Life in Mumbai has its own pace and none other than a mumbaikar can understand this statement. Although people claim that other cities in India have started following suite but Mumbai beats its own records in every way, every single day of its life. Andheri is one of the busiest and centrally located suburbs of western Mumbai, which is host to a colossal population of residing as well as travelling people. Image is a restaurant located in the interiors of a hotel called Sai Palace in Andheri East.
I have had a chance to visit Sai Palace for social functions a couple of times and had liked the food here hence the visit on a weekday after work hours for dinner was a planned one. Image is a restaurant spanning across parts of two floors inside Sai Palace. They have prompt valet pickups from the road as required by the geography of the area. We chose to seat ourselves on the ground floor.
While we entered the restaurant was not much occupied with abundant seating available. They eventually gained quite some momentum in the next half an hour though. The place is even large group friendly. They had a mix bag of crowd coming in from business associates to families to couples to sober drinking gang of friends. We took a table towards an extreme corner from where we could view most of the restaurant.
The staff is courteous and greets you with a smile. Interiors of the restaurant are done tastefully and elegantly with wooden upholstered furniture, wooden ceiling and use of rough stone on walls to give it a little rustic yet classy look. The tablecloth was White, spotless unlike many five stars hotels I could name.
The menu has plenty of options to choose from North Indian and Chinese cuisines. We began our order with a fresh lime soda. It came with cheeselings as nibbles. It was nicely mixed, had plenty of fizz unlike most places serving fresh lime soda. Just the way I like it!
We have been avoiding vegetable spring roll after a few disastrous experiences in recent past. This time though we gathered courage to order the same and they did not fail us. These were few of the best spring rolls I have had with no extra oil in the covering, perfectly crisp shell and nicely cooked stuffing. The Szechuan sauce served along was a cherry on the cake.
Asked the staff to suggest the main course and they suggested Veg chatpata masala and naan. We choose to add Palak paneer to that and they were considerate enough to inform that the quantity would be quite large to serve two and we could do with just one veggie. Now for a glutton such warnings don’t have much of an impact and we went ahead with the entire order. The naan was very soft and non chewy (hope they don’t add egg to make it that way) and tasted very well.
Veg chatpata masala was actually mix veg cooked in red gravy. It was just decent tasting. The veggies were not chucky but the gravy could have been better. We tried to avoid this veggie on the plate.
Palak paneer was very good. The paneer was smooth and melt in the mouth. Palak gravy was cooked with a hint of garlic and was very pleasant for the taste buds. There was nothing they could do to improve the dish further.
They are not very heavy on the pocket either. The dinner for two of us was a little under INR 1500. inclusive taxes. They are sure to see me again multiple times for I wish to try quite some of their menu.