There are some places, that you hardly ever hear of, even though they are every bit worthy of any hoopla generated. These are the places that at times really surprise you. Gurukripa is one such place. Nope, they do not have any connection with the other Gurukripa in Sion. This one is located on the Saki Vihar road ; a pocket-friendly and diet-unfriendly fine dine restaurant that I recently had the opportunity to visit.
The restaurant is done up nicely, with a cozy feel. The crowd is generally family or corporate crowd. It has a ground floor dining area, private cabins for families and corporates above and a rooftop seating area as well! A unique and simple place, with some delicious food on the offer.
We started with the Fusion Cottage Cheese, Mushroom and Spinach Soup along with Cheese Rumali Masala Papad. The fusion soup was delicious, with an intense taste of mushrooms. Small pieces of cottage cheese (paneer) and mushrooms just added to the delectable taste. The pieces of paneer would just melt in the mouth! I remember we stopped talking when we were having the soup!
The masala papad was a crazy huge portion of a papad topped with masala (tomatoes, onions, spices, etc.) and loaded with cheese. The papad was crispy and a good option for munching but so huge that it would quite easily serve four people!
In order to try a little more variety, we got half portions of Paneer Cheese Tikki and Desi Paneer Tacos. (Perks of being a blogger :p ) Both the starters were mind -blowingly amazing. I think I have already mentioned about the Paneer Cheese Tikki (Cheese balls) to ten people! The delicious melt in the mouth combination of paneer and cheese, adequately spiced, served with a yummy green chutney – nirvana! The pictures will tell you the rest of the story!
The Desi Paneer taco is an Indian twist to the Mexican tacos, a spicy paneer (cottage cheese) gravy served in small methi roti topped with vegetables – a delicious and filling option. We loved this one as well. And yet again, the paneer was so soft, we had to know the secret.On asking the manager, we found that it was malai paneer that they use for all their preparations, rendering it a creamy soft texture and a mouth watering taste.
For the main course, we had the Vegetable Biryani, which was just perfect. The vegetable gravy in the biryani had a distinct earthy flavour to it, the existence of which was explained when we found out that the entire dish is cooked in an earthen oven with layers of gravy and rice piled up. Served with raita(curd) and pickle, this was delicious!
We were too full to have another bite, but that did not come in the way of Gadbad. For those who don’t know what Gadbad is, rest assured, I shall tell you. It is the most famous ice cream in the south, especially Mangalore, with layers of kesar or mango ice-cream, jelly, loads of dry fruits, strawberry ice-cream, fresh fruits and vanilla ice-cream. Sounds a bit too much? Thus the name! Anyway, coming back to the Gadbad served at Gurukripa, it was made perfectly with tons of fruits, dry fruits and topped with wafer biscuits! Delicious indeed!
We also had a black currant based mocktail, I-am Black which was true to its name and flavour. A little on the sweeter side, but good nonetheless.
Overall Experience: Delicious food, overwhelming quantity (yes, even after half portions) and very humble and quick service. Kudos to the people managing this place, ready to answer, serve and smile!
The Battle: Getting over the cheesy flavour of the Paneer Cheese Tikki. Try them and you will know why I am boasting about them!