Jivhala Maharashtrian Kitchen [Kandivali]

You know what I want to do right now?

I want to gather all my Maharashtrian friends, stand them in a straight line and punch them.

Okay, that’s a little extreme, but I seriously want to shake each and every one of them, pretty violently and ask them just one question – ‘Why were they hiding all these amazing Maharashtrian dishes from me till date?’

No seriously, had I not visited Jivhala Maharashtrian Kitchen, my knowledge of Maharashtrian dishes would have remained restricted to Pithla-Bhakri and Puran Poli and that would have been disastrous, to say the least!

Ruturaj & Shardul, the brothers behind this venture have taken upon themselves to prevent such disasters from happening. Their aim is to bring the no show-sha filled authentic Maharashtrian food from their kitchen to your table and to revive a few lost recipes. This is clearly visible in the huge variety they have to offer and the very basic ambience of the restaurant. If you are looking for an air-conditioned, fine dine place, then Jivhala may disappoint you and we would suggest that you order in instead. But if you care only about some lip-smacking delicacies, then you should head here soon!

Here is what we tried at Jivhala Maharashtrian Kitchen and absolutely loved:

Pithla Bhakri Thecha: The Pithla we had here was better than any other that we have had and comes close to the one that grandma made! It was not very thick and so well spiced with coriander, ginger and chillies spicing it up! Delicious! Bhakri was soft and Jowar (Sorghum) based. One can ask for the crispier versions of bhakri if desired. Thecha was spicy and made us sweat, as it is supposed to! A small bowl of buttermilk or taak as it is called in Marathi was served to help with the spiciness of the thecha.

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Pithla Bhakri Thecha

Phodnichi Aamti is a spicy version of the dal or varan. It is thin in consistency and has tomatoes as the main ingredient with a strong tadka of ginger, coriander and curry leaves. There is also a small quantity of grated coconut and the combinations of these flavours make it taste totally home-cooked!

Vegetable Kolhapuri has a spicy gravy and lots of veggies – cauliflower, capsicum, et. al. It could have been spicier though but it does leave a pretty sharp taste in the throat. The gravy is really delicious and strongly spiced.

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Vegetable Kolhapuri and Phodnichi Aamti

Thalipeeth is another delicacy that we tried here. It is a multi-flour (seven types) onion paratha which is so scrumptious! The people at Jivhala do not deep fry it and rather bake it on the tawa giving it a delicious flavour. It is then drenched in ghee (you could ask for less or none of it) and served with a mindblowing dip of sorts – made with curd and their in-house ground nut chutney! Their groundnut chutney is to die for! It is so amazing that one can just keep munching on it without any accompaniment and that is saying something! It is the right amount of spicy, making you ooh-aah and yet reaching out for more!

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Thalipeeth

Shengachi Gulpoli has climbed up into my list of favourite sweet dishes and why should it not! This one is sincerely amazing! On first look, it looks like not much, I mean common, what good can a thin and slightly crispy roti of sorts be? But it is good, so good! Shengachi Gulpoli is essentially a jaggery and groundnut based, slightly crispy roti that is heated and then topped with lots of ghee! Each of the flavours come alive at every bite and you can keep munching on these, guilt free if you skip that ghee as well! We loved these, totally!

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Shengachi Gulpoli

We also tried Mattha, Kokum Sharbat and Piyush. Mattha is the spicier version of buttermilk with lots of green chillies, coriander and ginger while Piyush is eliachi or cardamom flavoured lassi.

Overall Experience: The word that describes our experience here has to be Utkrasht, which means excellent! The food here is marvellous! It is the restaurant you should visit when you want to have a home-cooked Maharashtrian meal at affordable prices.

Food 🙂

Ambience 😐 (But frankly, does not matter in front of the food!)

Service 🙂

The Battle: We did not want to leave without trying a million other items especially the recommended once, but our tummy always and always manages to let us down in such circumstances! You better go with a ravenous appetite!

You better go with a ravenous appetite!

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63 By-Lane [Kandivali]

Getting up on a Sunday is a task for me. And getting ready and leaving the house is the ultimate sacrifice I could make. So when I do make these sacrifices, I want them to be bloody worth it – either it be worth or it will be bloody,  or it will be bloody either ways, depends on my mood and my food.

This Sunday was not bloody, though. Pizza saved the day. And pasta. With a little help from salad! How? Well, we visited 63 By-Lane and loved it!

63 By Lane is a fairly new kid on the block, serving some insanely delicious food. They take pride in fresh ingredients and quality and they score 100% on these parameters.

Cute little shop in one of the  lanes of Thakur Village, but you can trust Google Maps to take you there without any hassle. Dressed in pretty whites and blacks, the outlet has an open seating with a few tables as well as high chairs One can choose from their  specials menu or can choose to make their own – pizza or pasta or salad.

The sauces are made in-house and fresh every day and they are amazing – which you will find out as you drool all over you devices….ahemmm, I mean read further! Everything from the packaging to cleanliness has been taken good care of. They deliver to nearby areas and are soon planning to come up with tabs so as to help sail through the make your own options with ease! The pizzas here are stone baked and Italian in every way with their crispy thin crusts and the cheese!

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Here’s a peep, no scratch that…. here’s a really shameless stare into what we tried and absolutely loved at 63 By-Lane.

Pizza

Pizza 91 – Barbeque Sauce pizza. One of the specials here, and why should it not be? Perfect thin crust, delicious barbeque sauce with the perfect sweet-tangy flavour, loads of cheese and cottage cheese (paneer). Top that with onions, capsicum and bell pepper and you have yourself a delight!

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Pizza 91

Pizza 4 – Four Cheese Pizza. Or should I say four times the awesomeness pizza? Imagine the perfect thin crust and then imagine cheese on the crust, and only cheese, and lots of it! Perfectly melted, the flavours mixing together and creating a mouth watering blend while each standing out. Confusingly delicious and deliciously cheesy!

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Pizza 4

Pizza 81 – Mushrooms, olives and arugula leaves. Tangy tomato based sauce at the base and cheese. Simple is beautiful? Indeed!

 

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Pizza 81

 

Nutella Pizza – Stuffed with caramelized bananas, loads of Nutella and then topped with more Nutella and Chocolate Chips! I am not a fan of chocolate and Nutella on my pizza, but this one was amazing! Must try for all the Nutella Lovers! Pure indulgence!

 

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Nutella Pizza

 

Pasta

Pasta 63 –Spaghetti drowned in lip-smacking mushroom cream sauce. This one will make your taste buds fall in love with mushrooms! Thick consistent sauce with the flavours of cheese, sour cream and mushrooms blending, making you want to lick the box in fear of wasting  even a drop! Must have here, you surely won’t regret!

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Pasta 63

 

Pasta 81 – Spaghetti Aglio-e-olio pasta. Perfect dry garlic sauce and chilli flakes, neither too dry nor dripping with oil. Mild spicy flavour with loads of veggies like tomatoes(sun-dried – they use canned variety), basil and olives  and garnished with Parmesan cheese.

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Pasta 81

 

Pasta 10 – Basil Pesto Penne Pasta. They nailed the thick creamy sauce and basil got the aroma right! Loved every bite of this. Lots of veggies and cheese.

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Pasta 10

Pasta 80 – Penne Arrabbiata Pasta, loaded with veggies and basil leaves and topped with Parmesan. The sauce used for the pasta is just delicious – tomato puree and onions along with chilli.

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Pasta 80

 

Salads

Salad 10 – Watermelon Feta Salad. Fresh watermelons, topped with arugula leaves, walnuts, basil and perfect, soft and salty feta cheese. Drizzled with balsamic vinaigrette dressing , this one is a healthy delight!

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Salad 10

 

 Make your own salad – Quinoa + Lettuce + Tomatoes + Onions +Corn + Olives +  Mix seeds + Lemon + Vinegar. What a delight! If only I knew a salad could be so delicious, I would be having more of it! I am definitely having more of this, though!

Oh and PS: The number of ingredients you add do not change what you pay, so go ahead and load your salad with everything you like! And they are generous with the toppings and dressings!

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Others

Cheese Garlic Bread – Crispy base and topped with cheese. Not a hint of chewiness!

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Cheese Garlic Bread

Fresh Lime Water – Not too sweet, neither too tangy. Lime water with basil seeds or what we call sabja/sabza and mint leaves. Refreshing citrusy flavour.

Chilled Lemon Tea – Lemon flavoured Ice Tea with mint leaves.

 

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Fresh Lime Water and Chilled Lemon Tea

 

Overall Experience : What you give to the universe, the universe gives back to you! And you guys at 63 By-Lane are sending out awesomeness! Amazing food, friendly service and more amazing food!

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Ambience 🙂

Service 🙂

The Battle : I loved everything over here! To pick one in itself is a battle. But my vote will go to Pasta 63! Oh man, the taste! Try it to believe me!

In today’s world, with no lack of options, making one boast about a restaurant they visited and being on the will definitely visit again list is a praiseworthy task!

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