Which cuisine is loved by one and all? Well, there are no prizes for guessing. Undoubtedly “Chaat” it is. Right from kids to grown-ups and young adults to elders, everyone swears by the chatpata, theeka, meetha, savoury food items. Not just we derive great pleasure from it, but also it brings people closer, after-all who wouldn’t accompany or team up during breaks or tea-time for a hearty chaat(y) session.
Quite recently, Ohris has bounced back with a revamped Chowpatty section at their iconic multiplex eatery @ Rd. No 12 Banjara Hills. Utilizing every inch of the open space intelligently, there are chat counters set up in a sophisticated way. Colored papers combined with the charms of fairy lights adorn the ceiling below which there are comfortable seating arrangements for different sized groups.
The menu for obvious reasons would serve a diverse group. Not just chaats, but there are Thandai’s, Lassi’s, varieties of Dosa, Jalebi, etc. to bring out the child in you. We started off with something as mildly sweet-spice as Dahi Wada, progressed with their signature chole bhature, traversed via the bold and heavy flavours of Raj Kachori.
Giving the taste buds the much-required crunchy feel was the Spicy papdi chat while we finished off with Pani Puri, because no matter how much stuffed you are, you can gulp down uncountable no of flavor bombs which your stomach won’t complain but only thank you enough.
Beverages received mixed reactions from all of us. The Badam Milk, Thandai, Rose Milk had its flavor in place but it was too diluted, giving us not so good mouthfeel. The Makhaniya and Mango Mastani were too thick to be called Lassi but offered a smooth and lingering taste.
A different section – “CHAATOLOGY” specially curated to make your dining experience a tad exciting couldn’t really match to the level of taste-buds which the menu boasts off. The Dosa Taco with Thai Curry was a mere set dosa filled with alu-masala. Dahi Bhalla in a Malay was a regular version of dahi wada. Amidst this, what really stood out of the rest was Mexican Masala Pav with Paneer Makhani Fondue and Paan ki Chaat. While the former was an altered version of Bhaji, chunky, rich in flavors, pav dusted with piquant masala, latter offered a refreshing taste with gulkhand and palak patta chat in perfect symphony making both of them highly addictive.
From Simbly Dosas, Erupu Karam Dosa was our choice, crispy and spicy but our fellow #FoodBlogger claimed it not be an authentic one. Jalebi, thin and crunchy the way I like it made its way as a show stopper. Alas, the excessive artificial flavor hit the throat making none of us to go for another helping.
The pricing is smart (Rs 80 – Rs 150) keeping in mind the posh location where in you can drop by for those mid hunger pangs or your craving for chat while you are off to shop in the nearby shopping malls. The ambience is given a nice touch of the street side minus the dust, pollution, unhygienic cooking condition and what not which your outer sophistication keeps you away from your desire of indulging into a whole-hearted pocket friendly meal.