Chaayos Lower Parel

Chaayos Lower Parel
Chaayos Lower Parel almost became a convenient ordering in and chai place for me. But off late, the quality seems to be a bit off the radar. Not just the quality – even the overall taste.

So here’s a summary of my most recent order from Chaayos Lower Parel.

From the Zomato exclusive winter menu, Kulhad Pav Bhaji

Chaayos Lower Parel

It comes in this earthen kulhad. And the portion size is pretty good. You get 2 Kulhad’s and 2 pavs.

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The ingredients however feel aweful. It tastes like an over masaledaar subzi and that nice buttery taste that needs to be there in the bhaji seems missing. They do give you Amul Butter to go with it. But that’s not enough to cut it! And the bhaji had some peanuts in it! Which didn’t feel good at all. Even the Pav was super dry and almost crumbly.

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Homestyle Upma – another one from the winter menu.

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This just feels dry and mealy. No substance to it at all! It has some basic vaghaar and that’s about it. Just like a couple of really fine pieces of tomato and thats all.

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Poha

Chaayos Lower Parel

I used to honestly quite like the poha from Chaayos earlier. It used to seem pretty hot and fresh and was quite tasty as well. This I would say was homestyle poha – fluffy and delicious. But what I got this time was just poha that was totally moist and really aweful tasting. Once poha is over cooked or re heated too many times it kind of gives away and that’s what this one felt like. And it’s not because I home delivered it – I’ve had poha from them via delivery almost all the time.

Desi Chai

Chaayos Lower Parel

Thankfully this they still do right. Desi Chai, chose kadak patti, dudh kam and adrak, mint and tulsi for a slightly nippy evening. Felt good after all the other stuff bombed! And their chai packaging is pretty impressive too. Carton kettle with a plastic twist cap and inside is another almost flat bottle kind of holder. And the chai has no leaks or spills. They do charge an additional 30 bucks for packaging though!

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Chaayos Lower Parel

Chaayos Lower Parel

So this was my most recent experience with Chaayos. I have rated them earlier on Zomato very highly (4.5) and now I’d change that to 3. To be honest, their chai got them to 3!

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Amba Bhavan, Matunga

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Review – Amba bhavan

Rating – ⭐⭐⭐⭐

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If you follow me, you know that matunga is my spot! Tried Amba Bhavan here for the first time and it only reinforces the fact that this area doesn’t have any place that serves mediocre food!
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I tried their idlis, upma, dosa and masala milk.
Idlis – sofffffftt and how! Sambhar is ok but chutney is really good. A tad bit of spice makes it awesome.
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Amba bhavan
Amba bhavan
Amba bhavan
Upma – light, fresh..
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Amba bhavan
Dosa – more on the crisper side.
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Amba bhavan
Masala milk – good amount of pista in it but a little over sweet.
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I know I will be coming back here. And so I recommend this to you too.
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Mani’s Lunch Home – Matunga East, Mumbai

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Mani’s Lunch Home – Review

Those of you who know me well, must know my love for South Indian food. So here’s another place I have been loving off late – Mani’s Lunch Home. Read my full review!

Rating – ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

 

Mani's Lunch Home
Mani’s Lunch Home
Mani’s is a gem. It’s a  tiny place with really great, fresh and tasty south indian fare.
Recommend:
Upma
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Upma
Mysore masala dosa
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Mysore Masala Dosa
Masala dosa
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Masala Dosa
I have tried the masala dosa, the mysore masala, the upma and the idli here and all are phenomenal. His sambhar is top notch!
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Sambhar
The dosas here are the perfect combination of crisp and melt in your mouth. They have that crunch and are sooooo tasty. The aloo in the masala dosa is quite different than regular masala dosa. Not too spicy, not overly dry. And almost mashed to a large extent.
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Masala Dosa
The mysore masala is the one with red chutney and filling inside. This is so famous and gets over pretty early.
The upma here is out of this world – very light..Not too much ghee going on. Has some tomato too. Served fresh and piping hot.
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Upma
The idlis are amazing too – soft, fluffy and don’t reek of soda!
Recommend this place for a quick, inexpensive south indian meal.
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Mani’s Lunch Home
Mani's Lunch Home
Mani’s Lunch Home
Mani's Lunch Home
Coconut Chutney
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