“Anyone who’s visited a city tries out various food outlets, given that he or she’s a foodie…and those are usually the well-known restaurants of that city, but only someone who’s lived in a city for a considerable period of time especially in his growing up years can recommend its little nooks n corner joints!! Which is exactly what I propose to do in this column”, shares Rohit Roy, Actor, Director and producer
PAV BHAJI AND PULAV
Gf-1, White House, Panchwati Circle, Navrangpura, CG Road.
It is the best in the world and I can challenge anyone who can beat it. It melts in your mouth quite like the dollop of butter that tops it!
Shivranjani Cross Rd, Arjun Tower, 132 Feet Ring Rd, Ambavadi.
Shreyas Colony, Navrangpura.
Shivalik Building, Near Krishnabaug, Maninagar, Mani Nagar.
For people who are fans of North Indian cuisine, I highly recommend the Chole bhature at Havmor!! It is outstanding and the accompanying gaajar ka achar is to die for! Of course if you are on a no oil diet, forget about it!! The bhature has more oil than flour!!
AMBIKA DAL VADA CENTRE
3, Shivam Complex, Near Red Rose Cafe, Navrangpura.
I’ve eaten dal wada in Ahmedabad and many other cities but nothing gets even remotely close to Ambika. It is their special recipe which is unbeatable. Many of you cynics out there must be thinking; a dal wada is a dal wada, how different can it be?? I’ll say… Try it and if you don’t like it, sue me!!
The House of MG, Opposite Sidi Saiyad Jali, Lal Darwaja.
A roof top restaurant that serves gujju food! It is definitely a not to miss, run by the famous Mangaldas family of Ahmedabad. It has a typical village setting and the quality of food is top drawer. Of course slightly more expensive than the other places I have listed.
THE GREAT ITALIAN PIZZA
Century bazaar Ambawadi.
WAH PIZZA & BHEL HOUSE
Shop No 13 Municipal Market, C G Road, Navrangpura.
Only, there’s nothing Italian about a pizza in Ahmedabad!! It’s the Indian version!! Jasuben or Wah pizza bhel?? They are both superb cheap thrill pizza’s….Just heaps of cheese and tomato sauce on a pizza base!! But tasty as hell and unique…Tough call!!
Vishram Park Apartments, Shubhlabh Society, Aastha Bunglows.
And finally, desert!!! My favourite part of any meal; what can I say?? The ice cream here is everything that an ice cream should be … Full of cream, it’s like 2 women in a house are trying to outdo each other with their flavours. You’ll thank me for this one!!
As told to Rupali Dean published in India Today Travel Plus