It was raining like crazy. But by the time we reached Agashiye at 9 pm, the rains were down to a drizzle.
Our destination was a building situated at the center of Ahmedabad. Or to be precise, the terrace of this building. We were going there to enjoy an authentic Gujarati thaali.
This bungalow was built in 1924 by Mangaldas Girdhardas Parekh, a textile tycoon. In 1994, his grandson Abhay Mangaldas converted it into a boutique hotel with a fine dining restaurant on the terrace.
When we reached the house of MG (as it is called), there was a queue of people waiting for tables, even in these heavy rains. We waited on the ground floor. The red brick walls and yellow lamps created a warm atmosphere.
Within 15 minutes, we were accosted to the 4th floor. The place seemed very calm considering the fact that the area is a very high-traffic zone.
The starters began soon after we sat. Khaman, vada and chaat with 2 types of chutneys. I gorged on them forgetting that the main course was yet to come. My stomach was full with the starters itself!
Then the main items started arriving. 4 curries, 2 daals and kadi. Roti and bhaakri. Chaas. And the omnipresent component of Gujarati food – sweets. 🙂
Followed by khichdi. With more ghee than I had consumed in the last 6 months.
Food was delicious. In the end, paan and 8 types of mukhvaas.
Abba! I felt like a python who had swallowed a deer. With enough food in my system to last 2 weeks, we walked down the 4 storeys. Not to aid digestion but since we were the last to leave, they had shut the lift down. As we descended, we had a look at the historical photographs – black and white pics of a bygone era of Ahmedabad.