A birthday treat from a friend was pending. After much contemplation over the venue, we reached the old guardian of sea-food, GAJALEE at Vile Parle. Its the best amongst its entire chain.
The place was crowded but we got a place to sit and immediately proceeded to place our orders.
Sol Kadhi Its a favourite with some of my friends but I personally dont prefer it from here. Its too pungent for my liking.
Bombil Fry The best bombil fry, I have ever had, amongst all the places I have eaten at; fresh, crisply fried. Better than the fish is the chutney which accompanies it, we wipe off at least 3-4 bowls of the chutney during our entire meal.
Surmai Fry Its a rarity that I dont like Surmai here in whatever form; tikka, fry, curry. Though others relished it, I found it a bit too hard that day.
Crab Tandoori Ever watched Dhoni build his innings in a T20 match, he plays the initial overs carefully and then hits the daylights out of the opposition, hitting strokes that only he is capable of generating.
The crab tandoori was that gastronomic assault on our taste buds by Gajalee. They built up the fervour through Sol Kadhi, Bombil Fry and Surmai.
From the time the crab was placed on our tables till the time we had polished off every shred of meat that we could find, nobody uttered a word except asking for the cutter or some cutlery, such was the effect on us.
The aroma of the spices was spell-binding, the meat was nicely cooked, making it tender and succulent.
Amazing Crab Tandoori, hats off to the chef!
Prawns Masala Fresh prawns cooked to perfection in their trademark spices. A taste they have retained for many years now.
Palak Khichdi Nicely cooked with right flavour of palak.
Mutton Biryani Though this place is renowned for its sea-food, the mutton biryani is equally famous which is pretty surprising.
Caramel Custard Good in taste but I have had better ones.
The standards of service are very high and very exemplary. If you need anything or have to be served anything, any steward who is around or is free will come forward to serve you irrespective of whether the table is allotted to him or not. A friend of mine was not ease with breaking the crabs, even without asking she was offered help with it.
The damages for the above came to Rs.4400 for 4 people which is decent for the quality of food offered.