Review Of Pali Bhavan: A 50s Movie Meal
From the outside, Pali Bhavan looks as though it’s unfinished. Although once I entered, I was transported to a restaurant that reminded me of something out of a movie set in the 50s. Chandeliers, sepia paintings across the wall, painted dabbas, wooden flooring and dim lighting, all contributed to this look. One could probably guess that this restaurant was another brainchild of Suren Joshi and Mishali Sanghani, the people behind Pali Village Cafe with many similarities between the two restaurants from the tin roofs to the uncovered pipes.
For a Friday night and 2 days after the restaurant opened, it was packed with all the tables occupied. Our party of six was escorted up the stairs to a large table. The menu seemed inspired from across India, with our local roadside dishes, Vada Pav and Kanda Bhaji to North Indian delicacies like kebabs and also Hyderabadi and Mahasrashtrian dishes.
We started with a Pomello Salad with crunchy coconut. While we thought the portion was too small, the taste was refreshing and light. The other appetizers we tried were the usual Paneer Tikka, the lightly grilled Shakarkandi which tasted amazing and Kanda Bhaji which did not stand out. The Paani Puri for its price (Rs. 250) seemed very steep and not special. Generally though the portions seemed very small with around four to five pieces in each dish. Our non-vegetarian friends had the Galouti Kebab, which they said was excellent and extremely tender.
The mains we tried were the Lasuni Palak (excellent), Kaali Dal, Paneer Butter Masala and Baingan Bhartha with Tandoori Rotis and Lachcha Parathas, which were good but again the portions seemed very small and even two servings of each of the vegetables were not enough for our table of eight.
While Pali Bhavan scores major points for both decor and food, the service was below average (we take it they are still settling in) and some of the dishes were priced too high for what they delivered.
A meal for two costs approximately Rs. 4,000 including one drink.
Address- Pali Bhavan, Location 10 Adarsh Nagar, Pali Naka, Near Costa Coffee, Bandra (W), Mumbai
Contact Number: 022 26519400
Timing: Pali Bhavan is open every day from noon to 3:30 pm and from 7:00 pm to 1:00 am.