-By Anil Mulchandani
Hat's off to Havmor for consistency: they have maintained their standards of ice cream and Punjabi food for more than four decades now. The brand began in Karachi in 1944, as a second income for the late Satishchandra Chona, an engineer, and was so famous even there that after Partition the person who took over the shop has retained its name! Today, the Chona family owns four restaurants in Ahmedabad and two in Vadodara, many parlours and snack bars, and an ice-cream brand that sells at many outlets without losing much by way of recipe adherence along the expansion. At the many Havmor outlets, you can pick from a huge range of ice creams, with seasonal launches and promotions happening all the time. Their Chowpatty Kulfi, which is a rare example of a factory-produced kulfi coming close to the real thing, their roll cuts (which is an innovative take-home as the ice-cream slices can be had straight from the disposable container without having to take out any crockery or cutlery), milkshakes and other offerings. The Chhole Bhature is excellent for a quick meal and snacks like samosas are really good. The Havmor restaurants offer excellent Punjabi food some of the hit numbers are the Chana Masala (a secret signature recipe), the Havmor Platter of Tandoori vegetarian items and the Balti Paneer, which has paneer cooked in three different gravies. They also have Delhi-style chaats, vegetarian Italian dishes, Chinese-style fusions and sizzlers on European or Indian-style, none of which are likely to disappoint. Recently, they have launched a new line in Italian cuisine and a health food menu designed by UK-qualified consulting dietician Gayatri Chona of Valens. The restaurants are sleek and the service has an old-world quality about it hot plates and all. There is also a Rs.165 executive lunch menu and also VFM packed-lunch deliveries.
Review posted more than a year ago
I'm not sure which Havmor Restaurants we ate at; the drivers took us to more than one. I LOVED the channa puri and channa kulcha and preferred theirs to other restaurants all over North India. Their garbanzos are soft and perfectly spiced every time. Once we tried to go to the indoor restaurant but the wait would be long so we ate at the outdoor part and quickly had the same dishes we would have had inside. The servers were polite and helpful. The menus were in Gujarati and English so we could have figured out by ourselves what to have. We were lucky to have in our travel group friends who were born and raised in Ahmedabad and drivers who lived there. We were dying for a Diet Coke so the waiter ran to the shop across the parking lot which sold them to get us some!
Favorite Dishes / Drinks: Anything with garbanzo beans, the other dishes were great too.
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