Celebrating festivals is all about good food and spending time with the family. Gudi Padwa, or the first day of the Maharashtrian New Year, as per the lunar calendar, is the ideal day to treat yourself to a leisurely meal. Head to one of the restaurants in Mumbai serving traditional Maharashtrian delicacies – both vegetarian and non-vegetarian. There are the buffet and a la carte options. So, indulge yourselves this Sunday as you feast with friends and family and herald another auspicious year.
There can not be a better place to savour authentic fare than Diva Maharshtracha. On a la carte menu, there is a lot to choose from. Start with a refreshing Panhe followed by Mini Chutney Thalipeeth, Kolhapuri Suke Paneer, Kelfulache Wade. For mains, choose from Wangyache Bhareet, Tondli Aani Kajuchi Bhaji for vegetarians and Malwani Hirve Fry, Bhareli Tiger Kolmabi and Varhadi Mutton, if you are a carnivore. A Creamy Basundi or Shrikhand is what you can end your meal with. Trust me, you will be satiated and glad you made this choice.
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A drive to Navi Mumbai could be a part of your Sunday outing if you want to sample a traditional meal in a restaurant with a warm vibe. Treat your taste buds to a delectable Maharashtrian buffet spread which includes dishes such as Kombadi Cha Rassa, Aloo Wadi, Dahi Vada, Mutton Kolhapuri, Agari Kombadi Masala, Kanda Bhaji and more. Delightful traditional desserts like Puran Poli and Modaks are on offer to round off your sumptuous meal. Seasoned with handmade masalas and garnished with the most flavourful spices, this buffet brunch is the best way to spend your Gudi Padwa.
When: Sunday, 18th March 2018; 12.30 pm - 04:00 pm
Price: Rs 1050 plus taxes
Enjoy choicest Maharashtrian fare as a part of this elaborate buffet spread for lunch. From Masala Bhat to Shrikhand Puri and Batatyache Bhaji to Puran Poli, you can have them all here. So, relax in the pleasing ambience of this restaurant with traditional décor and savour a homely meal with your family and friends.
When: Sunday, March 18, 12.30 pm - 03.30 pm
Price: Rs 599 plus taxes
If it is a home-style simple food you are after and not fussed about decor and ambience, head straight to this popular eatery in Dadar this Gudi Padwa. You may have to brave the queues and wait for a while, but the meal served to you after this, will be worth all the effort. Batata Vada, Missal Pav, Thalipeeth, Kothimbir Vadi, Varan Bhaat and, of course, delectable sweets in an unpretentious atmosphere, are among the dishes you will relish.
So, gorge on a wide gamut of Maharashtrian food this Gudi Padwa and start your year on a lip-smacking note.
Food critic, features writer and columnist, Mini Ribeiro is a qualified Journalist, from IIMC New Delhi. She specialises in the Food & Beverage and Hospitality space. As an established food & beverage writer, Mini currently contributes to several leading English publications across the country – Asian Age, Hindustan Times, Sunday Financial Express, Hotelier India, Go Getter and Vistara inflight magazines and Rediff.com. She also has her own You Tube channel called Mini’s Food Fundas. Fond of cooking, Mini enjoys experimenting in the kitchen with various cuisines, with Indian regional food, being her favourite. She has recently started, a platform for home talent, called 'Flavours from Home', an initiative which aims to make women who are passionate about cooking, entrepreneurs.
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