The Bombay Havelli, Charni Road

I am constantly on a look out for a PURE VEG place where I can take my family for a meal. The Bombay Havelli caught my attention & decided to try the place 1st with my friends.

Pushing the heavy door we walked into TBH which is located just few minutes away from Churni Road station. Ground floor has various seating options but we took the stairs to reach the mezzanine floor & made ourselves comfortable on a low-seating setup. The menu is extensive & can get your greedy ☺
I am not a drinks person but how can you ignore . This was the 1st thing I had here.

Confused about what to call for starter? Just go ahead & order The Global Platter. Trust me you won’t be disappointed. What’s all in it?

Rajwadi Dhokli – Almost like a kothimbir wadi, this is soft in center & crispy edged snack is a mix of all flavours. A must have for sure.
Cheese Tukdi – Cheese, Potato, Deep Fried – A great combo right?? Gooey cheese covered with a potato layer & deep fried. Chatpata
Beirut Hummus with Zatar Pita – This has to be my fav on the platter. Soft pita, smeared with Zatar served with a creamy hummus mixed with chopped tomatoes & onions.
Coconut Pattice – Kopra Pattice stuffed with grated coconut filling covered with a basic potato covering & deep fried. Another gujju snack which was loved by everyone.
Patra – This was not appreciated by me. I am a fan of Alu-wadi the maharashtrain way of preparation. Though this was nice but I didn’t go for another serving
Parmesan Jacket Potato – Small potatoes, boiled, halved & coated in a cheesy Italian flavoured sauce. Enjoy it as soon as its served. The kids will love this.
Kand Pattice – Kand is a type of yam & this pattice is not available easily. Served piping hot, relished every bit.

Plated in a halved glass bottle, Mr Baltiwala’s Veg Dhansak is served next. The rice & dhansak is already mixed so top it with salli & just start. With the flavour of ghee coming through, this is really comforting.

Fluffy puri’s, shrikhand & rass wale aloo ki subzi form the Shrikhand Puri ane Rasse Bateta nu Shaak. Once bite & it felt like home food. The puri’s are soft & not oily at all. The Shrikhand was not thick like the ones available commercially but tasted amazing. Not too sweet it was perfect with the puri. The potato gravy was the perfect combo with the shrikhand. A tad spicy, the gravy & shrikhand complimented each other really well.

I was introduced to Sev Khamani recently. I have had it a few times from Trupti’s & loved it. So when I saw it on the menu here, decided to call for it. Served hot, this was really good. The spice levels were a little high which I thoroughly enjoyed. The soft crumbly khamani, topped with crunchy sev was a great play of textures.
How can we not have desserts?

Jalebi with Rabdi – Crisp yellow jalebi’s served with Rabdi. I loved the balance of the flavours – neither bland nor too sweet, this was just perfect for me.

Motichoor Gulab Jamun Parfait – Served in small glasses the layers of desserts & their textures can be seen & experienced. Rabdi forms the base layer, with a Gulab Jamun & Motichoor ki boondi forming the middle & rabdi again forming the top layer. This was too sweet for my palate. A little control on the sweetness & this could be devoured.

The Bombay Havelli surprises you with its offering. Most would assume this place to be a basic pure veg Indian restaurant, but the extensive menu offering various international dishes leaves you a tad confused as your are tempted to try many things at one go. The ambiance is traditional, colourful yet not over-the-top. A special mention to the stair-escalator installed for the Sr Citizen to make the mezzanine floor easily accessible. The presentation is smart, the staff well informed & courteous. Our meal at The Bombay Havelli was delightful, looking forward to my next meal with my folks.

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