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The original and the best Gajalee is still the one in Vile Parle. It is meant for locals (a broad definition that covers everyone from SachinTendulkar to Lata Mangeshkar to you and me) and no attempt is made to entice foreign tourists. Though the owners, who live above the restaurant, are from Mangalore, they specialise in cooking the sea food of the Maharashtra coast though, inevitably, the Mangalore influences do creep in. That said, the cuisine is authentic, with attention being paid to both fresh seafood which is flown in daily and to freshly ground masalas made to traditional recipes.
One of my favourite seafood restaurant when I visit Mumbai. Must have Bombay duck (🐠). This time we tried tandoori crab instead of the usual garlic and butter. Very yummy indeed. They have very good size crabs too.
The last time I visited Gajalee with family was more than a year back. We went for the Sp. Clams Koshimbir, our all time favourite, and it was as good as before. The mandatory masala papad and fresh lime soda were great too. Gajalee has always been my first choice for seafood since a decade. From waiters giving my vegetarian friends a scare by showing them huge live crabs on a plate to getting my farewell lunch when I resigned from my job for the first time, this place holds memories in abundance. Some of the usuals at this place were the masala papad, bombil fry, stuffed bombil and prawns curry. The mutton dum biriyani served here used to be excellent as well. Come here for a grand seafood treat!
Service is usually very friendly. Ambience pleasant though not swanky. It's all about the food which is excellent. Bo bio fry should not be missed,and the clam koshambir is to die for. Ghavne is a must and their coconut chutney can be eaten all on its own. Seafood is specially good here. Crab, prawns, fish are all very fresh.
The dishes on the menu and the serving staff all seem to be the same for years. Prices have increased of course. However, there is no upgrade or improvement of this chain of restaurants. Food quality is decent and prices are reasonable but it is boring to visit this restaurant because you know what to expect
It was a family dinner at GAJALEE and we really enjoyed it. The food was good but the service was amazingly better. Very cordial staffs. I wish the Butter Chicken was not made that sweet...overall, great place.
A restaurant that is a combination of excellent food, pleasing welcoming décor and an efficient considerate service is nowadays considered a stuff of dreams but there are still left relics like these who have captured the loyalty of their diners for ages. When asked around Mumbai, one name will echo more than any other i.e., ‘Gajalee’. Gajalee is a lovely family-style dining restaurant that has been an important pillar for the city’s gastronomic community. You are assured this one place of good service and lip-smacking food regardless of the time you visit. In the times when every restaurant is rushing towards glamming up their décor, Gajalee stands tall and proud of its classic old-fashioned image. Its location at Phoenix Mill Compound, High Street Phoenix in Lower Parel is a sought after one and is one of the top dining destinations in Mumbai.
Gajalee’s menu intoxicates the senses of every foodie who is in love with the regional food of Mumbai. Those in dire need of some succulent seafood swimming in tangy curry should head over to Gajalee, for this place is a mecca for seafood fanatics. Their menu although hosts both Maharashtrian and North Indian cuisines, it’s the former one you should concentrate upon. Variety on offer is staggering. Gourmets will have a wonderful time wading through this extensive menu feasting on luscious seafood. Pair a pint of beer with some appetizers like, pudina fish tikka, clams butter pepper garlic, prawns crispy fried, tandoori pomfret, crab stick kebab, bombil fry and chicken masala dry. For a more substantial fare opt for, clam masala, mutton bhuna gosht, sp prawns curry, red snapper curry, stuffed pomfret and crab green chilly sauce.
This place is a serious carnivorous galore. Vegetarians too are given a significant section but the spotlight lies with seafood. Order amboli or ghavne or nachani bhakri to lift up your curries otherwise stick with biryanis. Pomfret lunch box or chicken lunch box are offered to those in a rush. Enjoy a glass of solkadi to truly bring out the flavours. Your sweet tooth can be coddled with, caramel custard, pastry or kulfi. Gajalee sprawls cross two floors, done in an attractive classy way. Soft pastel shades are used to design the space so that effect is soothing and elegant. Modern South Indian art on walls reminds you of their coastal theme. Gajalee is very affordable so indulge freely.