel we are staying at, Westin Powai Lake, is fantastic, especially the staff. So less than five minutes later, after we waited for 15 minutes, they arranged transport for us. So there we went, by car through Mumbai’s notorious traffic. Before you know it, a two-lane road turns into six rows of cars, buses, scooters, and rickshaws. You just have to trust that the driver knows what he is doing, after all, it is not the first time he has been in this crowd. Actually, they are great drivers, I’m sure we are worse off behind the wheel.
Arriving at the restaurant, it became immediately clear that it was a popular spot. The whole restaurant was full, and even outside on the terrace, there was no table left. We were lucky, and the waiting time was not too long, so ten minutes later we were sitting outside on the terrace. Many people like to sit inside because the air conditioning is on and the temperature is a lot more pleasant than outside. Sometimes even a little too chilly so if we can, we like to sit outside. Downside: mosquitoes! Those monsters don’t seem to like Jeroen, so, that means after two days in Mumbai, I have at least 15 bumps on my legs, arms, and under(!) my feet.
We ended up ordering the Mini Veggie Sampler as a vegetarian starter, a mix of four small dishes, such as mushroom kebab and chili with roasted goat cheese. Really delicious! And the price? INR 325, equivalent to €3.65. For the main course, I chose a roll of spinach with paneer, basmati rice, and garlic naan, and Jeroen ordered something else very delicious. The plates are laid out beautifully, then the server serves the dishes on your plate, and you can enjoy the different flavors. Somehow we manage to order too much every time, probably because we prefer to try everything. So after our dinner, we couldn’t have anything more, but decided to share a dessert anyway, the Nutella & Toffee Tarte Fine, for €4.10. Luckily we shared this, as this was two pieces of chocolate cake, one made of white chocolate and the other made of milk chocolate. Great again, hefty of course, with all the chocolate but refreshing on the other hand, after the spicy food.
In the end, we paid €40 for a starter, two main courses, a dessert, a bottle of water, and a drink. The food is delicious, you get a nice experience in return, and you contribute to the community, and that is for a small price. So highly recommended if you are in Mumbai and looking for a cozy restaurant with a great atmosphere and amazing spicy food.