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Oh Marhaba...

Friday, May 11, 2012

That’s what Dev Goswami is saying after visiting Grand Sarovar Premiere’s new restaurant in Goregaon. He tells why you should be making your way down there

The Mumbai sky, the sound of water falling on stones and the delightful smells of meat being cooked over coals greet you as you step out of Grand Sarovar Premiere into its outdoor Arabic restaurant, Marhaba. The Arabic music playing in the background adds to the ambience. However, our only gripe was that since there is no rooftop, the city sounds, such as honking cars and traffic below, are quite audible spoiling what would have otherwise been the perfect ambience.

At our tables, we were greeted with iPads which served as menus and made ordering food a whole lot easier, but it also left us hungrier because each dish had a picture to represent it alongside. The smell from the outdoor kitchen didn’t help either and we just couldn’t wait to dig in.

Our meal started with Falafels (`325), Dajaj Ajab (`495) and Gamberi Mishwee (`595). Before we started, we were served a complimentary dish of Hummus with freshly baked pita bread. The Falafel turned out to be very disappointing. It was overpriced and completely dry. The only saving grace was the mayo with Arabic spices served alongside. On the other hand, the Dajaj Ajab (pieces of chicken marinated in delicious spices and smoked over coals) and Gamebri Mishwee (barbecued prawns) were completely worth the money. The chicken bordered on being a little dry but the spices made up for that. The prawns were delightfully juicy and tangy, to the extent that my dining partner, who is a little skeptical of seafood, couldn’t resist taking extra helpings of the dish.

The starters were followed by Shorbet Addas (`255) and Dawoud Pasha (`525). The Shorbet Addas is chickpea soup which tasted well, like a normal Indian dal. I thought it was strictly average. The Dawoud Pasha was a dish made with meatballs in spicy gravy served with saffron rice. The dish impressed us even before we could taste it because of its delicious aroma. The meatballs were delicious and spiced to perfection (something which Marhaba seems to excel at) and the distinct flavour of saffron in the rice did end up raising the quality of the dish.

We ended our meal with Mouhalabeya (`255), which is a kind of custard mixed with rose and vanilla flavours, and Baklava (`255), six sheets of paper-thin pastry rolled together with oodles of butter in between — not for the diet conscious. The Mouhalabeya was good, not overtly sweet and worth the money. I wish I had more to say about it, but the Baklava completely overshadowed it. Very crisp and again, perfectly sweetened, we really recommend this dessert and I myself am not averse to going back there... just for it!

Where Marhaba, Grand Sarovar Premiere, Veer Sarvarkar Flyover, S.V. Road, Goregaon (W)
Contact 42158000
Meal for two `1,700 (excluding alcohol)
Alcohol served Yes (`150 onwards)

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