Time for some ‘Potoba’ (meaning pet puja in marathi).
Bang opposite the historical & majestic Mumbai University Campus in Kalina is the petite Potoba restaurant. It specializes in Home Made Maharashtrian cuisines. The exterior of the restaurant is not extravagant nor is the interior. In fact it is an old fashioned restaurant with tables and chairs lined up in a row. Waiters are dressed up casually with a menu and notebook in their hand waiting to take your orders. Cleaners are strolling with a piece of cloth in their hand ready to clean the table every time u sit and exit. While the humble owner does all the accounts, making bills and doing all the transactions. These restaurants may not have the best seatings or interiors to make you feel special but they do not mind if you sit for hours chatting with your buddies over a cup of tea. The price of a cup of tea unlike cafes is not exorbitant. It’s an non-air conditioned restaurant. They do not have wifi internet connection. They also do not accept cards.
On the menu is Gharchi Athvan that is Homely Maharashtrian Food, made with special home made masala. There are around 25-30 variety of dishes to choose from apart from Malwani Special. For those who don’t know, Malwani is a place in the Konkan region and their cuisine is named Malwani. Everything on the menu is vegetarian. Besides maharashtrian cuisine they also serve punjabi, tandoor,chinese, italian, banjara cuisines etc. The price is moderate and easy on the pocket of students. Mainly the restaurant is crowded in the afternoon with the students and remaining part of the day and night you will find working men getting a quick bite. There is something for everyone.
We went there on a lazy Saturday afternoon. We ordered Solkadi at Rs 45 which is buttermilk with some spices in it. For the starters we had Kotambir Vadi that is Coriander Vada at Rs 45. For the main course, we ordered Matar Usal with Poli at Rs 70 that is green peas & coconut curry with chapatis. We ended the meal with Ambarkhand at Rs 70 which is made of mango pulp and curd. Everything that we ordered was refreshing and a huge change from the usual. Total bill for two is around Rs 250. The restaurant is a clear winner. A must try.