Mumbai being in Maharashtra, it is only natural that the city is dotted with eateries serving Maharashtrian delicacies. The state is quite huge in terms of its geography and demography. This translates to a myriad of different regional cuisines. The food of the coastal belt would be in stark contrast to the food of the heartland.
The people here love food and owing to different influences from the north, west and south, the food preparations also reflect the same. But sometimes, populist ideas have forced the authenticity of Maharashtrian food to undergo changes. For example, Vada pav being a popular street food in the city, you have all imaginable flavours being put into that tiny parcel. You even have Schezwan Vada Pav for the lovers of Chineses flavours.
But there are others who want only the real deal. Food that tastes like home, no frills attached. One place which stays true to their roots and delivers the goods is- Bhatt Vishranti Gruh.
Bhatt Vishranti Gruh is located Near Krishna Hotel, Sion Trombay Road, Chembur Naka, Chembur. It is not a big place going by the standards of average restaurants. It opened its doors 62 years ago and since the, it has built itself quite a reputation. Don’t come here expecting an air-conditioned seating room. With basic seating arrangements, it is known only for its lip-smacking food.
It is a self-service restaurant with no one to wait on you. Since this place is really popular, it is jam-packed at most times. The food and economy of having a meal here draw in huge crowds.
Ask any long-time loyalist of the place, chances are he will claim the Misal Pav here is the best in town. The food here is not for the faint-hearted, with spices being used generously. But there are other equally yummilicious items on the menu that are worthy of a mention. For the unitiated, let us make the choices a little easier.
- Misal Pav: Misal is a spicy curry made with mixed sprouts or moth beans (matki) and Pav are buns (laadi pav). Misal is garnished with mixed farsan (mix chiwda) on the top and also some are topped with onion and tomatoes.
- Dahi Misal: Misal served with a topping of creamy dahi, with a garnishing of spices and sev.
- Usal Pav: This is made with sprouted moth or matki beans and served with Pav.
- Methi/Kanda Bhajiya: Fenugreek/ Onion fritters served piping hot.
- Lassi: To counter all those fiery dishes, lassi prevents your tongue from flaring up.
- Tea: The tea here is also quite famous. Not to be missed.
Places such as this, reclaim the adage that people who love good food will travel far and wide for their favourite ones, with the ancillary environment being of little importance. Bhatt Vishranti Gruh spells genuineness and brings you closer to your roots.