Been Doolally….

Been Doolally….

It has been steaming hot and humid in Mumbai for last few days, which actually created a good and strong reason for me to taste something really chilled and new type of drink to curb the heat. At the same time, there was a place that was ruling my mind to visit since the time, my friend had told me about this, few days ago. The place is ‘Doolally’. Me and the people in my acquaintances,who drink are mostly from ‘Drink like fish’ type. And I consider that category as a stereotype, at least when it comes to drinking. My belief has been like, we may drink like fish, but we cant digest like that, really. I might think of giving extra digestion job to my liver, but I prefer giving life to my liver at the same time. Because my liver has noone else to say “Go & get life…” 😉

So, all these things caught up together and actually took me to the wonderful place ‘DOOLALLY (Let me spell that, the way they do!!) at Bandra (w.) The locations of this chained restaurants are actually quiet, peaceful and relaxing. The management of the restaurant has taken care of keeping it at its best by adding soundproof glasses, which actually holds noises from inside & out at the same time. Simple couture, furniture gives a different look to the restaurant altogether. And the food as well as the drinks that they serve has a different taste as well.

Little bit of history about this chain goes with the challenges which the DOOLALLY Group faced at the time of forming and publicising their product, which is ‘Casted beer’. Yes, It is a microbrewery, and my people has little bit awareness about this industry. I am not saying that every segment of my society should know about beer or gather knowledge about beer, but come on, beer and alcoholism is so common in the society. In India, there are local country liquor sources spreaded all over who even sell poison drinks for nuts. What I am talking here, is about the quality which one can get in liquor that they intake. The organised way of manufacturing liquor can even save lives.

 

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Desi’ly Crafted…;)

But my people and my great kings are busy in running their own breweries, which is actually holding micro-brewing industry miles behind the fencing. If you are interested in knowing about DOOLALLY’s story you may by clicking on: –  http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/magazines/panache/we-want-to-be-the-biggest-indian-craft-beer-brand-says-suketu-talekar-of-doolally/articleshow/44685479.cms   This microbrewery has branches mainly in Maharashtra and spreaded across the cities like Mumbai & Pune.

Let’s get on the table now. Yeah, it’s usually a task to get a table, right as you arrive. But luckily I found one as soon as I entered. So the first thing that impressed me about this place ( I’d stop calling it either as restaurant/pub/anything else, as its completely a different type of place) was the furniture.

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White coloured soft wooden furniture, grabs the attention  at first sight and also gives you a sense to drink limited as the furniture is delicate…;) Jokes apart, but they really have some good furniture here!!

Next thing that uphold my attention was the frames (beers which they serve) hanging on the wall. Each of the frame has the description about the beer. The details written there, might not be some fancy words, but they interests you to try and buy one….And off course you can try one before you buy one. You don’t need to pay for trying it!!(As we say देखनेका पैसा नहीं!!) doolally-taproom

Then next thing that has its own taste is the simple ‘A la carte’. Even I’am being too difficult to use this word, but the menu that is presented here in front of you is just a binded small book which has things which it should have. Nothing more shiny, glittery or lip smacking design, nothing at all……Just a white book and 10-15 item long one pager for Food and the beverages they serve. (lesser promises more delivering.)

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Prices are meant to be changed…:)

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Apple cider is the best one here, so it never needs flushing out in here….its usually emptied by people for the people (for themselves off course…) So we settled on trying out ‘Hefeweizen’ which is good too. For snacking we usually prefer fries, so we ordered the same here, which came back with 5 types of sauces and yellow curry.

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Fries with those sauces…serves good…:)

‘Belgian witbier’ was another one to taste…..And this one we took along with the ‘Ghee roasted Arepas’. (A Venezuelan+Indian combination of Burger kind.) which had a crunchy bread and spiced up chicken which made our conversations good!! The best part about this place is the burgers, where you get choice of making your own burger. (casted again.)

Another best part here is, if you ever get bored by the company that you have, you can just cover that boredom over some card & board games. Yes, here you get some board & card games which you can play while playing with your taste buds. It is a pet friendly place so you can make your pet develop some good taste for beer. After all even your lab must be facing bad cholesterol problem, which the beer can sort out…;)

I found this place a happening but with sensibility, clean though crowded, multi-fascinating though limited options to choose from. It has a unique simplicity that oozes out of the culture of this place has. That attracted me to this place, and made my thought of visiting this place again…:)

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Authentikulchas!! 

Authentikulchas!! 

This morning was started with reading the newspapers. Let me tell you that the only part I check in the newspaper is either the food related articles/reviews or articles related with certain new places which I can travel to. Rest other pages has something that either the press is pressed to publish or press is used to pressurise us on thinking twice about living in the existing house or to move into some new ‘townships’ which they call.

So today I read about some street food joints around my city (off course there’s only city that exist for me in the world, Mumbai.) A picture that grab my attention and that crave for breakfast suddenly hit my taste-buds was Amritsari Kulchas. Wooow!!! The picture of it was so unhealthy!!! For last few days,  my ‘sinny tongue'(that does sin at almost all of its works) was pinching me to serve her with some spicy food item, (only chillies could have killed her demands forever though) and was showing non-co operation to any other food that I was serving her. Then I found this joint name along with a tempting photo of their delicacies in the newspaper and it just hitched my hunger for a moment. The butter spreaded over that ‘Kulcha’ in the photograph reminded me with a saying in my mother tongue which says ‘खाईन तर तुपाशी नाहीतर उपाशी’ (I will eat it with butter or would prefer staying  starving) But I couldn’t really keep my words as mom presented the one & only, official breakfast of Maharashtra ‘कांदेपोहे’ (Rice fried with onions  and turmeric in it.) Which is equally tempting and best one to kill any other craves,suddenly raised in mornings. So I settled my breakfast on those Kandepohes….But I knew, the day was not going to be like that….(I know that sounds like a turning point of some heroic adventure story..)

During summers I’ve observed that you don’t really feel like eating anything solid, rather demands for liquids increases. (And when you are living with parents, list of liquids shortens too…) So lunch was settled on Thandai & lots of Thandai (An Indian dry fruit-milk delightful mixture). This gave me some really peaceful sleep for the noon. (its actually like a beer’s hangover let me tell you!!…;) )

As I got up, I was shocked to see a platter of Kulchas full of Chole (Spicy chick peas gravy) and Onion salad was being served in simple coned plates (one you see in the image above.) My friend was appreciating me for making this wish and ask him to join me. There were very few but really finger-smakin good varieties being served in my plate. All were Kulchas but fillings were different. Different ‘fillings’ were developing ‘feelings’ of buying the next variety of Kulcha.;) But the best one we both liked were ‘Mixed Double cheese’ and ‘Mixed double Cheese Paneer Kulchas.’

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Before we finish these Kulchas and pay the bill let me tell you that I’ve cut our journey to ‘Sainath Fast food‘ in ‘Chembur’. where we found these authentic Amritsari Kulchas being served at absolutely reasonable prices. Before you finish eating your all orders, no one else gets their order, so please be quick while hogging and ordering here. Outlet is small, taste is amazing, chefs are just couple of them and the best part is its Tandoor (Furnace where Kulchas are baked). This Tandoor is specially made and being fixed here from Amritsar, Punjab (a place where Kulcha is originated from). And they change this Tandoor after every 3-4 years, but the make is from Amritsar. So probably this tradition of furnace adds the authentic taste to the Kulchas, that are served here. Because there’s a shop next to it, which serves the Kulchas too, but the taste is here, where we landed.

We hope this post has moved you…moved you to try these Authentikulchas!!! (Authentic Kulchas)

#poem#That one tree on the border.

#poem#That one tree on the border.

While reading few poems in regional language of India, I came across a meaningful poem which was of free text genre, Not so glittery words, but simple & touching way of writing is what forced me to make it a mention here.

While reading what I feel about the poet is he must have seen this whole scenery while passing by & that clicked his imagination to turn it into a poem. The original poem is written in Marathi language (Indian regional language from western part of the country)

Original Name: – वेशीवरचं ते एक झाड (That one tree on the Border.)

That one tree  on the plateau used to be sad and lonely.

Its branches were spreaded all over, but without any green sign.

Neither it had shade to let, nor it had any company of birds & their chirps.

Whatever it had was the spirit to exist & the saddened lonely life.

That empty plain had its existence though,

but tree thinks, it doesn’t  even has that existence

which that dry,almost dead tree couldn’t really accept.

The tree was surrounded with lushly green ground,

That was the reason for its sad lonely sound.

the killer,hungry  pest had taken its control

That tree had separated two parts of land,

It was actually become a medium of peace for both parts,

Tree hadn’t realised its own importance,

But the world in where forests were being destroyed for deciding borders,

This tree had become a line for deciding border of the two pieces of land.

-unknown

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This whole poem is really raw in it’s way, unstructured & even very simple. In fact it’s difficult to call it a poem really, but it has a strong meaning which I realised at the end of the read. One doesn’t really understands the meaning of his own existence but, many of times your presence matters a lot to the world. You might find your life meaningless, but your existence in this world always has some meaning though you don’t know it.

Tree is used as a symbol of an individual who has lost his everything & living a life just with a hope.But his existence has a meaning like the tree is actually standing in between two lands and deciding their borders, so that land can be in peace, so as the owners of that land.

The Message that has come out of this set of lines is really amazing. isn’t it.