Ahura

The compulsory stop on the way and back from Baroda, Ahmedabad just a 110 odd kms from Bombay. It is a lovely place that serves great parsee food. 

In the morning kheema, Pattice, khari, Pav Maska and if it is lunch then, chicken farcha, Salli boti or dhansak. If not driving there are options of having a cold beer also.  

Swati Snacks

Run by the same family as far as my knowledge goes, but more of a favourite for us, probably due to the access, convenience, and attitude.

Having been there many times, and tried out the menu so to speak, this time taking a non vegetarian friend, landed up during lunch hour. After a 15-20 minute wait, we were ushered in and seated.
A quick order of Bhel, Sev Dahi Batata Puri with water melon juice and ganne ka juice was given, whilst the debate for the rest of the food commenced.
We decided on corn khichyu, methi bajra rotli with vatana bataka nu shaak, misal made to order, pizza for the friend, with methi khaman and dabeli.
Except methi khaman and corn khichiyu which took time to be cleared, the rest of the food was polished off in a jiffy and we were ready for a nice snooze.
A must visit place, but remember that there is mostly a waiting.

Das Khaman
A famous institution by far and known to every one for its famous “Dahi Khaman”.

After a long time, had an occasion to visit it due to a friend wanting to carry back Khaman (the last time he had carried was from Raj Kamal Baroda) since we were there for a quick visit.
Organise Sada khaman and Sev Khamni. Could not personally visit hence gave the rest of the farsan a miss.
I like the safed dhokla and khamni the best. And that too was proved this time; with the friend liking sev khamani better and the Khaman from Baroda were better.
Need to check out the rest of his stuff on my next visit.

650 – The Global Kitchen
A quick Gujarat Trip and hoping to surprise a friend’s mother for her birthday, had us trying out this place, which had never featured on our radar in the past, given the brief visits that we end up doing.

Since, it was a large group of nearly 20+ decided to book in advance. Reservations for Lunch were easy to get, and we reached there quite easily.
It is made up as an old haveli, with wooden planks taking you inside ( some of the planks were a tad unsafe).
Comfortable seating and perusing the menu we realised, it was the winning combination for Gujaratis – all and every cuisine – with the special gujarati touch, adding sugar, cheese or willing to convert it to whatever you wished.
Having said that, we ran thru practically the entire menu – North Indian consisting of mix vegetables, paneer, aaloo with chapati, roti and naan, followed by jeera rice and dal – with specific instructions on not making it sweet which they listened to and ensured. The old people in the group enjoyed the taste and food, as did we on whatever we tried out.
The youngest in the group opted for Mexican, Italian – basically anything that was with cheese – mexican was more gujju taste with Chipotle being the winning the Gujju taste but the rest was quite nice. Italian was quite good and comparable with Cream center types whilst the thin crust pizzas were quite outstanding. The baked dishes were not as good as the Pastas which were excellent.
This was followed up by brownie with ice cream that was outstanding by itself and worth a visit alone for it.
All in all definitely worth a repeat. The evening has only two seatings and you have to book in advance.
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Written by AD
ex waiter, angadia, travel agent, dotcomer, dukaandaar, marketeer, people watcher. appreciates single malt, food, friends