This restaurant is as buzzing as Bombay’s busy streets. We went here on a weekday after office hours and within no time after walking in, the restaurant was filled with families, friends and tourists who all came to enjoy Mumbai’s street food with a twist.
DesiKlub is located in Maker Chamber IV, Nariman Point. It’s definitely one of those restaurants that you wouldn’t know where it is unless someone suggested it to you or you found it on Zomato. The third option is what happened to me: I got invited to review this restaurant (Thank you, Team DesiKlub!). DesiKlub is owned by Lemon Chilli Veg Gourmet Foods LLP -the name owner that runs The Rolling Pin, SpiceKlub (review coming soon) and Quattro Ristorante.
As my father-in-law was in town, I decided to take him along with me for this review. You must know, he is not very experimental with food; his favorite sabzi is non-veg and he doesn’t eat paneer or any other diary products. So, call me brave when I suggested this vegetarian restaurant… But my instinct was right: though it’s a veg only restaurant, my FIL enjoyed the food and the whole experience of restaurant reviewing a lot.
We had a great time going through the menu which describes the dishes in interesting ways (e.g. old Bollywood songs). Also, we enjoyed the interior design of this place a lot: At the back of each chair is the name of a famous Mumbai street, the wall paper is a photograph of a typical Mumbai street corner –and a real size BEST bus approaching you–, and the restaurant is illuminated by street lights.
But now, let’s talk about to the food. We ordered a variety of starters and main courses and were too full to enjoy the desserts (but we make sure we come back soon for that).
One of my favorite street foods of all time is Sev Puri and of course it was my first choice for starters. For those of you who don’t know what is is: it’s a type of chaat that is very popular in Mumbai. It’s a crispy flat puri, topped with potato, green beans (moong) and onion, then you drizzle coriander chutney and tamarind date chutney and top it up with sev (deep fried gram flour noodles). Basically it’s irresistible delicious. The Sev Puri served at DesiKlub has fresh pomegranate seeds and pineapple on it which makes it super refreshing and even more delicious. Definitely my favourite starter on the menu.
We also ordered OTC Pakoda (onion, tomato, cucumber sandwich coated in seasoned batter and deep-fried) and Dab-Elly (difficult to describe but definitely worth a try -see photo below). The pakodas were very tasty and with the rains starting soon, these make for a great snack with hot chai.
As main course, we ordered the “The Tastiest Vegetarian Dish in the World” (Maharashtra Chi Shaan) which with that name left us with great (unfulfilled) expectations.
The Pasta Desi Ishtyle (Macaroni in Makhanwala gravy) on the other hand was world-class. Being a big fan of paneer makhanwala and a pasta lover, I often wondered how those two would taste combined. This combination of Indian-Italian cuisine is absolute comfort food and deserves to be called my favorite main dish at DesiKlub.
The third dish we ordered was named after an old Bollywood song called Do Dil Mil Rahe Hai (listen to the song here). It translates into “Two hearts are meeting”: Tawa noodles and Pav Bhaji maar ke. It’s definitely an interesting combination but somehow it wasn’t mine. My husband however liked this combination much more than the Pasta Desi Ishtyle.
Like most veg restaurants, this place doesn’t serve alcohol. We enjoyed chilled Ganna Adrak (sugarcane juice with ginger).
I highly recommend DesiKlub for travellers and newcomers to India who would like to taste Mumbai’s street food in the comfort of restaurant that keeps hygienic standards high.
Please note that Gwenda Glocalista was invited to review this restaurant. Though we did not pay our own bill, we have our own opinion and free food doesn’t buy our free mind.