Thalipeeth – My favourite Maharashtrian Traditional Dish at Mi Marathi Restaurant in Mumbai Suburban

I was searching Marathi Food Restaurants in Mumbai or Best Maharashtrian Restaurants in Mumbai, and the very first result shown by Google was Mi Marathi with more than 3,000 Google reviews.

I decided to visit. It is on Google Maps.

Mi Marathi is situated at Shop No. 5, Alpha Apartment, Parleshwar Rd, Vile Parle East, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400057.

As I entered the restaurant, I saw two types of sitting arrangements. One is a non-air-conditioned and other one is air-conditioned. Not fully packed, maybe because it was a weekday. I went straight into the air-conditioned hall.

Menu was already on the table written in the Marathi language, but do not worry as waiters are ready to guide you.

I was hungry. I read – आमटी भात (Amti Bhat).

भात is rice – I can guess.

I also want something to drink.

I placed the order along with कोकम सरबत (Kokum Sharbat) – another favourite chilled drink mostly available in coastal regions of India.

Within minutes, आमटी भात (Amti Bhat) was served hot.

आमटी is तुअर दाल i.e., Pigeon Pea.

How was it?

As similar as rice, dal we normally have in any Indian home.

I was hungry a lot. I requested the waiter to suggest what should I eat next?

Thalipeeth – He suggested.

OK – said I with one more chilled glass of कोकम सरबत (Kokum Sharbat).

Within minutes, Thalipeeth was served hot with a spoon of white butter and curd.

That’s nice – a thought. I love white butter.

The very first bite of Thalipeeth and I said – Wow. Delicious. Never had before.

Upon query, the waiter enhanced knowledge about Thalipeeth.

It is made from multi-grain flour and onion.

I was very happy, especially because I love traditional food, which is rare to find these days.

After Thalipeeth with white butter I requested for स्पेशल चहा (Special Tea).

To be honest, स्पेशल चहा (Special Tea) was Okay but the most favourite was Thalipeeth.

I requested to present the bill and was surprised – Rs. 287 only/- including CGST and SGST.

Thalipeeth – Rs. 80, स्पेशल चहा – Rs. 38, 2 glasses of कोकम सरबत (Kokum Sharbat) – Rs. 70 and आमटी भात – Rs. 85/- only.

Thalipeeth is now one of my favourite traditional Marathi food. And I wish to visit Mi Marathi restaurant again.

I requested one of my friends – Tukaram to join me on Sunday to visit Mi Marathi restaurant that serves one of the delicious Thalipeeth I ever had.

He accepted the request, and on Sunday we were again at Mi Marathi restaurant to have one of the best Thalipeeth.

On Sunday, the restaurant was almost full.

Again we entered the air-conditioned hall and requested for Thalipeeth and chilled कोकम सरबत (Kokum Sharbat).

This time they took little time to serve it but when it was served – it was hot and crispy with a spoon full of white butter.

While having Thalipeeth, I shared a thought with Tukaram and that was – Thalipeeth can also be served with Pure Ghee.

He agreed. Tukaram said – Thalipeeth is usually the best during the winter season.

Yep – I agree.

We finished Thalipeeth but there was a desire to have one more plate of Thalipeeth. What say – Tukaram?

And I placed the order.

This time we shared Thalipeeth. Total – 3 plates of Thalipeeth we had as it was one of the best traditional Marathi dishes.

And the request for bill.

Rs. 326/- only including CGST and SGST for two people. You can easily say – it is one of the budget restaurants in Mumbai Suburban.

3 plates of Thalipeeth – Rs. 240/- and 2 Kokam Sharbat – Rs. 70/-.

Mi Marathi is a 30 years old vegetarian Marathi restaurant open from 9 am to 11 am for breakfast, 11 am till 3 pm for lunch and 7 pm to 10 pm for dinner (All days open).

I remember, Tukaram suggested to try वांग्याचे भरीत (Vangyache Bharit) someday. It is a must try Marathi dish. He also enhanced knowledge that Thalipeeth is also known as Bhajani Che Thalipeeth and Dahi Dhapathe.

Fantastic – knowledge enhanced.

Mi Marathi restaurant is also known as New Mi Marathi. Don’t be confused.

In short, if you like traditional authentic Marathi food, then please visit Mi Marathi restaurant at Vile Parle (East) in Mumbai Suburban. The rates are very reasonable, and the food is almost like homemade.

It is a few minutes walking distance from Vile Parle (East) railway station situated almost opposite Parleshwar temple.

There is no toilet inside the restaurant, but you can use the building toilet which is behind the restaurant.

The staff is well-behaved and mostly Marathi if I am correct.

There is ample space for parking, especially for two-wheelers.

Mi Marathi restaurant does not accept card payment. Why? I don’t know.

Mi Marathi restaurant is equally as good as Aaswad – Marathi restaurant at Dadar in Mumbai, I visited in the year 2020. Both restaurants having a reasonably priced menu. And not to forget – They also serve fasting dishes. The journey continues..

Recently, I Have Had The Costliest Vada Pav in Mumbai Till Date

Numerous times I have crossed Vile Parle (West) and saw crowd, mostly college-goers outside a stall but was not aware that it is Anand Dosa and Vada Pav Stall – one of the most famous stalls located opposite of Mithibai College.

Finally, Unlock 2021 in Maharashtra, and I decided to visit.

It was raining, but still there was a rush of people and parked vehicles outside the stall.

The very first eye-contact was with a menu-card proudly stating – Best Vada Pav by Bombay Times.

What to request? Because there were so many types of Vada Pav written on the menu pamphlet.

Decided. I will request for Schezwan Cheese Grill Vada Pav.

The price? – Rs. 70.

Little costly – a thought because, as per my personal experience, usually Vada Pav in Mumbai you will have for maximum Rs. 25 only.

I remember, at Ashok Vada Pav (very popular in Mumbai) near Kirti College, Dadar, close to Shree Siddhivinayak temple, I paid Rs. 25 only for a Vada Pav, and it was fresh, hot and excellent in taste.

Anand Stall also serves Butter Vada Pav for Rs. 25/-. only but the one I have requested is different from the normal one.

10 minutes, approx. waiting time and finally Schezwan Cheese Grill Vada Pav was served. Hot with butter on top. Very crispy, very tasty and not spicy. Recommended for sure, but yes, the costliest Vada Pav I ever had in Mumbai till-date.

As I was hungry, I decided to have – Veg. Cheese Grill Sandwich too. The cost again for me is costly for sure – Rs. 170/- but at the same time, when it was served, I saw, it is 3 slices of bread cut into 12 pieces, filled with boiled potato, onion, tomato, capsicum and butter, coriander groundnut chutney, cheese and chat masala.

Stomach full. Quite heavy. A good meal. I was unable to finish it. Good for 2 people. Requested to parcel it. Great value for the price.

Next day, again the wish was to re-visit Anand Stall to try other different Vada Pav available. This time I requested for Mayo Cheese Schezwan Grill Vada Pav. And the cost – Rs. 80/-.

The taste? I don’t like Mayo (Mayonnaise) because of its sour taste so I will say – Ok Ok.

Anyway, in short, Anand Stall serves freshly cooked, hot, less spicy fast food.

If you are searching for mouth-watering, lip-smacking street food, this stall is for you.

Anand Stall open from 8 am till 12 in the night. 7 days open.

Vile Parle is the nearest local train station. 10 minutes walking and you are at Anand Stall.

You will be amazed to know that Anand Stall is more than 40 years old stall.

It serves 65 types of Dosas, 10 types of Uthappam, more than 30 types of Sandwiches, 13 types of Vada Pav, 42 types of Frankie – all under one-roof. Amazing, isn’t it?

BBC Hindi considers Anand Stall to be one of the best street food loved by celebrities.

Awarded first runner-up in the best Vada Pav category by Bombay Times in 2008.

The Guardian News rates Anand Stall as one of the 10 best street foods in Mumbai.

Anand Stall is also at Vile Parle (East) near Hanuman road. Maybe someday I will visit for sure.

And not to forget, the staff is very polite and hard-working, which I like the most. The journey continues..

Maharashtra Unlock 2021: Salon Services to Cost More in Mumbai?

Finally, after two months of lockdown in Mumbai, Salon reopened today. It was time for a Haircut, Shampoo, Hair Color, Shaving and Head Massage. But the Salon Services cost this time is much more than what I used to pay earlier.

Earlier, for a Haircut in an air-conditioned salon in Mumbai Suburban, I used to pay – Rs. 99/- i.e, Rs. 100 only.

But this time for a Haircut in the same air-conditioned salon in Mumbai Suburban, the cost – Rs. 200/-.

Yes, salon are using disposable apron and hand sanitizer spray, but the Haircut cost is double.

Earlier, for L’Oreal Vitamino Color Shampoo before and after the Hair Color, the charges were Rs. 50 per shampoo. And this time – No change.

Earlier, for Hair Color via Inoa by L’Oréal Professionnel (ammonia-free) and L’Oréal Developer, cost Rs. 500. And this time – No change.

Earlier, for Shaving via Gillette Foam Sensitive, the cost was Rs. 80, but this time it was Rs. 100. Little increased.

Earlier, for Head Massage (including Navratna Ayurvedic Oil), I used to pay Rs. 100 only but this time the cost – Rs. 150.

Finally, How much did I Pay for Salon Services in Mumbai Suburban (Unlock 2021)?

Rs. 1,050 (approx. $15) – I paid for Salon Services in Mumbai Suburban (Unlock 2021).

Rs. 170 increased from the same air-conditioned Salon for the same Services.

And how much time I spent in the Salon? – approx. 1 hour 30 minutes.

No complain. Not expensive, especially because I want to try the services of the Oldest Salon in the World having store in Mumbai too.

When? Don’t know but one day I would love to visit to give special treatment to myself. The journey continues..