Thursday, April 24, 2008

Chella's, Take 3

Chella's is fast becoming my current favourite Indian eating place and little had I expected that for a place that doesn't serve meat. But things were still looking pretty good from my third visit in a couple of weeks. The main draw to this place for me was the tasty food, affordable prices and a interesting variety in the menu. Apart from a couple of favourites like the kesari bath and the masala teas/milk, I'm still finding new things to like from what they have here.

One of the things that got me excited about Chellas was the cheese pav bhaji which was essentially some sort of thick, tangy and spicy stew with potatoes or yellow beans. There're a couple of options for this item, but I picked the cheese version which comes with a blanket of shredded cheese. The bhaji is served with buttered and toasted soft buns and some chopped onions on the side which added a very pleasant depth to the spicy dip and I found myself wolfing this stuff down really quickly.

The other notable mention goes to the jeera ghee rice which in spite of its plain appearance, was packed with a remarkable fragrance akin to those found in good Chinese fried rice. I was quite pleasantly surprised by the aroma from this innocuous looking dish. Remember the old Gardenia tune "So good you can even eat it on its own."? That's what they were talking about there.

Over the past few months, I've had a few renditions of gobi manchurians at a few places and I felt the one here would be one of the better tasting ones, alongside the rendition served at Spice Junction. The gobi (cauliflower) was lightly battered and deep fried before being stir fried in the gravy which tasted a little like a garlic-ky kung pao gravy. It would have been perfect if not for the ginger.

These dahi puri are part of what is known as chaat. Snacks . They're spherical taco like shells that are hollowed out on the insides. The insides are filled with potato, some chutney and yoghurt before being blanketed by the crispy yellow bits which are known as sev. Each of these balls are a fairly large mouthful to be popped in whole at a time. I liked these.


Anonymous said...

You make me feel like running over the Chella's right now! The place looks a little small though, how's the seating capacity, and is it air-conditioned or is it open-air? Thanks!

LiquidShaDow said...

I'm approximating about 50-60 people capacity? It's air conditioned. There are more seats on the second floor, so it's not really as small as what you see at the entrance.