One thing we love about this city is that you can walk down most roads and find small eateries that serve quality food at decent prices in abundance. And though Dadar and Mahim are the supposed bastions of Maharashtrian cuisine — and there are some iconic restaurants in the area even now — several have shut shop in the last few years.
Unfortunately, new ones aren’t mushrooming at the same rate. So when Potoba opened, we looked forward to trying it out.
As expected, there was not much to note about the ambience. The seating area is small, with five to six tables that are often rearranged to suit the number of patrons. But we aren’t complaining. We quite enjoyed the organised chaos. The waiters put in that extra effort to make sure we were comfortable too.
The menu offers a mix of multiple cuisines with Maharashtrian dishes holding place of pride under the ‘Gharachi Athvan’ (remembering home) category. However, in keeping with the times, popular snack options and Punjabi dishes are available too.
We opted for local food and started with Kanda Bhaji Plate (Rs.50), which turned out to be the perfect starter. The bhajis were crisp and hot. For the main course, we called for the Bhakari with Vangyachi Bhaji (Rs.80), Masale Bhat (Rs.70) and Kaju Usal (Rs.170). The Bhakari was a bit dry, but the Vanjyachi Bhaji was delicious. The dishes combined well together and made for a wholesome meal. Even though we felt that the Masale Bhat and Kaju Usal were odd combinations, they surprisingly
balanced each other out in terms of their taste. All in all, Potoba offers you a ‘paisa vasool’ experience.
Where: Amin Manzil, LJ Road, Mahim
Call: 99202 24411
What’s on the menu: Maharashtrian and Punjabi cuisine, snacks
What we like
What we don’t like