The tagline of Potoba, the new Maharashtrian eatery at Mahim is Gharachi aatwan (memories of home). True to their motto, our visit to Potoba stirred memories of the laid-back lunches enjoyed at our childhood friends’ homes. The flavours tinged with nostalgia, felt just the same.
On a weekday evening, we visited the relatively packed eatery — always a good sign. The decor included lots of sunshine-y yellow on the walls and circular patterns. While we would have liked a more traditional touch perhaps, we liked the upbeat vibe just as well.
Being famished we started off with Khichdi Kadi with Papad and the Pithal Bhakri with Kharda (both Rs 80). The Khichdi looked deceptively plain but did justice as the perfect comfort food with the right balance of spices. Teamed up with the delicious Kadi and Papad it made for a healthy meal.
The semi-fluid Pithal (also known as a farmer’s meal) is made using chickpea flour or besan and was accompanied with soft Bhakris and Kharda (a spicy paste made from green chillies). The combination gets a thumbs-up from us due to its bang-on mix of flavours.
While we waited for more of the homely stuff, we sipped on cool Piyush (Rs 50) and Anjir (fig) Milkshake (Rs 110). The Piyush (considered to be a drink of the gods) was one of the best we have had in a long time. It had a subtle mango flavour to it without being extra sweet. The Anjir Milkshake was refreshing as well.
Next up, the Masale Bhat (Rs 70) was simple but hearty and the Vangyanchi Bhaji (Rs 60) and Kala Watana (black pea) Usal (Rs 70) complemented it. The brinjal curry with roasted peanuts was spicy and delectable while the black pea curry was a tad less spicy and slightly bland.
Though we were stuffed to the brim, we couldn’t resist tucking into dessert and asked for Puran Polis (Rs 40) and Amrakhand (Rs 70). The fluffy Puran Polis were perfect and the Amrakhand, though slightly grainy, was polished off in no time, making for a fitting finale to our nostalgic meal.