Today my wife and I took a ride to Marine Drive and Malabar Hill in South Mumbai, just like that, with no specific purpose in mind except to laze around a bit and have a bite.
The ride took an hour and 25 minutes, and that on a Saturday morning ! Well, normally I use the Bandra-Worli Sea Link which cuts the travel time by about 20 minutes or so, but today I decided to see the other route into town.
So, we saw Mahim, Dadar, Prabhadevi, Parel, Worli, and then reached Chowpatty…..something like that ! I had a restaurant in mind, and that was Sukh Sagar in Girgaum Chowpatty, which is a famous vegetarian restaurant chain. On the way to the restaurant, we drove slowly from the Pedder road end, and drank in the sites of some of the oldest buildings you could see in old Mumbai. I saw a fascinating building called “Jehangir Mansion” (which I also saw last week during one of my business trips into town).
We then turned into the short road which leads to Marine Drive, with the “Ideal Restaurant” on the left and Sukh Sagar Restaurant on the right. I understand that the Ideal Restaurant is a hangout for the backpackers, but so far haven’t had the chance to try out their dishes.
So, here we were at Sukh Sagar, and climbed the steps to the first floor “air-conditioned” area (the ground floor is not air-conditioned and open to the pavement side. It was not crowded at all at 12:30 PM – there was just one other family having their lunch.
Since I knew Sukh Sagar fare from my last week’s trip along with a business friend, I decided what I wanted very quickly – it was the “Onion Rava Dosa” with the masala on the side (rather than on the inside, as is the usual way it is made and delivered). I learnt this small variation from my business friend, and I like it !
My wife ordered the “Mysore Sada Dosa”. I suggested that she try their Pomegranage juice, which I found refreshing.
So, the dosas arrived (it took some 20 minutes !). They were crisp, fresh and looked good. They were delicious too. It is difficult to get a strong endorsement from my wife, but this time around she liked the dosa so much, she told me that the dosa was “very good”.
There you go – we have had dosas in other places in Mumbai. For example the Cafe Madras in King’s Circle in Dadar is good, but their dosas are traditional – a bit soft, not crisp. Their dosas are also good to eat, but they are not big and solid like the Sukh Sagar ones. Of course, one has to pay more at Sukh Sagar for their dosas, but we thought it was worth the trip of some 35 KMs !
Strongly recommended – but do not venture into their Italian or even traditional rice-based items. Dosas remain their strongest fare and it is surely worth the attempt to try them.
27th October 2012