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“Great Sea Food”
Review of Gajalee

Ranked #272 of 14,797 Restaurants in Mumbai
Certificate of Excellence
Dining options: Late Night, Delivery, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night, Delivery, Reservations
Reviewed November 29, 2012

Gajalee in Parle (E) has some of the freshest and most authentic sea food in the city. What it lacks in ambiance is more than make up for in taste and freshness.

If you truly are into sea food do give this place a shot and I'm sure it wont disappoint.

Thank VH03
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Reviewed November 24, 2012

First time experience I had at Gajali was unique and out of world.
Things I loved Pan fried surmai, green chili prawns, Schezwan prawns, surmai Goan curry and Appams. This is almost everything we ordered.
Probably the best ever sea food I experienced and interestingly all in Mumbai.

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Thank Sach007
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Reviewed November 16, 2012

Having been pumped up by the hype, i was always cursing myself for not taking time out to visit the sea food sensation Gajalee in Mumbai. got the chance in last Mumbai visit. The flight to Bangalore was delayed, i was close to air port and suddenly had time on my hands. the taxy chap dropped me off at Ville Parle in front of Gajalee, just about it was stirring to commence night service. This was not what i had seen on TV with rockstar anchors almost swooning over ambiance however, the matter was ready for quick explanation. i had landed in front of their mother branch and the more glamoros offspring was supposedly in Juhu. though non availability of alcohol was a bit of a dampener since i was looking forward to a glass of chilled beer to wash down my fish fry, i took solace in the fact that i was gonna have food from the original place where it all started and the high of good food would surely negate any requirement of alcoholic stimulants.

i did not have a lot of time normally available for more leisurely inspection of menu, or a quiet chat with the head waiter etc hence i was quick to business. a dish of bombil (bombay duck-which is a fish) fry, prawn masala and steamed rice seemed a safe opening alongwith the assurance of a quick service. i added lime soda and solkadi (kokam syrup with coconunt milk and spices) as an afterthought for lubrication purpose.

true to the word, the soda arrived in a jiffy and it was one of the better concoctions i had had in recent time, five stars included. the fresh lime was fragrant without being pungent, right salt and soda full of full bodies zest for life. i took a hearty swig and was looking forward to the main course.

bombil arrived on a bed of onion salad. however it was nowhere near the expectations. the cover was too crisp wanting to detach itself from the meat in a hurry. the flavors were not right and whole aspect of the fish was the one cooked by a chef immediately after a quarrel with his owner about the salary. not what they showed on TV.

still i had prawns masala and steam rice to look forward to. afterall gajalee is a malvani restaurant and these two preparations in authentic malvani style can hardly go wrong. but today was not to be. the color of the prawn masala was as different from Malvani masala as pink is from black. desperate to salvage something out of it, i ordered Clams Masala and it was sort of the only saving grace. well prepared with right flavours, it offered some respite for otherwise wasted evening. at well over 1000 rs for one person, without alcohol, i would rather go to barbecue nation and devour all the prawns and crabs with a nice cool pint of beer or two.

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Reviewed November 12, 2012

Gajalee has been been selected one of the top 100 restaurants in India. Gajalee serves veg and non-veg dishes, but the specialty is its delicious sea food. There are 4 locations of the restaurant in Mumbai. The one I frequent and this review is the Vile Parle East location.

There is an A/C and non-A/C section of the restaurant. The seating is comfortable and the service has always been good.

My favorite - all seafood - dishes include Pomfret, Crabs - especially the butter garlic pepper crabs - (you can select your live crab), and Gajalee's specialty, Bombil Fry (Bombay Duck), a soft fish deep-fried in rice flour.

Have a Solkadi to drink - a delicious darkish pink drink made from kokam, coconut milk, garlic, chilies, and salt - that is said to help with digestion.

There are other very popular seafood places in Mumbai (one in particular whose specialty is crab) but I have to say that Gajalee is definitely the best.

I highly recommend having a meal here! Check the website for their menu.

Address: Kadmagiri Complex, Hanuman Road, Vile Parle East
Directions: Off the Western Express Highway, close to Vile Parle East train station.
Phone: (91) 22 2616 6470
Website: http://www.gajalee.com/

Thank Donna_in_India
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Reviewed November 11, 2012

We are probably the oldest patrons and also were frequent visitors till they gradually became punjabi.
Now after a good lunchbor dinner at this place i feel so much discomfort. Cannot taste the food. Can taste and rememver only the loud masala

Thank himukesh
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