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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.
The much-anticipated introduction to Bombay seafood finally took place last night. Gus and Linda did all the ordering. Bombay Duck and prawns to start - out of this world - and then the pièce de résistance, tandoori crab. The unfortunate victim - alas poor Oscar; I knew him well - was displayed live for approval at our table before being whisked away and then reappearing very quickly in edible guise. The incredibly efficient and charming team tie on bibs for the crab course because it's messy - very messy. The strong tandoori flavours contrast and complement the sweetness of the crab perfectly. Then some fried kingfish - then some kingfish curry with just the right amount of cocum - and finally gulab jamoun, all washed down with draught Kingfisher. Yes, we made pigs of ourselves, but it was simply incredible. Every detail was just right: authenticity, freshness, care. Can't recommend Gajalee enough.
This is one of the best Indian restaurants I have visited. It was our second visit in 8 months. Visiting India cannot be complete without a visit to Gajalee. The service, ambience and food were just great. Lovely crabs and delicious food all round. They have several branches and one should make it a point to visit and taste their delicious seafood.
One of the best places in Mumbai if you are a seafood lover. Per recommendation from manager we tried Bombay Duck Roll and it was super yummy, served hot with delicious chutney. Surmai tandoori was also amazing. although Chicken seekh kebab was not that tender and juicy. We had kulfi and caramel custard for our dessert. Overall an amazing fine dining experience. Prior reservation is highly recommended if you are visiting over the weekend.
One of the best places in Mumbai for fresh fish, cold beer and munchies. Speak to the manager and have it cooked your way. I asked for easy on the spice so I could taste the fish. Their Prawns are awesome with the green sauce.
We visited Gajalee for a family dinner and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. The best part of our whole experience was when we were invited to visit the kitchen to see the food in the making, all the chefs were gearing to cook up a storm with the fresh catch of the day, it was indeed some experience. We ordered Sol Kadi, Tandoori Tiger Prawns, Kombdi Wade, Ghavne, Ambolya, Basa Koshimbir, Crab in Green Chilli Sauce and Chicken Biryani. Drumrolls please: The Crabs n Prawns won hands down. The chefs in there must know some sort of sorcery to be able to dish out such delicious, succulent prawns and crabs bursting with a myriad of flavours to tantalise our taste buds. If that wasn’t enough we stuffed our faces with some heavenly blueberry cheesecake. One thing I can tell you for sure, once you dine at Gajalee it will take you months n months to like anything else anywhere else coz believe you me the taste won’t leave your palate anytime soon😉 All in all, a must visit for anyone and everyone.