Opt for the authentic, reasonably priced coastal fare in the Mangalorean and Goan sections at Gold Fins, a new restaurant in Andheri
When we first walked into Gold Fins, the newly-opened two-storey seafood restaurant in Andheri, we noted that the décor, as in many of its ilk, was fairly simple. The cream coloured sofas complimented the wooden, brown panels on the walls and the bright orange table runners. The walls though, were stark with no photographs or artworks to flaunt.
Goan Prawn Curry with Neer Dosa and lemon Rice
The menu, which was a curious mix, included Indian coastal, North Indian and Pan Asian cuisines. The seafood from Goa and Mangalore was recommended and so we decided to take the coastal route. First up was the Chicken Ghee Roast (Rs 275).
Chicken Ghee Roast
The succulent pieces of chicken cooked in semi gravy made of grated coconut and Mangalorean spices make for a delish starter. The attendant who took our order recommended that we try the Fish Tikka rather than the fry; we took his word for it and ordered the Rawas Saloni (Rs 375).
At the risk of using a cliché, the fresh, warm fish cooked in red masala is best described as ‘melt-in-the-mouth.’ My fellow foodies found the fish a tad too soft and said they would have preferred a slightly more crunchy consistency, but I had no such complaints. We tried the Goan Prawn Curry (Rs 375), which was more like prawn gassi; we missed the flavour of vinegar that we fondly look forward to in a Goan curry.
We must admit we loved the Gassi too, and enjoyed it with a flavourful Lemon Rice (Rs 175) and Neer Dosa (Rs 55). We guzzled the ubiquitous Solkadi (Rs 65) that always adds a delicious twist to coastal dishes.
Though it is located in the usually crowded Lokhandwala area in Andheri, the restaurant offers valet parking and also delivers to nearby areas. The credit card machine wasn’t working on the day we visited. We must make a special mention about the quick service and the friendly staff. We may need another visit to sample the Asian fare, however.
At: Morya Classic, G-6 & 108, off New Link Road, opposite Infiniti Mall, Andheri Lokhandwala, Andheri (W).
Time: 11 am to 4 pm, 6.30 pm to 12 am
Gold Fins didn’t know we were there. The guide reviews anonymously and pays for its meals
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