When philanthropy meets a common man and builds a foundation of society, it gives dignity to the destitute and the underprivileged. Charity without demeaning the other or hurting the dignity of the receiver is the best form. By The Way is one such initiative by Seva Sadan Foundation.
Seva Sadan, founded by two visionary gentlemen Sir Behramji Malbari and Divan Dayaram Gidumal, works towards providing that self-esteem to the destitute women by self-reliance and empowerment. Among its several initiatives of educational and vocational programs such as orphanages, schools, teacher training, etc. to equip these girls and women with tools of self-dependence, is this restaurant By The Way. Situated in the lanes behind Hughes Road, cushioned in the bustling lanes of Gamdevi, this is an exemplary example of honest social service. It has ample parking in the compound next door which is a boon in the area.
The food is prepared under the able guidance of Tehmtan Dumasia; the girls are not only taught to handle the kitchen but also the service. It was heartening to see these ladies confidently take your order, make suggestions, recite the dishes served and immaculately clear the plates when you are done; all with a smile and enthusiasm that can give any five star hotel staff a run for their money. The menu is a happy mix of Parsi and continental dishes
We started with the quintessential Parsi starter, Marghi Na Farcha. The chicken was succulent, full flavoured, covered with crispy egg coating. I would have preferred it a little spicier but my partner liked it the way it was. Then we had the Saas Ni Machchhi. I personally believe that it is one of unsung heroes of Parsi cuisine and has somewhat lost to its more flamboyant cousin the Patra ni Machchhi. It is a must try if you ever find one on the menu. The Pomfret was nice and fresh but I would have again liked an extra dash of vinegar and chillies. The Mutton Mince Lasagne was the star of the evening. If there is a fusion dish, this is one. The mince was well spiced with a fusion of Indian spices and Continental herbs, a beautiful soft layer of pasta and topped with cheese baked to perfection. The Mutton Pulao With The Parsi Dhansak Dar was well spiced. The Dar was beautiful, and let me admit, I had it with a couple of rotis too. The finale was the Bhujelu Lagan Nu Custard. Beautifully light, and vanilla flavoured, it was a fitting culmination to a beautiful evening enlivened further with Tehmtan’s company and anecdotes.
I came away not only with a tear and smile, but also a feeling of pride for the spirit of humankind.
Ratings out of 5
Food: 3.5 | Ambiance: 3.5 | Service: 4 | Overall: 3.5
Meal for Two without Alcohol: Rs. 800 Approximately plus taxes | Alcohol: No | Credit Card: Yes|
Timing: 11 am to 11 pm | Wheelchair access : No
Address: Seva Sadan Society, Pandita Ramabai Road, Next To Gamdevi Police Station, Gamdevi, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400007
Telephone : 022 2388 9109
Disclaimer : This review was done on an invitation from the restaurant. Due judgment and care has been applied by the author to remain objective and unbiased in the review; however readers may exercise their own discretion.