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Want sea food in Thane? There’s Mahesh Lunch Home

December 8, 2007

Thane is a poor cousin to Mumbai when it comes to restaurants, particularly speciality restaurants. Therefore it was a bit of a surprise to find out that the famous Mahesh Lunch Home had opened up a branch there.

The restaurant serves Mangalorean cuisine and as the site says it’s known for it’s “black pomfret curries, its crabs, its fish roe masalas, prawn gassi, lady fish fry.” Mangalore is a beautiful sea-side town in Karnataka, in South India, and is known for it’s cashewnuts, beaches, churches, temples, and dargas. It’s also famous for it’s cuisine, which is basically coconut based and very distinctive. And hot as well. It happens to be one of my favorite cuisines. It’s rich, it’s fish and it’s unique!

The food at Mahesh Lunch Home is excellent and very authentic. Both vegetarian and non-vegetarian food is available. My favorites here are the fried fish (Seer fish) and the Prawn Gassi and the Appams. Bombay Duck (Bombil) is good here too. Sure, vegetarian food is available but it’s the coconut flavoured sea food curries that are the specialty here. The prawns and fish are fresh and melt in one’s mouth. Good crab and squid too.

We took an American couple here to have a meal and they found the food a trifle spicy. In fact even the dishes which are ‘medium’ spicy can be too hot for the western palate. However a fair number of non-spicy dishes are available.

The restaurant is expensive, even if you don’t drink. I would say at least Rs 250/- to Rs 300/- per head without alcohol. Some very good wines can be had here.

But the ambiance is good, the service is excellent and the restaurant very clean. As you can see in the picture, there are a lot of waiters and they are attentive and friendly. In the Thane branch they serve on the open terrace as well. It’s located on Pokhran Road # 1, near Vartak Nagar (Opposite the Raymond factory) and although the address and telephone number is not on their website, I am sure their main branch (91-22) 2287 0938/2202 3965) will provide a telephone number for reservations. It gets quite crowded on week-ends after 8 p.m. The crowd is primarily a family crowd.

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  1. December 8, 2007 8:42 pm

    Ah, a restaurant review: I love ’em!
    I have written on fish before, especially the much Googled Bombay Duck.
    BTW, Nita, Rs. 250 to 350 per head for a good restaurant is real cheap! Even in Kolkata, where the costs are supposedly lower than Bombay, a good restaurant meal without booze costs 600 chips per head. Maybe I eat too much?

  2. December 8, 2007 8:52 pm


    I rather think you are rich doc. 🙂 Coz you must be going for the expensive items on the menu!

  3. December 8, 2007 9:35 pm

    yes mahesh in mumbai is even more expensive
    it goes to 500 per head plus its menu has been europeanised

    in the good old days when i was in school
    i had gone to the authentic non ac non very famous mahesh
    the food was great and affordable

    luckily as girgaum is a stones throw away for me decent non overprised food is not much of a problem

  4. December 8, 2007 9:48 pm

    When I was in St. George’s Hospital in Bombay, my friends would ask me which restaurants to go to. The only two I can recall where I would not go would be Mahesh Lunch Home (I think there is one near somewhere in south Bombay) and Goa Portuguesa. Mahesh Lunch Home, in those days, was cheap.
    I preferred Shalimar or Baghdadi, with a stipend of Rs. 2500 per month.
    So, Nita, want to rethink about who is rich?

  5. December 8, 2007 10:08 pm

    Rdoc, That was then. My guess is that you are about 40 now. So enough time to get rich! Unless ofcourse you have a job, not private practice!
    Goa Portuguesa has a twin now called Culture Curry. They have split the restaurant into two, you go in and you can go in either direction. I prefer Culture Curry, kerala type food.

    Prax, mumbai’s mahesh lunch home in mumbai is more expensive…but it’s still quite authentic. Ofcourse it’s got more commercialised, to cater to foreigners.

  6. December 8, 2007 11:34 pm

    I think I’ll have to feed my sudden curry craving. Though I love Indian, I’m just starting to become familiar with the regional cuisines.

    In regards to spicy food, I joke with people that I’m Korean and kimchi (fermented often spicy cabbage) runs through my veins.
    Usually in restaurants I ask for one over their listed spicey scale.

  7. December 9, 2007 8:07 am

    @Mish Lee:

    India has a wide variety of cusines but most foreigners are familiar with north indian cusines as this is widely available abroad. East Indian cusine (Bengali food) is also very unique in it’s taste…
    and by the way I love Khimchi. I have been trying to get the recipe on the internet but can you believe it…it’s nowhere! Can you tell me how to make it? I know its chopped cabbage with vinegar, spices etc, but I want the exact quantities and the method. Thanks

  8. December 9, 2007 8:32 am

    Here is one, and here is a better one.
    At certain places, I have found Kimchi laced with a prawn paste, which I have personally found repugnant, but you may freak out more if you try it.

    Thanks a lot! 🙂 Nita.

  9. December 9, 2007 9:09 am


    and no wonder I couldn’t get it on the net! I was spelling it wrong. when I typed in khimchi it did say ‘did you mean kimchi’? but I thought kimchi wasn’t what I was looking for.

  10. December 9, 2007 12:27 pm

    Another reason for being perfect with spelings!

  11. Vivek Khadpekar permalink
    December 9, 2007 6:44 pm

    Nita: Where exactly in Thane is this? In Mumbai I know the one in Fort, of course, and last weeks I was taken to the new one in Juhu, which seems to cater to a more “cosmopolitan” crowd.

    Rambodoc: On my last visit to Kolkata, two years ago, I was taken to “Bhaja-Hari-Manna” in Ballygunje, which was absolutely out of this world. We really gorged on some exquisite food, and while I did not get to see the bill, I am pretty sure it was not more than about 350-400 per head (no alcohol).

    And over the years I have come across some really good places in North Kolkata where the food is fantastic, the ambience not very fancy but acceptably good, and the prices very reasonable. Unfortunately I cannot recall the name of a single one. In fact I think of Kolkata as a foodie paradise.

  12. Vivek Khadpekar permalink
    December 9, 2007 6:56 pm

    For the information of the others reading this, The East Indians are a Roman Catholic community who claim (along with the Pathare Prabhus) to be the original inhabitants of Mumbai. They are still found in some degree of concentration in localities such as Khotachi Wadi (in Girgaon), Bandra, Vasai etc. Typical surnames include Moraes, D’Monte, Valladares etc. They are descended from the fisherfolk communities that inhabited the Mumbai area when the Portuguese first came. Unlike the Goans, who were Konkani-speakers, the East Indians were Marathi-speakers. The origins of the name of the community are a bit of a mystery. One belief is that they were the earliest “natives” in western India to enter the service of the British East India Company, hence “East Indian”.

    Forgive me for my ignorance but I had never heard of of this ‘east indian’ community until you mentioned this now! So thanks. 🙂 I am certainly familiar with roman catholics but was never taught about ‘east indians’ in school or college. it never came up with my christian friends either even though they were roman catholics. I never knew of east indians who have never lived in the east of india! In any case, when I said ‘east indians’ I meant those who live in the east of india, and I have clarified I meant Bengali. Nita.

  13. December 9, 2007 8:40 pm

    @Vivek Khadpekar:

    It’s on Pokhran road and now I have added it to the main post at the bottom.

  14. December 9, 2007 8:53 pm

    Yes, and the next time you come, I will give you a dinner to remember!

  15. December 12, 2007 6:04 am

    Yea, proper spelling helps. =) I haven’t made kimchi myself but will now that I have mason jars. I found what looks to be a good recipe.

    Yep, more familiar with northern cuisine. That just means I have to eat more. =)

  16. December 12, 2007 7:35 am

    @Mish Lee:

    Thanks. 🙂

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