Pahadganj ke Chole in Mumbai! Such excitement & much more at +91, Juhu

A name that spells India loud and clear, and offers you exactly that without any clichés.

What looks like a highbrow art house from the outside, +91 is a beautiful bringing together of everything Indian. The owners Vipul Shah and Bipin Grewal have travelled through the flavourful kitchens of India, from Kashmir to Kanyakumari, and have brought forth a delectable spread that represents the food culture of the country.

The interiors are kept contemporary without insisting too much on the clichéd Indian vibe, which is refreshing I must say.

Coming to the main deal, the menu has representatives from almost all states. Be it Bharli Vangi from Maharashtra or Langar wali Kaali Daal from Punjab. There are some fusion recreations also of local hits, like Saffron and Suran ki Galouti (Yam) and Zucchini Musallam. A fine dine that brings Yam, Brinjal and Zucchini on one menu and makes all of them equally appetizing.

We started with what looked like the most intriguing combinations in the soups – Munnar Ka Masala Asparagus. Mildly spicy with a crunchy asparagus taste, it comes with yummy peri peri croutons. Never would have I thought that Asparagus is capable of being the hero ingredient of soup this good.

Looking at the starters spread, one thing was clear, this place needs to be bookmarked for exploring the menu. After much deliberation, we ordered Telli cherry Malai Tikka. Just the right amount of black pepper made this one a delight.

The show stealer for me was clearly Paharganj Ke Chole straight from Delhi. The Delhiite in me cried a tear of nostalgia reading ‘Sitaram’ on the menu. Finding it too good to believe I checked with the waiter if this was the real deal. He confirmed that they import the ’masala’ from Pahadganj to keep it authentic. They have interesting choices in the bread as well, and it’s hard to weigh one over the other. We went for Punjabi Kulcha, flavourful stuffing of potato mash and mint make this one an integral dish in itself.

Summing up, although it’s priced slightly on the upside, there is absolutely no compromise on taste. Can call this as one of the best places for a wholesome Indian food experience.


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