You know those places which you just overlook the first time you come across, and the second time, and the third, ‘coz you thought they cannot be good ? And then, one day, you just happen to give them a try and are awestruck ?
That happened to me in the case of Rabdiwala. For some reason, I thought that they may not be able to manage the cuisine that well, and boy was I wrong!! Rabdiwala does a marvellous job at making your taste buds explode with joy at every bite! They beat the long known famous chains like Rajdhani hands down!
Located near Mc Donalds, Borivali, Rabdiwala is a small joint, resembling more of a sweet shop if seen from far. Their seating arrangement is that of traditional Rajasthani feel with canewood tables and kathiawadi seats. The only complaint I have with this place is their downright horrible hygiene standards. The seats look like they ar in need of special dry cleaning session, maybe ten of those, and the tables are sticky and unclean. The food was by all means fine-dine standard, but the unclean area is a total put off!
Anyways, keeping our skepticism aside after this encounter, we decided to treat ourselves to the yummy food that we could see on the tables around us. We ordered the Kathiawadi Thali (half) and the Rajasthani Thali (half) with the Dal Baati Churma combo.
First, the Kathiawadi Thali which came with Baigan Bharta, Gatte-ki-Sabzi and Bajra roti. I was totally blown over by the preparation! Gatte ki sabzi was my favourite, such soft gattas (made with besan or chickpea flour) and such spicy and yummy curry, served with hot roti with ghee dripping down and a glass of chaas (buttermilk).
Next comes the Dal Baati Churma. The very first bite of the baati is sure to leave you wanting more. Soft yet crispy, and loaded with tons of ghee, their baati is just perfect.Every spoonful of the churma delivered an explosion of authentic rich flavours of Rajasthani cuisine. It was cooked to perfection, not a minute less and not a minute more and thus tasted like heaven.
We also ordered the Gatte ke Pulao, which was really delicious. I had never tried them before and I am glad I did. We decided to end our scrumptious and ghee-friendly meal with Mango Rabdi. Amazing smooth thickened milk with sweet mango flavour, no lumps and just the right amount of sweetness. I give it a thumbs up!!
After your meal, they bring this traditional Rajasthani vessel that royalty used, to help you wash your hands and serve Misri (sugar) and Sauf, as mouth fresheners. Perfect end to perfect meals!
Oh, and while we waited for our food, we also helped ourselves to Dahi Kachori and Sev Puri :p
Overall Experience: Mindblowingly amazing. The next time you are craving some good traditional Gujrati (Katiawadi) and Marwari food, I recommend this place to you!
Food 🙂 🙂
The Battle: Trying to fight with the bulk loads of ghee, to get you your baati :p
Only wish my tummy was not limited in size unlike their long list of delicious Rabdi, each of which I plan to try real soon!!