When reviewing a restaurant, we usually don’t have to think too hard about what we didn’t like. This tiny eatery located at the edge of South Mumbai made that part difficult.
Apart from the limited space and the cramped low-seating area on the top level, there really isn’t much you can hold against Poush.
Open from 11 am to 11 pm, the eatery specialises in Kashmiri cuisine and has a small, focussed menu. If you can’t make up your mind about any particular dish you’d like to order, opt for one of the three thalis.
We picked the Maharaz Thal (Rs 385), which was everything it promised to be and more. Their version of the Kashmiri non-vegetarian thali comprised four meat dishes — kabargah (fried mutton ribs), roganjosh (mutton), seekh kebab, kokur yakhni (chicken cooked in aromatic spices) — and was served along with rajma, paneer qualia, potato crisps and raita.
A portion of rice that would suffice for two and a chappati were also included. The meal typically begins with a cup of Sheen Qahva (green tea) and ends with a bowl of phirni and hot Qahva. Yes, it’s a lot more than a plateful, and perhaps the best value for your money in this part of town.
The Dum Aaloo (Rs 190), which claimed to be super spicy on the menu, wasn’t as hot as we’d like it to be. But the red curry and well-done potatoes tasted good with the lightly flavoured Konga Bhatt (saffron-flavoured rice) (Rs 150).
Though Poush is a no-frills destination, at the end of the meal the management made sure they brought the traditional hand-wash pot instead of a finger bowl. The servers were prompt, not talkative (thank God) and attentive.
There’s no alcohol, no outside seating and, located inside the World Trade Centre, it isn’t the sort of place you’d go hunting for a restaurant. The food, however, is exquisite. And now that we’ve told you where it is, there’s no reason not to go check it out.