Now this was indeed a pleasant surprise...Ahmedabad was just a transit destination and we only had enough time to visit Sabarmati Ashram ( Gandhiji connection )and Lal Darwaaza area to explore some shopping and food. And then I made a wise choice of searching good food in this area on tripadvisor and found this name 'Agashiye'. Now I am a hardcore non vegetarian and this was a pure vegetarian place and usually this would be 'So not my kind of place' written all over it . However as luck would have it I was with my parents who are vegetarians and we were also on a teerath trip so that kind of motivated me to have ‘GO’ for this place. And glad that I did it , we roamed around in lal darwaaza's crowded market ( just like any other old walled city area) and got nothing much there. Hired an auto rickshaw and asked him to drop us as Agashiye. The autowallah made a quick ride through non vegetarian lanes( people were actually cooking some chicken stuff in the lanes ) and soon left us at a red light pointing to the direction to walk ( as it was one way road). I walked around and suddenly saw an opulent building emerging that looked like a hotel and enquired with the guard there who nodded in affirmative. Meanwhile my father was doing his usual asking around and found some direction for gujju thali on opposite direction..whew. Anyway we entered the place and immediately I got a sense that we were into some experience. The place reeked of great ambience as if you are transported into a different colonial sort of an era. The helpful reception person guided us inside the building and we reached a place where another one ushered us into a lift for the terrace. 'Hmm terrace would be interesting esp. in monsoon rains', I thought however was told to brush aside any rainy affair as they had ‘aircon’ rooms. We entered a huge tented camp sort of place which had mist coming out of fans for cooling you and some nice wooden furniture with bandini work peeping all over us and were promptly served welcome drink of juice. Then we got a head server coming to us and asking us for our receipt?? Puzzled I asked and was told that they have only two options of Thali ( nice I love Thali concept - unlimited food he he ) one regular Rs 500 and one Rs 700( Deluxe ) plus tax with diff being the higher one has proportionately more food . Well we settled for regular thali and the nice guy said he would take care of billing later ( even though thats not the norm) . We waited patiently for next instructions and thought we would be served thaliz in this beautiful camp space though I was wondering if the mist from fans would make the food all soggy. Well then again we realised that we were to be served inside aircon rooms that Agashiye has tastefully done on the terrace. Soon we were escorted into one of the rooms ( one room btw had private luncheon going) There were about 10 four seater exquisite tables and chairs in this nice spacious rooms and now we were all set for our sumptuous visual and gastronomical treat.
Starting from nice laid napkins with a fragrant real rose , big enough thali with bowls and the server washing your hands at the table we felt noble enough with the kingstyle comfort. Then the food started to come in .. salad of cabbage and orange carrot ( nicely sauteyed )in earthen clay presentment, with condiments in form of white butter, amle ka murraba, papad, meetha churan ladoos ( my eyes were growing wider with excitement)..And we continued to revel with superbly tasting dishes , vegetable curries( dry and wet ) , curd dishes, gujju trademark & marwari kadhi with cute bajra roti and ghee dripping chapati..I felt I was being blessed by God for being there and enjoying the food .Even my critic father( as he prefers home cooked food and definitely not in favour of paying high price for outside food) was on overdrive with that kind of food and my mother who usually limits her intake went on uninhibited. It was an absolute pleasure to the core of my stomach and each of the dish was in ‘good ‘and ‘excellent’ rating. Of course we got more sweets in form of 'kheer' and also had amazing khichdi not to mention unlimited helpings were a whisper away. And then we finally made a stop at this journey and were almost getting up when the head server came and politely asked us to wait for 'paan' and 'ice cream'. And we were 'whaaaaat ' .no way ..but then before we could refuse the dishes were on our table . Well looking at ice cream I though it was just another strawberry scoop but then I remembered this is no ordinary place so dug my spoonful . And 'Lo behold ' was I surprised ..it was indeed most natural exotic ice cream I have ever had . Had my stomach full of food but then had to make way for this delicacy ..Yeah you bet I am a foodie . Nirvana achieved.
We squared up finally with the paan which was also a different variant some real good digestive stuff inside. My father who never has a paan also volunteered for this paan ( a first that I saw in my life) and relished it ( mind you this paan was w/o any katha or chuna, supari) . All in all a super Gujju thali savoured with promise at the end that i would come here again at the soonest opportunity. Kudos to the owner’s M/S Mangaldass for providing excellent ambience, fantastic food and great staff. FYI this place is a heritage hotel and also has a nice cafeteria kind of place which at this time was serving some nice ‘shravan’ light ‘fast’ food ( like sabudana khichdi , vada , etc)
By the way did I mention earlier that I was hard core non vegetarian ...I leave at that..:-)
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