If I can use analogies here (and not comparision), then it might read something like this. The way his 100th century eluded Sachin Tendulkar for 2 years, the same way Mahesh Lunch Home kept a coincidental distance from my palate. Finally, it had to happen on the best day possible and I was able to get the monkey off my back.
Mahesh Lunch Home, possibly one of the most celebrated seafood restaurant in Mumbai, got me calling for my birthday lunch today. A lot of expectations were built up, not just today, but right from the time we had planned to visit Mahesh a couple of years back. Fighting through the scorching heat of Mumbai and reaching Juhu well before the peak lunch time, was a task in itself and I deserved something great for it.
Mahesh Lunch Home at the first glance looks a quaint of a place with the sea right by its side. It might feel intimidated with the giants of Hotel industry, J.W. Marriot by its side, but they have learned to stand strong after serving customers satisfactorly over the past few years. We were lucky to get a table the moment we reached, considering there was a huge reservation list waiting for us at the door itself. Once inside, the ambiance is pretty decent at Mahesh. We were guided to the "comfortable" mezzanine floor and were placed in a corner. The sound levels for a Sunday afternoon was quite expected, but a huge group can actually set the buzz ringing high.
One of the best things about the menu is the immaculate sorting of the food items. Fish, Lobsters, Chickens nicely arranged in the menu makes it easy to order from, but gets really confusing to decide from the extensive list. Today, we started with calling for Prawns Koliwada regular, which were around a dozen of medium sized prawns, battered and deep fried until brown. The one thing that got us off was the lack of seasoning, which would have made for a stellar of a dish. Coming down to Mains, Clams Mallipuram and the famous Neer Dosas graced our table. The Neer Dosas stood the hype around it by being light, airy and a perfect companion for any fish gravy. Clams Mallipuram, a thick coconut gravy, infused with flavours of Curry leaves, left a creamy taste on the palate. Neer Dosas never tasted so better with such an amazing gravy. One of the best fish gravies I had in the recent times.
Since, the quantity of the gravy was too much for 2 people, we ended up calling for a couple of Appams. The appams were at par with the Neers; light, airy and perfectly cooked. Oh!!! I completely forgot about the huge fillet of Surmai, which was marinated and shallow fried for an ideal accompaniment with the main course. After relishing a plethora of flavours, it had to be wash down with something equally good;Solkadi. A sip into the long glass and all it tasted was flavoured water. The entire idea of Solkadi was lost in too much of colour. God knows how did they manage to get that colour, without the flavour. It was missing everything that a perfect Solkadi should have; tanginess, a hint of spice and the soothing digestive feel at the end.
If I have to sum up everything written above, I am glad that this meal finally happened. Yes, there were a few things that can be improved, but still Mahesh Lunch Home is a good option for seafood cravings. The lunch cost us around Rs.1400 inclusive of taxes and it was almost worth it, apart from the lacklustre Solkadi and the under seasoned Prawns.