We recently collaborated with Meena Tai’s for a food tasting session. While we initially wanted to collaborate with Batlivala & Khanaboy – their other venture, the owner of the ventures suggested us to try Meena Tai’s.
Since both V & I haven’t tried much of Maharastrian cuisine, we were sceptical. Our knowledge about Maharastrian food was limited to Vada Pav and Misal Pav. However, when we entered this restaurant, we were in for a surprise. Read on to know about our experience.
Ambiance is something that will catch my eye whenever we visit any restaurant. This restaurant’s ambiance was on the point. Amazing, royal decor is what the resto had. Yellow walls, ethnic mirrors, and lots of ancient utensils on the cupboard – that’s the decor, and I loved it.
Coming to the food part, here are the items we tried. V will be covering the non-veg cuisine in our blog here.
- Welcome Drink – Kokum Soda & Kairi Panhe
Kokum Soda was an amazing mocktail that you must definitely take along with the heavy meals that this place has to offer. Made authentically, this was easily the best welcome drink.
Kairi Panhe was spicy aam panna. While the drink was definitely yummy, it is not something that I would suggest to be taken with the food. This can be a good after meal drink.
- Veg Starter – Sabudhana Vada & Kothimber Vada
Vadas are something that we South Indians love, and Sabudhana Vada being different from the ones we have here has always been my favourite. The big, lovely vada in this restaurant made me fall in love with it. Served with green chutney and sweet curd, this is a must try here.
The Kothimber Vada was equally tasty and yummy. If you love the strong smell of kothimber (coriander), then you might just fall in love with this vada.
- Veg Mains – Sev Bhaaji, Bharli Vaangi, and Vaatli Daal
Misal Pav, Vada Pav, Pav Bhaji will take a back seat after you taste this amazing Sev Bhaaji. Yumminess to the core!
Bharli Vaangi – Another authentic dish made of Brinjal – I was so much mesmerized by this dish for I love Brinjals in gravy. Cooked to perfection, this tastes great with both rice and roti.
Vaatli Daal – Well, being a fan of Daals, I can’t help but keep taking more and more servings of this. This is a dry daal dish.
- Veg. Bread & Rice – Malvani Vade & Nagpuri Vada Bhaat
We had 1 normal roti, puri, and rice to go with the mains and all of them were quite good. While Malvani Vade was conventional poori made with rice flour and lentils, the Vada Bhaat was crispy lovely vadas that needs to be had with rice and oil.
If you are visiting this place, do not forget to ask for the vada bhaat – the best dish here!
- Desserts – Kharvas & Fresh Coconut Karanji
As I am not a fan of Karanji, I didn’t try it, while V said he liked it. Kharvas was something that I loved and will recommend. This is the Indian cheesecake 😛
When I write blog review based on a food tasting session, I don’t generally comment about the service or VFM. However, this place was an exception as the manager was courteous enough to sit with us through the dinner and explain about each and every dish.