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Diva Maharashtracha

Matunga West    & IN 1 MORE LOCATIONS

  • 02224440202, 02222929092, 02224440707, 02224454433
  • Plot No. 29/30, Shop No. 1 to 4, T.H. Kataria Marg, Matunga West, Matunga, Mumbai
  • Goan, Maharashtrian, North Indian
  • Meal for 2 - 1200
3.6

44 Reviews / 43 Ratings

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Diva Maharashtracha Reviews

3.0

Asal Marathmoli

Asal marathmola swagat is what you get here. The food is a mix of maharashtra and goa

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3.8

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Truly Maharashtrian !!

I along with my family visited this restaurant last week. The interiors of the restaurant are well done and give a feel of a peshwa darbar.

We ordered for Kurkurit Bhende, Kelfulache Vade, Bharleli Wangi alongwith Bhakri and Amboli. We ended our meal with Kharvas and Dudhi Halwa. All the dishes were delicious and had a homely taste. The staff is also very helpful. Keep up the good work!

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Overpriced Food

I think Diva is just highly promoted by Bollywood celebs. The food is overpriced. For veg thali they charge 400 plus tax which is not at all worth. Menu shows simple batata bhaji for 279/- and the list goes like this.

I been there with group of people and no one had any positive opinion on the food and its price. Also the ambiance is not that good. Its a very small place.

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Must…

MUST go just to try their Vangache Bhareet. Have it with Bhakhri or Chapati. The well balanced smokey flavour is throughly satisfying. Order a Khamang Kakdi salad on the side and Solkadhi to sip on. You'll go home with a smile on your face!

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1.0

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TOTALLY OVERHYPED AND OVERPRICED

Diva Maharashtracha,,hmmm.. what can we say about this joint which claims to serve authentic Maharashtrian delicasies. To be honest, totally over hyped and overprices in my opinion. Being a Maharashtiran, I am quite accustomed to Maharashtiran cuisine, however, the dishes served in this establishment have a hint of chinese cuisines as if Maharashtra has been acceded over to China.

The prices will make you faint, i.e. Poori Bhaji for Rs 150./ plus taxes...Total ripoff. I guess the restaurant is targetted towards non maharashtrians who want to taste some authentic Maharashtrian cuisine.

Please visit some other viable authentic options such as AASWAD or PRAKASH or GOMANTAK in the locality of the restaurant to taste authentic Maharashtiran food.

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4.0

Leader in Maharashtrian food speciality

This restaurant represents the Marathi food culture very well. The decor , ambiance shows journey of marathi culture , famous Maharashtrians who have made the people poud. The food also provides good variety and good options for both vegetarians and non-vegetarians.
a good place to take guests from different states or countries to show the food culture of the state of maharashtra.
The owner is very friendly but at a times bit too over friendly for the comfort of guests !

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3.0

Delicious !!

Love the interior of the restaraunt !!! Looks very traditional ! Great food !!! And if u love crabs ... Then you have to try the crab soup ! So light and full of flavour !! Only issue is that the soup is not very consistent . You can notice the slight change in flavour sometimes ! Besides that , all good !

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Good place

Great food. Great kokam sherbat. Super spicy fish fry.

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4.0

Good Maharastrian food

I had been here twice. The first time I had non-veg Thali, containing all the flavors. Fried prawns which were excellent. Mutton and Chicken dish, salad, vegetable. It was nice. The second time around we went for a-la-carte. For welcome drinks, solkadhi is good and Tender coconut punch is excellent. In the vegetable main course bharali vangi is good and valache birde is ok. In the non-veg category zanzanit mutton soup is really zanzanit. Stuffed pomfret was not very fresh. But a different and nice experience.

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4.0

great food

the food here is great. the Andhra chicken is brilliant and tastes even better with appams

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great multi cuisine restaurant

The cuisines are Maharashtrian, Konkani, Goan, south Indian etc and you can expect to get the best of all the worlds under one roof. The Churiso (Goan pork sausages) with Garlic pav and the pork roast with Appams are to die for. Andhra chicken is another item on the menu that makes you want to order for more

The mock tails are nothing special but they usually stock flavored beers which you really should try

All in all, great place, slightly overpriced but you get the real deal!

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4.0

good food.. good fun

the non veg food here is great. if you like spicy stuff this is the place to be. recommend trying their chicken or seafood. the sole kadi though should be skipped

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DIVA Petala!!!!

Diva maharahtracha is a wonderful place..its a paradise for gr8 maharashtrian food..veg and non veg both..
one must try fish delicacies which is mouthwatering....simply brilliant
veg food is also worth trying...bharleli wangi, bhendi crackers, valache bharde..kaju vadi..so on ..refrshment drinks like solkadhi and panhe worth trying..
but the best thing abt ths place is ambiance..u njoi ur food wth on demand music(guitarist comes to ur table n sings )..
gr8 place.. service is good. go 4 it

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3.0

Nice Place

Nice Food. Nice Staff. Nice Owner. Place needs a good renovation though.

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Suprita

52 Reviews

August 31,2012

5.0

Good Maharashtrian Food

I always wanted to try Diva Maharashtracha since a while since I read about it every year in the Times Food awards for the best Maharashtrian cuisine consistently. Happened to try it finally with my friend's family on someone's birthday.

The ambiance is very colourful with maharashtrian paithani sarees put up at the walls alongiwth other stuff. Even their menu card has a maharashtrian touch to it. Seating arrangement is comfortable. They have cutlery with green border for vegetarian guests and with red border for non-vegetarian which helps the staff to identify and serve effectively. I quite this idea.

Food here is again very typically maharashtrian. Being a part maharashtrian, I still don't know half the authentic cuisine that was mentioned in the menu card. Some of them were non-vegetarians as well so we ordered quite a lot of stuff veg and non-veg both. I quite liked the paneer stuffed karanji and the dalimbi usal. My non vegetarian friends liked it better over here.

Service was good and prompt. Since they had the very identifiable plates, it was easy for them to serve correctly without any confusion or interrupting us in mid-conversations.

At the end of our meal the Owner Mr. Avchat came to our table since he happens to know my friend's family as they are regulars here and presented with a ganesh idol as a souvenir which was quite thoughtful and sweet.
It was a nice evening spent here with friends and family though I find it a bit towards the expensive side.

Food: 5/5
Ambiance: 4/5
Service:- 5/5
Pricing: 4/5

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5.0

Love the Pure Authentic Marathi food here !

The whole experience at Diva Maharashtracha is just fabulous! The little souvenirs they give make it a meal to remember. The music also compliments the food! So if you really want to have pure, traditional and authentic Marathi food then Diva Mahrashtracha is the place you gotta come down to!

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Good Food - avg value for Money

This is a restaurant that you want to visit everytime you pass by but never visit. So when we decided to go for a good Sunday Indian meal Diva Maharashtracha was our top preference. We were a little early for Lunch so we arrived to a relatively empty restaurant. As you enter the door keeper plays a pre recorded tutari, only bizzare part being having to enter name, tel nos and no of guests before entering the restaurant. The restuarant is decorated in bright colourful sarees and pictures from Maharashtra. The ambiance is nice and welcoming. Although loud marathi film music can be replaced by something more traditional.

The menu is quite extensive and thorough. We ordered for a Solkari ( a drink of kokum, coconut water etc) which was quite nice. I found the starters and soups (especially the starters to be quite expensive), nevertheless we ordered for the steamed green peas modak which were quite nice.

The main course was a typical maharashtrian meal of Bharleli Vangi ( Brinjals Stuffed in spicy masala), Tondli kaju chi bhaji and Amti accompanied by hot jowar bhakris. It was a nice wholesome meal. The bharleli vangi was nice and spicy, so was the Amti. The todli bhaji was not very spicy so it balanced the heat of other dishes.

Although I am aware that maharashtrian food tends to be spicy but the garam masala or Goda masala whatever they use was a tad bit over powering. Personally I love spicy food but for those who dont have the pallate for spicy food please ask the steward to ask the chef to tone it down a bit and you will enjoy your food.

Overall I found the food to be quite good and authentic

The entire meal for 3 of us incl1. vodka, 1 solkari drink, 1 starter, 3 mains, 8 rotis and a bottle of water, No rice, No desserts set us back by around 650 per head.

The staff is attentive, genuine and forthcoming with suggestions of in house specialities.

Small things like finger bowls with boiled tea water, personal offering of the mouth freshners, bhakris/ rotis served out of casseroles and attention to detail are quite praise worthy.

The only thing i was not very comfortable with is the advertising and marketing blitzkrieg about Diva Maharashtracha,Goa Portuguesa and culture curry opening new branches, winning laurels, stewards handing out visiting cards of newly opened brances. I am not saying they shouldnt do it but a little subtlety would help.

Will I come back? YES most definately ! but not very often.

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5.0

Guaranteed satisfaction

Awesome menu, great food, ULTIMATE TASTE, beautiful ambience, polite and smiling staff makes your weekend rocking.

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One of the best restaurants of Mumbai!

A wide menu that adds a whole new dimension to Maharashtrian cuisine. A little expensive but well managed and run by a knowledgeable staff. Highly recommended!

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Mr. suhas and his tall promises

My apologies for putting in a review a bit late, but anyways ..
I along with 3 office colleagues had gone to celebrate Onam lunch last year. Apparently, the restaurant had a special Onam lunch (which later on turned to be a total rip off) at approx Rs. 500/- per plate. All four of us were Keralites and we were surprised to see that they had served more than half north indian dishes to celebrate Malayalee festival. Upon protest, the hotel manager apologised and admitted that a a new North Indian cook was recruited and he was "just learning" how to cook Kerala dishes. We remarked that what was their purpose in giving an ad in local newspaper , place a huge board outside their entry, charge a bomb for food for Onam special lunch, when they had recruited a new cook who was clueless on how to prepare such food.
All four of us made it a point to write to the great flashy proprieter, Mr. Suhas, about the fiasco. He replied to us promptly that he would get a new cook and invite us for lunch again sometime in the forthcoming 3-4 weeks to really see for ourselves how well they can prepare Kerala food.
A couple of weeks later, all of us again wrote to him in the month of oct, then again in Nov but got no response. We concluded that he has continued to keep his expert cook and keep ripping off innocent customers who have little knowledge of other regional cuisines.

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s4l1l

4 Reviews

March 19,2012

3.0

Good authentic food but high priced!

Had been here only once. Its got a good ambiance and good food as well. We had their konkan chicken curry with wade and sokam saar. Really good and authentic food!
However when compared to numerous other good Maharashtrian food option in and around Shivaji Park area this place does seem a bit pricey.

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3.0

Good Authentic food !

Real good taste of Maharashtrian food..but the portion is very less...and then it feels expensive. the service and ambience is definitely good, the drinks are really tasteful but portions pinches you, portion could varies in different dishes, but what we ordered for, was certainly less and one can not fulfill hunger with deserts or drinks..!!

They should look for it, though I would rate it 4 out of 5 in all.. !! :)

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2.0

Average...

The food is very average..not really anything extra ordinary...you do get some hint of the Maharashtrian cusine but not the real thing...the ambiance is however good and can go to Diva Maharashtra for a good family meal...

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VERY AVERAGE

the name as it sounds is not that grand as in real. the food quality is good but the portion size is not. the ambiance is superb but the variety in selection of maharashtrian food is not up to the mark !

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4.0

authentic traditional maharashtrian food

i am a gujrati who wanted to have a taste of authentic maharashtrian cuisine in south mumbai. after much hardwork, i found out this place.

in terms of ambience, it leaves no stone unturned in exemplifying that it carries maharashtrian cuisine. the traditional marathi instrumental music playing in the background, when one enters the restuarant is a sure giveaway of this fact.

in terms of taste and quality of food, it has good, traditional, authentic marathi food for its visitors. different items of food are served in the traditonal marathi way.

its solkadhi is to die for. i also had its wade, which tasted very much like the masala puris that we gujratis make. i also tasted its masale bhaat and came out satisfied.

in terms of rating, i would rate the ambience at 4, the food at 4 and the service at 3 out of a total of 5 points.

all said and done, it is a must visit place.

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3.0

Disappointing

There are so many authentic Maharashtrian diners in Dadar, that given an option, I would try the economical ones anyday. I wanted to sample this fare, but was disappointed. Though the portions are large, the prices are too high, unfortunately. Plus it was too loud and I did not particularly relish the trumpet blowing when one enters the restaurant. Thumbs down for me.

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Overhyped

Having heard about DM, I was excited about trying cuisines from different regions of Maharashtra ..all in one place... However.. the place leaves much to desire.

The first thing that you notice about Diva Maharashtracha is the tacky self promotion. There is nothing wrong in displaying pictures that build character of a place but these are a bit too much. The servers offered to serve us food from any 3 of their restaurants . There was live music in form of a lone guitarist.
We ordered an appetizer, 2 entrees and appams. The dishes were super oily and the appams arrived way after the entrees were served . The dessert menu was not tempting enough for me. The food was not bad but it was nothing to write home about.

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Ashay

4 Reviews

June 26,2011

5.0

Authentic and mouthwatering Maharashtrian Cuisine

We first decided to visit this restaurant on hearing that they serve rabbit and wild boar meat. However it turned out that these are seasonal. We got to eat wild boar in a pickle type gravy but had hard luck as far as rabbits were concerned(they serve them only in the summers).
The cuisine is authentic maharashtrian cuisine form various parts of Maharashtra. All the curries and masalas had a distinct marathi taste to them. The malvani crab curry was awesum.. Though the crabs were a bit small, but the gravy was top class and I could have devoured many chapatis with it alone. The wild boar meat was interesting. Apart from that we tried a prawns dish and were surprised at the generous amount of prawns that came with it. Enough prawns fro everyone.
The ambiance of this place is 4/5. I liked the way a trumpet is played each time a guest enters :).
Service was good and food was served fast enough.
Definitely worth going many times to!!!
However it is a bit pricey....around 1000 to 1400Rs for a meal for 2.
The menu has a lot of dishes on it and would love to try many more of them.

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A GOOD CHANGE FROM THE USUAL FOOD

When we decided to go to this place,i, wasnt quite sure as to what kind of food we should expect,as we had heard a lot of hype about this and other places belonging to the same chain of restaurants.But i was very surprised with the quality and authenticity of its dishes
For maincourse we had the SAOJI NAGPURI MUTTON,which tasted really good and the mutton was soft and tender.
Along with that we ordered MALWANI CHICKEN ,which was in green gravy and was nice.
We had rice bhakris,ambolis,and chapatis,all these varities were extremely soft and tasted great and was a welcome change from the usual rotis and parathas,
In rice we had ordered the NAGPURI GOLA BHAAT,which was a mixture of rice and lentils.
Instead of the mocktails we drank PANHA,which is a raw mango pulp mixed with water,it tasted good and was priced at only rs 39
We had PAN ICECREAM ,which tasted good different from the other varities of ice creams we have.
The ambience is ok ,some of the things are unique and interesting like the paintings on the wall or pagdi's on the wall,
but the place is a little small and doesnt look that classy ,it seems as if too many things have been put together in a small place.
The bar area should also be seperate ,as it doesnt go well with the concept of a place that a family can visit

In this place the food scores really high ,its tasty and pretty much authentic as a restaurant can be,its a good try for people who are fed up of the overdose of the same sabjis and rotisor chinese food.
It brings together all the different food cultures of all the districts of maharshtra
FOOD-4.2/5
SERVICE-4/5
AMBIENCE-3.5/5
We spent around rs 1100 for 3 people.

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3.0

Nothing as expected

Read the reviews here and went to this place with great expectations but to my disappointment this place is not at all that good.

They have everything on menu but I dont think they really know how to make them. We ordered nagpuri mutton and it was not even near the real taste. I have been in nagpur area and know the taste.

My veg friends had a good time, whatever they ordered was good.

The service is ok and ambiance is good.

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kan_isit

1 Reviews

December 25,2010

2.0

Poor service and rude staff

Love this place for it's food but it has become a disaster since it's prominence. Staff are rude now and Suhas Awchat is crass when we complain. He needs a lesson in etiquette, stop tomtoming your personal achievements and listen to your customers. Food takes a lot of time and refreshments are very very expensive. Avoid this place if you don't want to embarrass yourselves and family.

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GimoWest

52 Reviews

September 26,2010

5.0

Sheer Quality and Consistency

I have been to Diva Maharashtracha a couple of times. It has yet to disappoint me. I like the consistency and predictability of this restaurant, where the customer always ends up with a smile on her or his face.

The valet guys are very prompt and are ever ready to park your car. A Marathi manoos dressed in traditional attire greets you at their door, as he opens the door for you he will sound the electronic gong signaling your entry in the restaurant. As soon as you enter, you witness a certain clutter to the ambience. It’s largely orange themed, which I find very inviting as it’s my favourite colour. There are strategically placed artifacts like – Peshwa style Pagdi, Shivaji style Pagdi, a nine yard saree.

As you are seated at the table, well made Marathi style menus are given to you, some of them are worn out so it would be nice if they get some new ones made. Their range of eats is very diverse, from Vidarbha to Konkan, Marathi cuisine is well covered. Now let’s get to the food.

Had a welcome drink – ‘Tender Coconut Punch’, it’s just coconut water and lemon(I guess), whatever it is, it is fabulous, served in a green coconut with a cherry on top, a must have when you come here, they even serve the coconut meat for you after you have finished the drink. Had three starters. ‘Chicken Kolhapuri Sukke’, was gunpowder to say the least….very hot, the masala paste in this starter was simply superb but didn’t blend well with the chicken, I guess should have been marinated for a while. ‘Kingfish Malvani Hirve Fry’, green chutney based marinade in this recipe is spot on, it’s marginally hot and does not attack your taste buds like the previous starter, the kingfish is well filleted to. ‘Prawns Lonache’, I felt this was the best starter I had, the combination of tamarind, curry leaves, mustard is divine, true synergy present in this recipe. Now to the main course. Ordered two items. ‘Seerfish Kalputi’, mildly spiced well cooked is a delight, they should have removed the fish’s skin before cooking though. ‘Mutton Nagpuri Saoji Curry’, very tender juicy boneless chunks of goat meat in a brown gravy, one can experience the optimum use of garam masalas here, plus it’s not oily like the original Saoji curries served in Nagpur. Had two accompaniments. ‘Vadas’, I like the big sized fried vadas, very scrumptious and not very oily either. ‘Amboli’, they are somewhat similar to appams yet different, rightly thick and a great accompaniment to the main course ordered. Was feeling adventurous, so I ordered ‘Paan Ice Cream’, creamy ice cream blended with dried paan was nothing great but I was happy to note it was anything but a disaster, should be better though.

I have to make two special mentions here. Firstly, they have some guy strumming on his guitar playing music and singing songs for you. I have no problem with that, but his performance is a kind of obstruction to your wonderful experience at Diva Maharashtracha. Secondly, the owner Suhas Awchat has done and is doing a fantastic job at his restaurant, but I kind of dislike his intrusion every time you visit there, I am in no mood to socialize with him when I go to Diva Maharashtracha.

Value wise, it isn’t exactly a cheap restaurant, compared to the other seafood restaurants around it’s reasonably priced. ‘Kingfish Malvani Hirve Fry’ – Rs. 349, ‘Mutton Nagpuri Saoji Curry’ – Rs. 289, ‘Amboli’ – Rs.19, ‘Pan Ice Cream’ – Rs.89. Once one factors in the sheer consistency and quality of this eatery, you have to say it’s worth every paisa and rupee you have to pay. Full 5 stars.

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16 Reviews

September 24,2010

4.0

Good food and particularly chatty owner

Food is great!
You get good maharashtrian food.
Try Chicken Xachoti. Quantity is too much so be careful when you order. Try Kombdi wade even that is good here.

If you really want to try your capacity to take spice, Try Zanzanit chicken soup. I bet it will scorch your stomach.

And yeah this place is legendary with clientèle made up of legends like Sachin Tendulkar, Asha bhosle, lata mangeshkar etc.

And the owner of the restaurant is particularly friendly man he would chat up with the people who have come to his restaurant.

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Non vegetarian Thali was great

Went for the first time today - as a first timer was recommended the thali by the friendly waiter. Piping hot food, very tasty, super lasoon powder on the side with dahi chillis...made for a super duper lunch. Fast efficient service, and flavors I will remember made it a nice experience. Also get the sol-kadi if you go there along with the thali.

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Go for the Thaali

Its funny that the city does not have so many recognisable Maharashtrian Food places. The menu is a sincere effort to bring out a less heard of Maharashtrian cuisine and it is an absolute delight. My suggestion is to go for the Thaali as you'll get to sample far more things. Its also available in evenings now.

The ingredients are fresh and the preparation is amazing. Its a mid-budget restaurant and you can easily wrap up a meal at less than Rs. 400 per person.

It was so wonderful visiting the place and sampling yet another variety of our big vast country. Come to think of it ...food is a great unifier. Go for Diva Maharashtracha!!!

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5.0

classic maharashtrian food

This place has become our regular family celebration destination. the theme is very 'hatake'. the way ur being welcomed is very innovating n surprising.
'mirchicha techa', 'lonacha' & 'dahi mirchi' being served is mouth watering.
been thr so many time, but havent tried veg food yet. i cant get enough off chicken & golden prawns.
but yes i hv tried tht 'tender coconut & kaju chi bhaji". remarkable!!!!

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Authentic Food - Evening Thali missing

The food certainly is authentic. I have absolutely no complains about the food. The portions are sizeable and the authencity is maintained to a large extent.

The menu is probably a little to big. I personally feel Maharashtrian food isn't that popular and increasing its popularity by providing the same in Thalis/set meals (even in the evening) would be of great help. They have Thali available for lunch, but not yet introduced in the evenings

Moving on to the food. The Sol Kadi and Bombil fry were just awsome. The Mutton in Tamba Rassa was also great. The mutton was a little over tender (lacked the required chewiness). The dessert portion I feel was a little small. The portion of Kharwas was a little small for the price charged.

Damages were Rs 1017 and included the following
- 1 plate Bombil Fry
- 1 Sol Kadi
- 3 Bhakris
- 1 bowl rice
- 1 mutton in Tamba Rassa
- 1 Karwas

Also expect a lot of marketing of Suhas Awachat and his neighbouring restaurants.

A good bet for sure. Would do much better if Thali is introduced in the evenings.

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5.0

Great food and music

Great place. We had Stuffed Bombay ducks with prawns, Prawns Kalwan, Vadeys and Amboli plus Chicken Pulao. For desserts we had Basundi. The damage was around 1300. I guess the prices are comparable to Golden Chariot and such kind of places.

There was a guy playing old hindi songs on guitar taking requests at each table too.

Will visit their chain of restaurants, next time we are in that area....

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hemin

1 Reviews

June 29,2009

1.0

Hated the experience. Gross self promotion

Having heard and read so much about these restaurants we decided to try out Diva Maharashtra which turned out to be one huge very expensive mistake.

To begin with the place is incredibly garish and over the top. One is subjected to large posters of the owner and his wife on the wall, the menu, every where. Each time the door to the kitchen opens one can see the interiors which look less than desireable and unhygenic.

We had to wait a good 40 mins before our starters showed up. During this wait the waiter brought us the owners visiting card. A few minutes later a book with all the rave reviews in various newspapers (all paid for I am sure). The ego trip self promotion of the owners just does not stop. What is is really in poor taste is how the owner who is an ex police officer has some of his pics in his police uniform with some write up. Not really sure what he is trying to prove.

In the 40 mins wait our drinks were over and we were ravaneous but our request for peanuts or something to eat was shot down.

The service was cordial but poor.

The food was okay but terribly overpriced. A poori bhaji cost us over Rs. 150 !! A bombil starter was for Rs. 250 + taxes.

What was also tacky was a notice handed to each of us saying that since BMC water was in short supply and hence well water was being served and it is recommended we drink bottled water (Rs. 49).

Over all an unpleasant experience and we could not wait to leave the place to never return.

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Authentic Food but overpriced

I should say that if you want really authentic maharashtrian food then you should visit here. Great ambience with genuine taste.. just little overpriced....

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5.0

Must visit: Excellent ambience and even better food

As u enter this place there is a grand welcome of the tutari as you are ushered in by the royal guard and den sari clad hostess....The ambience is that of a royal peshwa palace and is hs potraits of sum well known maharashtrian personalities like sachin tendulkar, dada saheb phalke, lata mangeshkar,etc...

The food is very authentic wid all the spice levels tuned down to the mumbaikars palate making you njoy the cuisine ...Chef
Deepa Awchat has a put across a very intensive and vast menu of all the dishes likekaju kothimbir vadi, prawns karanji, tambada rassa, bharleli wangi, kolim
bichi khichdi and much more... We had the steamed modak with mutton filling and mushroom feeling which ws a very gud innovation by the chef and was really to die for...There ws a equal choice of fare for both meal preferences...
Add to this ambience and food, there is live sing along music adding to the ambience. The proprietor Dr. Suhas Awchat makes sure to come to each table and makes u even more comfortable and briefs u abt his background and other venture which is really interesting.

The pricing is above average on par with the quality of food and liquor served...ive also heard that they have started with a large power lunch thali for veg and non veg on weekdays for lunch...So i guess i hv to try dat nxt:)

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Nandita

36 Reviews

September 03,2007

3.0

Worth a visit

You must have heard of Goa Portugesa and Culture Curry, two popular theme restaurants in Mumbai / Bombay. I believe these even have mention in the Lonely Planet's guide to the city of Bombay. Goa Portugesa as the name suggests specialised in Goan food and Culture curry serves up a melange from the South Indian states. I have been to neither. The restaurants are run by a couple, Dr. Suhas & Deepa Awchat. It was announced in the papers that their new and third restaurant Diva Maharashtracha -specializing in authentic Maharashtrian cuisine had a vegetarian food festival on for the month of Shravan, hubby and I decided to give it a go. Besides, we had never dined in an authentic Marathi restaurant, despite living in Bombay.


After a heavy duty Sunday late afternoon workout in our gym, we felt we had earned ourself a good meal. Having made reservations, we landed there 15 minutes before time. All 3 restaurants are located next to each other near Hinduja Hospital or the Shivaji Park area in central Bombay.

For starters we decided to go with steamed savoury modak filled with mushrooms cooked in milk. While the filling was creamy and full of flavour, the outer cover of the modak made with rice flour was made out of a press (not handmade), hence quite thick and kinda under cooked. This was served with a green coriander chutney and we also had the option of eating it with the red garlic powder or the green chilli thecha, as you can see from the picture above.

For the main course, we ordered a Paneer-Makai in hirwa rassa (Paneer & corn in green spinach-coriander gravy), Chaulicha usal (small black eyed peas sprouted and dry sauteed with spices and coconut) and Khamang Kakdi (read more below). From a choice of breads available, I chose the simple poli (a larger sized phulka made with whole wheat flour) and Sumanth had one each of the Jowar and Rice Bhakri. The rice bhakri came in by mistake instead of the jowar and he decided to try it anyway.

The sprouts usal as delicately flavoured and garnished generously with coconut. The lentils were cooked just right and not mushed up, each grain having its own identity and flavour.

The green gravy did not find much acceptance with me, may be it was great but somehow I did not love its flavours much. The paneer was soft and fresh in it though.

The Khamang Kakdi was the star of the evening. Well, how much can you expect from a simple cucumber salad anyway, right? But this one was rich in flavours in an unusual (for me) peanut-coconut dressing was the surprise of the evening. I fell so much in love with this diced cucumber salad, dressed in coconut, bit of yogurt, green chillies, curry leaves and peanut - tempered with potent hing (asafoeida), cumin and mustard seeds. And I can announce that I have already tried making it for our lunch, with the omission of peanuts as its out of stock at home. You can eat it as it is, or as a sandwich filling or with some masala rice. Stuff like this inspires quite some creativity. I'm going to be making this again and again and again. And I promise I shall posting a recipe of this one in the next few days. Let me stop gushing here.

They serve the rotis hot and fresh from steel casseroles. hubby downed some two glasses of Matha - plain and simple salted buttermilk along with the meal.

Remembering how much we had to run to burn a few hundred calories, we decided to give the desserts a skip. There were some special desserts from the Shravan Menu, sounded interesting but not tempting enough for us to break our resolve.

Except for the disappointment with the solkadhi and the modak covers being somewhat undercooked, the main course was a pleasure to eat. Having eaten quite some times in my Marathi friends' homes, I know that the tastes and flavours were authentic without adding the ubiquitous ginger-garlic paste and garam masala in everything.

Service was attentive and quick. But alas, there was a hair in one of the small bowls and the waiter without noticing continued to pour a gravy into it - resulting in wasting a whole portion of the gravy, realising only after I pointed it out to him. The restaurant was pretty crowded and bustling, mostly a Maharashtrian crowd as I understood.
While the food was good, the ambience is too noisy and music a tad loud for our liking, it is surely worth a one time visit to sample authentic Maharashtrian food, both for the non-Marathi Bombayite and people visiting from around the country.

Please check out their menu on the website to know more about the chicken / meat / fish dishes served.

Ratings
Ambience - 2.5/5
Service - 3.5/5
Food - 3.5/5
VFM- 3.5/5

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4.0

"Tu Tu TuTu Tuuu Tu Tutu"

Diva Maharashtra! I argued against going there but thanks to a friend who insisted that we experience the food in this joint. We were welcomed with a 'tuturi' which plays when the door is opened or probably when it shuts - or there is a button which the 'darbaan' presses when you are about to get in :-) I kept guessing... The food is DELICIOUS! I had never experienced such Maharashtrian fare. From solkadi to the mutton starters to spicy main course dishes and desserts (everything was tasteful to the core) except the names that are hard to remember and service delays! But that was covered by a very friendly gesture - A screwdriver on Independence Day .......Get the point....NO....HEAD THERE ON DRY DAYS :-))))

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good food and overpriced liqour...

the third in the series of ethnic restaurants owned and managed by Dr. Suhas Awchat had been on a must-visit list since the time it opened.

enter restaurant....and be welcomed by the sound of tutari (chhatrapati shivaji maharaj style)..........hear it each time someone enters if u r seated near the entrance.....

an ostentatious ambience makes one very aware of the fact that the place is out to take you on a journey through the interiors of Maharashtra and allow you to savour a true and delectable Maharashtrian cuisine.

The table is set with an assortment of 'thecha -- ahh-so-hot-as-should-be, lasunachi chatni, and an awesome raw mango pickle'.

The captain of the restaurant was way too helpful in picking out the best suitable to out palates. Wanting to binge on spicy food, we started with the fried murdoshi ( a long fish with a central bone, soft at the centre, and crispy on the outside was very appealing, Rs. 199). We quickly moved on to the main course; a chicken delicacy flavoured with spices, nagpur style. We were promised its spiciness and so it was delivered. A dark brown gravy conspicuously reminiscing of its hot content with tender chicken pieces well catered to our spicy spot (Rs. 199)_Eaten with chapati (Rs. 19) and bhakri (29). Finally, we finished it off with kolambi khichadi (Rs. 149). One last spicy dish ended all the spiciness that we could digest in a day. Supremely well flavoured basmati rice and prawns embedded in it was a near-perfect ending.

We skipped the deserts which comprised puran-poil/khrvas/doodhi halwa/shrikhand/baasondi.

Alcohol was priced at Rs. 180 per 60 ml. for McDowel No. 1 and Rs. 240/- for a margharita (which was a disappointingly small portion).

It is definitely a must visit for non-vegetarions. For veggie-lovers, theres a special 'shravan-month' menu to be up soon.

P.S. Dr. Suhar Awchat (propriter of the restaurant) personally cared to visit each and every table to spread the word of his ventures.

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