Traveling to Churhgate, the southern most tip of the Western Railway in Mumbai, isn’t something I do often. Most of the eating (aka hogging) happens at the station itself. But today, I was here with a purpose. To have a beer and some chicken along with it. The only place I knew which was close to the station was Churchgate Restaurant. Opposite 210 Degrees, this is a quaint little place. Nothing much to speak off as far as ambiance is concerned, there is however, an antique clock hanging next to the TV set, lending a bit of charm to the entire place. The ceiling is high as well, a feature absent from most new structures.
We grabbed the biggest seat there was for the three of us and ordered for a pitcher of beer. It wasn’t chilled but it wasn’t warm either. Ordered some Chana Dal with the beer and for starters a Chicken 65. Was a bit aghast with the quantity which was way too less for my liking. At INR 100, I have had better chicken 65 and in far greater quantity as well.
Next up we ordered for our main course – Chicken Masala Fry. The quantity was less here as well. They do not serve Tandoori Roti so had to do with chapati (which is a thinner version of a Tandoori Roti). The Masala Fry was just about ok. The thick gravy had a consistent flavour which drowned any other flavour present in the dish. In the meantime, we ordered for another pitcher.
Overall, the food is nothing to write home about. Beer wasn’t chilled but if it was, I wouldn’t be able to have it for my ongoing sinus problems! So no issues for me! The thing is though, sitting at Churchgate and having beer makes me feel ‘cool’. The place doesn’t have a beer bar ambiance but that is a good thing in my book.
Service: 4/5 – Service was excellent. The waiter was busy but he always had a smile on his face and did not hesitate to answer any queries we had. Though if only he had told us, food isn’t so good, we could have gone elsewhere!
Price: Pitcher: INR 190 (INR 130 on Sundays, A real bargain IMO).
Other offers: Chicken Dhansak (INR 110 on Fridays and Saturdays)
Seen this place a million times but not until a friend took me here did I realise what I had been missing for so long! A small eatery, Singh’s is very famous, not only for Andherities but others as well. Not the biggest menu but that shouldn’t be a deterrent for anyone. While we were here, tried the Chicken Tandoori and the Chicken Biryani. The Tandoori was easily the best I have had so far. Freshly out of the ‘bhatti’ (oven), it was hot, and cooked well. The leg piece wasn’t burnt and was utterly delicious! Made me ponder if I should have had two of them cause the Biryani let me down a bit. Well cooked again, it wasn’t hot but mildly warm as the Biryani was already made sometime back (And they make kilos of Biryani every hour or so it seems!). Though the Quantity for the half plate of rice was acceptable, it could have done with a bit more chicken in it! Though it was good biryani nonetheless but again, a bit more chicken wouldn’t hurt. Though I wonder, if that is the case with a full biryani as well.
So that was what we ate at around 10:00 PM. A meal totally worth the money paid. Not often do I say this but for tonight it was true. I am surely coming here again!!
Service: 6/10 (Wouldn’t have hurt if the dude was a bit friendly!)
Ambiance: 7/10 (7 may seem too much but for a place that sees maddening crowds it is Quite clean!)
Price: 9/10: Affordable! Very Affordable!!
What to eat: Tandoor and Biryani. Period.
I read in the papers sometime back that the Tandoori Chicken was the best at Food Inn. So I decided to try it out for myself and took my friend along as my sole witness to my tasting ritual. Even before we sat down we placed the order and by the time we found the table the order had arrived. What timing!! The chicken, though a bit burnt in parts was quite yummy. Tender and well cooked the chicken was devoured quickly. Still hungry, (or atleast hallucinating hunger) we ordered for another dish. Chicken Kabuli bonless and 2 naans. The chicken curry was very very good! Even though we were full, we still ate on to our hearts content until we couldn’t eat more!
The Kabuli was good, as it was suggested by the waiter himself. The tandoori was good too but I must say I have had better. If my memory serves me right, I have never had better tandoori chicken than at Bistro Grill, Juhu. Infact this place got my hooked onto tandoori chicken for life! The Tandoori at Food Inn, was quite salty as well, not exactly to our taste, I must say.
The total meal cost us 200 bucks per person and I think it could have been down to just around a 100 bucks if we didn’t choose to stuff ourselves up so much! Besides the food, we also had lassi which was cold and thick (awesome!) and my friend ordered a sweet lime juice which was, well, frigging sweet!!!
Will definitely go to this place again for some curry delights and lassi to go with it!
On a side note, I thought the food here was better than at Food Inn in Juhu which is just about ok for the price you pay.