Paid a visit to Gondola on a Friday evening with my dear friends and wasn’t disappointed one-bit! Primarily serves sizzler, but also has a wide variety of delicious starters and main course meals. Since most of the gang was veggie that day, I decided to tag along as a vegetarian myself!
First up was the Fried Crispy Crunchy Veg (cauliflower) which was good though I think next time I am ordering the same thing in chicken! That was followed by a cottage cheese dish, Dragon Paneer – wasn’t as fiery as I had imagined it to be. But delicious nonetheless. Plus, with the addition of sauces, it tasted even better. For main course, we had Paneer Shashlik Mushroom and Cheese which included paneer pieces, mushrooms, some green vegetable, french fries, rice and a single slice of cheese. It would have been better with a lot more cheese than that single slice (I assume it was either Amul or Britannia)!! Anyways, the dish was good, well cooked and the paneer was nicely marinated as well.
A meal isn’t complete without desserts! And so we ordered for Brownie with Ice Cream – shame they didn’t have sizzling brownies with ice cream – which is ironic, as you generally see ‘sizzling meals’ on every table at the restaurant!
Overall, the food was bland though the sauces added the extra flavours. Bland, in this case, doesn’t necessarily mean bad, rather different than others. Price was on the higher side (as compared to Saibaan, Turner Road, Bandra) though the quality was definately better at Gondola.
Here is a break-up of the bill:
Fried Crispy Crunchy Veg – INR 130
Dragon Paneer – INR 180
Paneer Shashlik Mushroom and Cheese sizzler – INR 350
Brownie with Ice Cream – INR 100
On the ambiance aspect, it was quite pleasing, aesthetically speaking.
Ending on a funny note, there were times when Gondola resembled a hospital more than a restaurant! Whenever a waiter brought a sizzler from the kitchen, the patrons would start coughing due to the masala-laded steam arising from the sizzlers!
Everyone’s going ga-ga over this new place next to Desiree which is next to Candies at Bandra Reclamation. So my team decided to head out to Masalacraft for the farewell of 2 colleagues. Eight of us, paraded through the glass door at Masalacraft, enchanted by its decor and an intriguing ceiling – adorned with small black pots! The ambiance got the thumbs up from us, and as we were the first to arrive there, we could choose a nice comfy place to have our lunch!
Whilst waiting for another colleague, the rest of us ordered for a few drinks including lassi, kamikaze shot and a saffron drink which was just so darn good! So good that multiple rounds followed thereafter! Besides the drinks, we had a paneer starter and a main course for the veggies and a chicken gravy dish for main course and biryani!! (Oh! How i just love biryani). The biryani quantity was quite a lot and for the price of INR 150, I think it was well worth the cost! Was it the best biryani I have had? hmm not really but definitely one of the best!!
A good, heartening meal and surprisingly, at only INR 281 per head, lighter on the pockets as well! They have drinks as well to make for a complete meal! We did not get to try the desserts, as we ran out of time, but surely, the desserts will be tried next time around!
At the end, along with the bill, came a Tibetan meditation bowl. Read more about the bowl here.
A boys night out, where we singles were supposedly supposed to mingle with other singles, ended in near disaster except for a sumptuous meal right at the end of the night! While we set out to do something different, we ended up at Toto’s Garage had a beer, gorged on veg schzwan fries (I think) and then strolled around until it struck my friend to go to Sigdi for some delicious biryani. I have only had rolls there before, and never went inside, just ordered them out! Well, tonight was different, a bunch of lazy bums needed rest from all the strolling around and so we went and sat on the top most level. Right besides this massive fish tank with equally big fishes!!
We quickly ordered for a hukka (Which only I puffed) and for a veg biryani. The hukka for just INR 130, was quite nice! But the cheapness was evident when the smoke started to hurt my throat just under an hour of smoking up! But that was fine once the biryani arrived. The aroma was quite gripping and I would give it a 4/5 for satiating my taste buds! The paneer, masala and the rice itself was well cooked and nothing was overcooked or raw which was a great thing. The biryani was for just INR 75 making. Offcourse, the best veg biryani I have had is the one at ‘Just Biryani’ but for half the price of JB, Sigdi’s biryani is a definite must have for a hungry stomach!
Also according to my friend, the black dal and malai paneer is extremely good for the veggies and for the non veggies well, I will have to try out to post recommendations!