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Mahesh Lunch Home

FortSouth Mumbai    & IN 2 MORE LOCATIONS

3.6

28 Reviews / 30 Ratings

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Best sea-food experience

There are a few places which you tend to associate with a certain type of cuisine,and when it comes to sea-food,Mahesh Lunch Home,probably tops the list.

Ordered fried fish(bombay duck).Cooked to perfection,but what really elevated the whole dish was the fresh fish.The meat was so tender,it literally melted in the mouth.
Tandoori fish(king fish),wasn't much of a delight,probably because the masala overpowered the taste of the fish.
Always wanted to try out the butter garlic lobster,and it sure was a treat.Ordering crab/lobster,they'll bring you the catch for the size(which is directly responsible for the price).
Fish curry was good too,had a typical Mangalorean taste to it.

And with fish,you always got to have sol kadi!
Again,spot on in terms of taste,spice-tang,the whole palette of flavours.

Ambiance,nice and quiet,with aquariums along the walls.Soft instrumentals playing the backdrop and one of the most courteous staffs.
A bit on the expensive side,but totally worth it.

One of the finest,fresh seafood experiences I've had in Mumbai.

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ankigupt16 - Burrp User

ankigupt16

2 Reviews

November 28,2013

1.8

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Not worth the money and time

I went to this place with my office group but felt we made a wrong decision. We had a few vegetarian colleagues who felt helpless as there was nothing for them except 2-3 items. Even the non veg and seafood which is so called speciality of this place was way below the expectations. The service was very slow and it took almost 30-40 minutes to serve one dish. Even the waiters accepted this fact of slow service.
Worst was when we saw a mouse on the table and that too was a big one. I went to the waiter and mentioned this to him but he gave me no response. Even the management was not ready to react and lately I was told that it would have come from the door on the ground floor. I could only imagine the state of their kitchen, no doubt would be surrounded by many mice. Lastly all the items are overpriced and will hit hard on your pocket. More so when you'll compare the cost with quality.

My ratings are as follows:

Food - 2/5
Price - Very Expensive
Service - 1/5 pathetic

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chinka - Burrp User

chinka

9 Reviews

October 07,2013

3.5

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Good Fish Biryani

Went there on a Tuesday night since we had to travel out of station by a late night train.
The location is convenient to anyone who has business at the stock exchange or near the VT area. We were seated in an area on the first floor (mezzanine actually) near the aquarium where my little one was deeply engrossed. The ambience is ok and the place is quite small like most restaurants in south mumbai. Since we were in a hurry kept the order simple and ordered a fish and prawn biryani.

The order took forever to come and we were worried about missing the train. When they finally came, the fish biryani was worth the wait (a good recommendation from the waiter) and the prawn biryani was ok. The portions are also average. We ordered a caramel custard for desserts, which was strictly ok. Am sure there are many other items that are worth trying, but that is for another time. It is quite an expensive place though - but you should definitely try the Fish Biryani in case you decide to pay a visit.

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Drastic Change

Visited Mahesh Lunch Home about a month ago and was astounded to see the way they have transformed for the worse. The food lacks flavour and prices have become dizzingly high, though service is magnificent as always.

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July 9, 2013response from management at RohChhabra:

Thanks a lot for the feedback, we really value it. We really apologize for the your experience not being worth it. We would seriously look into the issue and get it resolved quickly and assure you of a better experience on your next visit to the restaurant. We would love serve you again and restore your confident in us.
Regards,
MLH Management

4.0

A bit expensive but worth it

We went to Mahesh for our off lunch, since its very famous for non veg and sea food, i was a bit hesitant for ordering a veg item. but must say that in veg also they had great variety and taste was also good. i must say for veg who feel lil reluctant for Mahesh lunch home thinking that its for non veg and all, pls break that notion and visit and try their veg items, they are awesomely awesome. in veg you must try Veg crispy, and hyderabadi Biryani.

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July 9, 2013response from management at RohChhabra:

Thanks a lot for the feedback and specially for writing about the vegetarian cuisines. Do visit again soon.
Regards,
MLH Management

4.0

Dont listen to the waiters !

Was there on 12th Feb. I ordered prawns Gassi, the waiter told prawns Gassi wont be good, so try something else. Ended up having Bombay Duck Fry, which I did not like at all!

So, the lesson is never listen to the waiter !!

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February 28, 2013response from management at RohChhabra:

We're really sorry to know that you felt misguided about the suggestion of food given by one of our staff member, who attended to you on your recent visit to MLH Fort.

We'd surely like to get a clearer understanding of this matter so that it can be avoided in future. Please drop us a mail with your name, day & time of visit to contact@maheshlunchhome.com Also, please do mention the name of the staff member, in case you can recollect.

Hope this incident will not deter you from choosing MLH as your choice for a seafood meal.

Good food but little expensive!!

Went o Mahesh yest. I recollect having gone there when I was a junior client servicing guy and could still afford it. With the prices now, I wonder if anyone with a moderate salary can. Might be my 10th/ 15th time, so I knew what to expect. Anyways, we were expecting the place to be crowded since it was a sat eve and a Navroze too!! Surprisingly, we didn't have to wait even for a minute. Since I was driving, couldn't order drinks & since we all were hungry, ordered dinner right away. The waiter spoke in a language which only he could understand :-) We asked him to help us with the order and he got us a Pomfret Balti. I found it too expensive @ 480rs. It was just another gassi serverd in a balti. Pieces had a skin thicker than the pomfret itself. The taste wasn't great either. We ordered Bombil duck fry and butter paper garlic jumbo prawns. The bombil as usual was great. Prawns were awesome- tenderly cooked and the flavour was too good. Neer dosas were fantastic. Better than Goa Portugesa or even Jaihind. Also tried their appams. Just too good. Fluffy and soft but well made. Being very happy with what was served, we ordered the prawns once again and that's where we went wrong. It took almost half an hour. We'd finished our dinner by then. Worse still, the quality of prawns was nowhere close to the first one. Prawns were not cooked well. I also realised that the waiter who couldn't speak couldn't hear as well. Told him not to serve my child the sauted veg but he kept on serving the way he wanted to.

I suppose all these eateries in Mumbai which serve fish ( especially Manglorean/ Maharashtrian style) have become sought after , typically because there's a large population who loves this food but can not cook this at home so this hype lets the hoteliers charge whatever prices they can. And people are more than willing to pay. You still have a few Maharashtrian joints like highway gomantak in Bandra & saybeeni opp Zandu & Gomantak in Dadar which are much cheaper. Of course, Trishna & Gajalees are way too expensive than a MLH.

All in all Mahesh Lunch Home is good but a little overpriced.

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best seafood = Mahesh Lunch Home

I just cannot imagine of any other restaurant when I think of seafood. I've always been fond of seafood, but until I ate at Mahesh, it was mostly the deep fried fish. But the real taste of seafood in that Mangalorean curry was experienced on at Mahesh lunch home.

I've been to most branches and it feels so good to get the same taste everywhere. However, the fort branch is where i've visited the most and each time has been a delight!

The staff is simply good, and so is the calm & soothing ambiance.

Talking about the food, my personal favorites - Mahesh special (king) prawns, Crab in butter garlic, rawas gassi with neer dosa(actually all the dishes made in the gassi are simply mouthwatering), and lately the bassa tandoori fry. ummm..

Drinks menu is also pretty good, especially the scotch & wine menu.

I'm really a fan infact call me an addict, and I only wish that either I always stay in/near mumbai or else, Mahesh Lunch Home opens up in the city that I move in!

Long live seafood, long live Mahesh Lunch Home!!

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4.0

Yummy!!!

The food is awesome though a bit pricey but definitely worth your money!!
Best sea food!! The staff is warm and friendly.The ambiance is good!!

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Undoubtedly a 5 Star

Excellent Superb Awesome food. The best sea food I had so far anywhere. Must Must Must give a try. Awesome ambiance, awesome service, awesome food.

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Phenomenal but expensive

Mahesh's food remains excellent, especially "crossover" dishes like Crab BPG and tandoori pomfret, but, while it isn't as expensive as Trishna, it is no longer great value. You can get food of the same quality cheaper at Apoorva, and even cheaper at Bharat Excellensea, especially if you are looking for seafood cooked in more traditional styles like gassi or meen pulimunchi...

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too much (price) for too little (food)

Ok...they serve authentic Mangalorean/Konkan food but why charge a bomb? In a fish curry you get two thin pieces of pomfret and the price is heavy. A neer dosa costs 15 bucks and you need to eat atleast 5 of them to feel full. Although the food is great but its really not worth spending that much.

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Vkn999 - Burrp User

Vkn999

2 Reviews

October 22,2011

2.0

Mahesh is overrated and overpriced.

Mahesh Lunch Home was a small khanawali, or a malwani thali joint, back in the early 90s. Their food was authentic Konkani food from Manglorian and Karwar belt, and being one myself i relished its taste. It was popularised by college kids from xaviers and elphinstone, who found food cheap and excellent . I still remember the old times when there was no A/C, and they had the best ghashi and solkadi and that kind old senior waiter whose service was so good that it felt like home.
It wasn't so bad when the upper half was converted to A/C
Cut to late 2000s, when it was converted to full A/c
The food lost its authentic taste as it was changed to taste western palettes, and was so expensive that my NRI friend who had settled in new york raised his eyebrows when he saw the bill.
Overall its food has lost its authentic taste and costs far too much.

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4.0

Super sea-food

I was missing my mom's food, so decided to head here for a treat with my husband and in-laws. Amazing food. I could have rated 5 stars, but I shall hold back the last star for want of space, it was a little too cramped for my liking. The service is EXCELLENT.

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5.0

Simply Superb

The ambience could be a little more fancy and sophisticated for the pricing. Now getting to the food bit:

The flavors are very captivating. Authentic Maharashtrian spices used, blended perfectly with the fish so that the flavors linger away in your mouth even an hour post your meal. We tried Chinese food here too;they did not disappoint! The quantity right from soups to starters to a main course meal, is overwhelming. We loved the food here and will surely revisit.

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SEAFUL DELIGHT

Food Quality: 5/5
Food Quantity: 5/5
Food Pricing: 4/5
Ambience: 4/5
Service: 5/5

The ambience could be a little more fancy and sophisticated for the pricing. Now getting to the food bit:

The flavors are very captivating. Authentic Maharashtrian spices used, blended perfectly with the fish so that the flavors linger away in your mouth even an hour post your meal. We tried Chinese food here too;they did not disappoint! The quantity right from soups to starters to a main course meal, is overwhelming. We loved the food here and will surely revisit.

2 starters, a main course meal and 2 (pint) beers, wont cost you not more than 1500/- (Yes it is tad expensive, but I wouldn’t mind it once in a way)

The Service was kind and very well spoken.

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Good or Bad?

I have been to this place twice so let me share with you my vivid experiences to this place called mahesh lunch home..
1st time:It was really exciting to see the gentry and ambiance, Awesome prawns & chicken, good fish curry- rice, overpriced buttermilk but yet superb...2 people bill was rs1400 you can expect this from mahesh so fine overall experience great
2nd time(The antonym):Let me jump to the food experience the prawn starter was average the fish's curry had become cold and was not enjoyable the buttermilk was pathetic so it was a bad experience....rs1500 for 2 people..so taking into account my both experiences i would say that do visit this place and hope you have a nice time the food is good maybe the 2nd one was my bad-luck as i really enjoyed my first experience....

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2.0

No longer Up to the Standard

We have been long time patrons of Mahesh lunch, and recently decided to revisit our favorite seafood haunt. Boy were we disappointed and HOW!

First things first, the waiter was absolute imbecile, he goofed up our orders endless, we ordered crab masala but he got us crab in garlic and ginder ! The waiter was less interested n taking orders and more in the IPL match going on.

After this we ordered prawn fried rice, which had entire egg shells in it! it was quite un eatable as every bite was crunchy due to egg shells mixed with the egg.

Then a dish we never ordered was delivered to us! we pointed this out to the manager and he hastily took it back, he did apologize for it,

when shown the egg shells , he again apologized once more, he was very polite but by then our eating experience was ruined.

over all food wasn't up to standard, prices are not worth it (bill came to 2500 for three) and the quantity was minimal at best.

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wonderful experience

if u r in fort area just try out this place it is really wonderful , the service is awesome and the food is delicious especially the sea food . If you are a sea food lover u have to experience it n it is a truly magical place for all the sea food lovers

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4.0

Good time pass

I like Mahesh Lunch home, next to Trishna, because its well, cheaper when you just wanna hang out with friends, when you wanna have some alcohol as well, when you are in a mood for the best Tandoori Rawas in Mumbai. The owner is also a casual friend of mine.

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1.0

Times have changed..

Once upon a time there used to be two great places in town to dig into tasty fish at a value for money prices, and one used to be Mahesh Lunch home. sadly the lure of quick money has changed this place too, which is what I experienced during my last visit to Mahesh in the month of September. however the only positive seems to be that plenty of tables are free due to the high prices and you can get seating without having to worry about making reservations in advance. having been there I will recommend all to visit this lovely little place next to Mahesh to taste some excellent parsi food at very reasonable pricing..!!

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I can cook far better

MLH is over hyped, i doubt that those who cant cook non veg must be the frequent visitors..or the over pricing must have been taken as a bar to measure the popularity.
when we ordered the 'Butter Garlic Crab' the other day, we were assured that the crab is big enuff for two. What we got was a mediocre crab fully drenched in grease and smothered with garlic n pepper. I liked only the garlic n pepper.
Still famished we ordered Rawas fish curry with Neerdosa. We got a shock to see the dish with tiny fried fish pieces and capsicum added to some gravy full of....yesss, garlic n pepper and horrors....with curry leaves tadka. Neer dosa was surprisingly good and the only thing which i liked.
As an icing to the cake, the supervisor kept on staring at me while it took ages for the simple dishes to arrive.
No tips to the waiters... the least punishment from us after doling out gyaan about why capsicum n curry leaves dont go together...what is meant by a simple fish curry...

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Nice Konkan Food

The delicacies here are mostly konkan. The price tag is not worth the taste. The place is congested and also the service is not upto the mark.

Nohting wrong in paying a visit once.

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Great Sea Food Place

We starting eating at this place when it was a small joint and grat place to eat sea food at good price and grat food with nice crowd plus fast service. We knew the waiters stewered as well as the boss. Those days we used to go every second day for lunch and it would not hit the pocket. The prawns succulent and the fish really soft and melt in your mouth.

Along with the change prices have also gone Trishnas way. Still the food is very good but not affordable on a reguler base. It is still like comming home whenever we go there

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5.0

Ex-sea-llent!

Wonderful, wonderful sea-food. My husband is a sea-foodie and he absolutely swears by this restaurant. The staff is helpful and give good suggestions.
The tables are crowded together though. But, the food makes up for it.

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Highly overated Manglorean food

I remember eating at Mahesh when it was a step-off the road and into the hole- in- the- wall Manglorean eatery in Fort. In those days it was dark and dingy, with slow whirring fans, greasy waiters with greasy smelly towels thrown over the shoulder attending to you while the Boss screamed instructions in his high speed lingo. Those days the currys were really yummy - the coconut flavour really strong. The prawns really succulent and the fish really soft and melt in your mouth. But apart from the excellent food, what made this restaurant really great was that everyone else turned their nose up at it - it was too down market for any one but the lower -down- the- rung office goers who had to grab a quick bite, so like the forbidden fruit, it tasted better.

Somewhere down the road, the young guys at Citibank discovered the convenience and cheapness of the place and soon it became "the place to dine". Soon it became the place to "wine and dine on authentic ethnic sea food". With the airconditioning and the lobster on display, the fancy maitre d's and the waiters, the place acquired an upmarket polish - as seen by the crowds waiting outside to get a place in.

Along with the makeover, the prices have become upmarket too and the food has changed to suit the palates of the fussy eaters. The gussys have become more thick and less tasty, the prawns have become chewier and the fish fried too crisp at the risk of becoming hard to bite. So what still brings me to Mahesh?


Its simply unbeatable neer dosa ! This is really the best place to get the fluffiest, light, laciest neer dosas.

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4.0

A foodie's delight!

Mahesh Lunch Home is a food lovers paradise! Tucked away in a quiet corner of fort next to the legendary Yezdani Bakery and close to the Bombay Store, this little gem is well known for its Mangalorean dishes. This restaurant is most famed for its seafood dishes but vegetarians wont be disappointed either. The maitre d' comes and displays lobsters, crabs and prawns with great finesse at the tables and suggests preparations with each of them. It is a great way to show children what their food looks like before it is cooked! The staff are friendly and the service is reasonably prompt.
We ordered the solkadi as refreshments which was absolutely delectable. I didnt know what Kokum was so the maitre d asked someone to bring me some in a bowl to show me what it was- a lovely touch, I thought! The vegetarians amongst our group ordered tandoori mushrooms which were cooked to perfection. The grilled veggie starter was a bit of a damp squib with large chunks of potatoes and extra large florets of cauliflower. I had the fish tikka (made with Rawas) which was absolutely delectable! For the main course, we ordered prawn gassi and vegetable gassi with appams. Fabulous food and generous portions too. Since they didnt have fresh mango which we would have liked to have for dessert, we settled for caramel custard which reminded me of the comfort food we used to make in my childhood. A meal at Mahesh must be followed up with a magahi paan from the paanwala around the corner who tells a fabulous story about the paan he makes and makes the paan with a fine flourish!

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Great seafood, Good service....

Mahesh lunch home is the best place for seafood...
especially the crab and lobster dishes...

A mangalorean restaurant with a great feel.

Also another great touch is when the head waiter comes out with plates of king prawns and lobster and crab..

The only dish that didnt meet expectations was the squid in butter...but other than that the best for a few drinks with the boys or a nice dinner with the better half...

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