Gondala, Pali Hill, Bandra – Worth a Visit!
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!