Located in Oshiwara, is this blink and youll miss joint right opposite the famed Lotus petrol Pump. Recommended by a friend of mine, saying, dont expect great ambiance, but you can expect really good food, I decided to give it a go.
Along with my partner I went. It took us a while to locate the restaurant
drove past a couple of times but eventually after asking a few people, we saw the dimly lit, obscure place. One really wouldnt expect it to be in an area like Oshiwara, where all other places are vibrant and loud in their outward appearance!
So we found a parking spot and entered. A very small, 6 tabled joint, greeted us with a typical Chinese food aroma! Ideally it is supposed to be a Tibetan restaurant, but us, Mumbai city slickers wouldnt be able to tell the difference between Chinese and Tibetan food.
Anyway, wed been recommended the Thuk-pa soup. Was supposed to be their best offering. So, without even looking at the Menu, we ordered for a Chicken Thuk-pa soup and in typical Indian style, like we do for all Chinese food, asked him to split it in two Chicken Thuk-pa soup, One by Two, our order!
For starters, anybody with common sense would order Momos at a Tibetan place. However, like everyone around me keeps saying, Common sense is the most uncommon. And thats exactly what I lack, many a time. We ordered the Managers recommendation, Pepper spiced chicken. The name itself, sounds like a Chinese dish originated in a local restaurant!
The soup arrived, and lived up to every appraising word about it. It was perfectly seasoned, light, had copious amounts of boiled chicken pieces and served its purpose of being an appetizer to the T. The starter, as expected, looked and tasted exactly like any other Chinese starter that you may find at your neighborhood Chinese joint. Although it tasted really well, it was a bit oily.
For the main course, we ordered one of their unpronounceable noodles. We asked them to not make them spicy and they obliged. The noodles arrived at the table within minutes of ordering. Again, ample quantity of chicken pieces in the dish to complement the noodles. The noodles, quite honestly tasted like the usual Haka noodles. They even looked the same. However, the myriad choices of sauces placed on each table, made every bite interesting.
The key thing to observe along with good food, is that unlike other Chinese restaurants, where the Manager is typically Indian but the waiters are imported from the North Eastern parts of India to resemble Chinese, this is a complete paradox. The waiters are locals while the manager looks quintessentially Tibetan.
Our only grouse The walls are painted bright red, which gives a very crammed feel to the place, and the tables are literally places adjoining each other, ergo, at times, you find yourself a part of your neighboring tables conversation!
Otherwise, it left good memories with us. The total bill for two for this three course meal was Rs. 620, which, in todays times, is cheap for a West suburban joint!
Verdict: Deserves repeat visits.