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