Why is it that the overwhelming urge to blog almost always occurs when the incident in question is a bad one? A vast majority of the blog posts out there are cribs about something or the other, and I'm no exception. So here I am, back from my year long hiatus on the Foodie For Life blog, with a crib about an over hyped restaurant called Tavaa
in Bandra, Mumbai.Tavaa
is located at prime real estate in Bandra. It's just a stone's throw away from Toto's, Hawaiian Shack (the place has expanded and so have the prices!), and Just Around The Corner. In fact, Tavaa
is just around the corner itself.
I admit that we chose a rather bad day to visit a "walk in" kind of restaurant. It was raining heavily, and the place was not very clean - understandably so. But the service was still alright. With the kind of prices, you couldn't expect anything better. I feel, the best indicator of any restaurants "priciness" (a priciness index, if you may) is the cost of one tandoori roti
. The ones at Tavaa
were a comfortable six rupees, and dal makhani
was priced at about Rs 70. You get the idea.
From the looks of the place (which I presume would've been rather decent, had it not been for the downpour and the Sunday night rush), I had expected the menu to be rather exotic and fancy. I was in for a disappointment when all I could see on the vegetarian page was Paneer X
and Paneer Y
. Apart from Mumbai's regular Veg Kohlapuri
, there was Paneer Kohliwada
as well! What's next, a Chembur Chana
and Dadar Dum Aloo
?I'm S-I-C-K of that typical red gravy
that most of the veggies in Mumbai are served in. It's not the regular tomato based gravy you could expect in a butter chicken or a paneer butter masaala
up in the North, but something different. But, it's in ALL the dishes in this city. And Tavaa
was no different. Upon inquiring, the waiter categorically told us that all the gravy items were in red! Can you believe it? Even a mushroom matter masaala
was in the sickening tomato based gravy! Aaargh! Left with no choice, we ordered a tavaa chicken roti
and a tandoori paneer tikka
for starters. The main course was a vegetarian affair consisting of a dal makhani
, a mushroom matter masaala
, and boondi raaita
The only thing good was the tavaa chicken roti
. It was a sparse matrix of mince chicken meat in egg covered with roti. The paneer tikka
was marinated in the same bloody red gravy. The dal makhani
was half done - it's supposed to be left overnight on simmering coals to cook and thicken - guess I was expecting too much :-). And the mushroom mutter masaala
, as expected, tasted awful in that red gravy. To top it all off, even the boondi raaita
was pathetic. I mean, I can make better raaita
than that. Seriously! But that's a topic for another post.
So, even after having such a bad experience with the main course, we attempted the dessert. A dry fruit rabri
and falooda kulfi
. Both B-A-D. The rabri
was sour and the kulfi
was a molten mash-up of the remains of a kulfi.
It could be that we ended up ordering vegetarian at a primarily non-veg joint, but I can't believe someone can get something as basic as boondi raita
wrong. And the desserts? Sour rabri
Anyways, we spotted Razak Khan
aka Makaudi aka Pappu Kanghi (I had a hard time fishing for his name and pics!
) dining there. Quite a P3 joint this, eh? :-)
Labels: bad, bandra, indian, mughlai, mumbai, tavaa