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This is one of the very few, if not the only, high-end Maharashtrian standalone restaurants in Mumbai. So this is where you should head to if you want to try Maharashtrian food in a reasonably comfortable setting. The menu represents cuisines from across Maharashtra and has a mix of vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes. This makes it different from Maharashtrian restaurants in Dadar which are pure veg and the seafood focused Malvani restaurants. The Malvani prawns, pork pickle, crab soup and tambda rassa here are interesting non-vegetarian dishes to try while vegetarians would like the pithla bhakri.
Maharashtrian cuisine still hasn’t found that many takers outside Maharashtra but if you truly want to experience Mumbai then there is no cuisine better. You can see the soul of Mumbai in Maharashtrian cuisine, its history and vivacity. When on food walk of Mumbai try those charming lunch halls to taste some of regional flavour in the most authentic way but if you are a creature of comfort then we have just the place for you. Mumbai surprisingly has only handful of fine dining restaurants serving exclusively Maharashtrian food and one of the few is ‘Diva Maharashtracha’. The restaurant can be an excellent place to try some regional flavours in a bit more fancier setting than lunch halls. Its location near Hinduja Hospital, Matunga West, Mahim is a bustling one and draws quite a crowd during meal times.
The restaurant provides quite a lovely dining experience by striving to keep their patrons happy throughout their visit, through cheerful live music and live sports screening. Lonely ones can tap into their Wi-Fi and occupy themselves while waiting for their food to come. As the name suggests, Diva Maharashtracha is all about authentic Maharashtrian food with smattering of North Indian and Goan delicacies to diversify the curry-heavy menu. Here you get a chance to satisfy all your seafood cravings, the spread is mind-blowing. Ask for their bayside cooler, a cocktail made of Bacardi, Cointreau and coconut water. Nibble alongside on a smorgasbord of appetizers or move straight to the mains like, amti kalya watanyachi, kolhapuri tambada rassa, kolambichi khichadi, pomfret Konkan style kalwan, varhadi prawn rassa, patodi, Konkan style crab masala, malvani hirva surmai rassa and nagpuri saoji mutton.
Mop up the curries with some traditional regional breads. To round off the meal go for few delicious Maharashtrian desserts. Basundi is one of key Maharashtrian sweets and so is puran poli. There is also srikhand, shevayachi kheer, kharvas, doodhi halwa and pan ice cream. You can enjoy the regional flavours of Maharashtra sitting at home by availing their home delivery service. Interiors of Diva Maharashtracha are designed to reflect the traditional elements of Southern India. Visually heavy décor with bold colours, Indian wall moldings, bright multi-colored lanterns make up the space. Seating style is kept formal so diners can eat comfortably. The restaurant is not excessively expensive, which is a bonus.