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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.
This remains one of the topmost seafood joints in Mumbai. Rest assured about the quality of the food and the taste when here. Some items are a must have - crab tandoori, fried Bombay duck and clams koshimbir. My recent experience here was again as superb as always
Came back to Gajalee after years and food is still very good. Ambiance is casual with both ac and non ac sections (personally prefer non ac). Restaurant is clean with friendly service albeit bit slow. Usually a wait line on weekends but it moves fast (do call to put your name down) Between two adults and a 17.5mo old we shared: - 2 bombil fry portions (kid had half of the 1st order hence the double order haha) - 4 chappatis - 2 vade - solkadi - prawns sukha - clams koshimbir - surmai fry - fish curry (just curry no fish) rice - caramel custard Food was really good and light. Loved the bombil, clams koshimbir, fish curry and caramel custard. Sadly the surmai was bit smelly hence didn't feel very fresh and the prawns sukha were not what we had imagined and ended up being more north indian style. Overall great experience and would definitely visit again : )
My first visit to the famed seafood speciality restaurant. Ambience is okay but dont think people go there for the ambience......they go there for the famed seafood.....ok so started with the very basic bombil fry with which you just cant go wrong.....now a traditional bombil fry is bombay-duck dry coated with a mixture of either rice flour/ rava, chilli powder and salt and then shallow fried or deep fried.....here the bombay duck is coated with a wet batter of besan with absolutely no chili powder and no/ very little salt hence a complete downer. Mandeli fry is also okayish. About the mains, we ordered an Pomfret thali, Halwa thali and Chicken thali, the food served was at the best luke warm, in most seafood thali restaurants pomfret thali consists of a curry with 1/2 pieces of pomfret and a fried piece, however here they served fried bombil and a whole pomfret in the curry itself. Curry was yellow in color so not very appealling to your sense of sight as traditional coastal curring are either red/ orange and tasted okay, ditto for the Halwa thali, chicken thali was the only saving grace. Also usually a vegetable is served with non-veg thalis such as a leafy veggie or cabbage or long beans, here they served yam (suran) vegetable which was at best edible. Coming to the solkadhi served, now sol kadhi is supposed to be a cooler and digestive to be taken along a spicy heavy meal and is a mix of coconut milk, kokum concentrate, spiced with pieces of chilli, garlic/ tirphala, here they had ground the chilli along with the coconut resulting it to have a very spicy kick not a cooler at all. Service was attentive. All in all not a very good experience at a flagship restaurant, there are way better restaurants serving more authentic Malvani and coastal cuisine........
Went with friends and family to celebrate an occasion. The A/C seating space is extraordinarily cramped. Most of the items in the menu was mentioned as APC (as per choice). In good faith we told the server to give food which would be adequate for all. They served deep fried pomfret (kapri), which I feel over fried. The 'neer dosa ' was rubbery. The 'rawas' curry was good, but they could not offer crab, which we wanted. Overall I felt too pricey and not a good experience to have, as we have other choice for seafood joints in Mumbai.
I am regular visitor to Konkan, Goa and California. Gajalee serves one of the best sea foods I have ever tasted but like they say all good things come at a price. This place is extremely over priced. Positives: Great sea food especially shrimps, prawns Great service Negatives: Over priced Over crowded
Mumbai has to be one of the greatest cities considering gastronomy. The city itself is thriving with all sorts of cultures and their food but nothing, I mean nothing, comes close to the exquisite world of regional cuisine. If it’s the first thing you have to do in the city, get your hands on some traditional Maharashtrian fare. Its everything Mumbai is, colorful and vivacious. If you ask your cab driver or your neighbor where to go for awesome Maharashtrian meal, they will point you towards ‘Gajalee’. Out of all the outlets in Mumbai opt for the one at Kadamgiri Complex in Vile Parle East. The food is authentic here with a touch of Mangalorean seeping in courtesy to the Mangalorean owners. Locals flock to Gajalee whenever they feel like having fried bombil, their most famous dish.
Gajalee is popular all over the city for its authentic Maharashtrian food. An abundance of seafood is available on the menu, which you will find to be very extensive and satisfying. Fresh seafood is flown daily and freshly ground masalas are used to add authenticity to the food. There are several North Indian dishes on the menu as well but stick to traditional Maharashtrian food. No alcohol is served at Gajalee, have a glass of solkadi instead. As first course tuck into, spicy prawns sukha, basa koshimbir, baby lobster tikka, stuffed pomfret, tandoori crab, oyster masala dry, clams butter pepper garlic and pudina fish tikka. To enjoy the curries break a piece of ghavne or paratha. Tuck into, mutton bhakri, pomfret tikka masala, prawns ambat tikhat, crab green chilly sauce, pomfret curry, red snapper curry, squid masala and baby lobster curry.
They even do small combo meals like pomfret lunch box or chicken lunch box for those who are short on time. For something sweet to round off your meal opt between, caramel custard, kulfi or your choice of pastry. One has to admit Gajalee is the best when it comes to regional seafood and deserves every bit of its accolade. Another great touch we like is that live crustaceans are bought to your table for you to choose your protein. A theatrical display but wonderful nonetheless. Interiors of Gajalee are simple yet comfortable. The room flows into several nooks so if you would like a bit of privacy choose a corner table. Gajalee is totally value for money, bookmark it.